Head to May Fair Bar for a swish 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.
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.
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.
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.
One of the top date night venues in London, this cool and romantic jazz bar in Bishopsgate offers stunning food, great wines and a fabulous programme of live jazz, blues and soul.
One of the London's most romantic lookouts, Skylight offers an atmospheric drinking spot in the clouds. Head down to Tobacco Dock and enjoy an evening of drinks, views and even a game of croquet if you're feeling it, or during winter, there's gorgeous iceskating.
Not far from Old Street roundabout, The Gibson is a dimly lit den of creative concoctions. Named after the cocktail, this small bar creates all sorts of weird tipples using seriously unusual ingredients; what's more, there's a live piano player on certain nights of the week.
You'll find a piece of Eden in Central London in the form of Eve, a place of temptation and indulgence. Their cocktails are theatrical and delicious, their surroundings are luxurious and the atmosphere is some of the best in the centre.
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.
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.
Head to this secret bar in Kensington for subterranean sipping set to live jazz on the piano, sharing-style plates and a curious cocktail list showcasing sloe gin, house-aged bourbon, rosemary-infused tequila and more.
Cool, cosy and inviting, this charming bar and restaurant in Camberwell boasts a unique wine selection, cocktails and craft beers alongside a tasty selection of small plates and a cheese and charcuterie counter.
How about a romantic trip to the seaside without leaving the West End? Not only can you play crazy golf at Swingers, but you can enjoy their two themed bars, eat food in their seaside promenade-style restaurant, and loads more.
Treat each other to a Hix Event, where you could be eating at Mark Hix's kitchen table, learning how to cook incredible food as you eat it, or listening to amazing talks from famous chefs, who will run you through their own food. The perfect way to eat and learn at the same time.
Looking for a quirky new date night spot in London? Head to The Phoenix Artist Club for a night of debaucherous cabaret, intriguing Vaudeville and unique burlesque performances each Sunday, with tickets from just £15 each.
Nothing beats date night in London like a secret drinking hideaway unbeknown to the general population. If you're looking to impress, Found is the key to your success (no rhyme intended). Once you've discovered this coveted cocktail club in Shoreditch, you'll return for a piece of the top mixology over and over again.
Your first task on the next London date night is finding this luscious drinking spot; once you descend downstairs be embraced by BYOC's 1920s-style venue complete with black jack tables, vintage roulette and the expert bartenders.
Not your average date night spot, Lost Society is all about the energy. From the tasty food to the quirky cocktails and Instagrammable interiors, you won't be bored here. Head south of the river for an intimate evening with that special someone.
Comedy shows have always been a date night staple, but this selection of events at one of London's most iconic venues is taking things to the next level with everything from amateur Gong show evenings to star-studded improv nights.
You've tried and tested a number of wine bars in London, but trust us you'll never find another quite like Vagabond. Dotted around the city, this unique collection of urban wineries provide a perfect date night location, with their handpicked selection of bottles you'd struggle to find elsewhere.
Looking for a little extra wow-factor? Fitz's boasts truly unique decadent decor reminiscent of the 1920s, with original stained glass windows and flamboyant art features. To top it off, the exquisite cocktail menu takes its inspiration from Bloomsbury's free spirits both past and present.
The ultimate date night destination, Puttshack brings you great food and drink and one of the best mini golf experiences in London. With a state-of-the-art golf course that takes you through some mad twists and turns, you'll be making it a regular outing.
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.
Discover one of London's most fun, best-kept secrets. In the underground of our iconic West End lies a hair-raising showcase of glamorous burlesque talent, from stunning circus acts to tantalising tassel-twirlers, making for a truly romantic date location.
A former pub has been taken over by one of New York's coolest watering holes. GENUINE Liquorette is bringing some of that Big Apple style to Fitzrovia with cocktails in cans, neon interiors and one hell of a playlist.
