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...Valentine's Day Dining

Date: 04.02.11 Category:

“Some would say this is the one night of the year NOT to eat out, but I'm not sure such a night exists.”

On the 14th of February, almost every restaurant in town will be opening its doors to couples seeking romance. If you are looking to dine out on this 'special' night, you will find below a mixture of the most innovative offerings, the best deals available and the finest Valentine's Day menus in the Capital.

Proud Cabaret
14th February 2011
Proud Cabaret will be getting couples into amorous spirits with their Valentine’s Burlesque Ball as sought after Burlesque and Cabaret performers take to Proud Cabaret’s now infamous stage. Guests can take full advantage of the exclusive Lover’s Menu, created and designed by Michelin-trained chef Finlay Logan. The sharing menu includes 2 starters, 2 main courses and 1 dessert to share for just £34.99.

The Stafford London by Kempinski
14th February 2011
The Stafford London by Kempinski is providing couples with a rare, romantic experience. For one night, the hotel will turn its historic 380-year-old Wine Cellars into the most exclusive "restaurant" in the city. Guests will be treated to a four-course, candle-lit dinner with wine pairings. The menu (which includes a glass of Champagne, coffee and VAT) is £75 per person. Extend the romance by staying the night with rates - which include dinner and a romantic in-room breakfast - starting from £500. To book, please call 020 7518 1253 or e-mail rsvp.london@kempinski.com. Lady Blonde members are entitled to an upgrade to a Junior Suite when booking the Valentine’s Day accommodation package (£500) at The Stafford.

Loungelover
14th February 2011
Enjoy a special Valentine’s Day set menu at the quirky Loungelover: 2-courses for £36 or 3-courses for £40 per person, including a glass of Champagne and a selected cocktail.

Gilgamesh
14th February 2011
Guests are invited to try a beautiful pink martini called Diamonds Are Forever. One lucky guest will find a real round brilliant cut diamond at the bottom of their cocktail, courtesy of renowned jeweller, Madison Diamond Rings. There is also a three-course menu (including tempura oysters, loin of venison and hot chocolate fondant) for £50 per head.

Babylon
14th February 2011
Babylon is offering a five course menu with the soothing sounds of live jazz to get you in the mood for love. Wander around the exotic gardens after dining for the perfect end to a romantic evening. Guests can choose to dine in a cosy booth for two, or a livelier spot in the heart of the restaurant. For reservations please call Babylon on 020 7368 3993 or email Babylon@roofgardens.virgin.com. Price per person is £65.

Franco’s
14th February 2011
Local favourite, Franco’s, is serving a special three course Valentine’s day menu for £55 per person.

Sketch
12th and 14th February 2011
Take Champagne Afternoon Tea in the exquisite Glade or dine in The Lecture Room & Library on the delicious three course lunch menu, the sumptuous eight course tasting menu or the grandiose a la carte on either the 12th or 14th of February. In the Gallery, the normal à la carte menu is available.

HIX Soho
14th February 2011
Order two courses from the Valentine's Day menu for £17.50 per person and receive a complimentary half bottle of Moët Rosé Impérial Champagne. Available from 4.30pm to 7pm

Hush
14th February 2011
Wonderfully located, Hush is serving a three-course Valentine’s Day menu and romantic cocktail for £45 per person.

Bluebird
14th February 2011
Enjoy a romantic three course menu with a glass of Veuve Clicquot rosé Champagne in the restaurant for £70 pp. Before dining, you might like to enjoy the 'Ultimate Veuve Clicquot Champagne Tasting' in the Gallery room from 7pm until 7.30pm. This is priced at £90 pp (including dinner) or £25 if you simply wish to attend the Champagne tasting. If you are footloose and fancy-free, head to the Café at Bluebird where, for £25 pp, you can enjoy a glass of Champagne on arrival and half an hour of speed dating followed by a glorious buffet. Starts 7pm. Or head to The Bar and enjoy sharing cocktails including 'Lovers Lane' and 'Kirsch me Quick' with a selection of Valrhona chocolate desserts to share for £12.50 or enjoy 2 glasses of pink Champagne and half a dozen oysters for £20 pp.

Le Café Anglais
14th February 2011
Head to Le Cafe Anglais for a 3-course menu to be enjoyed alongside the sounds of the thrillingly romantic, gypsy jazz ensemble ‘Hot Club de Londres’, for £45 pp. Quote Lady Blonde when booking, and receive a glass of Champagne on arrival.

Corrigan’s Mayfair
14th February 2011
This popular Mayfair restaurant is serving 3 courses at £75 pp and all ladies will receive a box of chocolates on departure.

The Palm
11th Feb -14th February 2011
This characterful steak restaurant is serving a 4 course menu (including side dish) for £89 pp with a glass of Taittinger Champagne on arrival.

Bar Battu
14th February 2011
The menu compris at rustic wine bar, Bar Battu includes three courses with a glass of sparkling wine, coffee and homemade truffles for just £35 per person.

The Greenhouse
14th February 2011
For an exquisite dining experience, visit The Greenhouse for an 8-course tasting menu priced at £115 pp.

The Square
14th February 2011
Indulge in Two Michelin-starred cuisine at The Square. The 8-course tasting menu is £105 pp or £175 with wine.

Vinoteca
14th February 2011, 6-8pm
Vinoteca is hosting ‘Wines We Love’ - a wine tasting event where over 20 wines will be available to taste in the Private Room at any time between 6pm and 8pm. The selection of wines have been specially chosen to dazzle and romance you this Valentine’s Day.
Tickets are priced at £17.50 and can be purchased via Vinotenca’s online wineshop.

