Top 10 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 (we definitely think so anyway). Beat them to the punch for date night activities and get ahead of the game with our Top 10 places to take ya gal that'll get you that all important gold star. Come on lads, we'll show you how it's done.
Last updated on 10th October 2016
Leather expert Jonatan Staniec hosts an intriguing pop-up this October, all based around the world of Leather. At the event, guests will first discover all about how leather is produced, before learning to sew and glue the leather using the two needles saddlery technique. Producing two items of their own by the end of the weekend, this is ideal for anyone looking to treat their girlfriend to something special.
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.
Brought to North London by the very same brains behind Callooh Callay is a wonderland of stunning cocktails, and unique spaces. The perfect destination to take your girlfriend in London, head on down for romantic nooks along interesting interiors and amorous notes.
The MasterCard Priceless Cities campaign has brought an unmissable series of experiences to London, and none are finer than the three-course, Michelin-standard feast you can get for just £60 per head at The Goring Dining Room. Indulge in a menu of fresh and high-quality ingredients sourced from around the country, as exec chef Shay Cooper prepares a feast to behold. Two glasses of wine are included in the ticket price and, to top it all off, you’ll get your own copy of A Very Special Place - The Goring’s book with stories, insights and anecdotes about the highly revered hotel.
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.
This split level restaurant deep in the heart of Soho boasts a vibrant atmosphere with an open kitchen at the helm and in-house DJs providing the backdrop to your meal. If you're looking for somewhere to take your girlfriend for dinner in London, the Modern European plates of DSTRKT plus their dedicated bar will definitely impress.
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.
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.
We all know you boys love to play with you 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.
Surprise your better half with a visit to one of London's most luxurious and exclusive restaurant bars going. Set in Bishopsgate, the Victorian Bath House is one of the most decadent places to drink in the city where you step back into the decadent throws of vintage furnishings, period tipples and rich fabrics.
Earn some serious points with your loved one this summer in London as the Roof Gardens play host to the ultimate, cutesy rooftop affair. Join them for a stunning afternoon tea made up of a roster of scones, sponge cakes and sandwiches alongside teapot cocktails.
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.
If you were to picture the perfect romantic setting in your mind, you’d probably arrive at something close to The Piano Bar. This secret cocktail bar, nestled away on a Soho side-street, whisks you back to a bygone era with their Speakeasy Jazz & Cocktail nights, where some of Europe’s top performers serenade the two of you into the evening.
For an evening of delicious food and a social and jovial atmosphere, try Denim N' Dine, the unique supper club opening in Walthamstow. The pop-up will be held in a denim workshop and the seven-course menu will feature fresh and original flavours by chef Pedro Passinhas, who was trained at Le Cordon Bleu.
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.
That’s the problem with London - there’s so many great things to do on date night, the pressure’s on to keep upping your game! The Dandy Dining supper club is a certified way to impress, with an evening of theatre, music and food combining to create a beautiful feast for all the senses. Expect a tuba solo from Sasha Koushk-Jalali (London Symphony Orchestra), a five-course feast prepared by one of London’s best chefs and another special guest performance on the night.
The London Cabaret Club celebrate British musical history in the only way they know how, combining stunning dance routines, impressive performances and great songs into a fun-loving club night like no other. The star-studded line-up of DJs will mix and blend together some of the biggest tracks from the swinging 70s, the punk 80s and the golden Britpop 90s, offering London's party animals a spot to dance long into the early hours. There a few livelier places to take your girlfriend this Autumn.
Anywhere that hosts a dedicated wine bar plus 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 form specialist labels as well as knock back some super creative cocktails.
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.
Nothing says 'I love you' like the fragrant foods of Asia. It's true, tastes have moved on from the classic French inspired swooning. This day and age is all about Pan-Asian cuisine, in this case the vibrant taste of Japan come to Kouzu. For somewhere to have dinner with your girlfriend that's understated, cool and lets the food do the talking Kouzu is a hands up winner.
Never before have we had such a brilliant choice of pop up cinemas in London as we do today. From alfresco treats to rooftop wonders, immersive experiences to the downright cute; they're the bomb for a date idea in London, but most importantly, they're a ruddy good place to take your girlfriend. These are worth some major brownie points.
Your girlfriend is something of a gem and you're treating her to a night out in London? Too right. Coming up trumps in the speakeasy department, Found is the perfect date night alternative thanks to romantic corners and high-end mixology.
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.
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.
March 2017 marks the return of the West Country’s critically acclaimed comedy superstar to centre stage. Russell Howard - famous for his hilarious cameo appearances in Mock The Week and hosting his very own Good News TV show - is back for his first tour in three years, and he’ll be coming to London for a run of ten consecutive dates at the world famous Royal Albert Hall.
Based 17 floors above London’s bustling tech city, Urban Coterie offers beautiful cocktails with a view that looks out over Old Street and the city. Adding high-grade food and delicious cocktails to its impressive vantage point, this is a contemporary location laden with light colours, and the wonderful service helps to confirm Urban Coterie as one of the top places for a date in Shoreditch.
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.