Best for First Date in London

Discover the best places for a first date in London with our hand-picked guide. 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 places at the wrong times. Whether you're looking for a snug speakeasy or something a bit different to get the conversation flowing, we've got it covered. 

Last updated on 7th November 2019




Candlelight Concerts

17 user reviews 4

One for the more culturally-minded first daters, join the talented London Musical Arts Orchestra and talented director John Landor at St Martin-in-the-Fields as they bring to life Vivaldi and Mozart like never before, in a beautiful setting lit by stunning candlelight. 

Stylish, relaxed and bursting with excellent bottles of wine, this unique bar brand is a top spot for making that first date a good one. With venues across South West and Central London, you're sure to find one that makes the perfect meeting spot, while their collection of around 100 wines are sure to impress even the most discerning drinker.

Opium

1346 user reviews 4

Pre-Theatre

This secret restaurant and bar in the heart of Chinatown is the perfect place to impress that person you've always quite fancied. Tracking down Opium is by no means an easy task, but stumble upon this nondescript green door and make your way inside to find a winner of a bolthole known for its fire-cracker cocktails and delicious baskets of dim sum, with a lovely atmosphere to match.

£9 selected cocktails

Imagine rocking up to a first date and whisking your love interest 180 metres into the sky for cocktails atop one of London's most famous skyscrapers. We can make this happen. Normally reserved for private members only, we've had a word with the guys at Searcy's and secured exclusive access to the top of the glass dome for DesignMyNight users.

The Escapologist

1767 user reviews 4

Happy Hour - 2 For 1 Cocktails, Peroni Rossa and glasses of Prosecco

Based upon the HQ of the secret society that ran Victorian London, The Escapologist is a beautifully designed basement bar pegged as 'part modern-day Victorian men's club and part Masonic Lodge'. Ideal for a relaxed first date, this vintage-themed bar serves a fun yet refined list of cocktails and cheese-drenched pizzas in the heart of Covent Garden.

Humble Grape is a truly charming little hangout that's sure to make your sweetheart swoon. Head down into multi-level, industrial-inspired hangouts and snuggle up on a pew together. Spend your evening chatting, laughing and flirting as you sip on some premium vino in this charismatic cavern.

How's this for a fun, festive first date? Check out the enchanting Natural History Museum Ice Rink as it returns for anther year of seasonal joy. You'll get top skate in an iconic location before snuggling up in the Alpine-themed Café Bar with a couple of heart-warming mulled wines.

Jack Solomon's Club

130 user reviews 4

Jack Solomon's is the first date bar in London designed for people who want to prove that they are cooler than cool. Head underground for a wonderland of velvet-decked sofas, wonderful cocktails, delicious small plates, and a live music soundtrack that'll get the conversation flowing like nobody's business.

Aviator at Hush

97 user reviews 5

Renowned for its prowess on the London bar scene, Aviator at Hush is certainly one of the more esteemed first date bars in London. With a gorgeous 60s-inspired setting and a menu of globally-inspired cocktails, your date will feel like you've taken them far further than Mayfair.

Impress your date with an evening full of cabaret, jazz and burlesque accompanied by an exquisite British dishes and delicious cocktail concoctions. The 1920's themed bar provides an entertainment experience like no other and an evening oozing with glamour. With various shows on offer, choose the one that suits you the most and enjoy the amazing atmosphere - it's sure to get you a second date.

Nightjar

2588 user reviews 4

London is blessed with plenty of fantastic speakeasy-styled cocktail bars, and many would have Nightjar down as the very best in town. An elusive spot where discerning drinkers gather to enjoy spectacular prohibition-themed cocktails and a soothing programme of live jazz tunes, it goes without saying that a table for two here would knock the socks off that person you've always had a thing for.

68 and Boston

979 user reviews 4

Aperitivo Hour (Ground floor and lower level only of 68) and 8 other offers

This regal nook is a must-try for anyone looking for a place to impress. 68 and Boston is an intimate Soho bar with a basement space dedicated to specialist wines and discerning labels with a decadent cocktail bar stashed upstairs. Enjoy the best of expert mixology, beautiful wines and an ambience fit for bit of a swoon.

Eve

450 user reviews 4

This iconic little cocktail den in Covent Garden is awash with beautiful bespoke art and luxurious décor that'll make any first date happy. And when you've both indulged in a theatrical drink, and listened to the roster of live music or tunes from the best local DJs, the second date is all but guaranteed.

HAPPY HOUR 2 4 £12 Cocktails 16:30-20:00

This NYC-styled basement bar is cool and quirky, with an intimate feel that's neither stuffy nor formal. There's an unmistakable party spirit to the LCC that comes out to play no matter what time of the week you're visiting, and the cocktails are spot on. Perfect for impressing a date that doesn't take themselves too seriously.

Little Bat

255 user reviews 5

Perched just off the main Islington strip, Little Bat is a cosy and comfortable neighbourhood bar that's brought to us by the cocktail whizzes behind the award-winning Callooh Callay. With banging drinks, charming vibes, plenty of quirks by candlelight and friendly service, Little Bat is an absolute must try date night venue in Angel.

Long Bar Sanderson Hotel

11 user reviews 4

Our Happiest Hours

The world famous Long Bar in London is ready to welcome you into their expert cocktail making arms for an unforgettable first date in London. Sit at the 80 foot long bar and work your way through the delicious cocktails and admire the unique art work scattered around to get the laughter going. For more intimate conversation escape to the Courtyard, where candles will light up your date.

We've all heard of cuffing season, now why not really labour the bit and take your date down to the Jailhouse Bar for a few cocktails and charming conversation. Housed in a former Magistrate's Court, the Old Street this chic watering hole houses some extraordinary artworks, alongside a selection of hand-crafted cocktails and tasty bar bites.

Drink Shop & Do

627 user reviews 4

Whether you like to kick off a first date with a quirky activity for the two of you, or get to know each other over a couple of drinks, King's Cross' Drink, Shop & Do can sort you for literally every preference. Cocktails? They got 'em. Cakes? They make 'em. A night of Porno Dot-To-Dot doing? They're a former sex shop, it would be rude if they didn't.

So you're into the finer things in life, and so what? 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 the high life with classic cocktails ready for the sipping, and a plate of juicy lobster and meaty steak.

Oriole

1740 user reviews 5

A sumptuous space of warmth, mystery and magic, Oriole leaves the stressful streets of London behind in favour of a glorious, disconnected outside world. Settle in for drinks with an exotic influence, made using ingredients and flavours from all corners of the globe. There's grazing plates if you're peckish, and live entertainment comes in the form of live jazz, swing and blues music throughout the week.

Found

6 user reviews 4

Found is definitely a go-to for a first date in London. Hidden away down Ravey Street, an unobtrusive door leads into a room with barely enough room to swing a cat, however the cocktails are well worth a little cramp with one London's most renowned mixologists at the helm - and who knows, closer quarters might work out for the better.

Casita Andina

631 user reviews 4

Casita Andina is a Peruvian restaurant on Great Windmill Street that's been turning heads with its fresh ceviche and traditional recipes. Coupled with the restaurant's selection of hand-crafted cocktails and the overall rustic aesthetic, it's great for a stress-free date night in London.