Romantic Bars in London
Looking to impress your beautiful beau? Fancy swooning over a candlelit table to the sounds of one another's voices? Aw heck you two, you make us sick......... SICK WITH LOVE. If you're chasing some of the most romantic bars in London, you're hot in luck. From dining dabble and creative cocktails, to passionate plates and darling destinations, we've hand-picked a whole smooch worthy bunch of 'em.
Last updated on 25th August 2016
Doused in 19th century elegance and inspired by manor house libraries, The Punch Room, buried in the London Edition Hotel, is a haven for some romantic drinks in London. Intimate, secretive and by reservation only, the bar is a capsule of classic cocktails and amorous atmosphere.
Looking to lavish that loved one? In the name of all things musical.....GO WWWWEEST. A dreamboat of cocktails and luxe interiors, The Luggage Room is just the destination to spoil your beau. Not only boasting some of the most renowned cocktails in London, their leather luggage inspired interiors forever look set to impress.
Boasting quite the amorous scene with a split level restaurant space, dedicated bar and an open kitchen to ogle at your food as prime cuts of steak hit the charcoal grill, DSTRKT is a romantic place for dinner and drinks in London. Their menu of Modern European cuisine hosts the best of seafood and steak which you can experience in their setting of contemporaneity luxury.
Cellar Door are making romance easy for you. They're inviting you to come down with your boo and snuggle up on a banquette bench together as they screen cinema classics, new and old. Feed each other popcorn and sip on cocktails together as you watch along to the likes of Casablanca and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Cellar Door and chill, anyone?
The Sanderson Hotel beams with pride when conversation turns to its Purple Bar. They bill this space as a “symphony of purples, lavenders and violets”, and we could hardly put it better ourselves. Dramatic and daring, the Purple Bar offers a sultry vibe to those on the search for a perfect London date spot.
With 360 degree panoramic views of London, an impressive cocktail and champagne menu in the refined and elegant setting that is the Pan Peninsula, The Attic is definitely one of the most romantic bars not just in Canary Wharf, but also in the whole of London.
Spitalfields’ trusted 17th century boozer now comes complete with a progressive cocktail bar upstairs. With vintage Chesterfields, mis-matched tables and modern art pieces the intimate vibes are obvious, and it’s here that you’ll find an in-the-know crowd flirting over a few Shorty Cocktails.
Styled around the ever-iconic image of the British navy and the tattoo designs of Rose Whittaker, London Cocktail Club Shaftesbury Avenue serves up a delicious selection of cocktails in a cool and 'hella romantic setting. Why don't you lovebirds try out their Flat Pack Cocktails, and craft something tasty at your table, Ikea style?
Soho's swanky secret is a decadent den of Parisian chic, delicious dessert plates, tasty tipples and gorgeous leather armchairs. Sink into some sophistication and treat a date in a late night lounge perfect for intimate indulgence and sultry surrounds.
Levant’s mix of deep colours, candlelit ambience and rich fabrics makes it one seriously seductive place to enjoy some dinner and drinks. Head over come date night and share a few mezze plates, which come well complemented by the excellent cocktails. There’s entertainment in the form of belly dancers after dinner, and DJs and late-night dancing if you’re stopping by at the weekend.
A bespoke events space and cocktail bar enveloped in a majestic Grade II listed Bishopsgate building, the Victorian Bath House is a den you’ll discover by appointment only. Fitted with rich interiors and cosy alcoves, spoil your loved one silly with Victorian-inspired cocktails at this lavish spot for romance.
This classy restaurant and bar is a lovely romantic spot for any occasion. Whether you're dining on the roof terrace, dining room or by the bar the decor is sophisticated and intimate. Elysée prides itself on delicious Greek dishes and a great drinks menu. With the party going on until late, you can stay and enjoy live music until the early hours.
Three key players of the industry have united to create 68 & Boston, a charming spot for a London date night in the heart of Soho. Start by sharing a bottle of wine from the carefully curated list and pick at a few bar snacks from the restaurant next door, before making your way upstairs to the ‘Boston’ lounge to finish with a few high-quality signature cocktails.
The flicker of candlelight, the shaking of strong drinks and intimate nooks; Found sure have the right recipe when it comes to being a romantic cocktail bar in London. Book a table and join them for the ultimate date night experience with some of the best cocktails in the business in tow.
Booking into the most romantic bars in London doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to spend big - just ask Simmons. Their Camden boltohole is an absolute gem; offering a veritable mish-mash of eclectic interiors, some super cosy vibes and, most importantly, among the best happy hours in Camden. Go along for date night and get discounted wine, beer and prosecco from 4 to 9pm, Sunday to Friday.
Situated in an exotic basement bar space on Portobello Road, Trailer Happiness is renowned throughout London for its expert serves with a tiki twist. Woo your date with a heady night of rum-based cocktails; Banzai ’45 and Mr Yellow Belly are great starting points and you simply can’t miss the mezcal-laced Dia De Los Muertos.
