Top 10 Places To Take Your Boyfriend
You've coo'd and you've woo'd, but where next for you and your feavourite boy shaped beau? If you're done scoffing chocs in front of a netflix subscription, and he's already had an inappropriate rollick with your parents over a game of Scrabble, it's time for a new dating venture. You can call us Cupid, toots. 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 10th October 2016
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.
Playing it cool down in Central London, your boyfriend looks set to bubble with Nordic naughtiness once you've had a fun dose of this Scandi silly destination. A frivolous haunt where shot wheels, premium ping pong battles and cracking cocktails come as standard, he'll have trouble knowing where to start, but you're sure to get him on his way. You're nice like that.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thinks he's a funny chap, taking Vines of you to send to his mates, and 'Snapchattin' 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.
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.
If your boyfriend fancies himself as a bit of a whisky expert then this is the place for him. With talks from experts and a whole variety of whiskies, Chivas Regal's tasting sessions will satisfy the whisky lover in your life, plus they can even take home a bottle with them.
The fun-loving vibes of a movie-scene diner and the flavoursome heat of a Louisianan BBQ joint are recreated in the shadows of St Paul's Cathedral in the form of the Fat Bear. With a team made up of both Americans and Britons, the bar brilliantly combines all the best culinary traditions of both proud nations. From bourbon infused cocktails to peanut butter and bacon chilli jam burgers, you'll leave with 'star spangled banner' stuck in your head and a slight spring in your swaying step.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eins zwei, PINT! He may not be a fan of the German football team, no matter how stellar a selection of sports players that they are, 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
What happens when oak-aged Innis & Gunn beer meets a virtual reality tasting experience? We’re glad you asked, as it just so happens that a brand new, innovative way of drinking beer has come to London. Bring your chap along to Ikigai, where Innis & Gunn have linked up with a cognitive neuroscientist to create a unique beer drinking experience designed to heighten all your senses.
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.
A boutique venue offering modern elegance combined with timeless style, The Driver is a base for fun, relaxation and entertainment in King’s Cross. Come for some dinner and drinks in the beautiful first floor restaurant, then make for one of the three lounges with their private bars for a post-meal tipple. Visiting during the summer? Great, there’s a suntrap terrace on the roof that you’ll need to experience.