Romantic Restaurants in London
Looking to sweep your sweetheart off of their feet? A romantic meal out in London is a surefire way to get the job done. But with so many restaurants to choose from, it's hard to know which ones will really impress. Fear not young Casanova, we've singled out the crème de la crème. Here's our list of the most romantic restaurants in London.
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Last updated on 14th February 2017
Offering up an awesome sushi bar, a killer list of Japanese-inspired cocktails, and a clean, open and bright setting for you to bombard each other with funny anecdotes and flirtatious advances, Kouzu is the perfect restaurant for a date night dinner in London. Indulge on the likes of Black Cod and Spicy Prawn Tempura before building up the bottle to lean in for that first kiss.
For one of the most romantic views of London, hop aboard the glass-encased symphony boat as it cruises the Thames, showing you breath-taking sights of the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Tower Bridge to name a few. Whilst you watch the world float by, work your way through a four-course meal which includes dishes such as pheasant, confit rabbit and grilled mackerel.
Nestled away neatly in a historic courtyard, Mews of Mayfair is an utterly elegant eatery that offers up the very best of British cuisine - tuck into the likes of Salmon and Smoked Haddock Fishcake as you sip on some of the finest champagne. Boasting the feel of an exclusive, members-only restaurant, Mews of Mayfair is for those of you that are looking for a classy meal out in London.
With its candlelit setting and its deep cushioned sofas (perfect for sinking into and snuggling up with your sweetheart), Levant Restaurant & Lounge is indubitably one of the most romantic restaurants in London. Spend your night grazing on delicious Lebanese and Middle Eastern inspired dishes whilst belly dancers cap off an all-round authenitc evening.
Mark date night with a bit of old fashioned glamour at Clapham spot, Powder Keg Diplomacy. The restaurant has a colonial Victorian feel with towering plants, old maps and candlelight setting the scene. Gorge on one of their British plates which includes goodies such as ox cheek and steak or simply treat yourself to a luscious cocktail.
House of Ho is full of amorous vibes to give you a romantic meal in London. Their contemporary take on classic Vietnamese cuisines is both authentic and original so you can taste the landscape of that iconic Asian cuisine in a lavish setting in central London. Take in their crisp, white interiors and have a luxurious meal out.
We've seen bae, and we must admit, you've done well... you're obviously a fan of good looks. Naturally, you'll love Wringer & Mangle - a gorgeous venue in Hackney that's brimming with character. Head inside with your equally-gorgeous sweetheart and enjoy a romantic lunch in London. From your standard 'Beef Burger & Chips' to 'Warm Pigs Head on Toast', Wringer & Mangle has a range of mouth-watering dishes.
When it comes to hidden gems in London, not only does Victory Mansion's Stoke Newington location make it cosy and neighbourhood orientated, this intimate and charming space is littered with candlelight, cocktails and small plates all date night long.
What could be more romantic than shacking up in an Alpine lodge and locking eyes over a fondue of Swiss cheese? Right... Head to The Lodge in Clapham this winter as they bring back their sharing roasts, bottomless bubbles, warming cocktails and quizzes with big prizes to win.
Boasting a 'Roald Dahl-esque' charm, The Dolls House is easily one of the cutest restaurants in London. Grab yourself a table for two and tuck into a menu delectable dishes together. Naturally, we suggest that you wash it all down with a few of the delicious craft cocktails on offer here too. And if you're heading down during the weekend, don't forget to pack your dancing shoes either!
If you're after a candlelit dinner in London, Yoshiaki is the place to be. This elegant West End restaurant offers up a menu of modern European sharing dishes; spend the night gorging on the likes of Miso Marinated Scottish Salmon and Rosemary Marinated Lamb Cutlets together. And if you're up for it, end your romantic night out by hitting the dance floor hard in the extravagant clubbing area here.
Hyde Kensington is a romantic cubby hole of eclectic and quirky interiors, theatrical cocktails and pan-Asian themed food. Designed by artist JJ Adams, the bar has a minimalist futuristic vibe with one-off paintings decorating cosy corners and intimate booths.
Located just off the legendary Long Bar, the Restaurant at Sanderson would make the perfect spot for dinner and drinks if you’re celebrating an anniversary or a birthday. Styled as a continental brasserie, chefs take an inventive approach to seasonal cuisine, and the results are plates that are as beautiful to look at as they are downright delicious. Pair your dinner with a couple of artisanal cocktails and you’re definitely on to a winner.
Oozing with undeniable charm and character, Hoxley and Porter is an intimate restaurant in London - ideal for couples. Head down and tuck into a modern British menu that contains subtle influences from across the globe - think 'Devon Crab and Crayfish Linguini with Chilli, Rocket and Coriander'. On top of the excellent grub, there's an exceptional cocktail list here too!
Cinnamon Kitchen is an award-winning Indian restaurant in the centre of the city - the perfect venue if you're trying to impress on a date. This decadent diner offers up a menu of truly mouth-watering dishes that come served up with plenty of pizzazz thanks to the tandoori bar and grill's interactive dining experience. Once you've eaten, make your way into the adjoining cocktail bar for some post-meal tipples.
Enjoy a romantic meal out in London at Opium - a trendy dim sum parlour and cocktail bar in Chinatown. But first, you'll have to find this bad boy. Embark on a journey with your companion to unearth this hidden gem... we hear it's tucked away behind an inconspicuous green door. Once inside, gorge on a menu of fresh seasonal dishes before washing it all down with some firecracker cocktails.
Kitted out with all sorts of cool and quirky ornamentation, Coin Laundry is a fun spot that makes for an unique date night dinner in London. Head down and tuck into some 70s-inspired dishes from the 'retro-happy menu' - think Prawn Cocktails and Chicken Kievs. And to follow, see the night out by guzzling away on retro cocktails from the bar upsatirs.
Looking for somewhere quaint and unassuming nearby to London Bridge? As luck would have it, we know just the place. Village East is a cracking restaurant for couples in London, offering a slick and contemporary vibe that wouldn’t look out of place in its Manhattan namesake. Feast on some homely cooking in this listed warehouse, and with whisky cocktails served until 1.30am on Friday and Saturday, it makes sense to come at the weekends and linger into the night.
In need of a rather special date night? Then Aviary will have what you need as the ETM group create another hit. This time they're taking things up a level for a stylish and sleek rooftop bar, complete with a swish terrace, classy restaurant and a menu that will melt even the coldest of hearts.
Offering delicious food, a relaxed ambience and some of the best views in east London, Urban Coterie is an absolute picture of romance high above Old Street. It’s a 17th floor hotel bar where the views speak for themselves; come for some simple, unfussy cooking then hang around afterwards for a classic cocktail with a twist or a glass of one of their celebrated biodynamic wines.
How about a romantic brunch in London? The Jones Family Project is a charming daytime retreat that'll have you and your boo tucking in eggs, bacon and mimosas all afternoon long. Effortlessly stylish and always accommodating, this restaurant bar in heart of Shoreditch is a surefire way to show your date that you're clued up on all the coolest spots in the capital.
Filled with vintage furniture and set across six floors, Six Storeys in Soho has an intimate and romantic vibe. Head to the venue to find cosy corners, floors of cocktail bars and exclusive restaurants. The menu is inspired by the British isles, with delicious dishes including Scottish smoked salmon and rare roasted sirloin of beef.