First Date Restaurants In London

So, you’ve worked up the courage to ask out your crush and now you’re looking for a show-stopper of a spot. Discover some of the best restaurants for a first date in London with our curated list of romantic tapas bars, interactive dining experiences and intimate eateries that are sure to impress. And if all goes well? We've got you covered with even more swoon-worthy date night spots around town.

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Last updated on 17th April 2024

Shanghai Noir

SHANGHAI NOIR SET MENU -3 Courses · £35 per perso and 1 other offer

Shanghai Noir is a stylish Indo-Chinese Brasserie that's inspired by the 1930s, situated in the Grade II listed old Westminster Fire Station. Their luxurious decor features dark wallpaper, decadent chandeliers and Asian-style artwork, where you can enjoy theatrical cocktails and delicious small plates - we're talking chilli pepper paneer, dry-aged short rib beef or hot and sour soup.

Flight Club

Add a dash of competition to your first outing with a trip to this quirky bar and restaurant. Flight Club will have you ditching stuffy restaurants and awkward small talk in favour of high-octane darts throwing, paddles of pizza and plenty of libations for a fun night out. 

Vagabond - Various Sites

Vagabond's urban wineries are ideal for an evening of wining and dining over a bottle and sharing plates. Offering a stunning array of handpicked vinos in undoubtedly sleek surroundings, it's no surprise that this is one of the city's best places for a first date. 

Penny Squares

Break the ice at Penny Squares housed within Canopy by Hilton London City hotel. This restaurant is an ideal romantic spot for its laid-back vibes, alongside its crackin' menu. Delve into a succulent steak or some Cornish hake while getting to know your date.

Kricket Soho

You can never go wrong with small plates, as the folks at Kricket prove. Head on over to this Soho staple for the chance to graze on enticing eats that blend British ingredients and Mumbai-inspired flavours, topped off with a range of stunning cocktails.


Searching for the best first date ideas London has to offer? Found opposite Rich Mix Cinema, Lahpet is sure to round off your evening nicely. Head here for sharing plates inspired by Burmese cuisine, with dishes such as fritters, coconut noodles and king prawn curries.