Best Places to Take Your Girlfriend in London

'The old ball and chain', 'the other half' or just 'the woman'; Girlfriends get the best of nicknames, so we thought it's about time you showed them some real love and started taking advantage of one of the greatest cities in the world. Beat them to the punch for date night activities and get ahead of the game with our top places to take your girlfriend in London that'll get you that all important gold star. Come on guys, we'll show you how it's done.

Last updated on 10th December 2018




With stunning views, great drinks and the chance for a few rounds of croquet or petanque, this fun summer pop up is one of the best places in London to take your girlfriend.

You can always guarantee a good night when Kansas Smitty's is involved. The good-time Hackney bar is bringing all sorts of fun to East London with a huge line-up of live music nights and a cracking little cocktail list.

NOLA

111 user reviews 4

Legends for their sazerac straight up, Nola is a taste of classic New Orleans and Louisiana culture remembering the dusty tones and smooth sounds of the iconic Jazz Age. Perfectly intimate and ideal for date night, Nola is styled like a traditional old saloon bar and home to some of the most skillful mixology. The liquor comes killer and punching here as a taste of the bygone Deep Southern days. 

Treat your girlfriend to the ultimate 'dinner and a movie' experience with this romantic little film night at One Aldwych. You'll be furnished with a complementary glass of fizz, and follow up the screening of your choice with a delicious three course meal from Indigo.

68 and Boston

612 user reviews 4

Anywhere that hosts a dedicated wine bar and then stashes a fine cocktail bar in its midst certainly makes the cut when it comes to places to take your girlfriend in London. 68 and Boston is an intimate Soho favourite perfect for date night vibes and somewhere you can enjoy a glass of wine from specialist labels, as well as knock back some super creative cocktails. 

@ HALF HITCH Micro-Distillery on Various dates from Wednesday 12th December 2018

This Autumn, gin-lovers from all over the capital can take part in a stunning masterclass that's taking place at the famous Half Hitch Micro Distillery in North London. Starting with a tasting of the distiller's best spirits, guests will then learn all about the history of this famous drink, before making their own bespoke gin using flavours and ingredients that they've brought from home. This is the perfect place to take your girlfriend if she loves all things juniper berry related.

Iris Bar By Searcys

342 user reviews 4

NORTH Group Bar Package - £220 and 5 other offers

If you're looking to go all out when it comes to impressing your girlfriend in London, not many places will fit the bill quite like Searcy's. Head to the top of the Gherkin for stunning views of the city set alongside a roster of high end cocktails and champagne. 

Head underground together at this unique supper club, hosted underground in an East London vault, you can enjoy a delicious four course Mexican menu made from British ingredients and designed to challenge and intrigue your palette.

The Gibson

287 user reviews 5

If you want to take your girlfriend to a cocktail bar, why don't you expand her palate to a cocktail that has been neglected since Edwardian times: The Gibson. Expert mixologists have been desperate to make the cocktail popular again and have combined East London flare with masterful experimentation to create a list perfect for the dark, intimate and extravagant venue.

The Luggage Room

1 user review 5

Looking for something to knock her socks off for a change? A dabble at The Luggage Room will get you some serious respect from your girl as you take her to one of London's best hidden gems and an ultimately exclusive place to drink. Knock on the black door, wait to be let in and discover the 1920s elegance of the intimate and oh-so atmospheric Luggage Room. Your drinks are waiting, sir. 

Perfect for your next summer date night, this series of movie screenings at the Malmaison goes above and beyond your average BYO blanket event. Prepare for edible tickets, fancy snacks and comfy sofas as you sip on some chilled bubbly.

Christmas Day: 3-Courses £110 and 8 other offers

Got an anniversary dinner coming up? Maybe it's your girl's birthday? Or perhaps you're just the kind of don that takes his girlfriend to some of the best restaurants in London all the time. Either way, you've gotta check out the Restaurant at Sanderson, where the globally-inspired seasonal cuisine is cooked up using inventive techniques and the best produce, and a menu of artisanal cocktails awaits for afterwards.

Wringer & Mangle

88 user reviews 4

Based in a former industrial launderette close to London Fields, Wringer & Mangle offers up healthy (and, more importantly, delicious) modern British cuisine. The venue offers an artistic edge and one of the best alfresco terraces out east, and inside it's all about casual neighbourhood dining. Pick between lighter bites, grilled chicken or steak options, and don't forget to hang around afterwards for a few of their classic Collins cocktails.

  The Big London Bake

245 user reviews 5

@ The Castle Tooting on Various dates from Wednesday 12th December 2018

The Big London Bake is a food event in London that will challenge the city's amateur bakers in new and exciting ways. Taking inspiration from one of Britain's most iconic tv shows, the event will see guests take part in a number of testing challenges in order to find out who London's true star bakers are. Do you have what it takes to choux away the competition and rise to the top?

  The Brig

22 user reviews 5

@ Merchant House on Various dates from Wednesday 12th December 2018

If you're looking for a fun birthday bar, then this one hidden and Merchant House is the perfect option. You'll have the whole place to yourself... well, with the addition of a private bartender who can whip you up cocktails, unless you'd like to try yourself!

