Romantic Bars in London

If you're looking to up that date night game with something more intimate than the cinema or a trip to the latest immersive experience, these romantic London bars are here to inject a little allure into proceedings. From chilled out basement bars for cocktails and conversation, to rooftop spots that are sure to have the perfect aphrodisiac effect, we've rounded up the most romantic bars in London.

Last updated on 16th January 2020




Nightjar

2450 user reviews 4

A mainstay amongst some of the best cocktail spots in London, Nightjar is the antidote to the more boisterous bars that litter Old Street. Considered by many as the ultimate speakeasy experience in London, Nightjar sets the mood for romance by combining quality cocktails with attentive table service and a vibrant live music schedule.

Purl

23 user reviews 4

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.

Demon, Wise and Partners

12 user reviews 5

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.

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.

Trailer Happiness

16 user reviews 4

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.

68 and Boston

938 user reviews 4

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.

Hoxley and Porter

170 user reviews 4

Happy hour

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.

Swift

713 user reviews 5

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.

Restaurant Ours

11 user reviews 4

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.

Kitty Hawk

1084 user reviews 4

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.

Black Rock

258 user reviews 5

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.

Blind Spot

2 user reviews 5

A Continental Trail

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.

Heads + Tails

91 user reviews 5

5 for the price of 4 on bottles of sparkling wine & Champagne

Sometimes, there's nothing wrong with a timeless classic like dinner and drinks. On the drinks side of things, we're leaning towards this NW6 number; split between two distinct floors offering a plethora of mouthwatering sips and creative concoctions.

Jin Bo Law

259 user reviews 4

This gorgeous cocktail bar is sure to be the ultimate romantic retreat come Valentine's Day, with the assistance of a little live jazz saxophone to really set the tone. Snuggle up with your partner and sip on Asian-inspired concoctions as you gaze over the city below. With its sleek interiors and atmospheric decor, it's one of the city's most refined date locations.

Head to Old Street where Upper 5th is bringing you one of the suavest date night spots in East London. With sweeping views over the city and tropical cocktails aplenty, this elegant rooftop bar is set to impress whether it's your first date or your 25th anniversary.

@ Ham Yard Hotel on Various dates from Friday 24th January 2020

Ham Yard Hotel is definitely upping the romantic stakes with their latest Hot Gin Roof winter pop up, created with gin maestros Sipsmith. Spend your evening on the stunning private roof terrace and enjoy a host of hot, cold, low and no alcohol cocktails from the bespoke menu whilst nibbling on the accompanying food pairings.

Lunch Set Menu and 3 other offers

Looking for a stunning spot, delicious drinks and a laid back atmosphere? Then look no further than dining maestros, Bourne & Hollingsworth. Renowned for their cocktails and chic style, the bar also serves food from the a la carte menu if you get peckish.