things to do for valentines day

Today is San Valentine’s Day, the most romantic day of the year. This is the day when couples show their love and appreciation to one other, often with simple gestures such as a beautiful bunch of flowers, a scribbled love note or spending some quality time together. If you’re looking for some inspiration on how to celebrate this loving day, here are my top three romantic ways to spend San Valentine’s Day with your partner:

1. Romantic dinner

One of my favourite ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day is to head out to a fine restaurant for a candlelight dinner. There is hardly anything more romantic than sitting among a fine crowd and sublime décor, sipping on champagne and listening to the soft music of the piano playing in the background. My three favourite London restaurants for a romantic Valentine’s dinner are:

  • Hakkassan: tucked away in Hanway Place,  they offer the crème de la crème of Chinese fusion cuisine. The interior is chic and modern and the dishes large, perfect for sharing with your special someone. I highly recommend the Dimsum platter and salt and pepper squid.
  • Sushisamba: located on the 38th floor of Heron Tower, this restaurant is a glasshouse that offers a spectacular view of the British capital. The interior is magnificently decorated with bamboo-lattice ceilings while the menu features delicacies from Japan, Brazil and Peru.
  • Yauatcha: a tea house hidden in a Soho basement, this stylish venue features a long bar, spot-light black tables and even an illuminated fish tank. The rhythm of the bass-heavy bits paired with the soft atmosphere makes me feel like I am in a nightclub. My favourite spots are the tables behind the staircase, which offer some welcome privacy for a romantic dinner with your man.
  • Coya: a modern Peruvian restaurant that brings the vivacious spirit of Latin American to the heart of London. The chefs here entertain you while they cook food in one of the three open kitchens serving Peruvian sharing plates, char-grill dishes and ceviche.
  • Park Chinois: an opulent Chinese restaurant that serves an extravagant collection of seasonal dishes in a graceful and chic atmosphere. Diners can enjoy the food while being entertained by a piano music or the notes of a string quartet. I can’t think of a more charming place for a romantic dinner!

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Hakkassan Hanover

2. Stargazing in Greenwich

Gazing at the stars with your partner is one of the most romantic things you can do. The best way to do it is to attend A Valentine’s Evening With The Stars, organized by The Royal Observatory at Greenwich. You’ll be treated to a romantically themed planetarium show, a glass of bubbly and the chance to look at the Moon through the Great Equatorial Telescope. On top of it, each couple will receive a classic red rose, the symbol of eternal love.

3. London Eye Champagne Experience

At 135 metres, The London Eye is the world’s tallest cantilevered wheel, providing a spectacular view of London that spans Buckingham Palace, the Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Trafalgar Square. Sit back in the high-tech glass capsule, sip on the complimentary glass of champagne and enjoy each other’s company. For the next 30 minutes – that’s how long the wheel takes to complete its ride – no one will disturb you.

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