10 Best Valentine’s Day Brunches in London

While a Valentine’s dinner can feel somewhat cliché, a Valentine’s brunch is an original and adorable way to celebrate this day of love. Book pancakes with your partner before heading out to explore the city together, or meet up with friends for a group date later on. And if you feel like taking yourself on a date, you could do just that at Valentine’s Day brunch – there’s no limit to your options!

This is especially true in London, where you’ll find plenty of five-star food, unique locations and delicious drinks that stay flowing throughout your Valentine’s bottomless brunch. If you’re already drunk in love, as Beyoncé would say (or if you just don’t fancy alcohol), you can opt for a sober Valentine’s Day brunch with juices, mocktails and more. Explore this list of the 10 best Valentine’s brunches in London for inspiration, and enjoy finding your new favourite!

1. Skylon Bar and Restaurant

The bustling yet elegant bar at Skylon, illuminated by pink and purple lights.

Credit: Skylon

Whomever your Valentine is this year, you’ll wow them with outstanding food and floor-to-ceiling city views at Skylon Bar and Restaurant. Sit back and enjoy a few drinks, from a classic Old Fashioned to their iconic Skylon Martini made of gin, apple juice, lime juice, and apple and ginger liqueur. Of course, Skylon is also a wonderful place for Valentine’s bottomless brunch, and you can opt for free-flowing Prosecco or Bordeaux alongside brunch for just £21 per person.

Both the Skylon Brunch Menu and their Valentine’s Tasting Menu are incredibly tempting. The elegant Valentine’s Day menu consists of five courses, including crab tart with apple gel and crème fraiche, risotto with caviar, and your choice of aged beef fillet, bass with potato & pancetta or artichoke tortellini as a main. It’s a flawless setup for seafood lovers, but if you’d prefer a brunchier experience, go for weekend brunch at Skylon with dishes like Eggs Royale and avocado toast with super seeds – not to mention all that bottomless wine.

2. The New York Bar

The New York Bar at the Rubens is a truly spectacular venue, and rightfully so! It’s just down the road from Buckingham Palace, within the Rubens Hotel (which also boasts several other gorgeous bars and restaurants). From the plush red velvet decor to the dark wooden furniture with gold and marble accents, we can hardly think of a more glamorous spot for your Valentine’s Day brunch or lunch.

Revel in the atmosphere as you ponder the menu – on the daily menu, you’ll find simple yet sublime sandwiches, as well as small plates like lobster rolls, corn fritters and croquettes. The Valentine’s Day menu is a bit pricier, but includes four sharing plates, a bottle of Champagne and a dessert to share. Not a Champagne fan? Never fear: The New York Bar also offers plenty of creative cocktails named after various English eccentricities, from “The Queen’s Swan” cocktail of gin and banana syrup to the “Meridian 0” of tequila, vermouth and cherry.

3. HIDE Restaurant

The winding wooden grand staircase at HIDE Restaurant in Mayfair.

Credit: HIDE London

HIDE Restaurant, run by Michelin-starred chef Ollie Dabbous, offers a completely unique dining experience. From the moment you’re greeted by the restaurant’s staff and magnificent winding wooden staircase, you’ll know that you’re in for an amazing Valentine’s Day brunch.

Beyond the immediate architectural delights, you can take your pick of dining areas. Climb those stairs to the first-floor restaurant with soaring views of Green Park, or try the intimate, low-lit bar downstairs. No matter where you dine, it’s the brunch menu you’ll remember: to start, ripe honey mango with Thai basil and kaffir lime, or warm coconut milk porridge with date and tamarind compote.

For a main, consider the rich cacklebean eggs with spiced butter beans, tomato and smoked paprika – or for something sweeter, sample HIDE’s in-house viennoiseries, such as the pear, bergamot & sesame croissant or the irresistible French toast with blueberry compote.

4. Swan at the Globe

Swans, which often mate for life, are well-known symbols for love – so where better to dine on Valentine’s Day than at the Swan? Jokes aside, this gorgeous restaurant with riverside views is an excellent spot for your Valentine’s brunch. The Swan at the Globe is particularly strong on savoury entrées, which pair brilliantly with their wines and colourful cocktails – and of course, if you’re craving a late Valentine’s lunch and a show, you can always pop along to the Globe afterwards.

5. Boisdale of Canary Wharf

Speaking of music, if you and your partner go weak in the knees for croony jazz, have we got Valentine’s plans for you! This Wednesday, 14th February, Boisdale of Canary Wharf will lunch accompanied by the musical stylings of Stephen Triffitt, paying beautiful tribute to Frank Sinatra. From “Fly Me to the Moon” to “The Way You Look Tonight”, these classics are just the thing to set the scene for your Valentine’s meal.

