Date Night in London
If romance is on the cards then the capital is absolutely the place to be. Blessed with beautiful parks and gardens, breath-taking views and amazing nightlife entertainment, there’s no shortage of great places to take a date in London. We’ve narrowed our favourites down to the following recommended date night bars, packed with interesting choices offering something for everybody.
Last updated on 17th October 2016
Going to the movies is standard date etiquette, but ramp things up and head to Backyard Cinema's amazing theatrical screenings. Classic films are brought to life through set design, live music and actors. This autumn get lost in a tropical world of ancient ruins and lush vegetation as classic films such as Jumangi and Kong Kong play.
Surreptitiously tap in a secret code to gain entry to The Chelsea Prayer Room, then lead your wide-eyed date up to this most exclusive Chelsea cocktail bars. With George Moorland inspired mural fades on the walls and leather Chesterfield sofas beckoning you inside, who couldn't be impressed? Book via DMN for entry to this normally members-only haunt.
Whether you're a Champagne connoisseur or bubbly beginner, National Champagne Week is the perfect event for getting a date and learning more. Happening in the first week of October, the celebration was founded by Searcys and sees events organised by some of the biggest Champagne Houses. Go for something fun like the quiz and fizz event, or if you're looking to score some serious brownie points, try the Laurent-Perrier Champagne Dinner with sweeping views of London.
Wish you could whisk your loved one away to warmer shores but a bit strapped for cash? Fear not, Croatia is coming to Battersea in the form of Venturin, a month-long pop-up serving traditional Dalmatian dishes. With only space for 28 each night, the setting will be intimate and perfect for imagining a summer's night on the Adriatic coast.
The Bloomsbury Hotel harbours secrets behind hotel rooms galore, but their bar also harbours a treat too. Twinkled in lights, propped up by comfortable seating and washed down with some of the finest cocktails in the business, this romantic date night in London will be hard to beat.
Fragrant cuisine and Indian delicacies define Cinnamon Kitchen. Plating up award winning food, this Liverpool Street joint is a certified champion when it comes to innovative flavours, cooking and dining experience. If you're looking for somewhere to impress and engorge your taste-buds then this is a home run in the dating field.
When it comes to date night in Shoreditch, there's plenty of pop-up and street food options, but what about something more bespoke for that all important evening? Join Tonic and Remedy for fine dining in style as they present stunning dishes alongside a roster of high-end cocktails.
With its impressive drinks and food menu, cool and elegant interior and seriously impressive 360 degree views of London, The Attic at Pan Peninsula is a prime location for a date night. The perfect space to eat, drink and socialise, any date will be impressed by your choice of destination.
Boasting a visionary design and an exceptional menu, the Restaurant at Sanderson is a true show-stopper for date night. A great choice if you’re toasting an anniversary or birthday, come by this swish pad inside this glamorous hotel for dinner and drinks featuring top-of-the-range seasonal fare and artisanal cocktails.
Head to Chancery Lane for a taste of authentic French cuisine and clean cut lines as Cigalon present the perfect date night in London for you. Inspired by the finest Provençal dishes, Cigalon has suppliers in the South of France to keep their food offering classic, seasonal and fresh.
Denim N' Dine is a unique culinary event taking place in a creative and engaging space in Walthamstow. Held in a denim atelier, the supper club is organised by Pedro Passinhas, a renowned chef who makes excellent small dishes with a big focus on the flavours, the perfect place for a delicious date.
Bringing a refreshing new twist to your standard speakeasy-style bar, Proud Cabaret is sure to be date you won't forget. The 1920's themed venue will provide an entertainment experience like no other - keeping you intrigued the entire time, you most definitely can expect the unexpected. Brilliant entertainment accompanied by exquisite food and drink, you're guaranteed to impress you date!
Get intimate on a vintage sofa in a venue with beautiful bare stone walls, floral curtains, paintings and old trinkets to surround your deep conversations and flirtatious flattery. Stare into each other's eyes over luscious libations, filled with unique mixes of anything from mustard to coriander to Marmite. Impress your date in a gorgeous bar with a seductive edge this weekend.
For an evening stocked with gasps of awe, roars of laughter and whoops of excitement, it’s got to be Cabaret Des Distractions. This is a spectacular fusion of cabaret, musical theatre and circus acts that draws inspiration from the Féeries of 19th century Paris. Held at Café De Paris’ opulent 1920s ballroom, mezzanine level tickets are a steal at £15.
Experience the exclusive setting of the Victorian Bath House for a date night in London with a difference. Visits are made by appointment only so book your place and discover this decadent restaurant bar of Victorian excess and rich interiors inspired by period glamour. This one will be sure to turn heads if you're looking to make an impression.
