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Valentine's Day Dining to Suit Any Mood

By Malika Dalamal
January 31, 2014

On the most romantic day of the year, let's face it, we're not all feeling the love. This Valentine's Day, if violins and heart-shaped desserts aren't your thing, here are seven restaurants to suit your mood (and relationship status).

  • FOR COUPLES THAT WANT TO SPICE THINGS UP

    Dans Le Noir
    Been there? Done that? Seen it all? Bored couples looking for something a little different can dine in the dark at Dans Le Noir in Clerkenwell. The pitch-black restaurant offers a tasting menu served by blind waiters - the aim is to heighten your dining experience by forcing you to rely on smell and taste rather than sight. Apply the same principal to your date, and you're in for an interesting evening!

    30-31 Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0DU; 020 7253 1100

  • FOR COUPLES ON THE VERGE

    Elysee Restaurant
    Take out your frustration on the plates at this traditional Greek restaurant where it's perfectly acceptable to start smashing things once you have finished eating. There's also live jazz, a cocktail bar and a late license that lets them serve till 3.30 AM.

    13 Percy St., W1T 1DP

  • FOR MARRIED COUPLES WHO NEED A NIGHT OFF

    The Gilbert Scott
    If a sweeping romantic gesture from your partner means unclogging the drain or changing a light bulb, it might be time to re-ignite the spark in your marriage. Call a babysitter and book at table at The Gilbert Scott, the gorgeous British restaurant in King's Cross where chef Marcus Wareing is in charge of the kitchen. When you're done, it's just a short trip upstairs to bed in the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel for a blissful night of sleep (or not).

    Euston Rd., NW1 2AR; 020 7278 3888

  • FOR SINGLES ON THE PROWL

    Novikov
    Run by Russian restaurateur Arkady Novikov, this vast Mayfair restaurant attracts a local crowd of hedge funders, fellow Russians and party people. It's actually two restaurants in one: an Italian on one side and Pan-Asian on the other, and there is an underground bar/lounge for those that like to perch by a bar. The food is decadent (with prices to match).

    50A Berkeley St., W1J 8HA; 020 7399 4330

  • FOR NEW COUPLES

    Wiltons
    For traditional old-world romance, Wiltons on Jermyn Street ticks all the boxes. Open since 1742, the discreet British restaurant is a favourite with Royalty, film stars and politicians who feast on hearty classics like lobster thermidor, lamb cutlets and smoke salmon omelets. Impress your date with a seat at the newly refurbished oyster bar.

    55 Jermyn St., SW1Y 6LX; 020 7629 9955

  • FOR THE CREW OF SINGLETONS WHO WANT TO DRINK TO FORGET

    Berners Tavern
    After dinner at this spectacular-looking restaurant, stop for a drink at either the Lobby Bar or reservations-only Punch Room at the new Ian Schrager Hotel off Oxford Street, and you'll soon forget what day it is. The breathtaking space mixes unexpected and modern details in a grand and historic building, but the creative cocktail list is equally impressive and cheeky, including an Elderflower Power Sour and Smashing Pear of Melons. And the secret basement nightclub is table-free - for dancing only.

    10 Berners St., W1T 3LF; 020 7908 7979

  • FOR COUPLES WHO DON'T WANT TO TALK

    The Lounge at Whiteleys
    Head to this cinema and in-movie fine-dining concept, and enjoy restaurant-quality food from a menu devised by chef Rowley Leigh of nearby Le Cafe Anglaise while you watch your favourite movie. The menu features gourmet comfort food like lamb kebabs, beef sliders, fancy fish 'n' chips and hot dogs - all designed to be eaten with one hand.

    Whiteleys of Bayswater, Queensway, W2 4YL; 0871 224 4007

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Places Mentioned

The Gilbert Scott

British • King's Cross

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Berners Tavern

British • Fitzrovia

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