In a guy's life it all pretty much comes down to one thing. Yes, yes, I know that there's more to life and there are lots of fun things to do with your mates. "If women didn't exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning" quipped Aristotle Onassis some time last Century (which wasn't all that long ago). The trick is to enjoy it yourself and not do it just for show. But, a cliche is only a cliche because it's true and this restaurant has been voted 'London's most romantic restaurant' by, well, just about everybody. If there's someone really special in your life then why not show it by ordering the best travelled lobster in the whole world - all the way from the pure waters of New Zealand (well, it's only a day away and the A380 was coming to London anyway, right? Plus, it probably tastes better than steamed Thames lobster? There's only one way to describe the atmosphere here and it's "fairytale-istic" and that's not even a word! Because sometimes a quiet, retiring one-on-one isn't as romantic as a big, brash, loud and explosive retro American themed bonanza, that's why! If you have the balls, you know you should, cos fun is fun and fun is good! And if that doesn't work you're destined to be single for the rest of your miserable, loveless life…! After all, the ultimate goal is a 'pop up' on Valentine's Day, surely!?
While writing profiles a lot of people make the mistake of thinking they have to lie about themselves being the most exciting, or spontaneous person to attract someone.
While this may bring people to your online dating profile unless you can back it up, it will also turn them away potential suitors just as quickly.
You want to find people who are genuinely interested in you.
As neo-punk rockers Good Charlotte so aptly put it "Girls don't like boys, girls like cars and money" and they go on to remind us that "Girls with good bodies like guys in Ferraris!
Fortunately (and mildly unfortunately) girls now mostly buy their own bags and shoes and drive Porsches and things so the traditional route of impressing them no longer works. Nowadays, money still talks but it tends to talk in a language that only really annoying (though often good looking) girls understand. Natural charm, genuine interest in the person you're interested in and confidence in your own ability to be charming, interesting and, above all else, interested are the key attributes you'll need to display. Don’t spend all your spare time looking at their holiday (bikini) pics on Facebook. Hmmm...a stunning environment, sumptuous surroundings, a spectacular view, delectable cuisine, great wine and a beautiful woman who you actually enjoy talking to? So the best advice I can give (and I genuinely believe I am super qualified to give it! If it's French and creamy, then it's lovely and dreamy in my book! Well, Bodo's recreates the best of the best - think Zermatt or Gstaad and then add a flurry of London panache and you've got the snuggliest (and most rocking) log cabin a few hundred miles off piste. It's intimate, it's smart, it's lavish and, above all, it's French. It's always a good sign if it's hard for even the most experienced blaggers (or, bloggers as autocorrect so helpfully suggested! Housed in the West End's coveted new London Edition hotel, you might have noticed this contemporary British restaurant has made it onto my list, even though it isn't French! The best way I can summarise this awesome restaurant is 'contemporary Cantonese cool', and with its back lit wine cellar and dark wood furnishings it's certainly a romantic destination of a contemporary kind... This Notting Hill (and now Shoreditch too) classic is intriguingly weird and curiously wonderful. This one, on the 13th February (Friday 13th no less!
) is immerse yourself in the moment as if it's the last night in the world and, above all else, be yourself and enjoy it because boredom is infectious and that's the one infection you want to avoid above all others! Of course, there is the fact that Nandos with someone good looking and funny is better than Le Gavroche with a dick, but this is a good place to start nevertheless. Le Gavroche has long been my favourite London restaurant, ever since my second visit where the iconic front of house Director remembered me (that is a top restaurant's single greatest attribute) and Michel Roux came out to say "Hi" between courses as if I was an important customer (I wasn't). It's fun, it's immersive (especially if you get stuck into the ski boot or, even better, the big dog! You can even get the house band to play your special song at your table, which will probably embarrass your date into bed – Try it, you might be surprised! The real piece de resistance here though (excuse my French) is the retractable glass roof, which means that starlit dinners (weather permitting) are on the unique and uber romantic menu... The decor is awesome - really smart and sophisticated and peppered with quirky pictures in contemporary frames - in fact, it's so cool that it won the interior design award at the European Hotel Awards last year and with it's breathtakingly beautiful and sumptuous setting, you can see exactly why! Incorporating sumptuous Roccoco style interiors throughout a wide variety of spaces including the Ballroom, the Chapel, the Drawing Room and The Crypt, BBB is always impressive (and fun) on a grand scale! ) and the provocatively named 'Naked Truffle' on the 14th promise unrivalled decadence (Spearmint Rhino probably have something to say about that though!The food is simply world class and reassuringly expensive (ensuring its a coveted once in a while treat rather than a regular haunt), whilst the Mayfair location is suitably fitting. A timeless classic tucked away on Heddon St, Momo is a beautiful and authentically themed Moroccan Mecca of magical mystery. Start by enjoying roasted quail in a hazelnut granola with maple syrup and artichoke velouté followed by lamb rump served with gruyere & garlic gnocchi and vegetable seedlings. With London's cosiest and most canoodle-inducing banquette seating coupled with London's most palatial contemporary dining room, Berner's Tavern is undoubtedly an impressive destination for a decidedly delightful date. ), flirty cocktails and even a real life growing rose herb garden!Oh, and they have silver cutlery bent into weird sculptures like cockerels. The sumptuous surroundings and open kitchen mean that the air is filled with the scintillating scents of spices whilst the cosmopolitan and contemporary atmosphere means this iconic place is both cosy and kicking, all at the same time. Perched high above the City on top of the Heron Tower and, more immediately, Sushi Samba on the floor below (which is a must for pre dinner drinks), this place still reaches for the stars in a way that other rooftop Restaurants can't quite grasp. A little French place in Knightsbridge that a (male) florist once took me to! Anywhere else I wouldn't even contemplate them (and I'll eat anything! What better way to finish the meal than Babylon’s chocolate ganache and delicious caramel bavarois whilst being serenaded by a Live Jazz band? Pop-Up queen, Christabel, is the mastermind behind these unique and memorable events and she never fails to serve up a treat...!The French may have a few faults but haut cuisine isn't one of them. What's more, their private dining area (up a few steps with natural daylight from the glass roof above and an optional curtain for ultimate privacy) is a regular haunt of people like Indiana Jones and Captain Jack Sparrow (because I can't use their actual names for confidentiality reasons! Their duck and waffle signature dish is delectable (and affordable) and their cocktails are both pungently perfumed and potent. Annoyingly, no matter how hard I try, I simply can't find this magical little rustic tavern which I'm convinced still exists. ) but here, with an actual beret wearing rural French connoisseur pulling the strings..doesn't get much more romantic than that. Find out more about CHRISTABEL'SSee CHRISTABELS upcoming pop-ups But remember this - love is like a deck of cards.I recommend this place to everyone, regardless of the occasion or their intentions. It's down a little alley between Harrods and One Hyde Park and has red and white checked table cloths. Oh, and the knives are great big wooden handled rural French peasant-crafted contraptions which somehow authenticate the whole experience. Simple French magnificence from snails to bone marrow (which you hue out of an actual bone with a spoon). I suppose the moral of this story is go to Knightsbridge, wander down some alleys without any particular plan and see where it takes you.... When you get married all you need are two hearts and a diamond......For instance, my father in law literally takes Russian girls here for lunch and the odd French girl for dinner (presuming my mother in law doesn't read this! It's salty, it's creamy, it's somehow both decadent and delicate all the the same time. After ten years, all you'll want is a club and a spade!