Little after the calendar turned January, Tesco and Sainsburys whipped out the Easter eggs before most of us even had a chance to chirp ‘Happy New Year’ to our colleagues. So you’ll forgive us for pre-empting the Hallmark holiday because, well, what’s not to love about a day centred on love? Valentine’s Day for 2015 doesn’t have to be a cheesy tackfest, nor does it have to be filled with cynicism if you’re currently sans S.O. How do we know this? Because we’ve recruited the help of resident blogger The Top 10 Girl, that’s how. And based on her dedication to editing the world’s best fashion, food and lifestyle offerings into a Top 10 list, she’s definitely the right person for the job.
Sharing her pick of Valentine’s Day must-dos, Notting Hill local Emmie Cosser – the painfully talented, painfully elegant woman behind The Top 10 Girl – has distilled her insider knowledge into her favourite medium. So this year, whether your plan is to get cosy with your beau or to cuddle up to your friends, The Top 10 Girl’s Valentine’s Day Top 10 is the unrivalled shortlist of 14th February-apropos activities. Flowers essential.
1. Make a beeline:
Head straight to Chiltern Firehouse’s secret ‘Love Snug’, a veiled, private cubby hole with its own fireplace, banquet and a secret curtain opening straight onto the bar.
2. Girls’ Night In:
3. 50 Shades of Lust:
Released on the 14th, one of 2015’s biggest films, 50 Shades of Grey, will be available for your viewing pleasure. Mr Grey can see you now…
4. Of all the gin joints:
Sit back, enjoy the Sax; with Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Bar you could almost be in a Humphery Bogart film.
5. Rubbed the right way:
6. Unfussy, but über cool:
White floors, a glass roof and gorgeous black-and-white photos: if you fancy a simple, very nordic V-day, then Lisa’s Kitchen & Bar is your go-to. And with live music on the weekends, this is Scandi chic at its best.
7. It’s not clichéd; it’s classic:
Watching a film with your paramour on Valentine’s doesn’t have to be cringe. Go the elegant route and book two tickets to a screening at Electric Cinema. You can spend the surrounded by its beautiful, vintage Art Deco interior.
8. Cuddle up with a coffee:
Forget Granger & Co. and 202, Golbourne Deli is where the real Notting Hillbillies brunch. And with the boy on Valentine’s Day? Be rude not to.
9. Get a little racy:
Coco de Mer. Need I say more? It’s sexy lingerie with a twist.
10. For the die-hard romantics:
Covered in a forest of white blossoms, fairy lights and candles, if you’re going old school this year, Clos Maggiore is where it’s at, hands down.