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How to Plan the Perfect Valentine’s Weekend in Kensington and Chelsea
Based a short walk from Earls Court, both Kensington and Chelsea make the ideal location for a romantic Valentine’s weekend break. Packed as they are with beautiful surroundings, captivating attractions and some of the finest food in London served at any number of big name restaurants, it’s no wonder countless hotels in South West London are fast becoming fully booked through mid-February.
For those who’ve managed to secure a room, or even those planning to make the most romantic gesture of all and book a getaway as a spontaneous, spur of the moment thing, here’s just a few top tips on how to plan the perfect Valentine’s Day Weekend in Kensington and Chelsea.
Day 1 - Breakfast
If it’s true what they say, that breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, then it’s one no Valentine’s getaway should begin without, partly to ensure young love’s dream has plenty of fuel to keep it thriving throughout the day.
It should come as little surprise to learn that both Kensington and Chelsea have a lot to offer hungry romantics in a morning, though there’s perhaps no better way to start they day with some something delicious from the menu at Tom’s Kitchen on Cale Street, SW3 3OP
Romance With a Touch of Royalty
Feeling suitably fed and ready to roll, the next place on the agenda for any Valentine’s getaway in the capital is a gentle stroll back out of Chelsea for a morning at Kensington Palace and Gardens.
Though there’s no guarantee of much quiet time (after all, it’s one of the most popular attractions in the whole of South west London, but there’s certainly a guarantee of breathtaking scenery, mesmerizing exhibitions and a day out to remember for loved up couples of all ages.
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Day 2 - Brunch
After a well-earned lie-in on Valentine’s Day morning, it’s back out for day two, this time starting with a little light brunch at Muriel's kitchen. Tucked away behind South Kensington Station, this is the perfect spot to load up on incredible coffee and delicious light dishes.
From there, it's time to enjoy that part of Valentine's Day weekend which at least one half of every couple looks forward to; the shopping trip.
The Valentine’s Day Meal
Having returned back to the hotel to refresh and relax, it’s back out the door to enjoy the obligatory Valentine’s Meal. Much as with breakfast earlier, guests are spoiled for choice, given the time of year, it’s always worth choosing somewhere and reserving a table well in advance.
For recommendations, couples need look no further than the Brasserie Gustave on Sydney Street, Chelsea, a highly regarded French restaurant renowned for its truffle tasting menu, mouthwatering menu and warm ambience.
Question Popping and Souvenir Shopping
Sure, for those who've popped the question this weekend there's a good selection of premium quality jewellers on hand throughout the more exclusive parts of Kensington, though that's not to say that getting engaged is the only reason to indulge in a little romantic retail therapy.
From the world renowned department stores like Harrods and Selfridges to boutique fashion designers and independent outlets, there's something for everyone, and a perfect opportunity to pick up a souvenir of this special weekend.
Finally, it's time to end the weekend in grand style with a trip to the Cadogan Hall theatre where, on February 14th, the famous Royal Philharmonic Orchestra present their unique Valentine's Day concert, celebrating the writing and music of the legendary Burt Bacharach.
When the show ends, it’s time to head back to the Amsterdam Hotel in Earls Court and relax in beautifully decorated rooms with warm, lavish beds, luxurious bathrooms and even a phone so that you call down to reception and make a booking for next year,ready to plan your Valentine’s Day Weekend 2017 well in advance.