For those seeking a Valentine’s break, London is the perfect destination. Whether a romantic dinner for two or just an excuse to wander the city, London is perfect for that special someone in your life. You can see the sights, take in a show and eat, drink and shop at any one of thousands of places. And of course for a romantic break you’ll need the perfect Valentine’s Day hotel in London – and where better than the Rathbone. We have some great Valentine’s Day hotel deals in London for you to enjoy and all you need to do is to take a few simple steps to make your booking today.
Valentine’s Day at the Rathbone
Spending Valentine’s Day in London is a magical experience, but to make it more magical, our Celebrations Package could be just the ticket. When you’re looking for London hotel deals for Valentine’s Day, we take care of the little things while you concentrate on romance!
Our Celebrations Package includes:
- Late check out at 2.00pm
- A bottle of chilled Prosecco for you to enjoy in your room or in our lounge
- 10% discount at local restaurants and health and beauty specialists
- Deliciously indulgent chocolate-dipped strawberries
- Beautiful rose petals sprinkled on your bed
- Sensuous lounge robes and slippers to relax in
- A full English breakfast
- Free wi-fi
It’s not only in the hotel where we offer you great value, we also give you a 10% discount at a choice of local restaurants including delis, Italian and French restaurants, fish restaurants and the famous Brasserie Blanc. If you need assistance with booking and information, speak to our reception or concierge staff and they will be happy to help you.
The Rathbone – The Perfect Romantic Getaway Hotel
The Rathbone is located a few short minutes’ away from the centre of London, next door to the unique surroundings of Charlotte Street and Charlotte Place where you’ll find quirky shops and boutiques, cafés, restaurants and bars. From the hotel you are a stone’s throw from the world-famous tourist sights of London as well as the museums, theatres, exhibitions and of course the shops!
We pride ourselves on offering a consistently high standard of service and every room is beautifully decorated – perfect for a romantic Valentine’s Day break in London.
We have a great selection of stunning hotel rooms – from Junior Doubles through to Executive Bedrooms, Club Rooms and beautifully appointed two-room suites and each room offers a fantastic choice of benefits, including:
- Free continental breakfast every morning
- Facilities and amenities worthy of the best four star London hotels
- Flatscreen LED TV with 60+ domestic, satellite and international channels
- In-room tea and coffee
- 24h room service and bar
- Egyptian cotton towels and linen
- Free wi-fi when you book your stay direct through our website
- Outstanding customer service taking care of your every need
London for Lovers
Paris has the Seine, Venice has gondola trips along the Grand Canal and New York has horse-drawn carriage rides through Central Park, but what about London? If you’re looking for a great Valentine’s Day London hotel deal, there’s plenty for you and your partner to do.
There are dozens of romantic restaurants to go to including 31 floors up the Shard, gorgeous afternoon tea at any one of the best hotels or you can even dine in the dark at Dans le Noir! You can watch one of Shakespeare’s love stories at the Globe Theatre, drink in a rooftop bar overlooking the city, spend hours walking around Primrose Hill, Regent’s Park or Hyde Park or take a canal boat ride from Little Venice.
How about Hampton Court Palace or Kew Gardens? A guided chocolate tour around London? The Whispering Gallery at St. Paul’s Cathedral? Ice-skating at Somerset House or a stroll around London Zoo? If you’re feeling very adventurous, the Sea Life Centre at the London Aquarium on the South Bank offers an ‘underwater proposal service…’!
There are literally thousands of things for you to do and if you need any help or guidance in planning your special trip, please ask our reception and concierge staff and they’ll be more than happy to assist you in making your stay with us a very memorable one.
A Short History of Valentine’s Day
As we all know, Valentine’s Day – also known as St. Valentine’s Day and the Feast of St. Valentine – is on February 14th and it’s a day for people to profess their undying love for each other but the origin of the real St. Valentine and how he became associated with romance seems to have been consigned to history.
It appears that the Catholic Church recognises at least three martyred saints called either Valentine or Valentinus and the most prominent of the tales – although it’s as valid as the rest of them – is of a priest called Valentine who was imprisoned for helping Christians escape Roman prisons where they were tortured and beaten. During his incarceration, the story goes that he fell in love with the jailor’s daughter who would often come and see him in his cell. Before he was put to death he wrote to her and signed it ‘from your Valentine’, a salutation we still use to this day.
Another good story is about the priest who served in Rome during the third century. In his infinite wisdom, Emperor Claudius II decreed that single men made better soldiers than married men with children but Valentine, unhappy with this perceived injustice, went against the Emperor’s decree and continued to perform marriages for young couples in secret. When Claudius found out what was going on behind his back, he put Valentine to death.
Whatever the real story, St. Valentine was the romantic hero but why do we celebrate Valentine’s Day in February? Some say it was around the time of his death or burial but others suggest it was the Christian Church’s idea to put it in February in order to ‘Christianise’ the pagan festival of Lupercalia. This was a fertility celebration dedicated to both the Roman god of agriculture as well as twin brothers Romulus and Remus, the main characters of Rome’s foundation myth, who were found and suckled by a she-wolf after they were left to die in the River Tiber. Lupa is Latin for she-wolf, hence the name of the festival.
In the Middles Ages, it was believed by both the English and the French that 14th February was the start of the bird’s mating season, further adding fuel to the ‘romance’ fire. Written Valentine’s greetings appeared as early as the beginning of the 15th century and in 1415 while imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture during the Battle of Agincourt, Charles, Duke of Orleans wrote a romantic poem to his wife. Years on, Henry V is alleged to have hired a writer called John Lydgate to create a Valentine’s note to Catherine of Valois.
According to recent surveys, here in the UK we spend almost £1bn a year on Valentine’s Day gifts split very roughly in to £620m by men and £360m by women. Another report by play.com suggests the average British spend is £119 compared to £59 by the Germans!
Cards, flowers and chocolates are the classic gifts but don’t forget to check out our Valentine’s Day hotel deals in London.
For London Valentine’s Day Deals Choose the Rathbone
The Rathbone is a family-run hotel and we focus every day on bringing our guests exceptional standards and quality service – making sure our guests experience outstanding customer service for the duration of their stay, whether you’re here for Valentine’s Day or a two-week summer holiday.
If you’re looking for a London Valentine’s Day 4 star hotel deal you’ll find dozens all over the internet but here at the Rathbone, you’ll find the service, the amenities, four-star quality and the ideal London location for you to explore the city – book today!