Found beneath The Arbitrager in the heart of the city, this classic basement cocktail bar offers a stylish and refined retreat from the stresses of everyday life. Swill exceptional drinks in Demon, Wise & Partners’ relaxed atmosphere and be prepared to linger into the night; it’s open into the early hours throughout the week.
Asian cuisine is the new food of love. Forget the French, this Japanese restaurant in Victoria not only promises Pan-asian dishes to adore but killer cocktails showing Kouzu as a sought after romantic bar in London. Well versed in the art of l'amour, the minimalist interiors and vibrant colourful food and drink of Kouzu make for one ambient date spot.
Feelin’ flirty? Few places in east London can compete with the intimacy of Ruby’s cute as a button atmosphere. Hidden away below the cinema sign on Stoke Newington Road, revel in those speakeasy vibes and work your way through a specially crafted menu of divine cocktails at one of their candlelit tables.
Based in a former launderette, the exposed brick and low-lighting of Machine No.3 creates a stripped-back, intimate vibe on Well Street. A nice little after-work spot, book yourself a table and go for a round of Smoky Tommy and Black Feather cocktails at this fun yet relaxing neighbourhood bar. If it goes well? Head back at the weekend, when there’s DJs and dancing until 1am.
Doused in chrome surfaces, dramatic interiors and a luxurious atmosphere, Quaglino's is the ultimate romantic destination for you and your bae. Swoon over the dark dressed ambiance and saturate your senses with the exquisite array of European eats on offer.
Wine and dine your sweetheart with a trip to Tuscanic. This delightfully dainty deli on Old Compton Street imports all of its produce directly from the farms and vineyards of Tuscany. Spend the afternoon grazing together - sharing small plates of pastries, cured meats and cheeses at a charmingly rickety wooden table. A visit to this authentically Tuscan eatery will make you feel as though you've taken a trip to Florence together.
Brought to you by the lush team behind the award winning Callooh Callay, head to a wonderland of cocktail adventure and amorous spaces as this romantic London bar promises a date night to remember. From themed areas to stunning drinks, don't miss out.
Inspired by the Orient and toting a train carriage as their entrance corridor, it's no wonder that Hoxley and Porter is set to swoon. As loved up birds and boys head down, they prepare for an evening of master mixology, cosy wee nooks and dishes that'll make your heart and palate melt with deliciousness.
Purl’s highly skilled bartenders use unconventional methods that utilise fogs, foams and foods; and the results are a multi-sensory success for some of the most romantic drinks in the city. Retire to one of their charming alcoves, savour the live jazz music and experience prohibition drinking at the top of its game.
Located deep inside the riotous HQ of the secret society that ran Victorian London is a bar partying like it’s 1899 every day of the week. An excellent choice if you’re looking to impress with something a little different in Covent Garden, The Escapologist serves beautiful cocktails and pizza in a setting that pays homage to the hedonistic lifestyle of the infamous Baron.
Bathe your palate in a taste of the Deep South as you and your most cuddle-able one take to Nola, one of the best hidden bars in Shoreditch. A jazz inspired juice joint with New Orleans sass, expect your gullet to be coated in Sazerac's, Daiquiri's and some of the finest in amorous atmospheres in London.
Take it to the rooftops, where Queen of Hoxton’s Smokin’ Graciela’s Rooftop Bar offers east London a dose of Cuban rum, romance and relaxation. A summer-time pop-up dressed up with faded Havana glamour, get to know someone a little better over a frozen Hemingway Daiquiri or two.
Located 17 floors above the bustling streets of tech city, Urban Coterie promises delicious drinks with a stunning vantage for a sky-high romantic London date. The venue is a collaboration from the champagne specialists at Searcy’s and Michelin-trained chef Anthony Demetre, and it’s comprised of a super stylish and romantic restaurant, bar and private member’s lounge. Come to enjoy drinks with a view at one of Shoreditch’s up-and-coming bars.
Fresh yet sultry, modern yet intimate, the Canvas Restaurant in Chelsea is a taste of palatable overload as plates come skilfully shaped and the cocktails are of the highest standard. The restaurant has a feel of Italian luxe, while the oak-trimmed bar is very Bond, and who knows romance better than the Italians and Bond?
The Exhibit is a cracking restaurant and bar also boasting London’s smallest independent cinema screen. With couples able to book dinner and a movie for just £19.90, this Balham hotspot has date night signed, sealed and delivered.
The beauty is in the detail at Christabel’s, where the menus are lovingly put-together, the menus are hand-written and the decorations tell a story of their own. Christabel is the master of hosting bespoke pop-up get-togethers from a secret location overlooking Regent’s Canal.
Consistently spoken about in the very top bracket of cocktail bars on the international stage, Nightjar is the antidote to the overcrowded, boisterous bars that frequent the West End. Considered by many as the ultimate speakeasy bar in London, Nightjar sets the mood for romance by combining quality cocktails with attentive table service and a vibrant live music schedule.
Hold up - a secret bar inside a secret bar? They really don't get much more elusive than Peony, hidden away in the heart of the Chinatown bustle. Those who do stumble across it are a lucky bunch indeed, taking full advantage of a romantic and elegant setting known for its dim sum and bamboo-handled teapots of sake.