Five Romantic Restaurants for Valentine’s Day in west London
by Elisa Freeling
Whether you relish a reason to get romantic or just need an excuse to spring for a sitter, Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to reconnect with your other half (or at least to have an uninterrupted conversation). Plus it falls on a Saturday this year—even if the kids don’t allow you a lie-in the next day, at least there’s no school run.
Left it too late and now can’t get a reservation where and when you want? Simply switch your celebration to Friday night; you’ll have the added benefit of fewer canoodling couples flaunting their kid-free insouciance.
So where to go? Here are five of our favourites, from casual to formal, meaty to veggie—each perfect for a romantic Valentine dine.
What: Elegant Michelin-starred restaurant with fabulous food and impeccable service
Where: Kew Village, 14 Station Parade, TW9 3PZ
Read our review of The Glasshouse here
What: Carefully crafted veggie fare that will win even a carnivore’s heart
Where: Hammersmith, 51 Queen Caroline Street, W6 9QL
Read our review of The Gate here
What: Relaxed restaurant with food-wine pairs that love each other almost as much as you
Where: Fulham, 871-873 Fulham Road, SW6 5HP
Read our review of the Fulham Wine Rooms here
What: Charming traditional dining room with a cool, laid-back vibe
Where: Shepherds Bush, 304 Uxbridge Road, W12 7LJ
Read our Bush Hall review here
What: Sexy Southbank spot with glorious views across the river
Where: Royal Festival Hall, SE1 8XX
Read our Skylon review here
About the author:
Elisa moved to London seven years ago from San Francisco, where, in pre-children days, she was the managing editor at Sierra magazine. She lived in Brook Green and Notting Hill before settling in Chiswick, where she lives with her book-loving daughter, train-loving son, and thickly moustachioed husband.