Five of London’s most romantic restaurants

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so we’ve rounded up a few of London’s sexiest restaurants in which to get hot under the collar. And what’s more, they’re all within walking distance of the Strand Palace Hotel.

J Sheekey

Follow in the footsteps of Keira Knightley and the Beckhams by enjoying a cosy meal at this celebrity haunt in London’s Theatreland. Loved-up couples in search of privacy will appreciate the restaurant’s ambient lighting and discreet booths.

Fancy an aphrodisiac? Plump for the oysters at this fish and seafood restaurant. Ideal for a pre- or post-theatre meal, photos of West End stars adorn the walls, while the art deco interior blends marble, mosaic and wood panelling. Feast on Sheekey’s famous fish pie, before finishing up with a tempting pudding, such as the rhubarb crumble pie or the iced Bolivian chocolate and pistachio bar.

Sketch 

If it’s wow factor you’re after, head to this arty dining destination in London’s Mayfair. Set within a grade II listed townhouse, the design of this cavernous venue is outrageously over-the-top. Choose whether to dine at the two Michelin-starred Lecture Room & Library, or gorge on afternoon tea at The Gallery brasserie, which was given a facelift by Turner Prize-winning artist David Shringley. Walls are splashed with 239 of Shringley’s comical drawings and comfy chairs are a frothy pink.

Fancy cakes and cocktails? Lounge about on Louis XV seating at the Parlour patisserie, restaurant and bar. The brainchild of French master chef Pierre Gagnaire and restauranteur Mazouz, the delicious food and quirky décor will guarantee that this is a night to remember. Don’t leave without spending a penny in the egg-shaped, space age-style toilet cubicles!

Clos Maggiore

Hyped as London’s most romantic restaurant, this Covent Garden venue has attracted a slew of celebrity couples over the years, including Prince Harry and his former beau Chelsea. Serving up traditional French fare, book a table in the blossom-covered conservatory where twinkling fairy lights and flickering candles set the seductive mood. Foodie highlights include the Scottish scallop and crispy pig’s trotters for starters and the roasted lobster for main. Book well in advance to secure a table at this popular restaurant. You may have better chance of nabbing a table if you opt for the pre- or post-theatre seating between 5-6pm or 10-11pm.

OXO Tower Restaurant

Ramp up the romance with a meal at the top of this cool London landmark, which boasts fabulous views across the Thames to Charing Cross and the City of London. Expect modern British fare with a twist, an extensive menu for vegetarians and vegans, and a lengthy wine menu. For pudding, share the to-die-for signature chocolate plate.

Bob Bob Ricard

Like something out of a David Lynch movie with its velvet drapes and period decor, this opulent 1930s-style all-booth dining room serves up English and Russian fare, with plenty of rich treats on the menu, including oysters, foie gras, steak and caviar. Booth seating makes it the ideal venue for romantic trysts, but the restaurant’s major selling point has to be its “call for Champagne” buzzer, fitted at every table. Bottoms up!

Strand Palace Concierge

Looking to impress a loved one this Valentine’s Day? The Strand Palace concierge team are here to help! If you need any assistance with bookings or any advice on where to go, we have all the info you need. Enquire with us today and make this Valentine’s day special.

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