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 22nd August 2022


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Searching for cheap romantic first date ideas? Nanban will have you both swooning after steaming bowls of ramen and handcrafted cocktails, without leaving a dent in your bank account. Head on over to the Brixton favourite to see why it's one of our faves. 

Amazing Grace

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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.

Flight Club

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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. 

Marsha Southbank

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If you're looking for a brunch date near the water, then Marsha's in Southbank is the place for you. With a wide selection on their menu, including vegetarian friendly eats and a delicious selection of beer and wine, the restaurant offers a nice casual ambiance. 

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.


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After a charming first date restaurant? Oozing rustic vibes, Maremma is the place for you. Named after the Tuscan region, this Brixton gem cooks up traditional delicacies and pasta made in-house daily, all topped off with delicious wine handpicked from small producers.

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. 

Balans East

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With its huge, Parisian-style bar and intimate booth seating, Balans Soho Society in Stratford has date night written all over it. Head to the gothic restaurant for an evening of locally-sourced global eats, including curries, burgers and tacos, alongside cocktails and fine wine.

Darcie & May Green

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Darcie & May Green is one quirky date night restaurant, giving you and that special someone the chance to bond over Aussie plates on an actual narrowboat. Whether you're playing it cool with a boozy brunch or going all-out with a romantic dinner, this place is set to impress.


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Looking for summer date night ideas? Seabird is sure to wow with its picture-perfect rooftop terrace and gorgeous menu of fresh seafood (as well as one of London's best oyster menus). Make sure to head over just as the sun is setting for proper romantic vibes.


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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. 

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.