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.
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.
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.
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.
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, revel in those speakeasy vibes and work your way through a specially crafted menu of divine cocktails at one of their candlelit tables.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 dressed ambiance and saturate your senses with the exquisite array of European eats on offer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 having regular DJ nights, live music and dazzling burlesque.
Giving every other cute and 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 kooky decor.
Offering smooth jazz nights and 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.
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.
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.
One of London's most iconic cocktail spots, the Long Bar at The Sanderson boasts a stunning selection of delectable cocktails combined with stunning yet intimate interiors perfect for a first date or a special night out with the other half.
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.
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.
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 sipping on enticing creations inspired by regions of France, such as the truffled white negroni and the champagne pina colada.
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.
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.
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.