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Endless love: Valentine’s Day in Canary Wharf
What to do, what to buy and where to eat this Valentine’s Day
The look of love might be in your eyes but have you made plans to celebrate the object of your affection this Valentine’s Day? Whether you’re spending the seasonal celebration of love and affection focusing on your partner, best friends or both, from Galentine’s to Valentine’s we’ve got endless love for the range of gorgeous Valentine’s gifts, enthralling entertainment and delicious dinners to share with your nearest and dearest.
Things to do on Valentine’s Day
That crazy little thing called love deserves to be celebrated in style, and Canary Wharf has a host of things to do for Valentine’s Day, whether you’re into playing games or a master of the arts.
Hit me with your best shot: Clays Canary Wharf
Clays Canary Wharf is the unique, fun-filled, high-tech, interactive clay target shooting experience that’s made to be shared. Settle into a booth and the buzzing atmosphere for a Valentine’s Day special offer that includes 60-minutes of unlimited gameplay, one pizzette and two sharing plates, plus a Lover’s Dessert for two, two drinks per person and live DJs from 6pm to 11pm, all for £40pp.
Electric dreams: Electric Shuffle
Shuffleboard like you’ve never played it before is the perfect way to spend quality time with your best friends, especially with Electric Shuffle’s dedicated Galentine’s Brunch with Chambord. Bring your A-game for a two-hour brunch session including an hour of play alongside a bottle of Prosecco each, bottomless pizza and complimentary Chambord liqueur to top up your fizz and make your own show-stopping Chambord Bellini cocktails, all from £35 per person.
Art and soul: Valentine’s Trail
Grab a coffee and take a romantic stroll around the Canary Wharf Estate, exploring artworks dedicated to the power of love. From It Takes Two by Bob Allen at Cabot Square, to Electro-Rainbow by Lothar Götz at Crossrail Place, and Kiss by Nigel Hall at South Colonnade, walk hand in hand for quality time and inspiration using our free Art and Soul Valentine’s Trail. It’s available on the Canary Wharf app, complete with recommendations on where to stop for lunch, brunch, drinks and dinner along the way.
Can’t help falling in love: Ice Rink Canary Wharf
Hopefully the falling is limited to love as you make memories to last a lifetime at the Canary Wharf ice rink, as it enjoys its final few weeks of the season (closing on 24th February). Talk, twirl and take in the twinkling skies as you skate into the evening before warming up with a drink in The Grandstand Bar.
Players gonna play: Fairgame
It’s all a game with a modern twist on old-school fairground entertainment at Fairgame. Keep it fun and flirty with a little friendly competition, playing Roll-A-Ball Derby, Skeeball, Shoot the Clown, Whac-A-Mole and more. Making it extra sweet this Valentine’s Day, candy floss cupids will be handing out free candy floss all evening on 14th Feb, and there will even be a couples’ fortune teller to help you look into that future together.
Where to eat in Canary Wharf this Valentine’s Day
It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without a romantic meal, and whether you’re in the mood for brunch, lunch or elegant tasting menus, in Canary Wharf there are plenty of options when it comes to the food of love.
It must be love: mallow
Famed for their 100% plant-based menu and elegant style, seasonal, sustainable food and drink are the order of the day at mallow. For Valentine’s Day, they’re cooking up a storm with their seven-course tasting menu inspired by a fusion of international flavours. Enjoy dishes infused with saffron, pepper, rose, elderflower and lemongrass, in a dining experience that tantalises the senses with dishes including adobo cauliflower skewers with aioli, orange and pepper salt and pickled pink peppercorns and rhubarb and Bramley apple compote with elderflower Chantilly and almond thyme crumble, all from £50 per person.
Love in a warm climate: Gallio
The Mediterranean is synonymous with love, and Gallio exemplifies the beauty of that warm climate with a menu encapsulating the romance of the region. The restaurant is known for its vibrant menu and warming flavours, and for Valentine’s Day they’re going all out with a dedicated menu from 9th to 17th February. Enjoy a romantic rendezvous with their Cupid menu (£30 per person), Aphrodite menu (£40 per person) and Venus menu (£55 per person) featuring favourite dishes such as wild mushroom pizzas, caramel cheesecake, king scallops, honey truffled patatas, calamari and more, in a three-course tasting menu with the option for a glass of Prosecco for good measure.
Fly me to the moon at Boisdale of Canary Wharf
What could possibly be more romantic than being serenaded by old blue eyes himself (well, a very good imitation of him at any rate), over dinner and drinks? Wine and dine your loved one in the sophisticated surroundings of Boisdale of Canary Wharf, with a three-course Valentine’s menu and a performance by Sinatra tribute performer, Stephen Triffitt. The menu includes firm favourites such as Balantine of chicken with ham hock and foie gras, roast sirloin of dry-aged Highland beef and milk chocolate cranachan cheesecake, as well as vegetarian options.
