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.

Last updated on 9th March 2023

Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace is a gorgeous restaurant that's sure to make sure you get that all-important second date. Not only is this place gloriously pretty, but it's also partnered up with Mr Bao to bring you a range of tasty East Asian bites. To top it all off, there are delicious drinks and live music nights.

Dirty Bones - Restaurants in London

With venues across the city, Dirty Bones is one of the best first date restaurants in London. As well as boasting chic interiors, a great happy hour and delicious American-inspired eats, this NYC-themed bar and eatery also has a killer playlist to get you both grooving in your seats.

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.

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. 

La Rueda

Located in Clapham, La Rueda is the place to be for Spanish fare. If you're trying to impress your first date, then you can get in on the bottomless tapas deal or opt for their 'date night' package where you'll get a free glass of Cava with any purchase of paella for two.

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 off nicely. Head here for sharing plates inspired by Burmese cuisine, with dishes such as fritters, coconut noodles and king prawn curries.


If you're looking for low pressure first date ideas, Minnow is a top choice. Found in the heart of Clapham, this light and airy all-day eatery is a fabulous place for a pitstop after a wander across the Common. Expect everything from wholesome brunches through to roast dinners on the menu.