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J Sheekey Oyster Bar
28-35 St. Martin’s Court
Just a stone’s throw from the West End, this softly lit and Art Deco-inspired hideout features a horseshoe-shaped bar and photos of British theatrical luminaries adorning the walls (OK, one of them is Orlando Bloom). Enjoy the special V-Day offer of six West Mersea pearl oysters with glass of champagne for $27.
This terribly named yet glitteringly opulent seafood spectacle, a $22 million new opening from Asian fusion star Richard Caring, has a V- Day five-course tasting menu for $137 per person. Rita Ora sang at its opening to the likes of Lindsay Lohan and perennial London trendsetter Kate Moss, while Goldie Hawn and Amal Clooney also have been spotted. It might be worth booking ahead.
1-5 West Street
London’s venerable romantic favorite celebrated its centenary with a multimillion-dollar nip and tuck designed to make the interiors as glamorous as the diners. Gone is the pokey entrance, which often led to celebrity bottlenecks outside, and in is a central 20- seater cocktail bar. Even more radical, modern ingredients such as quinoa have found their way onto the menu (although old classics such as Bang Bang Chicken remain).
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