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 August 2017
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.
Taking over the Drakes and Morgans venue in Kings Cross, the Fever Tree Gin School offers Londoners a memorable experience this August and September. Revolving around an interesting tasting session, the school will guide guest through the best of the brand's range of mixers, identifying their favourite gin and which particular tonic goes best with it. This is one event you're girlfriend will be boasting about for years.
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.
Spend some time in a beach holiday retreat without having to leave London. Get to Hamptons where you can enjoy sunny beach interiors, frozen watermelon martinis and a seafood menu of oysters, crab, lobster rolls and more.
Laughing in the face of convention and really challenging norms this year, Pop Up Opera is an experimental project that looks to flip opera on its head. Hosting shows across the UK, the team behind this quirky event will be setting up their stages in unusual surroundings and unconventional settings. Better still, theatre fans have the choice of two plays; Il Matrimonio Segreto from the late 18th century or the well-known Hansel & Gretel. You definitely won't forget a this night for a long time to come.
Combining beautiful live music and a stunning location, Proms on the Roof is a beautiful evening in live music. Head to Kensington's Roof Gardens for cocktails, a rooftop setting and live music from the Royal College of London.
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.
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 can step back into the decadent throws of vintage furnishings, period tipples and rich fabrics.
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.
Follow the rabbit to Waterloo as you get lost in Wonderland at The Vaults. Alice's Adventures Underground is returning for 2017 with another incredible run of their immersive show; get lost in a series of rooms that have been completely transformed. Find the Mat Hatter, join the movement against the Queen of Hearts and work out what the Cheshire Cat is saying.
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.
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.
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 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 are few livelier places to take your girlfriend.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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 Yoshiaki plus their dedicated bar will definitely impress.
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 to take your girlfriend to the theatre in London but not sure which to pick? Why not try the award winning Dreamgirls as you and your loved one settle in for an incredible night of singing, dancing, hits and more drama than ever before.
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.
Head to the City for date night as Crab Tavern puts on a seafood feast. The restaurant has an intimate atmosphere with cute booths and low lighting perfect for a night out; start the night with one of their delicious cocktails and then move on to their dinner menu.
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.
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.
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.
With kitsch decor, plenty of neon and a hot list of cocktails Simmons Euston Square is a stellar choice for date night. Settle into their quirky venue and work your way through a happy hour that includes £2.50 bottles of beer and 2 for £10 cocktails.
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.