How to Have the Most Romantic Valentine’s Day at Home
Fact: staying in is just as romantic as going out, if not more so. Who wants to go out for V-Day anyway? Packed restaurants, fixed menus (at elevated prices), cheesy decorations… there are so many better ways to do it, none of which involve leaving the comfort of your house. So dress up, put on a romantic playlist and pop the champagne: love is in the air and this Valentine’s Day at home is set to be the best yet.
Romance-Filled Ideas for Valentine’s Day at Home
Try afternoon tea at home, courtesy of Cutter & Squidge
There’s nothing more indulgent than a really well-considered, flawlessly executed afternoon tea, and Cutter & Squidge is up there with the best of them. For Valentine’s Day 2022, the bakery is offering to deliver its tempting Valentine’s afternoon tea straight to your door. The Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea for two includes tea, red velvet loaves, brownies and scones with clotted cream and jam. If you’re craving a little more, you can add extras like hot chocolate and salted caramel fudge. £29.99, cutterandsquidge.com
Let the restaurant come to you
At this point, we’re all heartily bored by our own cooking skills (or lack thereof). But don’t settle for your standard local pizza takeout on Valentine’s Day. There are now countless restaurants offering their culinary creations to takeaway, so you can experience first-class cooking at home. Clever app Supper London has the cream of London restaurants on its books, including Zuma, Nobu, 45 Jermyn Street and Hide, plus many more. And no dodgy delivery drivers, spilt soup or cold pasta – it sends its precious packages out on high-tech Japanese scooters, equipped to keep food at its optimum temperature. supperlondon.com
Just add flowers
Nothing says ‘I love you’ quite so classically as flowers. Whether your partner prefers roses, daisies or lilies, there’s bound to be a bouquet that will fill them with joy. The options today are endless, meaning you grab your flowers at a florist, or ditch the hassle and have them delivered straight to your door.
Treat your Valentine to a hamper of goodies
If your love language is gift-giving, then going down the decadent route could be a winner for your V-Day celebrations. Harvey Nichol’s Valentine’s Day Hamper includes champagne, cocktail kits, biscuits, chocolate truffles and strawberry heart jellies. A sweet pick-me-up for you and your loved one to share. £150, harveynichols.com
Put the kids to work on breakfast
Thanks to Cook School’s clever boxes of fresh ingredients put together with children in mind. Each box contains all the ingredients you need to create a delicious meal for four people, and a simple, step-by-step recipe card for children to follow with their parents. These easy-to-follow instructions are written by award-winning children’s cookbook author and co-founder of Cook School, Amanda Grant, and have been thoroughly tested by children. For breakfast in bed, its delicious Valentine’s Day Granola will be just the ticket. £20 for a box, cookschool.shop
Enjoy breakfast in bed, courtesy of The Berkeley
Valentine’s Day in lockdown calls for an indulgent breakfast in bed – better yet, a bundle of delicious treats delivered direct to your door. Illustrious Knightsbridge hotel The Berkeley is doing just that; spreading the love with an array of romance-themed breakfast delights, including heart-shaped French toast, raspberry croissants, fruit, granola and freshly squeezed orange juice. Opt for a bottle of Laurent Perrier champagne to add glamour to the occasion, plus a bouquet of McQueens flowers to really put a smile on that special someone’s face. From £15. Call The Berkeley on +44(0)20 7201 1653 for delivery across SW1X or for collection from the hotel, every day from 8am-11am. the-berkeley.co.uk
Step out to see Connaught Village’s Valentine’s installation
Try a new route for one of your daily walks this Valentine’s weekend, and stop by Connaught Village in London to see its neon light installation. The Tree of Love, Joy and Hope can be found at the junction of Connaught Street and Kendal Street, a popular walking route for those heading towards Hyde Park. While you’re checking it out, you can also stock up on goodies for a Valentine’s meal from the village’s wine merchant, Connaught Cellars, or cheesemongers, Buchanans. connaught-village.co.uk
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