Sometimes, there’s so much hype surrounding a bar that the experience fails to match your expectations. With Nightjar that is absolutely not the case. Constantly celebrated as one of the best drinking dens in the world, it’s the irresistible set-up combining beautifully mixed drinks with soothing, serenading live music that makes this prized bar so good if you’re pulling out all the stops for date night.
In a nutshell; Ruby’s is one of our favourite subterranean spots in the whole of London town. Offering something completely different in Dalston, this is a positively charming cocktail bar serving delightful drinks with table service in an atmosphere that just oozes with intimacy. A must-try if you’re looking for a cosy date night destination in east London.
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.
Want to impress your date with one of London's best restaurants? This steakhouse and bar by Marco Pierre White is located within the sophisticated DoubleTree by Hilton Islington hotel, and promises a mouth-watering menu of delicious cuisine, plus a massive range of wines, cocktails and spirits.
As well as a collection of more than 200 types of rum, Burlock serves up a menu of authentic Cuban and Caribbean food to complement its cocktails. This is a cavernous cocktail bar promising a great atmosphere in Marylebone, with a unique happy hour offering deals from open until close and a Grasshopper Challenge donating £1 from each sale to human rights organisations.
Draped in purple velvet curtains and filled with atmospheric tea lights and Venetian mirrors, Purple Bar is well known for being one of London's hottest and most intimate meeting points. Hidden just off the main reception in the Sanderson Hotel and with room for only 20 seats, the bar is self consciously intimate making it the ideal date destination.
Madame Tussauds is going grown up as they host a late-night event. Gone are any screaming kids, and in is bubbles and a sense of calm leaving you free to roam the waxworks in your own time. See 400 years of history on the Spirit of London ride, meet some famous faces and see the Star Wars characters.
It doesn’t really get much more romantic than enjoying a quality glass of wine at a cellar in the heart of the historic Smithfield Market, does it? That’s exactly what’s on offer from Cellar Gascon; the relaxed yet suave wine bar next door to the Michelin-starred Club Gascon restaurant. There’s smaller plates to share, a chilled out atmosphere and over 200 bottles - many are UK exclusives!
Let those smokey aromas waft you into a romantic bubble in this Arabic haven of cosy cushioned booth seats and ornate lanterns. With fine food to choose from and the best in classy cocktails, play footsie under the tables and lean over the table tops in sultry surrounds.
For a date night with a difference, then why not try Chivas Regal's tasting classes. An expert blender will explain the history of whisky, go through what flavours and tastes you should be able to find before you put your knowledge to the test with your own mix.
The ultimate in intimate date night set ups - a piano bar filled with the live musical musings of some sultry jazz performers. Ooft. Treat your date to some of Europe's best Jazz players in a sensuous speakeasy styled bar straight from the glorious Golden Age. There'll be plenty of delicious, specially crafted cocktails to keep the conversation flowing, don't worry.
Serving up a menu of Modern European dishes, DSTRKT is your go-to for vibrant plates of fine seafood and prime cuts of meat with a section of small plates to encourage a shared dining concept, perfect for a glamorous and high end date. Impress with this West-End beauty and discover the oh so stylish split-level innards of DSTRKT's subterranean kitchen.
Set in what was a former public conveniences, The Bermondsey Arts Club is as stylish and suave as cocktail bars come. Designed with art deco gumption and a contemporary persuasion, you'll find a bespoke space of unique furniture pieces where you can experience their hand crafted liquid extravagances in the form of their cocktail list.
Hilarious comedians, talented musicians and budding young artists are all on display at Camden's lively Forge venue. Always looking to host the next big thing, you can always find some of Camden's best up-and-coming artists performing here. Perfect for anyone looking for something a bit different for date night, you definitely won't forget a night out at the Forge.
If food is the way to the heart, then Martin Milesi has created the perfect date night. UNA will feature six courses with 12 guests sat around one table; with everything from Argentine beef to incredible South American wines, you can guarantee this will be a successful date night in London.
Brought to London by the team behind the multi-award winning Nightjar, this is a sumptuous bar of global influence. Designed to tease all of the senses and take you on a journey of discovery, settle in at the Oriole and enjoy cocktails mixed with the finest exotic ingredients going. There’s similarly delightful grazing plates, and live entertainment comes in the form of live jazz, swing and blues music throughout the week.
This fancy joint is the perfect spot to get cosy with your sweetheart. With elegance and style, this joint will welcome those intimate conversations, those intertwined legs under the table and the candle lit hand holding of a romantic evening.
With live music, six unusual craft beers and delicious traditional dishes, The Plot Twist are hosting an evening that gives you the chance to try different dishes and beers from Hungary and Italy. Join them in their Bethnal Green location for a fun and interesting evening.
