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 when looking for fun date ideas in London. 

Last updated on 19th November 2018




@ May Fair Bar on Saturday 24th November 2018 and 53 other Saturdays

Head to May Fair Bar for a swanky experience which combines tasting, testing and learning. The swanky bar will be teaching you how to mix three cocktails, as well as a selection of canapes and the option of dinner.

  The Covent Garden Comedy Club

37 user reviews 4

@ Heaven on Various dates from Saturday 24th November 2018

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 4/5 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.

Restaurant Ours

5 user reviews 3

Go Bottomless for £27pp (Ts&Cs apply)

Date night in London doesn't get more romantic than Restaurant Ours. Channelling a relaxed yet modern chic approach to interiors, there's exposed brickwork matched against greenery and simple wooden furnishings. Once you're won over by the inside, prepare for your taste buds to be wooed by a wonderful list of delicious European food.

Kitty Hawk

474 user reviews 4

Prosecco Tuesdays!

Kitty Hawk fuses New York style with the coolness of London set over two floors. With wooden furnishings setting a homely tone juxtaposed against industrial flourishes creates one of the coolest places to drink in the city. Their wine list is extensive and even features selections from the Rothschild Estate, and there's a wonderful list of craft beers and cocktails as well.  

Swift

436 user reviews 5

Complimentary Taster Cup Winter Punch

The masterminds behind the successful Nightjar bar have now their attention towards Covent Garden, offering London's many young couples a great date night in the form of Swift bar. Using an arsenal of international spirits, fruits and spices, and promising a quick turn around for each drink, the expert team of mixologists serve both classic and inventive cocktails to its guests. 

Craft London

17 user reviews 5

£5 HOUSE COCKTAILS and 1 other offer

Treat your other half to a night out at Craft, where you can enjoy a delicious range of food in their restaurant ranging from grilled scallops to clay baked duck. The interiors are beautiful, but after your meal you should head upstairs to their bar, where you can enjoy cocktails and a beautiful 360-degree view of the Thames.

Lunch Set Menu and 2 other offers

Standing out in the crowd thanks to its iconic black exterior and with a reputation for serving some of London's most refreshing cocktails, the Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings is a quirky bar based just a short stroll from Angel station. With a sleek bar serving all the signature cocktails that have made the B&H name famous over the years, the venue's idyllic greenhouse and airy cafe offer prime spots to unwind in with mates. Soak up all the vintage and carefree vibes at this quirky bar in London. 

Little Bat

173 user reviews 5

Angel's neighbourhood cocktail bar is a sure-fire way to impress on date night. To start with, it's from the same guys as 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.

Oriole

1209 user reviews 5

Free Live Music from 9pm & Reduced Price Cocktails

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.

Shaker&Company

52 user reviews 4

Two Cocktails for £10 and 2 other offers

For a more relaxed date night in London, Shake and Company invites you in for a great array of craft cocktails and delicious dirty burgers. And if you want to level up your night, head to their basement bar Nineteen Eighty Something for 80s tunes, cocktails and video games.

Wringer & Mangle

67 user reviews 4

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.

The Luggage Room

1 user review 5

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?

With one successful Islington bar already under their belts, Simon Bastable and Andrew Green have taken their Four Sisters name to the St Paul's area. The wood panelled floors, beautiful wall hangings and quaint antiques provide the new city-based venue with the small amount of edge that it needs to succeed. However, it's the cocktail list that really steals the limelight. Really making their drinks stand out, the team of bartenders make use of a range of homemade bitters and syrups. 

Festive 3-course menu with Spiced Pear Bellini: £39 pp

If you're looking to impress, then a trip to this West End spot wouldn't go amiss. Located in the upscale area of Fitzrovia, you can tuck into steak, lobster and delicious cocktails, there's also restaurants in Bloomsbury and Marble Arch.

Circus

484 user reviews 4

Whether you're after classy cocktails or a full-blown meal, Circus will put the dazzle back into date night. Head to Covent Garden as they stylish venue serves up sharing Pan-Asian dishes, all while an amazing roster of entertainment shines on with acrobats, burlesque and fire-eaters the least you can expect.

