Wondering how to spoil your other half this Valentine’s Day? Look no further. These date ideas go above and beyond the norm – many quite literally. From helicopter rides to sky-diving to private chefs in penthouse suites, these are guaranteed to sweep your sweetheart off their feet…
Fly high in a helicopter
The sky really is the limit at Hertfordshire hotel The Grove, where couples can enjoy a 40-minute helicopter ride over the capital as part of their Height of Romance package. Fly above the hotel’s picturesque grounds and over the meandering River Thames, taking in spectacular views of London from high in the sky. Afterwards you’ll stay in the hotel’s gorgeous Vice-Presidential suite, where you’ll be greeted with a bottle of Bollinger and some chocolate-dipped strawberries. A private bath butler will be on hand to create the perfect bath setting for you whenever suits, complete with candles, oils and bubbles. You can also enjoy a 55-minute spa treatment, and your perfect day will finish with a three-course dinner at , followed by breakfast in your suite the following morning. How’s that for romantic? £6000 per room based on two people sharing.
Design your own bespoke menu at Le Lodge d’Amour
Dine in a riverside hut complete with your own private waiter at romantic London restaurant Le Pont de la Tour. Their intimate terrace spot, Le Lodge d’Amour, is inviting couples to bid on the chance to create a bespoke menu based on your favourite dishes alongside Head Chef Orson Vergnaud. If you don’t win highest bidder, you can still opt for the decadent 5 or 6 course set menu, complete with a glass or bottle of bubbly. Le Lodge d’Amour available 5-13 February, 5 courses (with a glass of Moët and Chandon) £150 for two, 6 courses (with a bottle of Moët and Chandon) £200 for two. Bidding for personalized menu will run between 15-6 February.
Rent out your own rooftop cinema
For a truly magical starlit setting, couples can rent out the entire rooftop cinema of Mayfair hotel The Berkeley for a private viewing. In your cosy retreat, you’ll be able to choose from a selection of romantic classics such as Notting Hill and Sleepless in Seattle, which you can enjoy alongside a bottle of bubbly, mulled wine, canapes and chocolates. 11-17 February. Valentine’s Winter Cinema package priced at £300 per couple.
Stay in a penthouse suite with a private chef
If you and your beau are after some privacy, book a stay at one of Cheval Collection’s spectacular London penthouse suites, where a private chef will be on hand to cook you an intimate dinner. Book the Valentine’s Day package, which includes a complimentary bottle of champagne and a hamper containing everything you need for a romantic breakfast in bed. Two nights in a luxury penthouse and a three course Michelin star meal from £2,350. Valentine’s Package available 13-17 February.
Have a six-course meal in the sky at Bōkan 37
Take your romance up a level by whizzing your Valentine up 37 floors to sky-high restaurant Bōkan 37 for an indulgent 6-course feast. Couples will be guaranteed a window table, ensuring spectacular panoramic views of London as they tuck into a glass of Taittinger and delightful cuisine from chef Aurélie Altemaire, one of Joel Robuchon’s protégées. £115pp
Enjoy a spa day and dinner at The Sofitel St James
Kick the Valentine’s celebrations off with a visit to the hotel’s luxurious SoSPA, where you’ll be treated to an hour-long relaxing couples’ massage and a glass of bubbly. After some R&R, head to the art-deco inspired restaurant The Balcon for an indulgent five-course menu of fine French cuisine, with dishes like wild mushroom ravioli, rabbit with shoulder cottage pie and a rose and raspberry chocolate ganache. Valentine’s Spa Package priced at £300 for two people, £99pp for dinner.
Dine in an igloo at Aviary
Dine under the stars in one of Aviary’s intimate igloos, perched on a rooftop which looks over the London skyline. With twinkling lights, faux fur blankets, hot water bottles and snug rugs, it’s the perfect place to snuggle up with your sweetheart. Feast on seafood platters piled high with oysters, lobster and crab, and wash it down with a bottle of champagne. Igloos available to book from £285
Sky-Dive in the Suffolk Coast
Adrenaline junkies, fall in love at a couples sky-dive. Ascend 13,000ft before jumping out of the plane with your significant other, flying back down to earth in each other’s arms. Recover from the rush with a relaxing stay at The Swan, a boutique hotel nestled on the Suffolk coast, where you can enjoy afternoon tea and explore the on-site Adnams Brewery & Distillery with a special tour and tasting session. The two-night ‘Falling for You’ Valentine’s Day offer at The Swan, Southwold starts from £970 and is based on two sharing a luxe ‘Excellent Room’. Price includes breakfast, the couples skydiving experience, dining at The Still Room, indulgent celebratory cake and champagne in-room experience.
Have dinner on a boat at London Shell Co.
Meander through London’s canals at one of the city’s most romantic restaurants, London Shell Co., found on board The Prince Regent. Tuck into a seven-course seafood menu featuring a traditional aphrodisiac of oysters alongside dishes like salmon en croute for two to share, Cornish scallop with laverbread, and sea salt caramel truffles to finish. £75pp.
Tuck into an aphrodisiac menu at Blakes Hotel
One of London’s most romantic hotels, Blakes Hotel in Kensington are offering an Aphrodisiac Menu designed to get pulses racing. Dishes include tempura oyster with caviar, and saffron risotto with red prawns and burrito, followed by a milk chocolate mousse with passion fruit, yuzu and mango. Wash down with a ‘Love Potion’ cocktail, mixed with gin, Disaronno, cranberry juice, grenadine, honey and lemon juice. Want to make a night of it? Book a stay in one of Blakes luxury rooms, where you can choose a special Valentine’s package complete with rose petals on the bed, a book of love poetry and passionfruit chocolates. The Aphrodisiac Menu will be available on 14 February and priced from £65pp. Love Packages are priced from £411 per room per night.
Cosy up in a cherry blossom igloo
What makes a igloo overlooking the river better? An igloo overlooking the river covered in cherry blossom, of course. Which is exactly what you’ll get at Fulham’s Winterland this Valentine’s Day. Enjoy alongside aphrodisiac cocktails…and don’t forget to get a snap for the ‘gram. £100 per couple for a 5-hour slot in an igloo (shared with two other couples) or book the whole igloo for £360. Cherry blossom igloos and lodges are at Winterland Fulham 14-23 February 2019
Lock a ‘Love Promises’ padlock Parisian-style
Can’t make the trip to Paris, the land of love? For the next best thing, head to the beautiful Ivy Chelsea Garden, where couples are being invited to place their very own ‘Love Promises’ lock on the venue’s floral installation of pink and red roses, inspired by the iconic ‘Ponts des Arts’ bridge. Order the Key To Your Heart dessert: a raspberry sorbet, drizzled in chocolate sauce and rose petals, and you’ll be gifted with your own love padlock to place.
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