Whether it’s Valentines, Galentine’s, or Palentine’s for you this year, we have you covered. We gather some hot pointers that contain everything from the romantic to the adventurous, the delicious to the different, and the selfless to the self-indulgent. There’s something in it for everyone – let’s jump right in together!
Rooftop terraces are usually as spectacular as they sought after as city hotspots. And when they come with slick private igloos to enjoy the iconic London skyline from, they become the perfect match for such an occasion. Aviary London is well in this territory. The bird-themed hotspot offers a coal oven-cooked modern British cuisine, and sensational cocktails with a view by Monkey 47 – and if you’re lucky, an impressively memorable sunset or starlit sky across the City.
For a date with your Instas as well as the company, London’s iconic Sketch remains top-of-the-list. There is everything to love about it. Afternoon tea? Check. Seven-course tasting feast? Check. Michelin culinary delights and picture-perfect bubble cocktails? Check, and check. The excitement of Sketch never does disappear, making this a ideal spot for a charmingly exciting date for both first-time visitors and seasoned Sketch patrons.
Bill’s has your back this February, with an exclusive cocktail and set menu offering from 10th to 15th – and it’s outstanding. For just £24.95, you can have a three course feast with a complimentary ‘Lovestruck’ cocktail, fearuing Beefeater pink gin, sour mix, strawberry puree, and basil. Of course, the big ‘wow’ comes in the form of dessert – the sharing profiterole are complete with vanilla ice cream, hot chocolate sauce, and a sprinkle of gold glitter. Romantic, sparkly, and delicious!
We all know and love PizzaExpress, but did you know that heart-shaped dough balls are now on the special Valentine’s Day set menu (£23.95)? Perfect for partners and pals alike, pizza lovers can enjoy the warm, fluffy heart-shaped delights with choice of dips including pesto, garlic butter and pestorissa, followed by a main and dessert, alongside a Prosecco cocktail. It’s simple, fun, and delicious. Is this the way to our heart? We think so.
Bob Bob Ricard
Home of the “Press for champagne” button, Bob Bob Ricard is a hotspot for the holy trilogy of food, drink, and ‘Gram – but most of all, because it offers the all-round ‘wow’ experience that seriously impresses. It has nailed the balance between intimacy and a good collective vibe, and the atmosphere is almost cinematically luxurious that there’ll be an abundance of mental snapshots to remember the experience with.
Though a more typical Valentine’s match, we couldn’t resist mentioning the Valentine’s Soft Pink/Cherry Ace Mini (£395). The limited edition features a rosy palette and features a charming heart appliqué and the iconic Strathberry bar reimagined as a playful Cupid’s arrow. Also in Cappuccino and Navy with Sky Blue Edge, the compact silhouette is versatile and perfect as a contemporary everyday go-to with a quality, luxury finish. There are so many fantastic gift options in the collections, so Strathberry is a must-browse this February.
Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend – but Mevaris may actually be what Marilyn wanted to talk about. The exquisite pieces are the work of Fatma Altınbaş, a third-generation jeweller from Istanbul from a highly-acclaimed bloodline of meticulous workmanship, and the latest collection does not disappoint. Staying true to the traditional backbone of the brand, each has a touch of the Middle East, but with a contemporary interpretation of the heritage concept. This 18K white gold Mosaic Two Rhombus Half Eternity Ring (£495) is a truly timeless piece for timeless love!
There is no question of the elegant beauty of these designs – but it’s the feel of the material that makes the lucky recipient feel like royalty. If you want a gift that stems from high quality and high ethical values, this luxurious sustainable loungewear and nightwear should be your first stop. Orchard Moon believes the ultimate luxury is being true to yourself and kind to the planet, and they embody this with their exclusive use of vegan, cruelty-free silky soft fabric, carbon-positive status, and manufacturing processes. We love the Calypso Eye Mask (£38) – and of course the matching nightmare to go with it!
Bloom & Wild
Flowers are almost synonymous with Valentine’s Day. But they are also a mark of gratitude and care, as well as a symbol and means for wellbeing and life. A Bloom & Wild subscription is a gift that (literally) keeps on giving, with deliveries of fresh florals as frequently as each fortnight, and a choice between bouquets each time. What we love about Bloom & Wild, other than its quality, is also the carefully catered seasonal specials, so this is one you (or they) will thank you for later.
Here’s a fantastic gift for candle lovers and activity enthusiasts alike. Cosy Owl provide quality candle making supplies, from various waxes and wicks to jars and warming pots, making the process easy, educational, and most of all fun. There’s even a specially curated Valentines selection of products here, including diffuser kits and fragrance oils. It’s something that can be enjoyed alone or together, with an output of not just a memorable Feb 14th, but also gorgeous, custom scented candles to remind you of the day.
Here at Gold Flamingo HQ, we are exceptionally excited – 2022 is, after all, the year of appreciation, self-appreciation, and rejuvenation, and what better way than with some of these treats.
From us to you, a Happy Feb 14th!
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