THE 6 MOST ROMANTIC SPOTS IN MAYFAIR: BOOK NOW FOR VALENTINES DAY 2018

THE 6 MOST ROMANTIC SPOTS IN MAYFAIR: BOOK NOW FOR VALENTINES DAY 2018

Cover photo: The Grill at The Dorchester.

It's that awkward time of the year between New Years and St Valentine’s Day where Megan and Harry photos are everywhere and the vast majority of the population are royally failing at the detox whilst panicking about the 'plus one'.

Questions you might be asking yourself:

  • 'Elizabeth and Jonathan have a reservation at that hot new place in town, can I book it too?'
  • 'Does my current Valentine deserve to be taken away for a champagne-fuelled soirée at a world-famous country house hotel?'
  • 'Now that Spring is fast approaching, is it time for a fresh start?'
  • 'My mother actually quite likes this one, should I propose?'
  • 'I'm single. Which dating apps should I download to ensure I am not a total loser on V Day?'

Whichever route you decide to go down, our beautiful city boasts some of the most picturesque and desirable hot spots in the world and it would be a shame to waste them. I strongly suggest that you select one of my carefully chosen venues for the most romantic day of the year!

1.) The “Romance at The Dorchester” package at The Dorchester Hotel

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Spa - The Dorchester Spa Relaxation Room

This year, fully embrace the romantic history of Dorchester Collection’s The Dorchester in the heart of Mayfair. As the location where The Look of Love was composed for the original film of Casino Royale and where Stephen Webster met Guy Ritchie and Madonna to design their engagement ring, the hotel certainly has an air of romance about it. It is even rumoured that world-renowned actress Elizabeth Taylor carved her and Richard Burton’s initials into the pink marble of the Harlequin Suite’s bathroom.

To add a personalised touch, the hotel has introduced their newly launched Romance at The Dorchester package, where couples can enjoy an overnight stay and breakfast in bed served by a Butler, with a bottle of Champagne and chocolates upon arrival. Couples can have free access to spa facilities, including the Aromatic Steam room and experience showers. To round off the visit, a romantic dinner at Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester in the Table Lumière completes the perfect day.

The “Romance at The Dorchester” package is priced from £603 for a Superior King Suite, including English breakfast for two.

The Dorchester | Click here to book | +44 (0)207 629 8888 | 53 Park Lane, W1K 1QA | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

2.) Afternoon Tea at The Ritz

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Nothing quite says 'I love you' like a Rosé Champagne Afternoon Tea at The Ritz. Treat the special person in your life to an unforgettable experience in the exquisite Palm Court. Soprano Miranda Heldt will perform operatic melodies, creating a romantic ambience for your special day. Choose from a variety of 18 loose-leaf teas and indulge in a selection of delicate finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and a mouth-watering range of pastries. You will also receive a beautiful red Ritz rose to take home with you.

Priced from £90 per person including a glass of Rosé Champagne.

The Ritz | Click here to book | +44 (0) 20 7300 2345 | 150 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9BR | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

3.) Couples Massage at COMO Shambhala Urban Escape

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Step into the tranquil setting of COMO Shambhala Urban Escape this Valentine’s Day. Choose between two romantic wellness experiences so that you can give your partner a thoughtful and meaningful present this year — one that allows you to spend time together in relaxing, candlelit surroundings. All couples will receive a complimentary massage oil of their choice to take home.

'Love From COMO Shambhala' is the experience that begins with a soothing ginger tea, followed by a nurturing 75-minute COMO Shambhala Massage in the couple’s treatment room. This oil-based massage has been finessed over 20 years, and is carefully designed to calm the mind and gently rejuvenate the body. £250 per couple.

'All About Us' is the experience that allows you to choose the wellness treatments that suit you as a couple. You can enjoy a combination of any of the spa massages, facials and body treatments for two hours, in the double treatment room. £390 per couple

COMO Shambhala Spa | Click here to book | +44 (0) 20 7447 5750 | Old Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 1LB | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

4.) Romantic Screenings at The Berkeley’s Rooftop Cinema

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To celebrate Valentine’s Day from 12th – 18th February 2018, there will be one week of limited edition roof top viewings at The Berkeley Health Club & Spa's Pop-Up Cinema. Expect a spectacular array of Hollywood favourites, from the Golden Age of cinema to the modern day. Experience a perfect romantic evening above bustling Knightsbridge and overlooking Hyde Park, nestling between down feather Moncler blankets with hot-water bottles and homemade hot chocolate.

Includes unlimited mulled wine, a bottle of Laurent-Perrier Rosé Champagne, canapés and chocolates. £295 per couple.

The Berkeley Hotel | Click here to book | +44 (0) 20 7300 2345 | Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RL | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

5.) Drinks and Dinner at 45 Park Lane

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The Dorchester Collection’s contemporary Mayfair and preeminent art hotel, 45 Park Lane, offers couples a romantic experience thanks to its cosy atmosphere and intimate spaces. Couples can enjoy a selection of romantic cocktails and champagne at BAR 45, and dine on a special Valentine’s menu, created by executive chef David McIntyre, at CUT at 45 Park Lane, celebrated chef Wolfgang Puck’s only restaurant in Europe. 

The set menu is available on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 and priced at £115 per person.

45 Park Lane | Click here to book | +44 (0) 207 493 4545 | 45 Park Lane, W1K 1PN | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

6.) ‘All You Need is Love’ Cocktail and Special Dining Menus at Dickie’s Bar and Corrigan's

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Dickie's will be running a special cocktail on Valentine's Day; All You Need Is Love (Lime, Grenadine, Strawberry Syrup, Egg White, Havana 3, 3 Dashes of Elderberry Tincture).

Corrigan's will be running a 5 course tasting menu at £120 with optional wine pairing at £90 per person (a la carte menu will also be available). Also on offer: Kitchen Library at Corrigan’s Mayfair - an intimate Valentine’s dinner for two cooked by top chefs. A cosy dinner table tucked into the restaurant kitchen ticks all the boxes for a private dinner with minimal effort. Guests can watch the Corrigan’s Mayfair chefs hard at work, yet feel as if they are dining in a private house. Bookable for two during Valentine’s week, min spend £500.

Dickie’s Bar │ www.corrigansmayfair.co.uk+44 (0) 20 7499 9943 | 28 Upper Grosvenor St, Mayfair, London W1K 7EH │ Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

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