Valentine’s Day is almost here, and if you do happen to be madly in love, there’s no excuse to not go out and celebrate. We’ve asked our friends at DesignMyNight to give us the low-down on the most romantic things to do, so you can knock bae off off their loved-up feet. From cocktails on an enchanted terrace to chocolate and Champagne 39 floors above ground; prepare for a love fest like no other.
1. The Enchanted Terrace – London
Wanna do something magical this Valentine’s? Spend the night at May Fair Kitchen’s terrace. It’s been transformed into a romantic wonderland with lanterns, sheepskin-covered swing seats, and a garden wall adorned with red roses, trailing ivy and fairy lights. When you’re finished admiring the décor, you can sip on cherry bellinis or push the boat out with their Valentine’s food menu.
2. Valentine’s At The Gherkin – London
Chocolate and Champagne might be cliché, but it never disappoints – especially when it’s 40 floors above London. That’s right, Searcy’s are going the full nine yards this Valentine’s and inviting couples up to their sky high bar to enjoy views, Perrier-Jouët Champagne and a sharing chocolate plate. Cue the most romantic date night ever.
3. Murder in Mayfair – London
Don’t fancy a takeaway on the sofa this year? Put your glad rags on and solve a murder mystery in London’s Mayfair instead. It’s going to involve the most expensive diamond ever, but a dodgy geezer has his eye on it – and you’ll be taking part in the plotline. You’ll also get a Crystal Head Vodka martini on arrival, followed by a mouth-watering 3-course meal to enjoy as the action unfolds.
Want to do something different on the 14th? Head to Rascal’s wacky Valentine’s dinner. A comedy accordion player will be on hand to serenade you as you feast on a beautifully presented menu (with a vegan option available) paired with a Cactus margarita or gin-based Valentine’s cocktail. After dinner entertainment comes in the form of a trip next door and straight into Ballie Ballerson’s million-strong ball pit.
Staying in and watching Netflix can be hard to resist at the best of times, but it’s Valentine’s; so ditch the sofa for a luxurious cinema screening inside the Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch. This romantic evening will start with a 4-course meal and cocktails in the Judge & Jury restaurant, before you make your way to the private cinema to watch Fifty Shades Of Grey.
6. Valentine’s Day Tasting Menu – Brighton
Hove Place is a trendy boozer in Brighton and they’ve created a dreamy 6-course menu to celebrate the most romantic day of the year. You and your Valentine will be feasting on the everything from the likes of scallops with seaweed butter to rhubarb and custard sorbet. This will be paired with a glass of bubbly and there’s a vegan menu available.
7. Valentine’s Party At Dirty Martini – Cardiff
Dirty Martini have created a special Valentine’s tipple and whether you’re single or not, you’ve got to try it. The Sultry Kiss is a romantic mix of gin, aperol, licor 43, homemade hibiscus syrup, egg white and lime, finished with a rose for a romantic touch. Head down to try it at the stunning Cardiff venue this Saturday, where there’ll be live saxophone players and a happy hour till 10pm.
8. Valentine’s Day At 200 SVS – Glasgow
It’s time to treat yourself to that outfit you’ve been lusting over, because 200 SVS are putting on a night of food and jazz for the lovestruck couples of Glasgow. Located on their 6th floor, you can admire the city’s views as you sip on Valentine’s cocktails, before indulging in a 4-course feast that’ll feature gin-cured salmon, pork belly and a chocolate-based sharing dessert.
9. Valentine’s In The Gin Parlour – Birmingham
If you both happen to love a G&T, Jekyll & Hyde’s lavish Gin Parlour is the ideal spot for Valentine’s. A night of juniper-fuelled antics will begin with a masterclass, where you’ll learn a little history behind the country’s favourite spirit, before you taste a few pours from their collection. Hungry? You’ll be able to nibble on dribble-worthy cheese and charcuterie from local delicatessen, Anderson & Hill.
The London Cabaret Club are recreating James Bond’s saucy love stories in a luxurious fashion this Valentine’s; and if you love dressing up – you’ve got to be there. Expect a beautifully choreographed show with dancers, Bond-style stunts and smoking guns, alongside an exquisite food menu. Drinks-wise, there will be Bond’s favourite poison (dry vodka martinis) and lots of Champagne.
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