Hot tip, gentlemen: always make a reservation at somewhere truly romantic for Valentine’s Day. Always. Just in case.
The thing is, you don’t want to get caught out not having one. Whether you’ve been together for two decades or two weeks, the gesture alone will earn you major gold stars. Your special someone may not give two hoots about Valentine’s Day but if she does hint at a desire to mark the day, you look like a hero if you’re prepared.
At any time of year, Chelsea is one of London’s romantic neighbourhoods, and Sloane Street offers a selection of bars and restaurants with equally intimate vibes.
To help you out with your amorous intentions, we’ve selected the most romantic restaurants and bars on and around Sloane Street for Valentine’s Day. If Cupid was your concierge, this is where he’d make your reservations…
HARRY’S DOLCE VITA
THE VIBE: A tribute to Fellini’s Italy of the Fifties with cosy banquettes, lots of shimmering brass touches, on-the-ball staff and a menu you’ll want to share.
THE DETAILS: 27-31 Basil St, SW3 1BB; harrysdolcevita.com.
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CHINOISERIE AT JUMEIRAH CARLTON TOWER
THE VIBE: Settle into one of the plush sofas or armchairs at the beyond-pretty Chinoiserie for a special Valentine’s Day afternoon tea menu.
THE DETAILS: Cadogan Place, Ground Floor, Jumeirah Carlton Tower, London SW1X 9PY; jumeirah.com/chinoiserie.
THE VIBE: When a whirlwind trip to Paris isn’t possible, Colbert is the answer. Like the best-kept insider tip from your most stylish Parisian pal.
THE DETAILS: 50-52 Sloane Square, SW1W 8AX; colbertchelsea.com.
THE VIBE: Low-key, healthy, fresh and delicious, all set in a verdant courtyard or hidden in the back of Boutique 1 (the perfect after-shopping destination).
THE DETAILS: 127 Sloane St, SW1X 9AS; aprilscafe.com.