Victorian Bath House

75 user reviews 4

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. 

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. 

The Basement Shoreditch

11 user reviews 4

Perfect for anyone that's bored of brushing elbows and awkwardly bumping into people at packed out bars, The Basement Shoreditch is a venue that combines expertly-made cocktails with attentive hosting and an unbeatable music playlist. Perfect for anyone looking for a date night in London's that's a bit different, this is one night your partner's not likely to forget in a hurry.

Christmas Day: 3-Courses £110 and 8 other offers

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.

@ Radisson Blu Grafton Hotel on Various dates from Friday 23rd November 2018

Sometimes you just can't go wrong with dinner and drinks, but why not take things up a notch and head to Fitzrovia's Radisson Blu where this immersive experience will have you laughing, wining and dining with the likes of Rodney, Del Boy and south London's finest.

Old Tom's Bar

32 user reviews 5

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.

Burlock

204 user reviews 4

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.

Venn St. Records

63 user reviews 4

Cheap Date - 2 Pizzas and 2 Drinks for £19 and 1 other offer

Based in the heart of Clapham, Venn St Records is a venue that takes its love of music to the next level. Covered in tour posters, old NME covers and with walls lined with vintage records, the bar staff keep the mood light by serving flavoursome cocktails all throughout the night. Perfect for anyone looking for a quirky date night spot, this bar never disappoints. 

HAPPY HOUR 2 FOR 12! 4:30-19:00

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!

  The Big London Bake

230 user reviews 5

@ The Castle Tooting on Various dates from Wednesday 21st November 2018

Based in Castle Tooting in South London, The Big London Bake is a fun summer event that's perfect for the city's many foodies. 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?

  The Brig

20 user reviews 5

@ Merchant House on Various dates from Wednesday 21st November 2018

Go all out and hire your own private bar for something a little intimate. Complete with your own music selection, a personal bartender and explore whatever spirits take your fancy. Perfect as a double date spot, or for just the two of you.

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.

Nightjar

1515 user reviews 4

Optional Gin Lovers Delight Early Evening Offer, for two to share.

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.

GOAT

385 user reviews 5

Complimentary Mr Black's Espresso Martini for everyone who books a table in the restaurant

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.

68 and Boston

589 user reviews 4

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. 

The Arts Theatre Club

4 user reviews 3

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.

The Den

2 user reviews 2

Festive Afternoon Tea

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.

Rumpus Room

5 user reviews 4

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.

  High Tea & Tease

13 user reviews 4

@ Cellar Door on Every Saturday

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, tea and of course, an abundance of alcohol!

Hoxley and Porter

97 user reviews 4

£7.50 Cocktail Hour

Somewhere in amongst the hustle and bustle of Islington's Upper Street lies Hoxley and Porter; a dream of a date night destination promising an experience completely different to the norm. Escape to this lair of intoxicating liquors and discover the fineries of a venue styled as an opulent first-class train carriage from a bygone era.

Le Bar

46 user reviews 4

Le Bar is the latest addition to Farringdon's diverse bar scene, pairing fresh cocktails and fine glasses of wine with seasonal small plates of French food. Created by the same masterminds behind the Michelin-starred Club Gascon, the team of expert mixologists and sommeliers will serve drinks that perfectly complement and balance out the flavours of the small plates.

 

Opium

860 user reviews 4

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.

Megaro Bar

52 user reviews 4

Megaro is a basement bar in Kings Cross that's created a reputation for itself thanks to its stunning cocktail menu and quirky decor. The venue's expert mixologists have really let their creative side shine, curating a menu of signature creations and spirit infusion. 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.

Belowzero Ice Bar

23 user reviews 4

London's famous Belowzero 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 ice. 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.  

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.

Coin Laundry

83 user reviews 4

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. 