Set in Wimbledon, 601 Queen's Road is part of the very pretty Darwin & Wallace group and doesn't not disappoint when it comes to looks. During the summer, nab a spot on their circular terrace, which is perfect for soaking up rays and Aperol spritzes.
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.
If good food is the way to your heart, then Palatino in Clerkenwell is sure to have you head over heels. The smart restaurant cooks up fine Roman fare, from seasonal meats through to sugar-sweet sorbet, or indulgent panna cotta, with roasted figs and honey.
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.
One of the prettiest bars in London, The Bloomsbury Club Bar is filled with twinkling lights and intimate corners. Named after the notorious writing set which included Virginia Woolf and E.M Forster, the bar is perfect for telling tales and whispering secrets, with cosy tables and a punchy cocktail list.
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.
One of the world's best bar is tucked away on the Bethnal Green High Street. Coupette is an old boozer that's been stripped back to exposed brick walls and serves a French-inspired menu, including some unique cider selections.
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 & Hollingsworth Buildings is a quirky bar based just a short stroll from Angel station. From brunch through to dinner, this townhouse is pretty enough for all occasions.
London's famous ICE BAR London 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.
Treat your partner to a marine-themed night of blues, whisky, and mischief aboard The Golden Hinde ship this October. The Rhythm and Booze Project will be housing itself on the grand vessel, armed with an open bar to really get you feeling it.
Head over to One Aldwych this season where this excellent cinema event has your date night plans all wrapped up. Tuck into dinner or brunch at one of the hotel's in-house eateries, then carry on to their private screening room for a chilled evening with a movie and a cold glass of fizz.
Looking for a little bit of oomph for your next date night? The London Cabaret Club has got the stuff in spades as performers dazzle with everything from acrobatics to slinky burlesque shows. Make a real night and add in dinner and drinks.
Based in Hackney, Rehab is a charming cafe and restaurant that's based in what was a dilapidated laundry shop. Serving a selection of cocktails, craft beers and vegan food, it offers a cosy spot for London's young couples to swoon and unwind in.
Switch things up by heading to Gipsy Hill Brewery for a fun, insightful day of beer-making. You'll get a little hands-on while learning all about the process behind each beer, and reward your efforts with celebratory tastings afterwards.
Looking for the ultimate date night restaurant? You can't go wrong with Mayfair. Make your way to Kanishka where you'll find a menu of indulgent Indian food and modern cocktails alongside beautiful Insta-worthy decor.
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 the stylish venue serves up sharing Pan-Asian dishes, all while an amazing roster of entertainment shines on with acrobats, burlesque and fire-eaters.
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.
Perfect for jazzing up a date night, head to Camden where FEST will be bringing in Birdcage Cabaret every weekend for a night of hilarious comedy, seductive burlesque and great musical numbers.
This cute and quirky cocktail bar in Clapham makes for a lovely date night location. Whether you're stopping in for a couple of beers, or going all out with one of their cocktail masterclasses, it's a great place to spend some time with someone special.
Balans is the perfect date restaurant thanks to its moody candlelight and tasty menu of European dishes – and if you get carried away, you can stay until the early hours of the morning too.
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 sweets for your London date night.
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, with homemade bitters and syrups.
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 gorgeous 360-degree view of the Thames.
Split across two levels, this romantic restaurant is serving all sorts of delicious Spanish food. Think moreish paella, fresh seafood and meaty dishes, all teamed up with an impressive selection of drinks and a photo-worthy interior. What more could you want?
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.
Aquavit brings a classic slice of New York cool to London as it opens in St James. The uber trendy restaurant is sure to blow any date away with Michelin-starred Nordic cuisine, extensive wine lists and swish interiors.
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 Marylebone spot also has a nifty cocktail list, with a unique happy hour offering deals from open until close and a Grasshopper Challenge donating £1 from each sale to human rights organisations.
Whether you're looking to snuggle up under an indoor tree or out in a beautiful garden, Megan's provide the perfect romantic setting for any date night. Choose from a number of divine locations and discover why it's a favourite among celebrity clientele.