: If you haven’t booked anywhere special for your loved one this Valentine’s Day, now’s the time – before it’s too late.
Whether you are looking to woo the woman in your world or lavish luxury on the lady in your life, there’s one city that offers all that and more – London.
The Metropolitan Hotel
is celebrating the month of seduction with heart-shaped events, ranging from the innocent to the risqué.
Book the Rendez-Vous package for £399 over the Valentine’s weekend. Along with a night in this elegant hotel, guests will receive a 24-carat gold ‘little something’ and a silk blindfold in their rooms – plus a champagne breakfast for two in the morning.
Or, for something a little more casual, reserve
a table at its Courtesans & Cupcakes event on Saturday 13 February. Costing just £25, indulge in this oh-so-chic version of luxury afternoon tea.
For a venue with a view, book a table for two at the award-winning Babylon Restaurant at the Kensington Roof Gardens
on Sunday 14 February.
It offers the perfect backdrop for a romantic evening during which you’ll dine in a cosy booth for two on a delicious five-course tasting menu – with delights such as Madeira veloute and Cornish crab ravioli (£110pp; 020 7368 3993).
To really pull out all the stops, make the girl of your dreams feel like a princess with Swissotel The Howard's
Fairytale package (available on 12, 13 and 14 February).
After being met by a horse-drawn carriage, you’ll be taken to French glasswear specialist shop Lalique, which will be exclusively closed, on Conduit Street.
Then you will dine on a tantalising five-course meal – while being waited on by a personal butler and played to by a harpist.
After, a Jaguar Limousine will arrive to take you to your Grand Room, overlooking the River Thames. (The package costs £2,010+VAT.)
Hotel-of-the-moment, The May Fair
, is also organising something special for Valentine’s Day.
From £259 per room, couples can enjoy a candlelit dinner in Amba Bar & Grill, relax in the spa and then enjoy chocolate-dipped strawberries and sparking wine in their deluxe room.
To really capture her heart, take her on a cruise on the night of Sunday 14 February. Bateaux London
will glide across the Thames, serving you great sights of the city as well as delectable dishes.
You’ll receive a welcome glass of champagne and meals such as grilled Scottish scallops or classic beef wellington. (Tickets start from £135pp.)
Or, have a celebrity chef cook for you. Gary Rhodes’ restaurant Rhodes W1
is offering a seven-course gourmet meal on Saturday 13 February – guests will also be treated to a glass of Veuve Fourny champagne.
Situated in the elegant Cumberland Hotel, you’ll be afforded the ideal romantic setting to ensure this Valentine’s Day is one not to be forgotten (£85pp).