Best First Date Spots In London

Calling all love-birds. As if first dates weren't stressful enough, the last thing you want to do is end up spoiling that big day by going to the wrong place at the wrong time. Whether you're looking for a snug speakeasy or something a bit different to get the conversation flowing, use this list as inspo for the best first date ideas in London.

Last edited by Lauren Cole

Last updated on 9th July 2024




DesignMyNight Presents The Mistletoe Mixer At Merchant House

@ Secret Bar on Various dates from Thursday 1st August 2024

If you really want to impress your date, then take them to the Mistletoe Mixer: London's first Christmas-themed bar to open in summer. This quirky pop-up by DesignMyNight can be found behind a secret toilet door for two weeks only this August, covered in retro decor and blasting festive, feel-good music throughout your experience there. The intimate, 12-seater venue will also be whipping up four creative cocktails to fit the theme, from a rosemary-infused negroni to an eggnog-style blend topped with toasted marshmallows. Tickets for two or three people cost just £35 each, promising two drinks per head. And for bigger groups? You can book eight to 12 spaces for £65 per person, including four drinks each and complimentary bar snacks - with the chance to pre-order charcuterie and cheese boards for an extra £25.

Vagabond - Various Sites

Stylish, relaxed and bursting with excellent bottles of wine, Vagabond is a top spot for making that first date a good one. With venues sprinkled across South West and Central London, you're sure to find one that makes the perfect meeting spot for grabbing Italian and Spanish small plates.

Found

A go-to for a first date in London, Found is hidden away down Ravey Street. Just look for the unobtrusive door and head inside to a swanky speakeasy. Although it may be a bit cramped, the beautiful interiors and delicious cocktails make it well worth a visit.

Il Maremmano

For a laidback first date in traditional Italian-inspired surrounds, Il Maremmano is an apericena bar which serves delicious Tuscan wines from an independent producer and delicacies from the beautiful Maremma region. Their dishes range from cheese or meat boards to mini pizzette topped with fresh buffalo mozzarella, and there's a cracking cocktail selection here too which includes refreshing spritzes and signature serves.

Skylarking

If you're on the hunt for a first date spot in Peckham, Skylarking is just the place for you. Treat your date to wallet-friendly pours at the happy hour which runs from 4pm to 7pm, followed by an evening on the dancefloor with lives DJ sets or in the alfresco space.

Humble Grape - Wine Bars in London

Humble Grape's charming hangouts sprinkled all over London are sure to make your sweetheart swoon. Head down into multi-level, industrial-inspired haunts and snuggle up on a pew together. Spend your evening chatting, laughing and flirting as you sip on some premium vino in these charismatic caverns.

Amazing Grace

Happy Hour Tues - Fri 4pm - 7pm

Looking to impress that someone special? We know just the place. A Borough watering hole with oodles of personality, Amazing Grace simply screams date night vibes. Head along and get to know each other over delicious pan-Asian food like Japanese fried chicken or tofu and charred broccoli bao buns, alongside top-quality cocktails and craft beer. This former church maintains its stained glassed windows and original woodwork, but now you'll find amazing audio-visual technology and 3D light projections as well - perfect for the regular lineup of live music on offer.

Boom Battle Bar Aldgate East

Sometimes it's good to inject a little adrenaline into a first date that goes beyond the nerves you get pre-meet-up. Take your beau axe throwing at Boom Battle Bar Aldgate East as a fun ice breaker, then try your hand at crazier golf to cool down. Fancy a game of shuffleboard? This atmospheric venue has got you covered. You can even stop for a bite to eat after and munch on an array of goodies such as juicy chicken burgers and loaded fries. The cocktails are not to be missed either, with signature concoctions such as the Boom Punch, made with passion fruit syrup, and a spiced mango margarita.

The Cocktail Club - Various Sites

There's an unmistakable party spirit to The Cocktail Club's venues, which comes out to play no matter what time of the week you're visiting; perfect for impressing a date that doesn't take themselves too seriously. Better yet, the drinks are spot on too.

Steak & Lobster - Various Sites

So you're into the finer things in life? Show your date what you're about with a trip to one of Steak & Lobster's beautiful London venues. Treat them to a taste of luxury with classic cocktails ready for sipping, and a plate of juicy lobster and meaty steak.

The Big Bakes

Fancy finding out whether your date is a top-notch chef in the making? Then be sure to check out The Big Bakes at various London locations for some non-stop fun. Not only will you have 90 minutes to whip up something tasty, but someone will also be crowned the winner. 

Map Maison

Cocktails & Tapas and 1 other offer

A very slinky spot down on Kingsland Road, MAP Maison is the perfect choice if you've got a date with a cocktail lover. Home to some of the area's slickest concoctions, the expert bartenders are on hand to whip up almost anything your heart desires, including a selection of speciality Japanese cocktails made with spirits from their extensive bottle list.