Seven days, seven suggestions for wooing that certain someone.
1 | Bask Over Sunday Lunch
Galvin La Chapelle
This Michelin-starred restaurant is housed in a stunning Grade II-listed brick building with vaulted ceilings and grand light fixtures descending from the beams in the roof. On Sundays, a jazz band shows up to accompany the more affordable prix fixe menu, and the charming service will make your weekend. To start, opt for the chunky and delicious terrine or the onion velouté with gorgeously gooey slow-cooked egg yolk, and then tackle the roast beef and its gigantic Yorkshire pudding. The sea bream is a delicate alternative.
3 courses for £35; every Sunday from 12.00 – 3pm
35 Spital Square, London, E1 6DY; galvinrestaurants.com
2 | Impress With Your Arty Side
WOMEN: New Portraits by Annie Leibovitz
© Annie Leibovitz. From WOMEN: New Portraits (commissioned by UBS)
Show your erudite side by suggesting a visit to Annie Leibovitz’s newest exhibition, which kicked off a world tour this week at a striking old power station in Wapping. Commissioned by UBS, it features the photographer’s portraits of “women of outstanding achievement,” from all areas, giving glimpses of the likes of Amy Winehouse, Michelle Obama, Patti Smith, Katy Perry and Stella McCartney. Not something you – or she – should miss. Entry’s free.
16 January – 7 February
Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, Wapping Wall, London, E1W 3SL; ubs.com/annieleibovitz
3 | Taste This Desert
So newly opened that there’s not even a proper sign above the door yet, get in here early evening to nab your table for dinner midweek. Centred around yakitori (Japanese grilled chicken skewers), the katsu curry scotch egg is a must and, if you want to elicit a muffled giggle from your waitress, try ordering the Parson’s Nose. But, most importantly, do not miss out dessert: ginger ice cream with deep, dark miso caramel and crunchy sweet potato chips. Sounds a bit odd; tastes magical.
89 Kingsland High Street, London, E8 2PB; jidori.co.uk
(See main image; copyright of Aaron Tilley)
4 | Grab Lunch And Go
Pizza Soup at Pizza Pilgrims
Lunch at the Exmouth Market Pizza Pilgrims has just got awesome, with the new option of pizza soup to give you a proverbial hug-in-a-mug in the middle of the day. If you’re bustling around town at the weekend, this is a great option to fuel you up: warm and tasty tomato and herb soup with a hulking bit of warm pizza-dough bread on the side.
15 Exmouth Market, London, EC1R 4QD; pizzapilgrims.co.uk
5 | Share A Bottle Of Wine
Vinoteca Kings Cross
Equally effective in the cold weather is a cosy bar in which to settle with a bottle of wine. The newest Vinoteca, up at King’s Cross, is a smart yet friendly option with a whole host of grapes on offer. If you get peckish, their food’s a bit of alright too with a special offer running for January and February where you get a bavette steak, chips and a glass of Malbec for £15.
3 Pancras Square, London, N1C 4BU; vinoteca.co.uk
6 | Feed Your Wanderlust
Adventure Travel Show
You know how, late at night, probably whilst enjoying the aforementioned wine, you set the world to rights and, in the process, make all sorts of plans to travel the world and cross off various bucket list entries? Yeah, that. How about doing something about it? Olympia London is hosting adventure travel companies, seminars and talks all weekend so that you can actually get around to fulfilling those pipe dreams. Now that’s what you call romance.
Tickets from £8
Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX; adventureshow.co.uk
7 | Book Ahead For Valentine’s Day
Grey Goose Le Bar des Étoiles
Since Grey Goose vodka is the drink of the glitzy Weinstein awards bashes, their master mixologist is clearly the man to go to for smart cocktails at this time of year. And there’s a special pop-up on BAFTA night – aka Valentine’s Day – that would fit the bill beautifully with martinis and Hollywood glamour rolled into one: The Grey Goose Le Bar des Étoiles will open for one night only at Home House, a luxurious private members’ club in Marylebone, and tickets can be booked online.
14 February, 9 – 11pm; tickets costs £25 from eventbrite.co.uk
Home House, 20 Portman Square, London W1H 6LW