Love it or hate it, Valentine’s is coming and there’s no escaping it – if you plan on stepping outdoors, that is.
We’ve rounded up some of the capital’s best offerings this V-Day from luxurious trips away to the terrific duo of tacos and tequila. It’s not too late to whisk the apple of your eye of their feet so let us give you a helping hand…
THE LUXURIOUS ONE
Make your Valentine’s Day weekend a memorable one with the Goodwood Estate
Start the day in style by chartering a helicopter from the centre of London to the Goodwood Estate. Witness the stunning views below as the landscapes transform from skyscrapers and monuments, into the rolling green landscape of West Sussex. As you touch down, a BMW 4×4 vehicle will be waiting for you at the Goodwood Aerodrome, ready for your next exhilarating experience together. A professional driving instructor will guide you on a unique off-road journey to discover the 12,000 acres of woodland on the Estate, rich in history and nature. A visit to the exclusive Butler’s Rest provides a romantic interlude, where you can be served either elevenses or afternoon tea by a Goodwood butler.
After an active afternoon, head to the spa to unwind with a selection of treatments. Using natural products, you and your partner can rejuvenate with a range of holistic therapies.
For the most elegant ending to your Valentines Day, you and your partner can dine privately in the decadence of Goodwood House. Enjoy a four course meal served by your own waiter using fresh ingredients that have been locally sourced from the estate. Choose from an extensive menu, which includes starters such as Estate beef carpaccio with roasted artichokes in a rosemary emulsion and mains such as Goodwood pheasant breast with Estate bacon, chestnuts, roasted garlic and brandy. Finish with a dessert such as the Levindown and fig cheesecake with port-roasted figs and vanilla snow.
After desserts and night caps, depart Goodwood in the same way you arrived with a helicopter ride back to London through the night sky. For those wanting to prolong their stay, retire to one of the luxurious rooms at the Goodwood Hotel for a comfortable night’s sleep.
THE ONE FOR LOVEBIRDS
Enjoy a Sharing Cocktail at The American Bar at The Savoy
The Pickering Place sharing cocktail (£50 for two) is perfect for those that think sharing is caring. The cocktail’s signature serve is a unique experience featuring two contrasting drinks and inspired by its namesake, the last known London site for a duel.
Cocktail 1-The Elegant: Bombay Sapphire Gin, Cocchi rosa, Campari, lemon juice, egg white, saffron syrup and Champagne
Cocktail 2-The Bold: Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Whiskey, Fernet Branca Menta, Byrrh, sugar syrup and coffee
The American Bar at The Savoy Hotel | Website here
THE TIPSY ONE
A Valentine’s Day Tipsy Tea at Mr Fogg’s Residence
To celebrate the world’s most romantic day, Mr Fogg’s Residence in Mayfair will be hosting a splendid Valentine’s bespoke Tipsy Tea experience on Sunday 14th February 2016.
On arrival couples and those looking for a sufficient suitor alike, will receive a romantic welcome of a rose and chocolates, before being serenaded with dulcet tones from the residence’s finest pianist. Once guests are seated, they can choose between either perfectly pink Veuve Clicquot champagne cocktails, or an alluring selection of Hendrick’s gin teas, accompanied with a stunning selection of delectable and desirable heart-shaped sandwiches, cakes, pastries and petit-fours.
Served on embossed fine bone china and elegantly presented on traditional three-tiered cake stands, treats will include: cucumber, coronation chicken, smoked salmon, and cheese and ham sandwiches, Victoria sponge, lemon drizzle cake, meringue tarts, macaroons, marzipan and glacé fruits.
Guests will then be given a twist on the traditional English drink of tea with gin tea-infused cocktails that will be served in beautiful teapots. Unique concoctions of romantic flavors will tantalize the taste buds and include: The 1840, a zingy blend of Earl Grey-infused Hendrick’s gin, Cointreau, crème de pêche and orange marmalade, and the Woburn Abbey, a refreshing mix of English breakfast tea-infused Hendrick’s gin, lemon juice and bee pollen sugar.
Sunday 14th February 2016 (two sittings): 12:44– 2.44pm / 3.01pm–6.01pm
Gift vouchers and Tipsy Tea experiences can be purchased here
Mr Fogg’s, 15 Bruton Lane, London, W1J 6JD | 020 7299 1200
THE ONE FOR TACOS AND TEQUILA
Because who doesn’t love tacos and tequila?
Because taco love is forever. From Friday 12th to Sunday 14th February, El Camion in Soho will be offering loved-up chicas and chicos the choice to share the love with their Margarita Pitcher and Taco Sharer.
Priced at £40, diners can feast on a rack of 12 freshly-made tacos (with a choice of Chicken Tinga, slow-roasted Pork Carnitas or Portobello Mushroom) whilst sipping on the nectar of the Mexican Gods.
25 – 27 Brewer Street, London, W1F 0RR | elcamion.co.uk
THE ONE FOR ALL
Bespoke Sharing Cocktails, Appetizing Food Menus and Anti-Valentine’s Entertainment at The Bourne & Hollingsworth Building
Perfect for loved up couples, groups of single friends or Valentine’s sceptics alike, this versatile Clerkenwell venue is offering Londoners an array of bespoke sharing cocktails, appetizing food menus and stylish entertainment from the morning of Saturday 13th February right through to the evening of Sunday 14th February.
From 10am, B&H Building’s popular brunch service will feature a take on their traditional bottomless Bellini, loved up with fresh raspberries for Valentines weekend as well as featuring on the menu a sharing cocktail designed for two people. This loving cup will marry light dry white wine with bubbles, pear liqueur and fresh apple and pear juices, garnished with a dash of romance.
At dusk, the seasonal supper menu, carefully created by executive chef Adam Gray will commence with examples including Baked monkfish tail, tomato, herb and brown shrimp dressing, buttered potato and Hot chocolate doughnuts with dark chocolate sauce and kirsch cherry fool.
For guests looking to carry on their evening of indulgence, a Lover and Haters themed Anti-Valentines party will take place in Below & Hidden. This subterranean club-room perfectly suited to dancing, DJs and decadence and will keep revellers entertained until the early hours of the morning.
Bookings made here: bourneandhollingsworth.com/buildings, 0203 174 1156