Single, loved-up or somewhere in between there’s something for everyone this Valentine’s Day
Spooky pubs, singles raves or getting your sexy mexi on, there’s something for everyone in this Valentine’s Day round-up…..
The Ship Tavern – Holborn
Dating back to 1549 The Ship Tavern is one of London’s oldest established pubs having quenched the thirst of exhausted labourers for the past 500 years. Deeply connected to the city’s identity and rumoured to have played host to Shakespeare, The Ship Tavern is also known for their ghost sightings of outlawed Catholic priests who were executed during the despotic reign of King Henry VIII. This Valentine’s day why not turn up the heat with a spooky twist? Along with a chilling atmosphere The Ship Tavern have put together a mouth-watering menu full of aphrodisiacs that promises to leave your date cradled up tightly in your arms by the end of the night. The Ship Tavern is a great venue to wine and dine your loved one this Valentine’s day; it oozes charm and warmth, and is surrounded by antique paintings, books and trinkets. With candle draped mahogany walls, warm yourself up next to the crackling open fire or enjoy a more intimate space in their private dining booths. They hold a wide selection of over 50 handpicked gins in their cabinet and a variety of ‘Cask Marque’ accredited real ales, with a comprehensive wine list created with their friends at Bibendum.
Randall & Aubin – Soho
Taking place on Saturday 13th Feb, Barrio’s Anti-Valentine’s Fiesta celebrates the legendary party which happened in 1929, where a mob of singletons associated with the ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ gang of south side Mexico City caused absolute mayhem, leaving nothing but a wake of empty tequila and mescal bottles… Guests can get warmed up with a delicious tequila and mescal tasting menu, offering an array of agave based spirits in their traditional form, from the special Barrio tequila to more adventurous mezcals which can be paired with sweet sangrita or verdita. Soak up the alcohol with Barrio’s mouth-watering Mexican menu, ranging from fresh crispy squid to melt-in-the-mouth pork tacos and a one-off ‘Brasillian Special’ dish will also be on offer. Once all palettes have been adequately whet the Barrio Allstar DJs will be taking over the wheel providing the perfect Anti-Valentine’s soundtrack until the early hours.
Both of the parties at Barrio Central and Barrio North are completely free and the party at Barrio East is £5.
City Cruises – River Thames
One of the best ways to see any city is by its waterways and London is no exception. The river Thames provides a unique setting from which to see this magnificent city in all its glory.
Recently I was lucky enough to see the sights of London aboard a City Cruise’s boat. This however was not your standard tour boat but a fully-fledged floating restaurant with cabaret and dancing. Departing from Westminster Pier, you are taken along the Thames towards the Thames Barrier and back again. on a cruise that lasts around 3 and a 1/2 hours. I have to say that seeing London lit up in all its splendour from the river is something I never get tired of seeing.
Upon arrival my companion and I were greeted with a glass of bubbly and taken to our table. We had a magnificent view and I highly recommend…..(click here to continue)
RS Hispaniola – The Embankment
On the Embankment is another boat that does great food. This one is on a permanent mooring and is fine-dining with great views and an open terrace on the river.
It was a lovely, sunny evening as my guest and I arrived and boarded the Hispaniola. You have to love London when the sun is shining, don’t you?
We were seated at a beautifully set table and eager to enjoy some good food and engaging company. Our first courses arrived quickly. I’d ordered the foie gras and my companion had the smoked mackerel with marinated beetroot, beetroot mousse and beetroot crisps. The foie gras was meltingly soft and a real triumph. My companion loved her mackerel but as per our other cruise, she was definitely eyeing up my plate! For our mains I chose the ox cheeks with dauphinoise potatoes and sautéed spring cabbage. My guest had the seared sea trout with puy lentils, vegetable brunoise and bisque broth…..(click here to continue reading)
Chiquitos – Nationwide
Feeling Mexi this Valentine’s Day? Chiquitos is having a set menu featuring dishes from their new street food menu. Perfect for sharing choose any 3 Mexican inspired plates for an intimate experience. 3 Street Food Dishes + Chiqui Cocktail + Chocolate Churros at £19.95 for person.
To see my recent visit to Chiquitos, Leicester Square and the launch of their street food menu click here
Going out or staying in I hope you have a great Valentine’s Day no matter where you are. Drop me a tweet and tell me where you enjoyed your big night.