You either love it, or you hate it. And to be honest, if you hate it you better look away now… This post contains a lot of heart-shaped goods and a LOT of aphrodisiacs. So don your best romancing face ? and grab a Juliet, it’s time to whip out the Romeo moves.
1. Head for a romantic meal for two at Ottolenghi
The Ottolenghi delis in Spitalfields and Islington will be staying open late on the 14th for a lengthy night of eye-gazing and romantic desserts. Meringues with rose petals, heart shaped chocolate tea cakes, pink macaroons and red berry pavlova (for two to share, naturally) are just a few of the pretty-in-pink treats that will add some sweetness to your evening. On a normal day Ottolenghi makes us feel gooey inside, so quite literally prepare to melt.
2. Rustle up an aphrodisiac supper…with the help of Farm Drop
Apparently a legendary aphrodisiac of ancient Rome, truffles are still amongst the most prized ingredients in the culinary world. Impress your other half by drizzling some of this love potion over a bowl of fresh tortellini and be sure to follow up with a dessert that involves figs, medjool dates and honey – all natural, um, ‘stimulators’ as well. You can order all the produce fresh to your door using Farmdrop, an online marketplace that lets Londoners buy the most delicious food, fresh from local farms and producers. It removes the need for unnecessary middlemen (and prevents you having to stand in horrendous queues at Tesco), making time for a hassle free night of lurvin.
3. Go for a bottomless brunch (with handmade truffles) at the Modern Pantry
What could be better than Sunday brunch at The Modern Pantry? How about Sunday brunch at The Modern Pantry with two hours’ worth of unlimited prosecco and handmade truffles? Excuse us while we faint. We can honestly say we’ve never tried a better omelette than Anna Hansen’s special sugar-cured prawn one – quite literally the best thing to have happened to a broken egg. Now with branches in Clerkenwell and Finsbury Square, her magic is spreading across central London so if you want to get in on it this Valentine’s Day, you better book in advance. And if this is a recent conquest, go easy on the bubbly?
4. Attend a masquerade ball on Kensington Roof Gardens
Could there be a more romantic setting than the gorgeous tropical paradise that is the Kensington Roof Gardens? On Saturday 13 February, The Late Night Cocktail Club are transforming the venue into a Garden of Eden, with all kinds of devilish temptations and tantalising spectacles. Acrobats, stilt walkers, contortionists, glow performances and snake handlers are just some of the unearthly pleasures in store and your ticket even includes a cocktail upon arrival. With live entertainment throughout the night, including a saxophonist and a DJ until 3am, it’s the perfect opportunity to find yourself a Valentine…if you didn’t have one already that is. Tickets can be purchased by downloading the Fever app.
5. Sip on aphrodisiac cocktails at the May Fair Bar
So much more than just a luxury hotel, the bar at the May Fair on Berkeley Street has curated a special Valentine’s cocktail list to get you all fired up and seeing pink this February. Specials include the Raspberry Sherbet Fizz, a blissful mix of homemade lemon and grapefruit sherbet and raspberry topped with Moet Chandon, and the rather racy Aphrodisiac, which comes with an oyster on the side. Whether you slurp or swallow is down to you but we’re pretty confident a few of these will push your night in the right direction…
Easily the most romantic option in the city, if you’re a fan of the dreamy sunset pictures we post on our Facebook page then a night above the glittering lights of London will be just the ticket. The View from the Shard will be open for 2 hours later than usual on February 13 and 14, allowing for some champagne fuelled viewing sessions right into the evening. Visit their website to book in advance…we have a feeling this one will be a seller.