Known for its big, bold floral arrangements – not to mention its renowned floristry school and workshops – McQueens is offering same-day delivery within London as long as orders are placed before 2pm. Delivery costs £10 as standard but is free for orders over £175. Rest assured you’re in safe hands here. McQueen’s has supplied floral arrangements for the Vanity Fair Oscars After Party for more than 25 years, as well as the Wimbledon Champion’s Ball and the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards.
Regular readers will know how much we rate FLOWERBX, and as long as you place your order pre-2pm, you’ll be able to have your flowers delivered today (albeit anytime up to 10pm). Roses are the order of the day here – choose the classic pink, and you can’t go wrong.
Grace & Thorn
Grace & Thorn delivers seven days a week. If you require same-day delivery, they can make it happen for a surcharge, too. The designs here are blousy and unkempt – offering a more natural, unique feel if classic Valentine’s flowers just aren’t your thing.
Liberty is one of our go-tos for beautiful gifts, and it’s open until 8pm tonight. Whether you’re looking to pick up something for a friend, lover, or treat for yourself, you needn’t look beyond the ground floor. With everything from Diptyque candles to pretty personalised jewellery, there’s something for everyone.
Selfridges is open until 9pm tonight, making it the perfect pit-stop for a post-work present. Whether you’re looking for a gift for yourself or someone else, head straight to the lingerie department. Looking to up the temperature of your romantic night in? This Agent Provocateur slogan-embroidered silk-satin eye mask or Sainted Sisters silk nightdress won’t disappoint.
Mr & Mrs Smith
To make a last-minute impression, Mr & Mrs Smith’s Get a Room! e-gift cards are the perfect present. Simply choose the amount you wish to spend, and as soon as you order, they’ll email your e-gift card over. Either print it and and pop it in a card, or have it emailed directly to your loved one. Mr & Mrs Smith has some of the world’s best and most romantic boutique hotels on its books, so it’s guaranteed to go down well.
FAILSAFE BEAUTY BUYS
Sunday Riley Come Upstairs Massage Candle
Created to engage the senses and envelop your skin with moisture, Sunday Riley’s popular massage candle is made from all-natural wax and has an 100% cotton wick. It’s brimming with skin-softening jojoba oil and shea butter, while the sweetly-scented oil – think notes of linden blossom, honey, vanilla and sandalwood – promise to calm the mind and relieve stress. Just be sure to let the wax cool before you massage into yours – or your partner’s – skin.
Available at Revolve.com
Tom Ford Private Rose Garden Collection
Dropping just in time for Valentine’s Day, these rose-laced fragrances from Tom Ford are inspired by the brand’s love of flowers, with each scent putting a twist on traditional rose scent thanks to unique notes such as bergamot, mandarin, white pepper oil and woods. They’ve each been curated with a location in mind, too. Rose de Russie transports you to Russia with notes of black leather, while Rose D’Amalfi has a citrus quality that’s fresh and uplifting. Our favourite is Rose de Chine, which nods to China, with notes of peony and smoky myrrh. It has a grown-up feel and creamy dry down that’s seriously addictive.
Available at TomFord.com
INDULGENT WELLNESS EXPERIENCES
The Lanesborough Himalayan Salt Stone Massage
One of the capital’s best-kept secrets, the Lanesborough Club & Spa is the place to go for some serious relaxation, and it doesn’t get better than its new Warming Himalayan Salt Stone Massage. Designed to melt away stress and tension, the 90-minute treatment will aid a restful night’s sleep and balance the central nervous system – just what the doctor ordered if you’re burning the candle at both ends. Treat her to a voucher for the treatment, or book in as a couple in the double treatment room.
The Rosewood London x Votary
The perfect treat for any new mum, Votary’s collaboration with The Rosewood London is guaranteed to help you reset. Sleep Transformation experiences include a two-night stay in a Rosewood suite, a CBD facial or massage and two private in-room sessions – choose from one-to-one breathing, restorative yoga or meditation. For the ultimate treat, have a sleep expert run you a bath in the comfort of your suite infused with Votary’s soothing Antidote Night Oil prior to your treatment.
SAME-DAY FOOD DELIVERIES
One of London's most-loved pizza restaurants, Homeslice, has partnered with Haagen Daaz ice-cream to create a heart-shaped pizza with a chocolate hazelnut base, topped with fresh strawberries, white chocolate shards, dulce de leche sauce and a scoop of Häagen-Dazs Duo Belgian Chocolate and Vanilla Crunch. The new Häagen-Dazs pizzas will be available to order on Deliveroo and Supper London, as will its signature pizzas.
Hakkasan At Home
For a high-end takeaway, Hakkasan at Home offers a selection of delicious Cantonese dishes from the restaurant’s Michelin-starred a la carte menu as well as its signature set menus. Highlights from the menu include a broad selection of dim sum and main course dishes such as stir-fried rib-eye beef with lily bulb in black bean sauce; black truffle roasted duck with tea plant mushroom; roasted silver cod with champagne and honey; and roasted chicken in satay sauce.
If wine, cheese and charcuterie is your idea of a romantic night in, order in from Bar Douro. As well as Portuguese classics such as braised octopus, croquetes, pata negra ham and gambas, a selection of extras include a Portuguese cheese selection, pastel de nata, a white port and tonic kit and a choice of wines from the restaurant’s dynamic wine list.
If you need a few last-minute bits and bobs to make the evening perfect, put in a Zapp order to get your favourites – think anything you’d normally find at the supermarket or grocery store – in minutes. Delivery costs just £1.99 and is 24/7 – plus, there’s no minimum spend to qualify, so even if it’s just some chocolates, wine or other snacks, you can pick up exactly what you need without blowing the budget. Better yet, Zapp’s entire fleet is electric, and they use recyclable paper bags for delivery, while also partnering with Olio to reduce food waste and Planetly to reduce their carbon footprint.
FILMS & TV
Casablanca At BFI Southbank
Tonight at 6.15pm BFI Southbank is screening Michael Curtiz’s Casablanca. Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman play former lovers, re-acquainted in 1942 at his club in Casablanca – a meeting place for military officers, the displaced and lowlifes. A couple of letters of transit that allow the bearer free passage around Nazi-occupied Europe fall into Rick’s possession, and with them come major challenges. Guests can also enjoy a three-course meal for two and a glass of prosecco at BFI Riverfront for £42.50 each. Simply quote VALENTINE online, in person or over the phone when booking your cinema tickets.
Belvedere Road, Southbank, SE1 8XT
Love Is Blind Series 2
Netflix fan-favourite series Love Is Blind is back. Singles who want to be loved for who they are, rather than what they look like, have signed up for a less conventional approach to modern dating in Chicago. They hope to meet the person they want to spend the rest of their lives with – without ever having seen them. With no distractions from the outside world, the singles talk to a stream of potential love interests and, when a meaningful connection is made, they propose and lay their eyes on their partner for the first time. Engaged and back in the real world, the couples plan their wedding day, and they will quickly discover whether they can turn their emotional connection into a physical one before the fast-approaching ceremony.
Valentine’s Night At Everyman Cinemas
Tonight, Everyman is offering guests a special Valentine’s date-night package for couples. Book any film after 6pm to receive a complimentary cocktail, a selection of treats to take into the screen (like popcorn and sweets) and a romantic leaving gift. Available at Everyman cinemas nationwide, cosy up in the couples’ seats to watch any new film, including Jennifer Lopez’ new release, Marry Me. Make it an extra fun evening with food from the ‘velvet service’ menu, like pizzas, haloumi fries, nachos and ice-cream sundaes.