There are some wild rumours going around that Clos Maggiore is London’s most romantic restaurant, and if you’re easily seduced by white tablecloths and not being able to see the ceiling due to the meadow of flowers above your head, then you just might agree. A two-storey converted townhouse on Covent Garden’s Henrietta Street, everything from the red facade to the entirely epic 114-page wine list is giving Big Romance Energy. We can confirm that 90% of the clientele are here to flirt, get engaged by one of the roaring fireplaces, or apologise for something that warrants a triple-figure serving of tweezer-plated French food. Be warned that the atmosphere can feel a little serious and the suited-and-booted service will have you removing your elbows from the table quicker than you can say ‘do you want the fillet, darling?’. But if you’re after a formal date night in a setting that feels like a collaboration between Nicholas Sparks and the Chelsea Flower Show, this is the place to do it.
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