They say the way to someone's heart is through food. With this in mind, finding the perfect place to take your date this Valentine's Day is a must. Whether you want something super romantic or something more laid-back, you're spoilt for choice in London. If you're looking for some inspiration, we have you covered:
1. Clos Maggiore
What better place to start than London's most romantic restaurant, Clos Maggiore? The fact that numerous marriage proposals take place in Clos Maggiore each week is evidence of this. The menu is Provençal-inspired and includes 'Windsor Royal Park Venison & Ibérico Pork Terrine' and 'Hand Rolled Fresh Papardella'. A three-course meal at Clos Maggiore costs £49.50 per person.
Where? 33 King Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8JD
If you want to indulge this Valentine's Day, I'd recommend making a reservation for the sophisticated Oblix. Located on the 32nd floor of The Shard, Oblix probably isn't the best restaurant for the faint-hearted. However, it does offer amazing views of London, which will blow you away. Be sure to book a table near the windows so that you don't miss out.
Where? The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY
3. Duck and Waffle
Duck and Waffle is a restaurant that all Londoners should visit at least once in their lives. Shoot up to the 40th floor (yes, you read that right) of Heron Tower and you'll instantly be met by a stylish cocktail bar and unmissable view of the city. Oh, and Duck and Waffle is open 24/7 so you can still head over there if you're working late into the night. Don't forget to try 'Olive You', Duck and Waffle's special cocktail for Valentine's Day.
Where? 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY
4. Chiltern Firehouse
Chiltern Firehouse is located in the heart of Marylebone, and it is ideal for spotting celebrities - Bradley Cooper and Lindsay Lohan have both been known to hang out there. According to The Telegraph, "The interiors are tireless, homely, stylish, vintage and glamorous. You won't want to leave." What more could you want? Chiltern Firehouse is guaranteed to be packed this Valentine's Day, so be sure to book in advance.
With its laid-back vibes and traditional setting, it's no surprise that La Chapelle is known as one of London's most romantic restaurants. Diners are presented with a French menu that has gained the restaurant a Michelin star. La Chapelle also won the AA London Restaurant of the Year and Tatler Magazine of the Year in the first year it was open. La Chapelle has a special Valentine's Day menu with delicious options, including Chateaubriand of Cumbrian beef, gnocchi and apple tarte tatin.
Where? 35 Spital Square, London, W1S 2XG
With its Instagram-worthy pink interior and creative menu, Sketch has seen a rise in reservations in the last few years. It has recently undergone a redesign by Turner Prize winner Martin Creed and is now even more colourful than ever. However, eating at Sketch does not come cheap - dinner in the Lecture Room & Library costs £200 (including 6 courses and a glass a rosé champagne), while dinner in The Gallery costs £110 (for 4 courses). Nevertheless, Sketch has won its fair share of awards so it is definitely worth a visit.
Where? 9 Conduit Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 2XG
If you're not able to get a booking at any of these restaurants, you could always try Flat Iron, Zizzi, Las Iguanas and Wagamama.