It’s witchcraft: Ibérica Canary Wharf
Spellbindingly good, Ibérica Canary Wharf is known for its Spanish culinary classics and its embracing atmosphere. For Valentine’s Day they’re really turning on the charm with a set tapas menu including Cava on arrival for £45 per person. Tuck into a feast of dishes including black rice and ‘secreto Ibérico’, elevated with wines from their award-winning list, finished off with sweet nothings such as a delicious vanilla flan or churros with chocolate.
A very good year: Humble Grape
Known for mastering the art of a great glass of wine, Humble Grape is Mackenzie Walk’s chic waterside destination for a superb vintage, perfectly paired food and scintillating tidbits of viticulture knowledge from their team. For Valentines’ Day their sharing menu invites you to dine in style. Start with six oysters followed by camembert, a main course of sharing steak, roast cherry tomatoes and rocket salad. Finish with a trio of chocolate including chocolate fondant, chocolate saucisson and champagne truffles, as well as wine recommendations with each dish, all for £47.50 per person (food only).
A hearty meal: Fish Game
Fish Game promises a high-quality menu that showcases the most seasonal, sustainable ingredients and only the best British game and fish, cooked over fire and charcoal. This Valentine’s Day they will be serving a four course set menu promising an extraordinary food experience. As well as elegant surroundings, the restaurant also offers a wine list of over 200 labels from all around the world, and an agave bar.
The best Valentine’s Day gift ideas
While it might be true that all you need is love, it doesn’t hurt to buy a present or two, to show your appreciation. Here are some of our favourite suggestions.
Sweet Valentine: Crosstown
Crosstown is the place for handcrafted fresh doughnuts, made from scratch and brimming with jams, compotes, fillings and glazes. For Valentine’s Day they’ve created four special flavours to share:
- Lychee and cinnamon: Made with Crosstown’s signature sourdough, it’s bursting with lychee and cinnamon compote, topped with delicate cinnamon glaze, finished with an entire freeze-dried lychee, peach blush rose petal and a dusting of silver glitter.
- Passion fruit and chocolate: Crafted with vegan cocoa sourdough, filled with a passion fruit and dark chocolate custard, dipped in a passion fruit, caramel, and dark chocolate glaze, then hand-finished with a gold rose petal and sprinkle of gold lustre.
- Ruby chocolate and cherry liqueur: Black cocoa dough is filled with a velvety cherry HEERING liqueur custard, dipped into a ruby chocolate and cherry HEERING liqueur glaze, adorned with freeze-dried cherry pieces and red glitter.
- Sauvignon Blanc and strawberry: A Sauvignon Blanc and strawberry ganache fills this delicate dough, topped with a Sauvignon Blanc and strawberry glaze, complemented with a handmade vegan Sauvignon Blanc jelly and crowned with a red rose petal.
Scents and sensibility: Aesop
Don’t say it with flowers, say it with botanical scents at Aesop, giving loved ones a thoughtful (and luxurious) gift in the form of their beautiful fragrances, body oils, balms and candles. Favourite products include their floral Gloam Eau de Parfum, fresh Tacit Eau de Parfum, woody Hwyl Eau de Parfum, their sumptuous Rejuvenate Intensive Body Balm and their warm Aganice Aromatique Candle. Perfect for a special occasion, you can even curate your own gift box.
Feel the love at Flying Tiger Copenhagen
Cuddly heart cushions, chocolate fondue sets and rose tea lights are not just for couples this Valentine’s Day – they’re for the whole household. Feel the love at home with a little help from Flying Tiger Copenhagen and their Valentine’s collection, complete with heart-shaped sticky memos, heart-shaped mugs, heart-shaped games… we’re sensing a theme here.
Sweet dreams: Charbonnel et Walker
Few things are as decadent as chocolates from Charbonnel et Walker. Confectionary experts since 1875, they’re known for their beautiful packaging and their exquisite truffles, so naturally they have come up trumps for Valentine’s Day. Their new and beautifully illustrated collection features heart-shaped boxes with Victorian inspired-illustrations of birds, ribbons, roses and foxgloves, filled with a selection of sweets including dark sea salt caramels, milk sea salt caramels, praline truffles and more.
Sugar high: Krispy Kreme
From across the Atlantic, Krispy Kreme have brought their particular brand of magic to the UK. Delicious donuts guaranteed to make life that little bit sweeter, they have created a dedicated collection of Valentine’s Day doughnuts to tease the taste buds.
The icing on the cake: Lola’s Cupcakes
Perfect for friends as well as lovers, Lola’s Cupcakes is guaranteed to put a smile on someone’s face, thanks to their pretty-as-a-picture colours, designs and flavours. From their kiosk by the entrance to the Elizabeth line at Canary Wharf, choose from a selection of Valentine’s cakes, cupcakes and brownies – pretty in pink and practically perfect in every way.
Diamonds are forever: Monica Vinader
Whether you’re going for gold or saying it with precious stones, nothing says ‘I love you’ quite like jewellery. Bringing their signature modern style to a classic romantic gesture, Monica Vinader is the place to go, with their Valentine’s collection to help you find the perfect present. Choose from personalised gifts to elegant ideas under £100 – they even offer complimentary engraving.