London's most romantic restaurants
Valentine's Day is coming. And although London is not known as the city of lovers, like Paris or Verone, is does have great options for you and your loved one to have an amazing, and of course romantic, experience.
Here is a list of the most romantic restaurants in London. Good for Valentine's Day or any other day.
Clos Maggiore, Convent Garden WC2
Often described as an oasis in the heart of Covent Garden, thought by many to be the most romantic restaurant in London, and revered for its acclaimed wine list, Clos Maggiore, with its muted lighting and open log fire, epitomises the ethos of a romantic restaurant for some.
Club Gascon, Clerkenwell, EC1
Club Gascon is the Michelin starred jewel in Pascal Aussignac’s mini Empire including Le Cercle and a few other Gascon incarnations. Situated near Smithfield Market, Club Gascon highlights the cuisine of south west France, with a large focus on foie gras, and is great for grown-up romance.
Galvin La Chapelle, Shoreditch
Galvin La Chapelle is the Galvin brothers’ venture in St Botolph’s Hall, a beautiful 19th century building close to Spitalfield Market. The fine dining restaurant is dark and romantic in a truly beautiful setting, making it a contender for one of the most romantic restaurants in London.
Lamberts, Balham, SW12
Lamberts is an intimate local restaurant in Balham, offering unassuming and traditional cuisine, with a great focus on traceable and sustainable produce, in a contemporary setting.
Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley, Knightsbridge, SW1
Since striking out alone from Gordon Ramsay Holdings, Marcus Wareing’s cooking has flourished even further and his eponymous restaurant presents haute cuisine at its finest. The décor is dark and seductive and the service and food are impeccable, making it a string contender for the most romantic restaurants in London.
Odette’s, Primrose Hill, NW1
Odette’s has been a Primrose Hill institution for decades, but is now under the reign of Bryn Williams, winner of the Great British Menu television series. The mood is dark and seductive in the downstairs restaurant, making this one of the most romantic restaurants in London, and the tables that open out on to the streets of Primrose Hill are ideal for an alfresco lunch.
Rhodes 24, The City, EC2
Located on the 24th floor of Tower 42, Rhodes 24 showcases Gary Rhodes’s traditional British cuisine, which received a Michelin Star in 2005. Located in the heart of the City, Rhodes 24 has sublime views of London, and it’s worth having a drink at Vertigo 42’s champagne bar on the 42nd floor of the building before dinner.
Bleeding Heart, Clerkenwell, EC1
With a rustic look to match its location and history, the Bleeding Heart offers traditional French fare in a welcoming and intimate setting, which is great for couples, and has an award-winning wine list to match – what more could you ask for one of the most romantic restaurants in London?
Scott’s, Mayfair, W1
From the moment the doorman wearing a bowler hat greets and escorts you into the dining room and you see the fabulously ornate oyster bar, you know you’re in for a treat, and the food, service and ambience deliver just that. Scott’s is glamorous, exciting and romantic with the right person.
Galvin at Windows, Mayfair, W1
Situated on the 28th floor of the London Hilton on Park Lane, Galvin at Windows has wonderful views of London, and with its Michelin star is one of London’s leading destination restaurants. The combination of great views and food make for a thoroughly romantic evening and surely one of the most romantic restaurants in London.
List elaborated by the London connoisseur Emyr Thomas