Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and if you’re looking to make this year’s celebration extra special, you’ve come to the right place. DesignMyNight have put together five of London’s most romantic offerings (and all five will blow ordinary dinner dates out of the water), from a staycation that ends with winter cocktails in a gingerbread cabin, to a movie night in one of the city’s most iconic landmarks.
Looking for an extravagant soirée fit for the 1920s? The London Cabaret Club are throwing a Great Gatsby Valentine’s spectacular, and it’s set to be quite the affair. They’re bringing the Roaring Twenties to life inside the opulent Bloomsbury Ballroom, with a retelling of the famous tale, performed to the heart-stopping songs from the most recent film adaptation. The night will also involve a decadent dinner, complimentary Champagne and plenty of opportunities to show off your finest prohibition attire on the dance floor.
Make the most of the romantic season with the ultimate lovers retreat at Camden’s York & Albany. On top of a stay in one of the hotel’s deluxe rooms and a breakfast spread delivered to your door the next morning, tickets also include a trip to their charming gingerbread cabin that’s concealed in their courtyard. Experience a slice of magic in this cosy hideaway, where you’ll be surrounded by sweet-themed decor while indulging in mulled wine, winter cocktails like the Gingerbread Espresso Martini, and a variety of sweet and savoury canapés.
Take to the 69th floor of The Shard for a sky-high screening amongst the stars. Make sure to soak up the picture perfect views with your Valentine before settling in for everyone’s favourite tear-jerker from 2019, A Star Is Born. Whether you decide to sob into some freshly made popcorn or heal your pain with a few cocktails, you’ll find it hard to be satisfied with a regular cinema date after this luxe viewing experience.
Take your dinner plans to new heights with a candlelit feast atop The Curtain hotel’s idyllic and exclusive rooftop lido. Set against stunning skyline views, you’ll be tucking into three courses of your choice, from a crowd-pleasing menu featuring scallops, a T-bone steak for two, gnocchi and a chocolate and hazelnut tart. A glass of Veuve Clicquot Rosé will also greet you at the door, making the night feel that little bit more special.
Valentine’s falling on a colder month has its perks, and the excuse to drink hot cocktails while cuddling up on a rooftop is definitely one of them. Ham Yard Hotel has teamed up with well-loved gin brand Sipsmith to turn their twinkly rooftop into London’s go-to destination for steaming gin cocktails. And it’s not just the temperature of the drinks that make them unique – one comes served from a cauldron and topped with an orange blossom marshmallow, and another will be served alongside a mini venison pie and sloe gin compote.