Unless you’ve got a real thing for hand sanitiser and existential dread, pandemics tend not to get the romantic juices flowing. But if there was ever a reason to inject a little flirtation and fun back into your relationship, it’s sweet, albeit highly-pressurised V-day. And these meal kits will help you do exactly that. Whether you’re living with your partner - and their new questionable bathing habits - 24/7, or are unable to see your spooning buddy due to lockdown, we’ve got you covered. Here are London’s most romantic meal kits ft. oysters, cheesecake, rose petals - yes, rose petals, and some good old fashioned booze.
There’s nothing quite like a romantic night in with your beloved. You know, sitting in silence on the sofa, forwarding the latest apocalyptic Tweets to each other, and waiting for one of you to get up to pee so they can simultaneously fetch the chocolate digestives. Relight the romance both figuratively and literally with Top Cuvée’s date night delivery situation. As well as a three-course meal involving beef wellington, a rhubarb and almond tart, and a bottle of Saint-Amour, this feast includes a Jardin de la Lune candle by Shop Cuvée x Earl of East. Sign us up.
Oysters have a very sexy reputation and for good reason. Outside of allegedly being an aphrodisiac, oysters always suggest you have made an effort and can save you from many a date night faux pas, including forgetting to remove the discount sticker from the roses you bought circa 20 minutes ago. Hello smooth operator. Luckily, The Wright Brothers are delivering fresh oysters, and they’ve also got you covered with whole cooked lobsters, Cornish mussels, and champagne. If you’re looking to go big, opt for their luxury seafood boxes that will set you back £95, but comes with caviar and a dozen Carlingford oysters.
Valentine’s is the most wonderfully romantic day of the year. It’s also a massive faff. If you’re looking to keep things cute but simple this year, opt for the ‘Couples Cosy Big Night In Box’ from this great little wine bar in Elephant and Castle. Chuck a blanket on the floor, light a couple candles, and Diogenes The Dog’s selection of natural wines, burrata, and artisanal sourdough will do the rest. Cannoli and charcuterie is included too.
Warning: This meal kit contains rose petals. Whether you find that very aw or very ew probably depends on whether you’ve seen the film American Beauty, but alas, there’s no denying that this kit comes with absolutely everything you need for a winning night in. We’re talking champagne punch, a lovey-dovey playlist, a candle, a card, a date night couple’s game, and importantly, some top food options. Soul Ride is the Caribbean delivery operation by Riding House Café and you get a whole bunch of their signature dishes as part of this kit, including tiger shrimp mac and cheese, 32-day-aged cote de boeuf, and a sticky date and rum pudding.
If you’re looking to go all out for your romantic night in (see: attempting to make it up to them that you used ‘the nice bowls’ to mix your clay colours in, sorry hehe, kisses) then look no further than Petersham Nurseries. Their meal kit will set you back a cool and casual £135, but it’s worth it for a feast of porchetta, fresh tagliatelle with chilli and garlic pangrattato, cavolo nero, steamed date pudding, a cheese course, and several other small plates that we would 100% lick clean. Heads up, you get a couple of candles for - whisper it - ambience, and there’s a vegetarian version too.
It’s steak night baby. Please note that any and all sexual innuendos involving meat are not encouraged. Yes, even if they’re really, really funny. Anyway, Blacklock has always been one of our go-to date night spots thanks to their excellent affordable steak and cool, feelgood atmosphere. Although you can’t hit up this restaurant for your romantic steak night, they’re delivering everything you need to recreate it at home. Think 55-day-aged rump fillet, beef dripping potatoes, wine, and importantly, white chocolate cheesecake.
Last year you played a super fun game with your partner called Pretending To Forget Valentine’s Because It Would Be Such A Laugh And Result In Zero Screaming. Sweet, sweet memories. We’ll leave it up to the jury whether you actually just completely spaced V-day last year and suggest that this year you kick the romance off bright and early with brunch. Where The Pancakes Are have several DIY kits to choose from but their Valentine’s special comes with their signature buttermilk batter mix, 100% pure Canadian syrup, a bottle of prosecco rosé, and a book of love poems.
We can guarantee that hand-making pizza together will be a lot more fun than the time you tried to do some couple’s painting and one of you ended up screaming ‘alright Matisse, I didn’t realise you were the watercolour maestro’. Ah, good times. But when it comes to Passo’s DIY pizzas, they’re super straightforward and require zero fancy equipment, just a rolling pin and an oven. Toppings wise, they’ve got everything from a three cheese situation to ’nduja to your classic margherita to choose from.
There’s date night brownie points, and then there’s date night doughnut points. One you get as the result of actually remembering to take the recycling out, the other involves piping pink glaze onto sweet treats together whilst giggling and whimsically smearing icing sugar on their nose. Or so we imagine. Doughnut Time has countless DIY boxes to choose from, but their Limited Edition Valentine’s kit includes heart-shaped doughnuts, cute cards, all the icing you need, and a whole lot of sprinkles.
Some people believe that the way to someone’s heart involves enchanting sonnets, selfless loving gestures, and Ed Sheeran’s discography. We believe that the way to someone’s heart is sugar. If you’re on our sweet bandwagon, check out some of the best dessert delivery options in London, direct from Chin Chin Ice Cream. We’ve always been big fans of this place’s liquid nitro ice cream and it turns out that, due to science and / or wizardry, it travels nationwide without melting. All of their signature flavours are available online, or you can go for their Valentine’s kit which includes flavours like red velvet cheesecake, red ginseng with coffee, and a jar of their caramel sauce to get your sundae on.
Or if you're unable to see your Valentine this year...
Thanks to the ongoing pandemic, you might not be able to see that special someone this Valentine’s Day. But you can still participate in our favourite love language, eating bao. London’s beloved fluffy bun empire is now doing Bao Connect, where you can have their meal kits delivered to multiple addresses on the same day. Simply fill in the enquiry form on their website and get hyped for eating classic pork baos together, even if it is over Facetime.
This cool and casual Peckham cocktail bar and small plates spot is doing drinks packages that allow you to select multiple drop-off delivery addresses. Think a passionfruit daiquiri for them, a salted caramel espresso martini for you. Prepare for a Zoom date night that genuinely doesn’t suck. Hurrah.
The Sun Tavern
We could shed actual tears over the fact that this Valentine’s gift kit comes with ‘the last Rolo’ packaged in a tiny little bag. We’re edging towards full-blown bitter and even we find that fucking adorable. Aptly called ‘The Be My Facetime Valentine Kit’ from The Sun Tavern, your someone special will receive a big bottled strawberry vermouth and rhubarb cider cordial cocktail, fizz to top it up, the aforementioned very cute last Rolo, and a card with a time and number to call you on. Cupid could never.