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Published February 2nd 2017
Most Romantic Ideas For Lovers
Love is in the air for Valentine's Day in London but with so many hotels and offers, here's a guide to some of the most romantic experiences in the capital.
So whether you want to cuddle up for an amorous movie night with a difference or indulge in an afternoon tea of l'amour, here's a list of some of the most romantic hotels for lovers.
Love is in the air with heart-shaped food at the Island Grill
1. Saints and Sinners Valentine's at K West Hotel & Spa
Whether you are a hopeless romantic or a saucy minx, the modern K West Hotel & Spa will be music to the ears of many lovers. That's because the hotel has created music inspired naughty and nice packages from February 10 to 19.
Will you be naughty or nice at the K West Hotel & Spa
Sweethearts can make the most of the One Love Saints Package - which is a nod to Bob Marley's lyrics of 'one love, one heart' - as it gives them the full romantic works of a bottle of champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries in an executive room. There are rose petals on the bed and big balloons to add that sense of occasion plus a bath treat, bath salts and a deluxe candle to make the evening as sensual as possible.
While the All Day and All of the Night Sinners Package – inspired by The Kinks song - includes a giant Porn Star Martini to share in the hotel's Studio Bar when guests arrive, things heat up in the bedroom, where some hot chilli crushed chocolate is waiting for the couple in an executive room. The bedroom is also seductively decorated with black feathers, big, bold balloons and a gift box filled with steamy surprises to spice up the stay.
The Saints or Sinners Package both cost £219 per couple. K West Hotel & Spa, Richmond Way, London, W14 0AX Call 020 8008 6600 or visit the K West Hotel website.
2. Bed, Flicks and Chill at Andaz London Liverpool Street
This five-star luxury hotel knows that many couples want nothing more than to lock themselves away and stay in bed during a romantic weekend.
With that in mind, the Andaz's Bed, Flicks and Chill deal (which can be booked for weekends up until the end of the year) provides guests with an aphrodisiac inspired ice cream to tuck into while they stay in a luxury suite and binge watch movies. Flavours range from seductive chilli and chocolate to ginger & coconut or an almond & vanilla.
To make sure couples don't run out of movies to watch, the hotel's in-room movie library is constantly updated with latest films.
Settle in for a movie in a suite at Andaz London Liverpool Street
Along with the ice cream, the deal includes unlimited in-room movies, a chilled bottle of prosecco, full English breakfast the morning after, a complimentary mini bar including non-alcoholic drinks and a late check-out at 2pm.
There's also 25% off any room service additions and health club treatments.
Bed, Flicks and Chill package costs from £199 and can be booked up to April 30 for weekend stays up to the end of the year.
Andaz London Liverpool Street, 40 Liverpool St, London. EC2M 7QN Andaz website.
3. Valentine's Day Dining at Sopwell House in St Albans
Step back into the grandeur of Sopwell House for a romantic meal you won't forget on the outskirts of London.
This Georgian manor house is away from the hustle and bustle of the city in St Albans - just 20 minutes by train from London St Pancras.
Couples can lose themselves in the two restaurants, elegant cocktail lounge, and conservatory bar, all of which look out on 12-acres of beautiful gardens.
Foodies will love Sopwell House for a romantic meal or afternoon tea.
Valentine's specials at Sopwell House include an Afternoon Tea inspired by cupid featuring Chocolate & Raspberry Hearts; Wild Strawberry Macaroons; and Pink Champagne and Raspberry Jelly. While savoury sandwiches range from smoked chicken on Mediterranean bread to smoked salmon and cracked black pepper on brown bread before scones and jam.
To add to the air of romance, there's also a complimentary glass of Taittinger Rosé.
There's also a menu exclusively created for Valentine's Day in the hotel's intimate but modern Brasserie. A five-course tasting menu starts with a glass of Taittinger Rosé Champagne and canapés before the meal. It also concludes with the extra delight of a box of gift-wrapped handmade white chocolates given to each couple to take home.
Dishes on the tasting menu treat couples to classic meat and vegetarian favourites including slow cooked fillet of beef with fondant potato and glazed baby vegetables, raspberry and chocolate tart with passion fruit meringue and champagne sorbet.
