Top 10 Places To Take Your Boyfriend
You've coo'd and you've woo'd, but where next for you and your favourite boy shaped beau? If you're done scoffing chocs in front of Netflix, and he's already had an inappropriate rollick with your parents over a game of Scrabble, it's time for a new dating venture. From juice joints that will having him reeling over succulent ribs, to beloved city boozers and cracking events, here are the top 10 places to take your boyfriend in London.
Last updated on 13th March 2017
If you're looking for a buzzing haven of shareable plates and some of the best Mexican inspired street food in the city, Wahaca has to be your go to. Of all places to take your boyfriend in the city, we're pretty confident he'll love the casual dining vibes of this place where they stock tequila by the bar load and there's even swinging, hanging chairs to cotch in.
Based in London's bustling Holborn and with a menu curated by TV chef Jeremy Peng, Cha Chaan Teng is making something of a name for itself by serving Londoners delicious Hong Kongese fare and delicious cocktails. With the likes of lobster prawn toast and a range of Bao burgers on the menu, the bar will be serving Asian themed signature cocktails. Anyone for an Oolong Negroni?
If your boyfriend just so happens to be in the know when it comes to the London beer scene, there's another event that's sure to get him going in the city. Join Hackney's Crate as you head on round for a tour of the brewery alongside tastes, bites and fun aplenty.
You guys competitive? Good, you’ll be right at home at All Star Lanes, the bowling alley with a cracking American restaurant and cocktail bar on the side. Naturally it makes sense to start with a couple of rounds of bowling, before heading on to enjoy some towering burger and fried chicken goods. There’s an intimate bar serving up inventive cocktails, craft beers and hard shakes, too.
A haven for those bumping about East London, your home-spun hottie will love the sweet sounds of garden cavorting and Sunday roast plates brimming. The kind of place to bring that petite pooch that you both awkwardly invested in, People's Park Tavern host everything from cracking pub grub, brewery boozin' and babes. By babes, we mean you.
Thinks he's a funny chap, taking videos of you to send to his mates, and Snapchatting some truly laudible moments to your Mum? Time to show your favourite chap the true essence of funny. A Shoreditch romp that will have you two tickling funny bones before the night is out, tuck into some independent comedy in the heart of London's most trendy ends.
Fact: Boys like beers; and because of the close connections that 'History' has with guns, war and all of that other super-masculine stuff (lads, lads, lads), most men have a bit of a soft spot for that too. Ergo, impress your man by combining the two - take bae on a tour of The Fuller's Griffin Brewery. Dating back all the way to 1828, this place is flooded with riveting stories to tell - discover them all. And while you're there, sample a few pints of London's pride in the place where it was born!
Let's be honest, yer main man is a carnivore, so how to bend to his needs while still knocking back cocktails like it's anyone's business? With their menu of meaty, mouthwatering treats in tow, Blues Kitchen Shoreditch is your siren call. From bayou inspired burgers and bubbling beef brisket, to risque spicy ribs alongside craft beer, he'll be more of a belly bulge than a boyfriend. But he'll be happy.
Absurd Bird has opened in Soho to feed Central London their brand of delicious Southern American food. From crispy chicken to jalapeno Mac'N'Cheese, the restaurant puts on a feast no boyfriend will be able to resist. Kick your evening off with some delicious cocktails created by Soulshakers in the secret basement bar before heading upstairs for a mouth-wateringly good dinner.
Beer and more arcade games than you can shake a stick at - look no further than The Four Thieve in Battersea. The pub has no installed some virtual reality booths that will have you and your boyfriend in another world for 20 minutes; gaming just got serious, gang.
This pit stop tour of East London's most popular microbreweries is sure to impress the main man in your life. Well, if he likes beer that is (if not, probably skip to the next item...). With stops at Five Points Brewing Co, The Cock Tavern, London Fields Brewery and Redchurch Brewery, you can expect expert commentary, take-home bottles and of course, plenty of tastings along the way.