The Ebury
14th February 2011
A chic but relaxed brasserie moments from Sloane Square, The Ebury is serving three courses, a glass of champagne and a single red rose for £55 pp.

Notting Hill Brasserie
14th February 2011
A stylish and intimate dining space, Notting Hill Brasserie is serving three courses, a glass of champagne and a single red rose for £35 per person. And Lady Blonde readers can claim 2-4-1 cocktails at the onsite Bar 92 between 5pm and 7pm.

The Summerhouse
14th February 2011
Uniquely situated on the banks of the Grand Union Canal with charming views, this low-key restaurant is serving four courses, a glass of champagne and a single red rose for £60 pp.

The Chesterfield
14th February 2011
This cosy and relaxed Pan-Asian restaurant is serving four courses, a glass of champagne and a single red rose for £35 pp.

 Lutyens
14th February 2011
The menu compris at this Fleet Street restaurant includes three courses with a half bottle of wine, mineral water, coffee and petit fours at £39.50 per person.

Amaranto
14th February 2011
The menu compris at this new opening includes three courses with a glass sparkling wine, coffee and homemade truffles at £85 per person. Wine pairings £125.00

Embassy
14th February 2011
With live acoustic performances from Rhea and Emi Green, Embassy is being transformed into a 'Lovers Lounge' and will be serving a five-course meal for £55 per person.

Tuatara
14th February 2011
Tuatara is hosting Cocktails and Caberet, an evening of fabulous evening of music, magic and cabaret. Tickets are £10 pp which includes entry and a complimentary cocktail upon arrival.

69 Colebrooke Row
14th February 2011
Begin or end the evening at 69 Colebrooke Row with an amuse bouche and three special Valentine's cocktails for £60 per person.
 

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Les Trois Garçons

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1 Club Row, London E1 6JX

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Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh

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"This slightly bizarrely located restaurant and bar offers an eye-popping, dramatic space. Parties can get carried away in here. "

The Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AH

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Babylon

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Babylon

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"The terrace of Babylon is a calm oasis overlooking the manicured Roof Gardens below and the rooftops beyond; a romantic idyllic..."

7th Floor, 99 Kensington High Street, London W8 5SA

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Franco's

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Franco's

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"From breakfast through to dinner via lunches and early evening drinks, Franco's is a favourite with Mayfair locals and others who..."

61 Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 6LX

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Sketch

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Sketch

Restaurant with bar

"Both The Parlour at the front and the restaurant at the back are infused with art making for an intriguing warren of spaces."

9 Conduit Street, London W15 2XG

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HIX Soho

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HIX Soho

Restaurant with bar

"Is it worthy of the hype? I'd say so; a night here tends to go without a hix."

70 Brewer St, Westminster, London W1F 9TR

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Hush

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Hush

Restaurant with bar

"Tucked away behind New Bond Street, Hush is a chic, buzzy spot for the memory bank."

Brook Street, London W1S 1EY

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Bluebird

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Bluebird

Restaurant

"The Bluebird's alfresco area is the ideal spot to soak up summer sun whilst enjoying brunch or an early evening drink amongst the..."

350 Kings Road, London SW3 5UU

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Le Café Anglais

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Le Café Anglais

Restaurant

"The Champagne and Oyster bar offers one of the most sophisticated spots in the area."

8 Porchester Gardens, London W2 4DB

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Corrigan's

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Corrigan's

Restaurant

"Simultaneously sophisticated and homely, with Corrigan's, Richard Corrigan has added another exceptional restaurant to his..."

28 Upper Grosvenor Street, London W1K 7EH

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The Palm

The Palm

Restaurant

"It may be pricey but The Palm offers fantastic steak in a space that's packed with personality."

1 Pont St, London SW1X 9EJ

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Bar Battu

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Bar Battu

Restaurant with bar

"This rustic wine bar should prove a welcome addition to The City scene."

48 Gresham Street, London EC2V 7AY

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The Greenhouse

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The Greenhouse

Restaurant

"The Greenhouse offers creative fine dining in a sophisticated sanctuary."

27A Hays Mews, London W1X 7RJ

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The Square

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The Square

Restaurant

"The Private Dining Room in this michelin-starred restaurant is as discreet as it gets."

6-10 Bruton Street, London W1J 6PU

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Vinoteca

Vinoteca

Restaurant with bar

"Vinoteca is an award-winning wine bar that serves over 25 wines by the glass and a seasonal British and European menu that..."

7 St John Street, London EC1M 4AA

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The Ebury

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The Ebury

Restaurant

"Relaxed but refined, The Ebury offers a reputable retreat away from some of Chelsea and Pimlico's more pretentious hangouts."

11 Pimlico Road, London SW1W 8NA

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Notting Hill Brasserie & No. 92

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Notting Hill Brasserie & No. 92

Restaurant

"Tucked around the corner from Westbourne Grove and Portobello Road, this is an understated, romantic restaurant."

92 Kensington Park Road, London W11 2PN

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The Summerhouse

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The Summerhouse

Restaurant

"The Summerhouse is a place to go when you need to feel respite from London and your hectic life."

60 Blomfield Road, London W9 2PD

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The Chesterfield

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The Chesterfield

Restaurant with bar

"The newest addition to the First Restaurant Group's portfolio."

39 Chepstow Place, London W2 4TS

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Lutyens

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Lutyens

Restaurant

"A sophisticated, stylish offering from Conran and Prescott that might even tempt the journos back to Fleet Street."

85 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1AE

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Amaranto

Amaranto

Restaurant

"Amaranto offers a menu that changes daily, no matter what the season."

Hamilton Place, Park Lane, London W1J 7DR

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