With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Haute Living lets you in on London’s five most romantic restaurants
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The hottest new restaurant in the capital is also one of the most romantic. London entrepreneur Nick House, co-founder of Mahiki, Whisky Mist and Bodo Schloss, has teamed up with British model and national sweetheart Kelly Brook, to create a spectacular 550 capacity space in the heart of the City of London that harks back to a bygone era. Inspired by the United States of the 1920s, the decadent bar has created two cocktails to celebrate Valentine’s Day: Casanovas Bubblelishas Love Potion and Next Time You’re In Trouble Give Your Mrs This.
Michelin starred head chef, Tim Allen, will be creating a bespoke menu for one couple this Valentine’s Day featuring their loved ones most desired dishes and favourite foods. The couple will enjoy their meal with the luxury of privacy in the romantic Chef’s Office, with each course served to them personally by Allen. In addition, Launceston Place’s head sommelier will work with the couple to choose the perfect accompanying aperitif and wines to complement the bespoke menu. With a minimum spend price tag of £500, this has to be one of London's most lavish ways to spoil your other half this Valentine’s Day!
To celebrate the most romantic day of the year, Benares - Atul Kochhar’s Michelin starred Indian restaurant - is offering a five course Valentine’s Day menu designed for sharing. Couples will begin their evening with a specially created Champagne cocktail before tucking into dishes such as pan roasted Scottish scallops, ginger and grape dressing, classic tandoori organic free range Suffolk chicken for two, red onion salad, olive and tomato naan and Atul’s re-invented cream roll with strawberries.
For true romance this Valentine’s Day, you and your loved one can enjoy perfect pairings of cava and tapas at the beautiful Copa de Cava. The UK’s first dedicated cava bar's tasting menu carefully matches six of the best cavas from Spain with creative and authentic tapas. From Presa Ibérica and hand carved jamón, to seafood and cheeses, to a deliciously sweet Crema Catalana, indulge in a romantic voyage of discovery through Spain’s incredible food and wine producing regions.
Treat your other half to an eight course tasting menu at the Michelin starred Ametsa with Arzak Instruction which specialises in exquisite New Basque Cuisine. The set menu is priced at £105 per person, and at £145 per person with matching wines.
Couples looking for a more casual way to spend the evening can plump for 'Love Bites' - a selection of Basque tapas dishes served in the cosy Halkin Bar. Ametsa is located in the refined and luxurious Halkin by COMO, in London’s Belgravia.