At Boisdale, you can try small plates like smoked mackerel pate, or tuck into one of their Scottish-inspired lunch dishes. We’d recommend the Boisdale burger with cheese, lemon-tarragon mayo and dry cured bacon – or perhaps a Scottish pizza of wild venison and haggis, if you dare! With options like chocolate torte and sticky toffee pudding for afters, you’ll love lingering over dessert too. (And if you’d rather celebrate on Valentine’s Day itself, you can attend the evening show by Triffit on 14th February, complete with a robust Valentine’s dinner.)

6. The Old Bull & Bush

For a fairly relaxed but still impressive Valentine’s lunch, try the Old Bull & Bush Hampstead: a sprawling brickwork pub with an equally sprawling menu. Their Valentine’s Day set is available from 9th-14th February (with the exception of Sunday the 12th), and includes three courses – starter, main and dessert – for the very reasonable price of £32 per person.

From the salt & szechuan pepper squid to the baked camembert, you’ll find nothing to fault in the first course. The mains are even better: maple-glazed, slow-cooked pork, pan-roasted lamb and an ample selection of steak (three different cuts on the Valentine’s menu alone)! Besides the food, you and your date will love the classic-yet-stylish feel of this pub, with airy velvet booths and elegant lighting fixtures. Finish off your meal with a chocolate-and-raspberry dessert or, for just £2 extra, a cheeky espresso or passion fruit martini. (These fabulous drink deals also make it a great spot for Galentine’s Day brunch with your besties!)

7.  14 Hills

Nestled on the 14th floor of 120 Fenchurch Street, 14 Hills encompasses an elegant restaurant and vibrant late-night bar, offering unparalleled vistas of London.

Under the culinary expertise of Executive Head Chef Liam Price, their menus celebrate the finest British fare with a touch of French sophistication, highlighting seasonal ingredients from local producers. Whether it’s lunch, dinner, or brunch, there’s a delightful option for every palate high above the city.

Led by the skilled Bar Manager Spyros Apostolopoulos, the bar crafts signature cocktails, serves craft beer, and explores local ingredients to create the most innovative flavours in the city. Indulge your loved one with a lavish five-course Valentine’s Day menu at 14 Hills, set in a romantic rooftop ambiance. Sip on a welcoming glass of champagne as you soak in breathtaking views of London’s skyline. Delight in the live DJ’s music and explore a tempting selection of indulgent cocktails throughout the evening.

8. Joia Bar and Restaurant

JOIA stands as the inaugural London restaurant by the acclaimed two Michelin-starred Portuguese chef Henrique Sá Pessoa, drawing inspiration from his culinary roots and journeys across the Portuguese Iberian Peninsula.

In crafting the menus for JOIA, Henrique Sá Pessoa begins with authentic Iberian ingredients, skillfully combining them with meticulously sourced British produce to create a repertoire of unique and delectable dishes.

Translated as “jewel” in Portuguese, JOIA resides on the 15th floor atop the new art hotel, London Battersea Power Station. Guests can anticipate a breathtaking setting with unparalleled views across the expanse of London.

On Valentine’s Day, enjoy a delicious selection of JOIA’s signature dishes for £110pp  & a special ‘Roses’ cocktail made with Absolut Elyx vodka, rose liqueur, elderflower & vanilla foam.

9. 28-50 By Night

The latest addition to the 28°-50° family, 28°-50° by Night, brings the same exceptional food, wine, and top-notch service you’ve come to expect from us, with the added twist of live jazz every night. Immerse yourself in the sounds of Dixieland, trad jazz, blues, swing, and stomp performed by some of London’s most renowned jazz musicians.

Explore their impressive wine menu and the award-winning ‘Collectors’ List’ featuring fine wines. Their dedicated sommeliers are eager to assist, ensuring the perfect wine pairing to enhance your dining experience amid the vibrant club atmosphere.

Make this Valentine’s special and rediscover love at 28°-50° with our exclusive 4-course menu, including a glass of Ayala Champagne, priced at £79.95 per person.

Raise a toast with a glass of aromatic Ayala Champagne as you embark on a culinary journey featuring tempting dishes like tender beef fillet with pomme purée and perigueux sauce, and a decadent chocolate choux with passion fruit sorbet.

 

10. Galvin at Windows

Elevated above London with breathtaking views, the acclaimed Galvin at Windows Restaurant offers an unrivaled backdrop for memorable occasions. Renowned for innovative seasonal cuisine and impeccable service, Chef Patron Chris Galvin and Head Chef Marc Hardiman lead the culinary experience. This Valentine’s Day, immerse yourself in the romance of one of London’s most iconic restaurants, with magical views of Hyde Park.

Indulge in a captivating 3-course menu curated by Head Chef Marc Hardiman, featuring delightful canapés and a welcoming glass of bubbles. Priced at £99 per person, it’s an enchanting way to celebrate love in the heart of the city.