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Valentine's Day: Our Pick Of Best Places to Eat

Valentine's Day: Our Pick Of Best Places to Eat

Valentine's Day is a day that for some is incredibly important.  For others- it can’t be over soon enough.  Whether you love it or not, it’s a day that can give you something to think about, and for us it’s where to have the perfect meal (or a full day of food if you're so inclined).  So whether it’s with your Valentine, your best friend, or the most important person, you, we put together a day of some of the best food in London (according to us) to help you celebrate a day of love and friendship in the best way we know how.  

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Breakfast: Duck & Waffle, Bishopsgate

www.duckandwaffle.com

Tel: +44 203 640 7310

High in the sky, you can experience an unrivalled view with your morning coffee at Duck & Waffle. Despite causing a stir with the unique pairing of duck on waffle, this breakfast spot has proven that the unknown should be embraced and dares you to defy the different.

From the 40th floor of The Heron Tower you have front row seats to the spectacular 360-degree skyline view as the city springs into life, and the sun rises over the capital. Cosy up on a banquette and treat yourselves to a show stopping start to the day. We'd recommend sharing the namesake Duck & Waffle and the Full Elvis. The crispy confit duck is the perfect savoury partner to the sweet waffle with a generous addition of mustard maple syrup, topped with a fried duck egg. The Full Elvis, is the 'sweet' to the Duck & Waffle’s 'savoury'.  Piled high with peanut butter & jelly, banana brûlée, chantilly cream and more, it is sure to go beyond satisfying that sugar craving. Both dishes are utterly delectable but since it is Valentines Day after all, maybe treat yourself to both?

Duck & Waffle View

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Lunch: Kiru, Chelsea

www.kirurestaurant.com

Tel: +44 207 584 9999

This hidden contemporary Japanese Fusion gem in Chelsea offers one of the best lunches in the city. A short distance from the Saatchi Gallery and the shops of the Kings Road you can make an afternoon of it, whether by yourself, with others or on a date. So spend the day in Chelsea before grabbing a table and ordering one of their unique artisan cocktails. We recommend the Claus Yuzu Margarita (named after one of their regulars) or, if you’re having the Valentine’s Day Menu, have some Rosé bubbles and await the riot of colours elegantly and fancifully arriving in all the forthcoming dishes. Our favourites dishes overall are the Mixed Mushroom and the Yellowtail with Smokey Aubergine. The yuzu foam is so delicious you may want to “hold the foam” to continue using it as a dipping sauce for future dishes. Try any of the Kiru Style Sushi rolls to cement this as one of your favourite spots, but to help you along we just thought to mention the sea bass with Truffle Koji - we dare you to be disappointed.

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Supper: Campania, Columbia Road  

www.campaniaandjones.com

Tel: +44 207 613 0015

Just off Columbia Road Flower Market is the perfect place for an intimate and cosy supper for two. This small Italian spot in the East End is the perfect place for those of us who love a rustic yet stylish eatery. With industrial décor that reminds us of the city we’re in, to the fresh tastes of what feels like a home cooked meal, we recommend you ask for a table next to the log fire and settle in with a bottle of red, while deliberating over the short but thorough menu of Italian classics. Leave the diet at the door as there is still time pre-summer, and with all the pasta being homemade, resisting will be delightfully impossible. Choose the rich and creamy Spaghetti Vongole native to Campania, the restaurant’s namesake, the parcel-like Tortelli, Funghi e Ricotta and Zuppa di Pesce. Perfectly al dente and fabulously flavoursome they all vie for top billing and you'll be pleased you shared. Just make sure you leave room for pudding...and a coffee.

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So for breakfast we prefer to watch London stir into action from above, for lunch you can find us salivating over sushi and delicious cocktails in the ultimate atmosphere, and for supper we ponder seasonal menus over a glass of red in a small, family run place that treats you like a long lost friend. Our choices are diverse, as the options in London are endless, but the best part of it all, is that you can celebrate Valentine’s Day however you want, and in whichever way makes you happy (as long as there is good food involved...)

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