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 ready and waiting to fulfil your date night dreams.
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Located on the 31st floor of one of London's most iconic skyscrapers, Aqua Shard Bar is one of the city's most exclusive spots. Regularly frequented by celebrities and city slickers, the menu here is an eclectic mix of seafood, dishes from the grill and veggie offerings. Sip on fizz and enjoy exquisite cuisine whilst watching the sunset over the capital.
How about a romantic brunch in London? The Jones Family Project is a charming daytime retreat that'll have you and your boo tucking into eggs, bacon and mimosas all afternoon long. Effortlessly stylish and always accommodating, this restaurant bar in the heart of Shoreditch is a surefire way to show your date that you're clued up on all the coolest spots in the capital.
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.
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, this is the perfect place for an extra-special occasion.
Head to one of Megan's many London venues and you'll find a florally-adorned hideaway with hanging fairy lights and plush seating that sets the scene perfectly for a romantic date. Snuggle up under the indoor tree in Clapham or in the garden of Fulham if you want a truly unique experience.
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.
For a truly decadent date night, step back in time at The English Grill at The Rubens At The Palace Hotel. Steeped in history and grandeur, this mahogany dining room is covered in renaissance artwork and candelabras that were one homed in Buckingham Palace. Boasting five-star service and some of the highest quality food in the city, an evening spent here is guaranteed to be a memorable affair.
One of the most recent additions to London's ever-burgeoning sky-high restaurants. Located on (you guessed it) the 14th floor of 120 Fenchurch Street, the views here are unparalleled. Offering a selection of contemporary British dishes, menu highlights include the veal sweetbread served with wild mushrooms and amontillado jus, and the roasted turbot served atop a cuttle fish risotto.
If you're a couple that love high-end steaks and fine wine, you're right in booking a table at M Restaurant Threadneedle Street. Not only brimming with glitz and glamour, this grill restaurant has a roster of meat plates to die for.
Restaurant Ours is all about serving up delicious food in a relaxed yet sophisticated interior. The menu is delicious, modern European food accompanied by seasonal cocktails, while the interior boasts a fun aesthetic and chic modern stylings.
A short walk from Kensington Palace, this unique South American-themed bar and restaurant offers a stunning selection of gorgeous Spanish and Latin tapas plates perfect for sharing on a decadent date night. On top of that, their gold-accented interiors are sure to keep the eyes as happy as the stomach.
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!
Located just off the legendary Long Bar, the Restaurant at Sanderson would make the perfect spot for dinner and drinks with your beau. 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.
Boasting a 'Roald Dahl-esque' charm, Upper 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.
Capeesh brings the romance of Italy to Canary Wharf, bringing a wonderful array of delicious Italian dishes made from fresh ingredients and tasty wine, as well as a beautiful ambiance. And after you've finished your meal, head to the Sky Bar for amazing panoramic views of the city too.
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 authentic evening.
The Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club in Kennington has quickly established a reputation for itself when it comes to delivering soulful jazz nights out in London. Hosting a handful of jazz and funk & soul bands throughout the early weeks of Spring, there is a pre-theatre set menu on offer, as well as a selection of small plates and sharing boards that can be enjoyed throughout the performances.
A must for couples looking to treat themselves this date night, join Cigalon for some of the finest in provencal French dishes alongside some of the finest wines and service in the city as this charmed restaurant is quite the schmoozer.
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 an alluring food menu. The menu is inspired by the British Isles, with delicious dishes including Scottish smoked salmon and rare roasted sirloin of beef.
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.
Located in the heart of Covent Garden, Bourne & Hollingsworth Garden Rooms is a gorgeous botanical-themed restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows and sweeping views of the city. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, this is the perfect spot for a daytime date - with a whole host of mocktails and juices on offer for non-drinkers.
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.
Found in the heart of the Nova Victoria development, Rail House Cafe might just by shy of the train station, but it's a hubbub of charm that shouldn't be ignored. From their international menu down to the dim evening lighting, it's a world away from the tracks.
Boasting a great wine list and a stunning selection of tasty dishes, the bright, cosy and romantic restaurant in West London offers a top spot if you're looking to discover somewhere new for your next date night. Located just a short stroll from Parsons Green station, head here early doors and then extend your evening exploring some of this charming neighbourhood's many independent pubs.
Stepping into Circolo Popolare is a little like stepping into a fairytale. Adorned with hanging flowers, candles and fairy lights, this Italian trattoria is known for its over-the-top style. Serving giant cheese wheels full of pasta and 10-layer lasagna, a trip here is a feast for the eyes in more ways than one.
Instantly recognisable from its powder pink interiors and quirky egg-shaped loos, Sketch has become a bit of a bucket-list restaurant for London foodies. But the oft-grammed eatery offers more than just dreamy aesthetics - the menu here is pretty impressive too, with a wide selection of comfort food classics and seven-course tasting menus.
They do say oysters are an aphrodisiac, and where better to enjoy them than aboard an actual narrowboat on Regents Canal? Setting sail three nights a week, this elegant restaurant serves a selection of ultra-fresh seafood, with an extensive wine list to match.