Definitely somewhere that will get you brownie points with your chap, Brewhouse & Kitchen in Angel washes down an impressive collection of craft beers with a menu of hearty British classics and BBQ meats. You need look no further for somewhere to take your boyfriend in London: beer + pie = winning.
A change to the regular scene down in swanky Bank, Core is a bit of a haven for cool cocktails and chilled out vibes making for the perfect place to take your boyfriend in London. Their basement lair comes complete with neon lights, newspapered walls and furniture that gently nods to the 50s. The food and drink also come at affordable prices so he doesn't have to be a baller to buy all your drinks.
Petrus Sour Beers are taking over the King and Co in Brighton for one night this April. Guests will sample 3 of Petrus' best beers, as well as having a go at creating their own special sour creation; this event is perfect if your boyfriend fancies himself as a bit of an expert or is just looking to try something different. Better still, there'll be a handful of great prizes up for grabs for the best amateur brewer on the night.
Don’t let your boyfriend any ideas if you take him to see Don Juan! The spectacular David Tennant plays the titular character, a cruel seducer who lives only for pleasure, in this modern update that follows his final, debauched adventures. This hilarious tragedy could end up as the perfect addition to date night.
This one, we'd call it a shared excursion if anything. A dazzling adventure in all things tassles, your beloved beau will be bewildered by the stunning show, and just how smokin' hot you look under those speakeasy inspired lights. From cabaret cavorting and powerful performances to three course dining, his Dickie Bow will finally see the light, of the burlesque night.
Having achieved a remarkable level of success with the White Lyan in Shoreditch, Ryan Chetiyawardana now tunrs his attention to South London, opening the equally vibrant Dandelyan on the first floor of the Mondrian Hotel. Drenched in marble and a smattering of elegant antiques, its stunning riverside views of the Thames and diverse cocktail menu makes it an ideal place for an intimate date. Treat your boyfriend to a few smooth, elegantly crafted cocktails and swoon in everything this spot has to offer.
So, he's a sporting sweetheart? Then to the Dug Out you must banish him (go with him, you're not cruel, you're involved). A seriously sports orientated destination where beer pong, beer bottles and foosball reign supreme, it's time to don those earplugs for an evening of haggard sporting screams, cracking bottles of booze and an atmosphere that he'll love.
A unique opportunity to explore the inner workings of one of London's most well-respected microbreweries, this tour and tasting session at Southwark Brewery is the perfect place to take your boyfriend in London if he likes knocking back a beer or two. Expect talks, tastings and the chance to have a few drinks in the brewery's bar post-tour.
If your boyfriend is a Prince super-fan, bring him down to the Nightspot Cinema for a night showing of Purple Rain. Showcasing his superb talent, the quasi-biographical film features his Grammy award-winning – and one of the best albums of all time – soundtrack, Purple Rain. Purple popcorn will be available there.
A pit stop tour of Bermondsey's best microbreweries, this tasting tour stops at four of London's best brewers, promising tastings, Q&A sessions and showcases the brewery's most interesting equipment. Win some major brownie points with this top-notch destination to take your boyfriend in London.
Treat your boyfriend to a wonderful guided tour through Canopy Beer Co’s brewery. Not only will he get to marvel at the brewing process of his favourite beers, he’ll get to ask any questions that may come up. Then, you; get to taste six of their delicious beers – and you’re even able to take a bottle home with you.
So, your boy shaped beau laps up local ales like he's breathing in London's deliciously cultured air? Looks like he needs a slap up destination where he can woof those drinks away. With their stellar selection of ales and really rather lovely, riverside location, he'll be brimming with hops and heart shaped thoughts about you after a venture to The Union Tavern.
Eins zwei, PINT! He may not be a fan of the German football team, but he does love himself a sneaky schnitzel. If your boyfriend takes the supping of steins into serious consideration, this Bavarian Beerhouse is brimming with German guzzlers and good times all round. Just don't let 'im near the lederhosen lasses.