Cigalon

3 user reviews 5

Wine Dinner - 4 Courses 4 Wines £49.50 per person and 1 other offer

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.

Ruby's Bar and Lounge

12 user reviews 4

Free Cocktail or Beer and 1 other offer

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.

Basement Sate

223 user reviews 4

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. 

The Icon Bar & Terrace

1 user review 4

After work drinks (half price selected drinks)

Date nights are made for overlooking the most iconic spots in London from a the sanctuary of a stylish French inspired bar. The Icon Bar & Terrace is such a place with crimson clad sofas, vintage mirrors and fine mixology that will serve you up killer cocktails, classic and new. This is definitely one if you're trying to get an edge to impress... 

The Light Lounge

45 user reviews 4

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.

Dine out on a little piece of Hackney at this quirky pop up brings you six carefully curated dishes made using only Hackney-sourced ingredients from 119 Lower Clapton and Hackney Coffee Company.

Perfect for a fun and funky date night, head to Tobacco Dock where their Last Nights of Havana pop up will be bringing you an immersive cocktails experience complete with Cuban street food and plenty of rum.

Head over to Camden for an impressive array of musicians as The Jazz Cafe consistently hosts the hottest talent around, from award-winning DJs to famous artists.

The ultimate date night combination - head to One Aldwych for a movie and a glass of fizz in their private screening room, then make for the Indigo restaurant to enjoy a delicious three course meal.

Spend a night witnessing London Cabaret Club's amazing performances, with shows that celebrate the rich heritage of Britain with unique choreography and great production value and a delicious dining experience.

Ideal for a summer date night, head to Sakagura where their summer event series will see them pulling out eleven-course Chef's Table menus and stunning cocktail nights.

Looking for a date night in London that won't be forgotten anytime soon? Take that special someone to the Lautrec Jazz Club in South London and soak up all the fun-loving vibes on offer. Showcasing the best jazz and funk & soul performers that the capital has to offer, the bar and kitchen staff work as a team, pairing traditional French dishes with fine European wines. 

Discounts available on certain events

Go for something a little different and ditch the romantic night out for a immersive experience instead. Investigate evidence and solve the mysteries of criminal masterminds at this theatrical escape game.

Cinnamon Kitchen

9 user reviews 5

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. 

Looking for something a little bit cute and a little bit quirky? Kansas Smitty's in Hackney is a top choice when it comes to date night, with their rocking roster of live bands and strong selection of cocktails.

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.

Laugh together at this award-winning comedy club, as they welcome all kinds of hilarious comedians who have been on shows like Mock the Week and 8 Out of 10 Cats, six days of the week.

For a cute and quirky South London date night, catch one of your favourite movies at the Rivoli Ballroom. Snuggle down with some popcorn and a bottle of wine and enjoy any number of iconic films, such as Pretty Woman, Pulp Fiction and Clueless.

Bored of the usual dinner-date night? Fancy pushing the boat out a little? The Boat Show Comedy Club is made for you! Climb abroad two of London's most prestigious vessels - the Tattershall Castle or the Hispaniola boats - and watch as Britain's brightest comedy stars show off their many talented on stage.

Go old school with dinner and a movie, except this time the dinner comes in the form of gourmet snacks from the comfort of a luxury cinema room. Whether you're in to cult classics like Pulp Fiction, or action packed flicks like Tomb Raider, there is something for every couple at this perfect date spot in London.

Experience the sounds of Vivaldi and Handel in one of the most beautiful settings in London, as the London Musical Arts Ensemble bring the songs to life with the help of talented director John Landor.

Café de Paris is an excellent way to spend your date night, playing host to the best in live music, cabaret, burlesque, comedy and circus, as well as a whole host of other activities while delivering delicious food and drink.

For a quirky and intimate date night, this boutique hotel in London offers delicious dining and drinks options perfect for a couples night out in Central London. 

For cool and quirky London date night idea, why not indulge in a little croquet? Head to this cool and summery rooftop bar at Tobacco Dock for skyline views, great drinks and a chilled atmosphere.