Valentine’s Day, the day of love and romance, of intimacy and warmth…is ironically in the middle of the greyest month in the British calendar! Yes, February in the UK can be cold, wet and dismal – not exactly conducive to a great date. So, this year, we recommend you throw convention out of the window and take a trip to Morocco for Valentine’s Day – or, at least, pretend to!
Head to Greenford, in North-West London to start the day, and be transported to a slice of Casablanca on the Central line. Here, on an unassuming slip road off the A40, you will find Moroccan Bazaar, a magical marketplace filled with Moroccan home furnishings. One of London’s best-kept secrets, the Moroccan Bazaar is a treasure trove of lighting, soft furnishings, and furniture – the perfect place to stock up on beautiful things for your home. If you plan in advance, why not also book an appointment with Moroccan Fine Art? This lovely gallery specialises in North African and Middle-Eastern Art and could be the place to buy the perfect gift for your Valentine.
From Greenford to Golborne Road, often known as “Little Morocco”. This street in Notting Hill is a great place to browse for Moroccan ceramics and kitchenware, especially if you take a look in Fez, at number 71. This beautiful shop is the perfect place to find carpets and fabrics, tagines, lanterns, and leather goods – including comfy slippers and stylish pouffes.
Once you have finished perusing, make your final stop for today and enjoy a romantic, Moroccan meal at Zayane. Begin with a selection of tasty filo parcels, known as “Briwats”, dipped in spicy harissa, with seafood, Merguez sausage, and cheese and olives, which you can enjoy with a glass of Prosecco. For your main course, there is a choice of succulent lamb shank with winter vegetables and a flavour-packed lamb jus, perfectly-cooked black cod with porcini mushrooms and pea purée, or our delicious couscous with mixed vegetables and harissa. To finish, opt for our decadent chocolate tarte or our light, yet indulgent pistachio and white chocolate mousse.
And there you have it – a wonderful Valentine’s Day spent exploring London, looking at beautiful things, and eating delicious food – what could be better?