Best For A 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 10th November 2022




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.

Swift Soho

829 user reviews 5

Swift Soho is here to cure your first date nerves with its gorgeous interiors and fabulous cocktails. Located on Old Compton Street, this much-loved haunt offers an elegant upstairs space for a quick bevvy, alongside a chilled downstairs area for those who fancy a few bespoke concoctions. 

Oriole

2193 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.

Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club

1206 user reviews 5

Do something a little different for your first date and head south to Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club. Offering a wide roster of entertainment, covering life drawing, live music and cabaret, this place also serves a swoon-worthy menu of classic French dishes. 

Opium

2256 user reviews 4

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.

Foosball Club

14 user reviews 5

Did you happen to match for your love of footie? Celebrate the beautiful game at this quirky first date destination in Islington. Foosball Club will have you and your date hitting world-class foosball tables with a wide choice of craft beer and pizza to keep you refreshed between games. 

The Bar at Hush

105 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.

A cool pub in Wapping with a gorgeous outdoor area, The Turks Head is a great shout for first date ideas in London. Not only is it a hidden gem that'll earn you brownie points with your beau, but it's also handily located near the Thames in case you fancy a romantic post-drink stroll.

Nightjar Shoreditch

3554 user reviews 5

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.

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Break the ice with an experience like no other at Pedley Street Station. Head along to The Murdér Express Part Deux - Jewel Of The Empire: Award Winning Immersive Theatrical Dining Experience, where you'll solve the mystery and enjoy a menu designed by renowned chef, Louisa Ellis.

Looking to impress your Tinder date? Amelie's Wine House is coming in hot with its rustic decor and intimate setting. Situated in Fitzrovia, the quaint venue slings out cheese boards, grazing platters and light nibbles, alongside a wide variety of vino.

Eve

645 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.

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.

Found

97 user reviews 5

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.

Roxanne

2 user reviews 3

Keeping things fun and laid-back? Roxanne is a cool place that combines hip hop culture with speakeasy vibes, alongside boasting gorgeous interiors of vintage velvet sofas, original wood floors and vinyl. To top it off, there's DJs on Friday and Saturday to break the ice.

The Escapologist

2437 user reviews 4

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.

There's an unmistakable party spirit to the 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.

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.

The Big Bakes

1757 user reviews 5

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. 

163 Upper Street

4 user reviews 4

One of the best places for a first date in London, 163 Upper Street is a sleek cocktail joint in Angel serving swoon-worthy tipples inspired by the 80s. Sip on mixes like the Le Freak with gin, mint, cucumber tonic and absinthe, perfectly paired with a menu of tasty bar snacks.

Amazing Grace

8 user reviews 4

Looking to impress that someone special? We know just the place. A Borough bar with oodles of personality, Amazing Grace simply screams date night vibes. Head along and get to know each other over delicious food, top-quality cocktails and live music.

Aspen and Meursault

67 user reviews 5

In need of an intimate date spot? Aspen & Meursault in Battersea offers up an extensive wine list, as well as small plates and nibbles to enjoy throughout the evening. With boozy cheese boards and botanical décor, this venue evokes nothing but romance.

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.