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Romantic Bars in London
If you're looking to up that date night game with something more special than the cinema or a trip to the latest immersive experience, these intimate hideaways 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.
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.
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.
For a night that's as romantic as can be, head down to Soho where this Wardour Street bar is bringing you delicious drinks in an intimate atmosphere. Cuddle up over G&Ts in the gin parlour or take things to the cocktail bar where you'll find live music.
Booking into the most romantic bars in London doesn't necessarily mean that you have to spend big - just ask Simmons. Their Fitzrovia bolthole is an absolute gem; offering eclectic interiors, cosy vibes and, most importantly, one of the best happy hours the city.
Inspired by 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 regular DJ nights, live music and dazzling burlesque performances.
A whisky lover's dream, 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 a little different, head upstairs for an in-depth blending masterclass.
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.
One of London's suavest hotel watering holes, the Long Bar at The Sanderson boasts a stunning selection of delectable cocktails combined with intimate interiors. Whether it's a chilled date or a special night of wining, dining and sleeping over, this is sure to impress.
Brought to you by the lush team behind the award-winning Callooh Callay, Little Bat is a wonderland of cocktail adventure and amorous spaces. This romantic London bar promises a date night to remember, with themed areas and stunning drinks.
Purl's highly skilled bartenders use unconventional methods that utilise fogs, foams and food; 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 the prohibition era.
Situated in a basement 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 in one of the intimate corners.
An iconic date night spot in the heart of Covent Garden, nowhere seduces quite like Eve. Step into this neon enclave for the chance to charm your beau over rounds of signature cocktails, great craft beers and delicious bar snacks from The Frog.
Looking for an Instagrammable retreat with 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.
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.
A sophisticated hideaway in Bethnal Green, Coupette oozes French glamour with its impressive cocktail menu and enticing selection of bar snacks. Nights here will consist of enticing creations inspired by regions of France, such as the truffled white negroni and Champagne pina colada.
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.
Doused in chrome surfaces, dramatic interiors and a luxurious atmosphere, Quaglino's is the ultimate romantic destination for you and bae. Swoon over the dark interior and saturate the senses with the exquisite array of European eats and classic cocktails on offer.
Giving every other quirky cocktail bar in London a run for its money, Little Nan's offers a cosy little hideaway for couples looking for something a little different. This romantic bar in South London is the perfect place to share a teapot full of very potent cocktails and enjoy the kitsch decor.
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.
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, there's speakeasy vibes and a crafted menu of divine cocktails on candlelit tables.
This gorgeous cocktail bar is the ultimate romantic refuge, with the assistance of a little live jazz 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.
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 and a splash of greenery. Hungry? Don't miss the European menu.
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, Heads + Tails offers a plethora of mouthwatering sips and creative concoctions.
One of the best kept secrets in The City, The Gobpsy serves up stunning cocktails and Prohibition-inspired interiors. Head over for the chance to experience speakeasy style with a luxury twist through their sleek and oh-so-sexy interiors, and gorgeous drinks.
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 bar Swift. Think carefully crafted cocktails, all served in double-quick time.
Low lighting, cosy corners and a knock-out cocktail list reign supreme at Blind Spot. Open for pre-dinner cocktails, post-show tipples and even masterclasses, the Covent Garden bar also has a selection of entertainment including regular live music nights. Feeling particularly amorous? There's hotel rooms for that...
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.
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 and potent drinks.
A blink-and-you'll-miss-it spot tucked away beneath Ravey Street, Found is home to some of the finest cocktails in the area. With a short but sweet menu of unique drinks offering a novel take on classic concoctions, hide yourselves away in one of their cool alcoves and enjoy some much needed one-on-one time.
Offering smooth jazz nights and even smoother cocktails, this charming bar in Brixton is a top spot if you're planning for a romantic night out in South London. Head down for coffee dates, cocktail classes and great live entertainment.
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 NOVA Victoria development. Fusing industrial interiors with intimate little corners and a killer brunch menu, this place just might make you miss your train.
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.
Just a stone's throw from Liverpool Street Station is Kitty Hawk's ground floor bar. Treat bae to a few drinks 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 for award-winning steak.
Book yourself into IRIS bar 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.
Looking to impress that special someone? This gorgeous Bloomsbury bar is the place to do it. Decked out in vibrant 1920's-inspired interiors, and boasting a menu of clever cocktails, it's ideal for a date night with a difference, or a special night out with the other half.
The swinging '20s inspired plenty of shenanigans, from Prohibition to illegal gambling. BYOC has harnessed this sense of fun for their outpost in Camden; think crafted cocktails for two hours, Blackjack tables and snappy servers.