The tasting menu in The Restaurant costs £79.50 per person while the Valentine's Day Afternoon Tea costs £37.50 per person from Monday to Fridays or £41.50 per person on Saturdays and Sundays. It is available between 1pm and 5.30pm in the Cocktail Lounge, Conservatory Bar and the Restaurant.
Sopwell House, Cottonmill Lane, St Albans, AL1 2HQ
Call 01727 864477 or visit the Sopwell House website.
. 4. Romantically at 41 Hotel in Belgravia
For those getting serious, this hotel offers serious luxury.
It's a five star hotel for a reason and it prides itself on being ultra-attentive as the staff outnumber the guests two to one. It adds that touch of charm from the moment guests arrive, when they are greeted with a red rose.
The luxurious 41 Hotel in London has a natural charm
This luxurious boutique hotel in the heart of London is just a short walk from Buckingham Palace and offers "Romantically" packages that include couples getting champagne as they arrive for an overnight stay in one of the luxuriously appointed rooms or suites.
They also get unlimited access to "plunge the pantry" where there are delicious treats every evening. You'll return to your room at night where the turndown service has spread red rose petals, lit candles to create an amorous mood and left massage oils by the bedside. The stay includes a hearty full English breakfast needed to refuel after a long night.
Prices start from £402.00 per room per night, based on two adults sharing an Executive King room.
Hotel 41, 41 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 0PS
Call 020 7300 0041 or visit the Hotel 41 website.
5. Valentine's at The Arch London
Lovebirds can feed themselves on food (and lust) at the five-star boutique hotel, The Arch London.
This chic retreat in Marylebone, near Oxford Street and Hyde Park, is a romantic haven at the best of times but there is the added bonus of an exclusive Valentine's package, dinner menu and afternoon tea, available from February 10 to 19.
The Valentine's Afternoon Tea, which costs £40 per person, includes a glass of Taittinger Brut Reserve and has a single long stemmed rose waiting on the table, either in the hotel's stunning Martini Library, Salon de Champagne lounge or restaurant.
Amid the beautifully laid out sweet treats are mouth-watering white chocolate and passion fruit macaroons; Lemon curd and raspberry tarts; and Buttermilk pannacotta, rhubarb compote and ginger shortbread.
Sweet delights for sweethearts at the Arch London
As well as plain and fruit scones with jam and clotted cream, there are savoury items and sandwiches plus smoked salmon, crème fraiche on blinis.
If you want to sample more ambience of the hotel, there is a Valentine's overnight stay for two in a luxury suite, which comes with a free bottle of Taittinger Reserve Brut Champagne with your name on it to use whenever you like. That means it can be in the room, during dinner – or if you want to be totally decadent – over breakfast in bed.
Added to that is the Valentine's dinner with a glass of Champagne and a single long stemmed rose in the hotel's chic Salon de Champagne or restaurant Hunter 486. The following day includes English breakfast and a complimentary late check out.
The Valentine's afternoon tea is £40 per person. The package with overnight stay costs £559 per night.
The Arch London, 50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, London W1H 7FD
Book through the Arch London Hotel website.
6. Nine-course tasting menu at Lancaster London
The Lancaster London's Island Grill restaurant offers a stylish venue for romance. It's got dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows where couples can hold hands while looking across leafy Hyde Park.
Romantic sweet treats at Island Grill
Island Grill is putting on a special Valentine's nine-course tasting menu of sharing dishes, which include desserts with heart-shaped sweet treats.
The menu is made up of three starters, three mains and three desserts, including dishes like smoked salmon with avocado mousse, beetroot and toasted sourdough and pan-fried sea bream, potato gnocchi and confit tomato.
Delicious desserts for couples include dark chocolate fondant with Baileys Chantilly cream and raspberry sorbet and strawberry panna cotta with fresh berry compote, black pepper tuile and candied rose petals.
Along with the meal, there are fun speciality cocktails available like the irresistable Love Potion Martini, containing pomegranate juice, strawberry vodka & chambord black raspberry liqueur.
The love potion martini
If that's not enough, there are also surprise gift for diners to take home.
The set menu is available from 10 February to 14 February and costs £38 per person including a complimentary drink on arrival.
Lancaster London, Lancaster Terrace, London W2 2TY
Reservations on 020 7551 6000 or visit the Lancaster London website.