|Shadow Wall by Jason Bruges, Wembley Park
|Whether you’re after traditional romance or a date with a difference, Wembley Park – London’s most exciting new neighbourhood – is the ultimate date destination this Valentine’s Day.Diners looking for food to fall in love with are spoiled for choice in Wembley Park. The special Valentine’s Day pan-Asian street food menu at twice Michelin-starred Atul Kochhar’s Masalchi is the perfect way to spice things up, from the warming flavours of the tikki choley chaat to the rich depth of the railway lamb curry.
|Lobster Lover’s Meal at Pasta Remoli, Wembley Park
|Those seeking a spot of Italian romance can enjoy a sumptuous three-course Lobster Lover’s Meal for two complete with a glass of Prosecco at Pasta Remoli. The restaurant is run by Italian chef Simone Remoli, who brought his culinary skills from Rome to the UK, gaining valuable experience at the Roka Restaurant, Barrafina, Locanda Locatelli and Bocca di Lupo before devoting his attention to Pasta Remoli.
|Haute Dolci, Wembley Park
|Couples who want to celebrate their love can grab a delicious dessert beneath the branches of Haute Dolci’s enormous, blossom-laden indoor cherry tree – the ultimate Insta-worthy spot. A wide range of other venues, including Estadio Lounge, Zizzi, TGI Fridays, Las Iguanas and many of the vendors at BOXPARK Wembley, will also be providing love-inspired culinary creations this Valentine’s Day. At The White Horse, singer and guitarist Ben Eaton will be taking personal requests between 7 pm and 9pm from diners for the special someone they’re wooing. All while diners enjoy spectacular views over the Grade II listed OVO Arena Wembley.
|Live jazz at Studio Five, Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre, Wembley Park
|If a meal alone isn’t enough to impress, how about dinner and a show? The hugely popular Disney musical Newsies is enjoying an extended run at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre, while the on-site Studio Five restaurant provides bold modern flavours with a special Valentine’s Day menu. There will be live piano and vocals, featuring jazz-style love songs, along with a specially curated menu including oysters, champagne, seafood broth, sirloin steak, an indulgent chocolate fondant and other delicious morsels. For residents of Quintain Living – the award-winning management company overseeing the rental of more than 3,650 apartments in Wembley Park – there will also be a free glass of prosecco on arrival.
|Sound Shell light installation by Yoni Alter, Wembley Park
|With love in the air, it’s time for a romantic stroll courtesy of the entirely free Wembley Park Art Trail. Currently exhibiting the Winter’s Wander collection, the art trail features work from local, national and international artists. On display until 28th February 2023, Winter’s Wander features artworks with an overarching theme of joy, togetherness, and a sense of adventure. The Flanagan Lawrence-designed acoustic bandstand, the Wembley Park Sound Shell, saw Brent resident Yoni Alter create a stunning, ever-changing light sculpture using thousands of LEDs as part of Winter’s Wander. Now, Yoni is set to reveal a new, bespoke light installation for the Sound Shell on Valentine’s Day.
|Pop Golf, Wembley Park
|Of course, Wembley Park isn’t just for those looking for a traditional romantic date night. For a Valentine’s Day with a difference, there’s axe throwing at Bad Axe, mini golf that feels like you’re in a 90s neon music video at Pop Golf and a range of virtual reality experiences – including a virtual escape room – at meetspaceVR. Bread Ahead is also running an all you can eat pizza night on 14th February, for couples, singles and anyone in between. Ideal for a Gal-entine’s Day with friends or for couples looking for a date to remember.
|Wembley Park’s culinary offer has changed hugely over the past decade. Whereas once the neighbourhood only came to life on event days, it is now teeming with top notch eateries, whether diners are after a meal for a special occasion or simply a snack that’s a cut above the rest. Gone are the days of grabbing a sad-looking hotdog as fuel to get through an event. Wembley Park is now a culinary destination in its own right and just 12 minutes from central London. Where better to spend Valentine’s Day this year?