Valentines Day History

Valentine’s Day is shrouded in mystery and dates back to both Roman and Catholic traditions.
The most popular tale is that Saint Valentine was a priest who practiced in Rome during the third century.Emperor Claudius II made it illegal for young men to marry after he realised they made better soldiers if uncommitted to a lady friend. However, Saint Valentine wouldn’t stand for such injustice. The priest continued to marry young lovers, but once his actions were discovered, the Emperor sentenced him to death.

The oldest known Valentine’s letter still in existence today is a poem written in 1415 by Charles, the Duke of Orleansto his wife whilst being held in the Tower of London.

Not sure how to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year?

We have put together a list of the top three restaurants in London to celebrate your love this Valentines Day.

Clos Maggiore

With its forest of decorative white blossoms, candles and fairy lights, this restaurant is wonderfully over the top. It doesn’t get more romantic than dinner and flowers by candlelight.


Simple yet stand-out, Restaurant Ours brings the outside in, to create an unexpected space hidden in the heart of Knightsbridge. Unpretentious, effortless and elegant with a nod to retro chic.

Percy and Founders

This restaurant and dine bar has stunning space for daytime meetings, afternoon drinks and evening cocktails. Expertly mixed seasonal cocktails, wines, premium ales and beers are all on offer. Their menu has some of the finest seasonal food available in London.