Romantic Bars in London
Looking to impress a loved one? Fancy swooning over a candlelit table to the sounds of one another's voices? If you're partial to a little romance in London, you've come to the right place. From restaurants with high-end dining and romantic interiors, to cocktail cubby holes where fairy lights and drinks set the scene, check out our recommendations for the most romantic places to drink in London.
Last updated on 17th January 2018
Tucked into nooks and toting some of the best bottles of wine in the business, it's no wonder the Bloomsbury have one of the most romantic places to drink in London. Under the glitter of lights, prepare for intimate chats and a charming atmosphere all night long.
One of the most dazzling places to drink in London, Dalloway Terrace have upped the romantic stakes with their charming and wintry makeover. From low hanging lights to the flickering of candles, snuggle up for a night of cocktails to remember.
Sister bar to Nightjar and toting some of the most unique drinks in the city, if you want plenty to lust over in London, you've come to the right place. From live jazz music down to creative cocktails, romance thrives at Oriole.
Booking into the most romantic bars in London doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to spend big - just ask Simmons. Their Fitzrovia 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 the city.
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.
Low lighting, cosy corners and a knock-out cocktail list reign supreme at Blind Spot, the late-night drinking den in Covent Garden. Open for pre-dinner cocktails, post-show tipples and even masterclasses, the venue also has a selection of entertainment including regular live music nights as well as a selection of hotel rooms, if you're feeling particularly amorous.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Themed on Chinese opium dens, The Courtesan is one Brixton's little known secrets. The bar and restaurant serves a delicious selection of dim sum and Asian-inspired cocktails, along with having regular DJ nights, live music and dazzling burlesque.
The masterminds behind the successful Nightjar bar have now turned their attention towards Covent Garden, offering London's many young couples a great date night in the form of Swift bar. With years of flairing under their belts, and an eye for infusing different flavours together, the master mixologists offer a stunning range of crafted cocktails, all served in double-quick time.
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 Old Street. 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.
Hidden in a nondescript basement, Black Rock is one of Shoreditch's most snug bars. The spot is a celebration of all things whisky, with an incredible collection of 250 bottles in their library; for something different bag a place on the oak tree trunk which acts as an interactive cocktail ageing system.
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.
If you’re looking for seasonal cocktails in Kensington in a wonderfully romantic setting, Restaurant Ours is for you. Their interior is all about modern, chic stylings, with exposed brickwork, a splashing of greenery and a spacious area to relax in, and if you’re feeling hungry, grab a bite of the carefully crafted European menu.
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.
About to hop off on a romantic getaway? Saying a teary goodbye? Make sure you do it in style at Rail House Cafe in the new NOVA Victoria development. Fusing industrial interiors with intimate little corners and a killer brunch menu, this place just might make you miss your train.
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.
There's six levels of sexy at Six Storey in Soho and it's worth checking out every single one. The appointment-only spot includes a restaurant and several intimate bars, all with a private townhouse feel.
Kitty Hawk is epitomises city centre glamour within East London. Just a stone’s throw from Liverpool Street Station, you and bae will feel more than treated in their ground floor bar, drinking from their extensive wine list (that includes selections from the Rothschild Estate). And if you feel a bit peckish, head down to the impressive restaurant below and treat yourself to some award-winning steak.
Based in a former launderette, the exposed brick and low-lighting of Rehab creates a stripped-back, intimate vibe on Well Street. A nice little after-work spot, book yourself a table and go for some of the best vegan grub in East London.
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.
Inspired by Soho's heyday, Disrepute is an intimate and plush drinking den that's got some stories to tell. Set in the former home of The Pinstripe Club - the starting point of one of politics' most outrageous affairs- the bar commemorates 60s hedonism with gorgeous decor, potent drinks and a husky soundtrack.
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.
Book yourself into Searcy's and get set for a memorable night out indeed; you’ll head 180m into the sky to enjoy cocktails at one of the city’s most prestigious and recognisable landmarks. The views, as you might expect, are to die for, and the romance is at an all time high.
The swinging '20s inspired plenty of shenanigans, from Prohibition to illegal gambling. BYOC have harnessed this sense of fun for their latest bar in Camden; think crafted cocktails for two hours, Blackjack tables and snappy servers.
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, Daiquiris and some of the finest in amorous atmospheres in London.
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.
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.