With Valentine's Day fast approaching, we’re all frantically looking for the perfect restaurant to book for our loved ones. For all you design lovers out there, we understand dining out for a special occasion isn't just about having amazing food, but it's also about the ambience and setting; crucial for setting the mood and atmosphere of your evening. We've shortlisted our Top 10 absolute favourite designer restaurants perfect for Cupid's arrow or any special occasion for that matter! These choices all require booking in advance, so be sure to book ahead and grab the best table to really impress that special person in your life. Here's to love and romance, but also exquisite dining furniture and impeccable mood lighting.
Clos Maggiore, Covent Garden
Known as London's most romantic restaurant, you can't go wrong with a table at the beautiful Clos Maggiore. This incredible dining space promises starlight and candlelight, as well as sublime French food and a stunning wine list to die for.
The dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows on the 38th and 39th floors of London’s Heron’s Tower showcase dazzling 360-degree views across London, the perfect frame for your romantic night out.
Set the tone for romance with dinner at the Corinthia's classically British Northall restaurant, near Embankment tube. Make sure you follow your meal with a glass of champagne for two by their cosy fireplace!
Fera at Claridges, Mayfair
Fera is an iconic and terribly glamorous choice for Valentine's Day. Move your partner across a glossy black-and-white marble floor, beneath glittering Murano chandeliers, surrounded by banked flower displays, culminating in your taste buds being whisked away by the finest of foods.
Take romance to a new level at the Michelin Star award-winning, Angler. Seafood is their speciality and London's magnificent skyline is the backdrop. The elegant dining room has a buzzing atmosphere and the adjoining intimate bar and heated terrace both offer cosy corners for intimate after-dinner drinks.
Skylon, Royal Festival Hall
Take a romantic stroll along the South Bank and have a cocktail at Skylon's famous centrepiece bar before settling down to dinner of Modern British Cuisine at a table overlooking the Thames. Originally one of the iconic Conran Restaurants this establishment is now run by Des Gunewardena and MD David Loewi.
Book the private dining room at the Mondrian, as it can be closed off with geometric-patterned glazed sliding doors offering you and your partner some added privacy to your evening, while still allowing for a degree of the restaurant's atmosphere to seep through.
Sticks ’N’ Sushi, Covent Garden
Sticks’n’Sushi offers a fusion of Danish-Japanese food - yes, you heard that correctly! With stark dimmed lights and sleek cut tables, this restaurant transforms this space into a stage-like atmosphere. The brick walls and the wooden minimalistic furniture also give the customer a high dining experience for a surprisingly reasonable price.
The Magazine, Kensington Gardens
This Zaha Hadid designed restaurant is a visit to the future of culinary design. The glass walls allow diners to dwell over the surrounding garden area, and the flowing membrane roof supported by majestic smooth columns, projects natural lighting onto your gastronomic experience. So futuristic!
Hutong, The Shard
This Northern Chinese restaurant located on the 33rd level of the Shard and is totally worth going, even if it's just for the view. Apart from the struggle to get a reservation, this place is worth the expense, especially for a romantic dinner. The combination of wood and Chinese lanterns gives a different type of glamour to the place, plus something often missing from many expensive dining venues – charm.
So what are you waiting for, call one of these fabolous restaurants for a last minute reservation and wow that special somebody. Happy Valentine's Day y'all!
Lots of love, Omar x