London isn't known as a city for people who wear their hearts on their sleeves. But that doesn't mean you can't find somewhere special this year to cuddle up with a date and enjoy a romantic meal. One of the world's most cosmopolitan cities has a growing food scene, with dishes for every budget and from all corners of the world.
The online restaurant booking service OpenTable analyzed restaurant reviews in London to find the best places for a romantic meal. It also found that nearly 90 percent of Brits were eager to try somewhere new on Valentine’s Day, according to a survey of 2,000 diners. The website recommended booking ahead of the holiday. Below are 10 restaurants to celebrate Valentine's Day 2015 in London with your boyfriend, girlfriend or spouse.
1. Clos Maggiore: For those spending the evening in one of London's many West End Theaters, this Provencal-inspired menu could be the perfect way to set the mood with a seductive dinner. Clos Maggiore is consistently voted one of London’s most romantic restaurants, according to Forbes.
2. DSTRKT: Chef Georgi Yaneff has designed the six-course menu boasting ten aphrodisiac ingredients, including oysters, asparagus, walnuts and avocado. He said: "Having taken inspiration from the list of Britain’s biggest food aphrodisiacs, I created a menu that really captures the essence of the relationship between cuisine and romance." The exclusive offer is only available from the restaurant booking service www.bookatable.co.uk/.
3. Galvin at Windows restaurant: This Michelin-starred restaurant on the 28th floor of the London Hilton on Park Lane will feature a lobster lunch all week and then on Valentine’s Day itself a five-course menu including canapés and Kir Royal.
4. Babylon: The restaurant features a scenic London skyline and a live jazz band, as well as a four-course meal featuring fried quail eggs with truffled egg yolk dressing and roast rump of lamb served with aubergine caviar and chutney. Don't forget to order a glass of Champagne before the firework display at 10.45 p.m.
5. Hakkasan: Dark, sulty lighting creates a sexy moody at one of London's first Chinese restaurants to receive a Michelin star.
6. Andrew Edmunds: This intimate French bistro is housed in an 18th Century townhouse. The menu includes dishes such as dressed crab and Rose veal chop. For those who want to spend Valentine's Day with their pets, it allows patrons to bring their dogs.
7. Osteria Basilico: For diners who associated Italian cooking with romance, this Notting Hill joint offers cosy decor and traditional recipes. Order the burrata with prosciutto or the seafood linguine.
8. Lovers' Hideaway at York & Albany: Gordon Ramsay's restaurant is promoting a four-course dinner and a his and her cocktail at the end of the evening.
9. Lobster Kitchen: Try this more affordable option featuring a Valentine's Day special of a foot-long lobster roll for two called the "Lobster Love Sharer." It will cost you £20 with sides included.
10. 155 Bar & Kitchen: Try small plates including snails, terrines and Umeboshi duck breast.