Whether you are aiming for full-on romance or more low-key activities, there is no better place in London for a date than Chelsea. From chic new restaurants to historic pubs, fascinating galleries and museums to beautiful gardens, this is the best place in London to win hearts and minds.
To inspire you, here are some handpicked date ideas that are guaranteed to delight your intended on Valentine’s Day Or Date Night…
A DOSE OF CULTURE, FOLLOWED BY CAKE
Take a mosey around the Saatchi Gallery taking in some of the incredible work on display from the gallery’s roster of contemporary artists, then repair to Gallery Mess, the adjacent restaurant, to share a slice of the incredible salted caramel tart or a traditional afternoon tea.
Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Rd, SW3 4RY.
A SHOW AT THE ROYAL COURT FOLLOWED BY COCKTAILS AT HAN’S BAR & GRILL
Right on Sloane Square is one of London’s most exciting theatres, the Royal Court, acclaimed as ‘the writer’s theatre’. It is one of the city’s leading spaces for encouraging undiscovered and emerging talent from the writing sphere and this year’s hot ticket is David Ireland’s black comedy “Cyprus Avenue”, returning for a limited run after its original sold-out run at the Royal Court before it transfers to New York.
Then take a short walk across the square, down picturesque Pavilion Road to Han’s Bar & Grill for a nightcap.
Royal Court, Sloane Square, Chelsea, SW1W 8AS
Hans’ Bar & Grill, 164 Pavilion Rd, SW1X 0AW
GO ON A GOURMET DISCOVERY DOWN PAVILION ROAD
Explore the artisanal food suppliers on Pavilion Road and discover a world of cheese and wine beyond your go-to camemberts and sauvignons, respectively. London Cheesemongers regularly hosts cheese masterclasses, and the experts at Pavilion Wine will happily introduce you to your new favourite drop. You can also snap up a fresh loaf from Bread Ahead and some seasonal produce from sustainable greengrocer Natoora.
London Cheesemongers, 251 Pavilion Rd, SW1X 0BP
Pavilion Wine, 255 Pavilion Rd, SW1X 0BP
Natoora, 245 Pavilion Rd, SW1X 0BP
Learn about the British Army’s fascinating and impressive history at the National Army Museum, where highlights include a brilliant model of Waterloo and the bones of Marengo, the famous horse that carried Napoleon through some of his greatest triumphs and biggest defeats.
Afterward, head for a drink at The Cross Keys, which is the oldest pub in Chelsea. It was built in 1708 and its patrons have included have included the artists Turner, Whistler and S argent, writers Agatha Christie and Dylan Thomas, and musicians Bob Marley and the Rolling Stones.
National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Rd, SW3 4HT
The Cross Keys, 1 Lawrence St, SW3 5NB