The long-winded month of January is thankfully almost over; we have recovered from the crazy Christmas and New Year party period and have settled in back at work (hopefully). We also hope that you all have kept to your ambitious New Year’s Resolutions, unless it is to save money… in that case we have some bad news for the loved up readers who have yet another special occasion to plan for, Valentine’s Day! We know the feeling of it all happening so fast, so we’re here to help you with some fun and romantic ideas to treat yourself and your partner to this February 14th.
Firstly, we’re going for the most obvious option for a valentine’s date which is probably the most common amongst London lovebirds. They say that a way to a man’s heart is with food and ladies cannot resist a plush restaurant, so of course, our first suggestion is to take your partner for a delicious meal at a restaurant, but not just any restaurant. Depending on your personalities and your food preferences etc. there are many places to choose from that are guaranteed to show you both a memorable experience. For example, I do love a fairy-tale setting at a restaurant with flowers, candles and all things over-the-top, so I would certainly recommend French restaurant, Clos Maggoire in Leicester Square, which has been officially voted the most romantic restaurant in London! Influenced by Provence and Tuscany country inns, the interior is beautifully decorated with artificial bright white blossom trees that bow over the tables below that are exquisitely prepared with fine glassware, cutlery and luxury seating. The winter fire is crackling and fairy lights twinkle to enhance the intimate mood, absolutely parfait for a dreamy evening with a loved one. The food is of French contemporary style with mouth-watering dishes including lobster raviollo, guinea fowl, some tasty vegetarian options and if you are up for something different, a braised rabbit shoulder. Located in the heart of London, there is plenty for you both to venture onto after you indulge in sumptuous cuisine. Other notable restaurants with a romantic vibe include the stylishly sophisticated Hakkasan Cantonese restaurant in Soho, the fabulous and lively Berners Tavern, also in Soho, and the fascinating Les Trois Garcons French restaurant at Brick Lane. Even if it isn’t for Valentine’s Day, all of these are definitely worth a trip if you want to experience fine cuisine and a special atmosphere.
If you are now thinking ‘this isn’t quite enough’ or if you are even considering popping the question on this special evening, how would a restaurant on water with panoramic views of lit up London top it off for you? Put it this way, I would certainly not say no to a Thames dinner and entertainment cruise with Bateaux London Cruises. Stunning sights of the beautiful city, scrumptious modern British food, live entertainment from a resident band and an exceptional service are all combined for a spectacular evening floating along one of the world’s most famous rivers. On Valentine’s Day, you both will be warmly welcomed with a sparkling glass of champagne upon your boarding along with a single red rose for the lady (how sweet!). You will then sit comfortably ready to enjoy a delicious four course meal prepared on-board freshly for you, complemented with selected drinks and enhanced by live entertainment. If it is to be the night of your engagement, she can hardly say no (if she does, however, then she can swim home)! There are different offers from Bateaux London Cruises and the website has more details about what would suit you and your partner best.
We know that lovey-dovey dinners, wine and roses aren’t for everyone and so we have discovered some… well, interesting ideas for the more adventurous couples to do on Valentine’s Day. They say that being in a dangerous situation is a great way to fall in love (though not the most ideal), so how about taking the leap of love in a couples bungee jump? Many of us have said at some point that we would love to try it at least once, so why not do it together? Cling on tight to your other half as you are tossed over the Tower Bridge and plummet towards the Thames with so much adrenaline in your system that you both will be so pleased to live and to have each other, right? Okay, maybe this is a bit extreme, but please let us know if you do actually decide to do this as we would be delighted to hear about it! One of London’s most alternative events this year for valentine’s will be held at the Museum of London on the 13th February and is great for fans of Sherlock Holmes. The museum is going to host an exhibition about Holmes and is said to be a very exciting Bohemian night out! Features of the evening include drinks at the bar, dancing, an absinthe workshop, drop-in life drawing, performance art and a Trans-Siberian marching band accompanied with circus performers. Wow, that really does sound exciting! Tickets are £12 and it is definitely a different, yet entertaining way to enjoy spending time with your valentine without all the usual soppiness and certainly without the near-death experience.
When you think about it, you could do absolutely anything you like in London and make a romantic day out of it. You could visit attractions, spend the day out at the London Zoo, feed the sharks at the London Aquarium, grip onto each other’s arms as you timidly shuffle through the corridors of the London Dungeon or see the picturesque city from above in the London Eye. Take your pick! We at the Georgian House would love to be a part of your exciting Valentine’s Day and if you have not seen already, we have an irresistible offer standing for the special occasion where we treat you with a glorious Belgravia Boutique room, chocolates, Prosecco and a little surprise of our own which you would have to discover when you both arrive! Feel free to have a look and we hope to enrich your romantic trip even more. Fall in love with London…