Angel’s neighbourhood cocktail bar is a sure-fire way to impress on date night. To start with, it’s from the same guys at Callooh Callay, so you can expect a banging list of cocktails made with great skill and imagination. The place offers a super chilled out vibe with cosy seating and attentive staff, and with Alice in Wonderland themed quirks never too far away, this is a must-try for date night close to Islington’s buzzing Upper Street.
Wanting somewhere snug in the heart of the city for an after-work date night? Meet Old Tom’s; an elusive gem in Leadenhall Market with 19th century wall tiles and bundles of charm. Find yourself a cosy corner and settle in for an evening of cheese, meat and wine, or just prop up the bar where the first-rate choice of craft beer needs checking out.
Hidden away above Bedroom Bar in amongst the bustle of Shoreditch, NOLA is a love note to the culture and history of New Orleans. Jazz and blues tunes fill the air as a divine list of cocktails are mixed with great skill and imagination, seek out NOLA for that intimate feel and keep your eyes peeled for the secret cigar terrace while you’re at it.
Leather sofas, warm lighting, interesting artworks lining the walls; The Den certainly ticks a lot of boxes when it comes to creating a romantic ambience. Bring your loved one to this hidden hotel bar and take in the relaxed yet sophisticated vibe; they serve up a divine Afternoon Tea experience or there’s a bespoke G&T menu to sample if you’re just coming for drinks.
One of Soho's more secret spots, The Light Lounge is a contemporary-cool cocktail treasure den featuring that members only bar feel for utmost exclusivity. Chuck together a few chums and shoot down to this glam go-to and peruse through the fruity, fun cocktail mix as you revel on the d-floor to the upbeat assortment of disco-funk tunes.
When it comes to a date night dinner in London, it's important to find somewhere cool, somewhere charming and somewhere downright delicious, and that's where Coin Laundry come in. Join them for Shoreditch-esque interiors, international plates, classic 70s inspired chicken kievs and plenty more.
A charming space designed around the theme of 'Gangster Tequila Paradise', this one serves up spectacular cocktails in a sweet, urban setting. Plus, with the launch of their Flat Pack Cocktails offering, you can craft delicious cocktails at your table, Ikea style! Alternatively, book in at one of their cocktail masterclasses, and you two lovebirds can learn from the very best!
You can’t go wrong with two tickets to one of the most respected comedy clubs in London, can you? The Covent Garden Comedy Club are all about bringing the biggest names to the stage in a friendly and chilled out setting, and you’ll take in a line-up of 3 utterly hilarious comedians and a compere while you’re here. As if that wasn’t already enough, you’ll get 15% off at the Lulivo restaurant for dinner and free entry to Opal Nightclub if you fancy heading out afterwards.
Infernos in Clapham hosts their monthly comedy spectacular, inviting some of Britain's biggest comedians to take part in their Comedy Carnival. From the sarcastic, unnerving jokes of Reginald D Hunter to the quirky, brilliantly quirky nature of Sara Pascoe, you'll be able to see a line-up of amazing comedic stars at this South London event; most of the performers have featured on the likes of Mock the Week and Live At The Apollo.
Located on the 17th floor of the fashionable M by Montcalm Hotel, Urban Coterie brings sophisticated drinks and stunning views to your date night agenda in Shoreditch. It’s an open space with light colours and impressive views from nearly every table, and the expertly mixed drinks and Michelin-standard food makes it one of our favourite tips for romance in east London.
Get ready for some seriously smart date night moves as you clamber aboard Tattershall Castle to cruise down the Thames and enjoy some of the best views of London. To top it off there will be a smooth jazz band playing, and if you're feeling plush, get dinner and welcome Prosecco.
Wringer & Mangle is a London Fields restaurant with bags of charisma. Showcasing plenty of kooky artworks and one of the best open-air terraces in east London, the casual neighbourhood dining concept offers the perfect vibe for a relaxed date night. Enjoy some wholesome (and, more importantly, absolutely delicious) plates, then go for some classic Collins cocktails at the bar before home time.
Perched on a red leather stool in a stylish and intimate basement bar. Who could ask for a better date night location? And if things take a turn for the worse, never fear. These guys have got A LOT of gin. We mean A LOT. There are over 50 types of gin and a myriad of classic and more experimental cocktails to ensure the night goes smoothly.
Oozing intimacy and serving a first-class choice of tiki cocktails, Trailer Happiness is a winner for romance on Portobello Road. Head underground to uncover this exotic wonderland of delectable dim sum, flamboyant rum cocktails and a quirky, off-beat vibe.
