It’s a mere few days away, but like it or not, Valentine’s Day is going to happen, so you may as well be prepared. Here’s some of our last minute booking ideas.

From getting wined, dined and – you know the rest – at The Bingham Riverhouse while looking out on to the twinkling Thames, or being romanced and massaged until your hearts content in the Yorkshire countryside, take your pick.


Wanting to escape London for an overnight break, but have literally no idea where to go? Well, here’s your answer. Newly renovated, Ye Olde Bell in Yorkshire is not only a cosy country hotel, but recently added a supersize spa to their offering. With every treatment on the books, spend the morning being pampered in the spa, followed by a lounge in your room (among other things), followed by a long boozy dinner and then another visit to your room. You’ll leave feeling both supremely relaxed and probably a bit worn out, in the best way.

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Plate Restaurant in Shoreditch are offering a special package allowing couples to enjoy the best of the city and the countryside, all in one romantic day. Starting in the morning as guests arrive at Plate, where they will be personally chauffeured to E.J. Churchill to enjoy an hour long clay morning shoot. Once they have completed the shoot on the beautiful grounds of the estate, they will then be taken back to a warming lodge to enjoy a taster of Plates champagne and smoked salmon. Couples then have the opportunity to enjoy the grounds of the estate before they are taken back to Plate at midday, where they can relax and enjoy the incredible Versace spa located in the M by Montcalm hotel alongside Plate. To finish off the day, couples will then sit down to a specially designed 7-course set menu, created by Plates’ owner and award-winning head chef, Arnaud Stevens. If that doesn’t sound like the perfect day of being wined and dined, we don’t know what does. Note: This offer is available throughout the entire month of February.

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To coincide with the new launch of the Bingham Riverhouse, located romantically on the water in Richmond, the hotel are offering a Valentine’s Day sharing menu including Truffle arancini, duck parfait and cod mousse and Cornish rock oysters with pickled cucumber and oyster leaf. The hotel is set just a stones throw away from the water and the newly refreshed interiors are giving us all sorts of chic soho-house vibes – plus the rooms are also beautiful, with some including huge copper baths (big enough for two). What more could one ask for?

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Beginning with the ‘Romance in the Sky’ option where guests are taken up to the lounge bar, which boasts incredible panoramic views of the city at night, the Sky Bar will then provide a welcome Champagne cocktail. After, you’ll sit down to an indulgent five-course dinner, specially prepared for the evening with the finest organic seasonal ingredients.

For those seeking out something a little simpler, London Sky Bar are also offering the ‘Movie Experience’ package, where you can cosy up in the Millbank Towers private cinema and enjoy unlimited warm buttered popcorn as you watch favourites including The Notebook and Pretty Woman.

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