Mews Pizza Co

2 user reviews 5

Treat your wonderful girlfriend to an evening of style and opulence at the Mayfair Pizza Co. Nestled away on the 1st floor of a Mayfair building, the restaurant is beautifully decorated with quaint furnishings and an impressive stack of wine-filled shelves. The menu here is definitely worth its weight in salt. With an array of thin pizzas topped with succulent cuts of meat and mouth-watering ingredients all available, you'll definitely leave feeling full and with a smile etched across your face. 

Travel back in time, as Gin-House Burlesque take over this private members club for a series of slinky burlesque nights. Brimming with circus acts, cabaret performers and live music, this is a top choice for cool and quirky nights out in London.

This festive season, head to Mayfair and watch your favourite Christmas movies in style. Snuggle up together under blankets and munch on some popcorn before enjoying a stunning a la carte dinner as the night goes on. 

One of the best places to take your girlfriend, this London pop up event front quirky botanical cocktails, delicious street food and warm and romantic campfire to cuddle up beside.

If you're really out to impress, The Punch Room is a charming reservations only bar tucked away in the London Edition Hotel. Handsomely adorned with oak panelling and with a playlist of vintage soul, ragtime, doo-wop and blues filling the air, cosy up with one of their signature punch bowls for two and embrace an atmosphere evocative of a nineteenth century private club.

Take a step out of your comfort zone and head to the Lautrec Jazz Club in South London. This Spring, artists such as Roberto Manzin, the Gin Trap House band and Florence Joelle will all be performing on the venue's coveted stage, alongside many other jazz and funk&soul artists. Better still, the bar and kitchen staff work as a team here, pairing traditional French dishes with fine European wines. This is perfect for anyone looking for a quaint French restaurant in London.

Treat your girlfriend in London to an unforgettable night of live entertainment with London Cabaret Club. Their unique shows take inspiration from the rich cultural heritage of Britain, and combine original choreography, amazing production values and the finest stars from London's West End to create a show like no other. You'll also be treated to an exquisite meal while you watch.

@ The Perception at W Hotel on Fri, 1st Feb 2019 @ 19:00 - 23:30

This supperclub is the perfect dinner date for its pure nostalgic value. Chef Ben Murphy has created a seven-course feast of reinvented classics such as parfait with crunchy chicken skin (an homage to his grandfather), a reinvention of eggs n soldiers and a new take on the choc ice. 

Treat your girlfriend to something a little festive with one of the these great film nights at the Hackney Downs Studios. Featuring only the very best Christmas classics, you can catch everything from Elf to The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Take your girlfriend to the 99 Club and you are guaranteed a good time. Not only does this award-winning comedy club feature comedians from shows like Mock the Week and Have I Got News For You, but it includes entry into a club after.

Megaro Bar

54 user reviews 4

Beautifully decorated and offering a stellar cocktail menu, Megaro is a basement bar in Kings Cross full of charm and character. The venue's expert mixologists have really pulled out all the stops, curating a menu of signature creations and spirit infusions. Treat that someone special to a Borsh Mary, made using the venue's homemade hot sauce, or perhaps a sweet tea and tequila infused Lost Steps cocktail.

We all know you boys love to play with your food, so have the best of both worlds and get all grubby mits with your girl at Christabel's Edible Playground. Show her the fun of playing with food and get creative building whatever you fancy out of yummy, scrummy goodies, Think Lego chocolates, Jenga jelly and even snakes and ladders. Such sweet bonding. 

The Candlelight Club

20 user reviews 5

Redefining dinner by candlelight to extravagant and Golden Age inspired heights, The Candlelight Club are a capsule of 1920s charm and flapper style taking their events to brooding, secret locations across London. If you're partial to a bit of Gatsby pizazz, this is the ultimate night out for you and your girlfriend in London to experience the Jazz Age in all its beaded, sequinned and tilted trilby glory. 

Dandelyan

8 user reviews 4

With the same eye for creation as its sister bar The White Lyan, expect to find a number of classic recipes wonderfully twisted and distorted beyond recognition at the vibrant Dandelyan. With Ryan Chetiyawardana at the helm, the Dandelyan is a suave hotel bar based on the ground floor of the Mondrian Hotel in Southwark. Drenched in marble and a smattering of elegant antiques, its stunning riverside views of the Thames and diverse cocktail menu makes it a great place to take your girlfriend. 

With stunning burlesque performances, an amazing venue and incredible cocktails, Cafe de Paris is all sorts of gorgeous. The Cabaret club puts on a swish night every night, don't miss out on one of the amazing performances.

Purl

22 user reviews 4

Champions of masterful mixology and exquisite cocktail craft, Purl make drinking into something of theatrical art. Smoking potions, flaming elixirs and vintage tonics in trinkets are their speciality. This 1920s speakeasy bar is an intimate den of drinking delights, perfect for a weekend tipple with a touch of pure splendour. Drinks with your girl just got a whole lot more interesting.