There's a lot more to Shoreditch than first meets the eye, you know. Found somewhere amongst the countless trendy hangouts and quirky pop-ups is the Whistling Shop - a seductive cocktail venue featuring vintage seating, table service and all of the charm of a Victorian gin palace.
For a long time, the Top Secret Comedy Club has steered clear of the radar. Delighting crowds in the know with their utterly hilarious - but very elusive - comedy nights, we felt it was time to bring this end of the week comedy extravaganza to the masses. Bring your date if they’ve got an awesome sense of humour, you’ll be laughing all night long and there’s wallet-friendly drinks flowing from the bar.
The search for a solid date night in London can sometimes prove to be quite long and arduous. Put an end to the headache, and settle in for a drink or two with your beau at Soho's The Arts Theatre Club--a Prohibition-style speakeasy complete with dazzling vintage touches such as private tables and a constant flow of classic crooners coming from the DJ booth.
Inspired by the lavish lifestyle and illicit activities of the age of the Bright Young Things, this is one stunner of a spot for cocktails with a view in London. Make your way to the 12th floor of Mondrian where you’ll uncover a rooftop bar with bags of style, promising masterful drinks and a playlist that fuses jazz age favourites with a sweeping vantage point of the skyline.
Yep - that's a wall filled with ornamental teapots right there. Opium is one of London's true hidden gems, discretely tucked away behind an otherwise unassuming green door in the heart of bustling Chinatown. Come for seasonal Oriental themed cocktails and dim sum plates in a quirky speakeasy styled bar - it's basically got the ideal set-up if you're really looking to impress someone with your nightlife knowledge.
Want to have a special date you know you won't forget? Then Cellar Door's High Tea & Tease night is for you. On every Saturday night, it's a racy affair that's full of surprises and thoroughly entertaining. Amaze your date with a truly unique night that includes live performances, gambling, cakes and tea and of course, an abundance of alcohol!
Looking to pull out all the stops to seriously impress for your next date night? Do so with a cocktail cruise along the waterways of east London, as Alfred Le Roy whisks you through some of the prettiest parts of the River Lea, serving beautiful cocktails and tasty food along the way. Ideal for a serene and easy-going date in London.
London’s famous Ice Bar is simply something you’ve got to experience. It’s the UK’s only permanently frozen cocktail bar, where everything in sight is carved from the purest of ice sourced from the Torne River in Northern Sweden. Wrap up warm and enjoy something unique next time out, there’s ice-cool cocktails followed by dinner and drinks to enjoy in the downstairs restaurant.
Putting all other trap bars and hidden liquor parlours to shame comes The Luggage Room. Somewhere behind an inconspicuous black door, you approach, knock, confirm your booking with a voice on the other side and in you go... who doesn't love a bit of tense mystery as you take your date night in London into the unknown?
Nestled beneath an arched brick ceiling and a quiet gem in amongst the hustle and bustle of the city streets sits Copa de Cava, a still relatively unknown bar in Blackfriars, dedicated to the beauty of Cava. With 25 different variations on offer, you can treat your special someone to a glass or two of bubbly, a great way to impress on a date night in London. What's more - the glass panelled floor is a sure fire way to get heart beats racing, allowing guests a sneak peek of the ageing bottles of bubbly that lie below.
A bit of a schmoozing playground where expert sommeliers are on hand serving fine bottles of wine and top rated mixologists blend top class cocktails behind the bar. 68 & Boston is the answer to all of your where to go for date night in London qualms. Check in for intimate drinks, a relaxing yet cosy atmosphere and bartending of every measure.
Celebrating all things American and with a hearty menu of bun-based treats, the Fat Bear sits effortlessly close to the prestigious St Paul's Cathedral. Lively in every way, and perfectly recreating the frivolous atmosphere that graces most bars in North America, add a bit of fun excitement to your next date night in London. Whether you're inhaling their buttermilk fried chicken burger or chowing down with their peanut butter & bacon chilli jam burger, you're guaranteed to have a huge, condiment stained smile on your face.
Whoever thought of pairing the world's two most loved indulgences is an absolute hero. Leading the craze of dessert bars in London, Basement Sate plates up Parisian chic interiors to a backdrop of patisserie desserts that are quite literally melt-in-the-mouth moments. Get your fix of exquisitely crafted cocktails and divine desserts for your London date night.
POPdown launched is first interactive restaurant in April 2015. It was voted as the 6th best pop-up in the world just four months later. Their latest supper club series overlooks the bustle of Borough Market, where they’ll be serving an Asian-styled, seasonal 5-course tasting menu inspired by the market traders and their produce. To complement these delicious and innovative flavours, there’s a ground floor bar serving craft beers, wines and bespoke cocktails, too.