Celebrating Valentine’s Day this year? Looking for wonderfully romantic gifts or cool ideas on where to wine and dine your loved one? Well, we’re here to help romance blossom. We’ve included a handful of Valentine goodies below; right here in Clapham Junction, at the heart of Battersea.
LOVE IS SWEET
Based on Northcote Road, those master bakers The Biscuiteers have created some sugar-coated biscuits and cakes full of love. Featuring a gorgeous collection of Valentine's gifts, choose from sweet biscuit hearts to delicious personalised chocolates and pressies. Their biscuit-making courses also make the perfect pressie. Be sure to order in time for the day of lurve, check here for delivery dates.
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If chocolate is your sweet tooth then Hotel Chocolat in Shopstop at Clapham Junction Station has a yummy selection of boxed chocolates, luxury gifts, or giant chocolate slabs. Yum! Check out their extensive Valentine’s range here.
LOVE IS FOOD FOR THE SOUL...
and, "there is no love sincerer than the love of food." ― George Bernard Shaw
There is no denying that food and love are inextricably tied. Luckily, The Junction is overflowing with an abundance of choice with its plethora of restaurants, cafes and bars across Clapham Junction and its environs. Foodie heaven! Here are just a few…
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Looking for romantic fine dining? Well, Sinabro on Battersea Rise offers a modern French-inspired menu, with an intimate fine dining experience from husband and wife duo, Yoann Chevet and Sujin Lee.
Heading up the kitchen, French native Yoann, whose 27 year career has spanned working in some of the finest Michelin-starred kitchens in both Paris and London including Taillevent, Le Meurice, Le Table du Joël Robuchon, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Hélène Darozze at The Connaught and Galvin at Windows. While Sujin looks after Front of House, graciously welcoming guests.
And, just along the road is Soif. A neighbourhood bistro and wine shop bursting with character, atmosphere and serving up exceptional international cuisine; listed by Google as one of the top romantic places to eat in Battersea. The perfect place to pop the question… perhaps!
To start off an evening full of love celebrations, join Archer Street SW11 in Northcote Road for pre-dinner drinks between 4pm and 7pm this Friday. Sweet serenading from the all signing floor team and your favourite hits mixed with classic love songs will certainly get you in the mood. Or, if you're single and planning to mingle, wear pink and look fabulous. You never know who you could meet!
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Or… you could be soaking up an Aloha vibe at the Sugar Cane on Lavender Hill. A lush paradise of an interior complete with exotic private huts, adorned princes’ chairs, tiki statues, exotic flowers, verdant palms and bamboo textures. You’re in the heart of Eden! Sip seriously impressive cocktails concocted by expert mixologists!
On Valentine’s Day, Sugar Cane is offering a three-course meal with a glass of Prosecco for £25 per person. Book via firstname.lastname@example.org
You’re E Komo Mai (welcome).
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You don’t have to spend a fortune on Valentine’s Day and with that in mind, All Bar One in Northcote Road has created a three-course set menu for just £14.95 (available from February 12 to 16). So, whether you’re snuggled-up with that special date or hanging out with your best mate, it’s a great option to enjoy a night out.
As well as celebrating the day of love, All Bar One will be starting celebrations a day early in Clapham Junction with their own very special offer, Galentine's Day! It’s all about getting together and celebrating those strong females in your life — we love Valentine’s and we love our gal pals, so why not do both!
To add a little spice to your evening, discover Kaosarn – a cosy and casual hidden gem located on St John’s Hill. With a BYOB policy you can take along your favourite tipple to accompany their superbly tasty and extremely fresh Thai dishes. But be sure to remember your wallet – it’s cash only!
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Turn up the heat on date night with some sizzling British beef dishes from Arlo’s on Northcote Road.
Sourcing great British beef exclusively from traditional grass-fed native breeds, reared slowly and selected to Arlo’s high standards, the succulent meat is sourced straight from farms in Yorkshire, Northern Ireland and the Scottish Highlands.
If beef’s not your thing, Arlo’s also boasts popular vegetarian and vegan dishes with a focus on fresh dishes - from light and leafy salads to hearty roast veg and brunches.
Their cracking cocktails feature classic Martinis and Mimosas to the signature favourite - Burning Bear Bloody Mary!
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If home is where the heart is and romance is a cosy night on the sofa, with good food and bubbles, then M&S on St Johns Road has the answer!
The M&S Valentine Dine In offer for £20 is complete with a sumptuous romantic three-course meal and free chocs. From 10-14 February, choose any starter, main, side, dessert and bottle of wine, prosecco, cocktail or soft drinks – what’s not to love?
LOVE AND LAUGHTER
For a light-hearted night out with your loved one, join star comedian Holly Burn this Valentine’s upstairs at The Grand for a fun-filled, bonkers evening of jokes, games and karaoke. There’s only space for 50 people so it will feel intimate but not too intimate, perfect if it’s an awkward first date!
Tickets are £7 and includes free entry to club night ‘Fridays At The Grand’ if you want to party into the night. Book here.
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LOVE COMES IN MANY SHAPES AND SIZES
If chocolates don’t cut it, then cupid’s arrow will hit the spot with one of these alternative gifts.
Budding wine connoisseurs can book a wine tasting evening at Humble Grape on Battersea Rise.
Hosted by James Dawson, Founder of the Humble Grape, you’re guaranteed to sniff some appealing aromas and get the taste buds tingling with an impressive selection of wines from around the world.
Alternatively, earn some big brownie points with the lady in your life by dazzling her with a beautiful outfit from Katharine Bird to wear on your romantic night out. This Battersea Rise independent boutique offers an exquisite range of labels from smaller designers.
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If words just aren’t enough, why not showcase your enduring love with a permanent heart tattoo from Kinky Ink, the local tattoo hotspot based on Northcote Road! Kinky Ink is a professionally run tattoo studio which prides itself with the exceptional artists, offering customers high-quality materials and aftercare. Kinky Ink – we ‘heart’ you!
Or, if the love of your life is a four-legged fury friend, then fear not, they won’t miss out! Why not treat them to a luxurious suede bed or grooming session at Pet Pavilion on Battersea Rise and you’ll be sure of their eternal love.
So Visit Clapham Junction this Valentine’s day – you won’t be disappointed. If you’re still stuck for ideas, checkout our comprehensive business directory here.