Overbooked cinemas and overpriced restaurants are so last year. Our Valentine's Day ideas (Tuesday February 14 2017) will get you heading out to the capital's many loved-up events instead. Whether it's a special evening at the best museums in London or one of the many raunchy Valentine's Day parties - we've got your mushy plans sorted. And if you'd rather celebrate in your own time, check out these London events in February guaranteed to wow your loved ones.
RECOMMENDED: explore the full guide to Valentine's Day in London as we'll be updating this page nearer the time
Lovely Valentine's Day events in London
Venue says: London's first poke bar and grill. Pacific Rim cuisine located in Mayfair.
I know what you’re thinking. Hawaiian-inspired restaurant equals hula girls in grass skirts and coconut bras. But at Black Roe, the vibe is swanky Asian fusion (don’t forget, a large proportion of Hawaii’s population are of Japanese descent) – all sexy dark woods, flattering lighting and chilled tunes. As for the people: sharp suits, girls with expensive hair. This is a place to pose. Hardly surprising, considering it’s from Kurt Zdesar, the brains behind see-and-be-seen sushi hangout Chotto Matte. But while that joint balances slick style with culinary substance, Black Roe’s kitchen has some work to do. There’s no faulting the idea of serving pokē, a seasoned ‘tartare’ (it means ‘to cut’) of fish, meat or occasionally veg, as a signature. But the execution is off. Pokē can be served with or without rice; here, it’s the ‘served-over-rice’, eye-on-the-profit margin version. Fair enough. But it needed restraint: I tried four kinds and each saw the high-quality protein clobbered by a different kind of unnecessarily overbearing sauce. Other dishes were better: succulent monkfish and tiger prawns on a puddle of citrus salsa, or pink-middle lamb chops with an intriguing coconut crust. But dessert: two scoops of watery, sweet-but-not-fragrant ‘cherry’ sorbet, was a final disappointment. Factor in the 20-minute wait for the bill and absence of service (we weren’t offered fresh drinks once) and it’s a black mark for Black Roe, sadly.