Taking love to new heights? Celebrate in style this year at The Shard.
Originating as a feast day honoring early saints named Valentinus, Valentines Day dates back to the 5th century. However, by the 18th century it had evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers and chocolates, and sending greetings cards. This year, spend your Valentine's with a loved one at the tallest building in Western Europe.
The View from The Shard
This Valentine's Day, you can enjoy a drink (or two) with your loved one at The View from The Shard, London's highest Champagne bar. Enjoy live music by a roaming saxophonist while you take in the 360 degree view and sample chocolates from Charbonnel et Walker between 1-6pm. If you're looking for the perfect selfie opportunity, head up to the open air sky-deck where there will be a floral heart-shaped arch to frame the perfect photo. Share on Instagram with #KissesFromTheCapital and tag @shardview to be in with the chance to win a bouquet from celebrity florist Amie Bone.
Shangri-La Hotel, at The Shard
The hotel's lounge and restaurant TĪNG, full of classic elegance and breathtaking views, will be serving a special valentine's day menu . The five course set menu comes with optional wine pairing and an additional optional course of oysters. The menu features, gin and tonic cured salmon, duck and foie gras terrine, chateaubriand steak and tarte tatin of roscoff onion. Ending with a choice of white chocolate and lychee mousse or a Neals Yard cheese platter for two. Prices start at £115 per person. To book please contact Shangri-La Hotel by phone on +44 207 234 8108 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the 32nd floor, oblix east and west will be open for lunch (a la carte menu also available) and dinner. Both Valentine's menus include a glass of champagne on arrival and can be paired with matching wines. Dishes include steak tartare with beef tomato, grilled sourdough and parmesan and truffle as well as bbq black cod with coriander salsa. Lunch menus start at £75 per person and dinner menus start at £89 per person. To book, please call oblix on +44 207 268 6700 or visit their website.
Join aqua shard for an exclusive Valentine’s Day event on Wednesday 14th February. Serving a four course bespoke menu in their private dining room, with a glass of Ruinart Rosé Champagne on arrival, guests will also receive a red or black Aspinal of London slim credit card case which can be personalised as you dine by Aspinal’s embosser. Aspinal of London is a quintessential English luxury lifestyle brand offering women’s designer handbags & purses, men’s wallets & luxury leather gifts. The menu is priced at £95 or £130 with wine pairing per person for tables of two. This will be the only menu served for the event and to book your dinner table for Wednesday 14th February please call 020 3011 1256 or email email@example.com.
The tradition of giving your significant other flowers on Valentine's Day originates from the custom of sending floral bouquets to pass on non-verbal messages. Charles II of Sweden introduced the idea in the 18th century believing that each flower had a specific meaning attached it, making it possible to have an entire conversation by sending flowers. Choose a bouquet or a single red rose for your loved on this Valentine's Day from Igloo Flowers, situated in The Retail Arcade.