Still not sorted for Valentine’s Day?
Here are a few last-minute ideas
Neill Strain’s Perfect Romance Bouquet is created in a pink and Bordeaux colour palette. Richly textured with a mix of beautiful roses, rare Vanda orchids “Chocolate Box”, Calla Lilies, Raspberry Dianthus, and much more, this stunning hand-tied bouquet exudes romance and passion. It is delivered in Neill Strain’s signature luxury packaging anywhere in London. Alternatively, there’s the Petite Couture and Fragranced Candle Gift Set. Created in a pink and burgundy colour palette, it features a stunning display of pink roses, Calla lilies, rare Vanda orchids “Chocolate Red”, Germinis and seasonal blooms in a black glass vase.
To mark Valentine’s Day, Ladurée’s signature green gift box has been redecorated by hand and features a choux bun that has been pierced by a golden arrow. It is available with eight or 12 macarons (£25 and £35 respectively), available until February 15. You can also have Ladurée’s iconic vanilla macaron printed with “I Love You”. Available until February 14 in store and until February 18 online for home delivery (£2.60 per piece).
71/72 Burlington Arcade
A new addition to Diptyque’s “simple object” initiative where it has asked people from the worlds of design, arts and craftsmanship to create a range of simple objects, are these set of love boxes (£134).
A beautiful gift for any bookworm, this first edition, limited-issue of Orlando by Virginia Woolf (1928) signed by the author in her customary purple ink is a romantic choice for February reading. Dedicated to Vita Sackville-West, whose androgynous personality inspired the character, the book was described by her son Nigel Nicholson as the longest love letter in history.
Peter Harrington, 43 Dover Street, £7,500
During Valentine’s week, guests at Il Borro Tuscan Bistrot will be invited to dine on a luxurious menu using the refined ingredients from the hills, fields and forests of Tuscany. Diners will begin with scallop carpaccio with wasabi peas and black truffle, followed by the likes of risotto con mosaico di pesce. Those with a sweet tooth can finish their evening with puddings including pink rosetterole: a choux, Chantilly cream and rose mousse. On Valentine’s Day itself, there will be a one-off performance from a violinist who has played alongside the likes of Beyonce and Adele.
15 Berkeley Street
The Valentine’s menu from the original Mr Fogg’s in Mayfair is a tribute created by Phileas’ loyal manservant Passepartout to his sweetheart. Rich in dash fruits the A Love Letter From Paris (£18) features Belvedere vodka, Cherry Heering liqueur, Martini Riserva Speciale Bitter aperitif, maraschino syrup, fresh lemon juice, topped with Moët & Chandon Impérial Blanc N.V. Champagne. The Tentation de Philéas (£17) has notes of plum and nut by combining Belvedere vodka, Akashi-Tai shiraume ginjo umeshu, Chartreuse Yellow herbal liqueur, pandan syrup and citrus essence.
15 Bruton Lane