Where to Book for Valentine's Day in London

Whether you wanna re-kindle the love this Valentine’s Day, seduce someone good and proper on a first date or propose (don’t do it), you’ve gotta book.


Love it, or hate it, this is one popular day and what with it falling on a weekend, reservations won’t come easy. Tables get booked up and tickets sell out fast. We bring you the best of the best – pick up the phone now and save those lame excuses for next year:

GONG AT THE SHARD Nothing says romance like taking your date up The Shard… so get your head in the clouds as you sip sublime cocktails and eat some seriously special food. Blag a booking here and you’ll earn some serious boyfriend/girlfriend points that’ll last you ‘til next year. First date? That view will fill the most awkward of silences. Level 52, The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY 

MILK AND HONEY One of the worst kept secrets in the city, this prohibition speakeasy has got sexy boozing down to a fine art. They’ve got old school NYC jazz vibes - without being all Bugsy Malone about it - and they take their drinking seriously, so get your cocktail-appreciating date here. Everyone knows the way to a good guy or gal’s heart is through booze. Just remember that it’s technically a member’s bar so get ready to blag it. 61 Poland Street, London W1F 7NU

HAPPINESS FORGETS Constantly voted as one of the best bars in the world, it’s no surprise that this joint gets booked up and booked up fast. All laid back, low lit and sexy, it’s BarChick’s favourite date-night cocktail den. Book in and kick back while cocktailing legend Alistair Burgess mixes you up some of the best cocktails you’ll ever sip on - but bring a classy date who can handle their absinthe as you won’t go finding any Cosmos down here. 9 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NU

WRIGHT BROTHERS Valentine's is all about shucking (some oysters). And if you’re going to do it, Wright Brothers is the place. The best spot in Spitalfields is up at the marble bar; order in your oysters and then watch them get their shuck on right in front of you. As well as amazing Champagne (obvs), the cocktail list is killer too so the aphrodisiac oysters won’t be the only thing getting you in the mood. Let the shucking commence. 8a Lamb Street, London E1 6EA

CITY SOCIAL Great Gatsby, eat your heart out. Up on the 24th floor of Tower 42 this Art Deco inspired paradise is chic beyond belief. Leave your vertigo at the door and bag a table by the floor to ceiling windows looking out at The Gherkin, Cheese-grater and The Shard. City Social was one of 2014’s best openings and these are the hottest tables in town, get on it. Tower 42, Old Broad Street, London, EC2N 1HQ 

OXO TOWER RESTAURANT, BAR AND BRASSERIE The South Bank is hot right now so book in for a window seat and soak it up from way up high. Lovers of fine dining and live music serenading should get themselves up here where Champagne will be flowing, candles will be burning and the loved up vibes will be all around. And in the most elaborate PDA this side of the river, couples will be invited to write their own romantic/sexy/x-rated message on to a balloon and let it off from the viewing gallery and over London’s skyline. Oxo Tower Wharf Barge House Street, South Bank, London SE1 9PH

HAKKASAN This dark and sexy restaurant is a must for some Valentine’s Day seducing. Offering the very best in Asian cuisine, stare across the table into the eyes of your date as you tuck into mini lobster or truffle roasted duck. Soak up the sultry vibes but be prepared for a big bill and, at the very least, a bit of goodnight lovin’. 17 Bruton Street, London W1J 6QB