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 23rd September 2020




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.

Nightjar

2672 user reviews 4

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.

  The Brig

72 user reviews 5

@ Merchant House on Various dates from Wednesday 23rd September 2020

Go all out and hire your own private bar for something a little intimate. Complete with your own music selection and a personal bartender, you can explore whatever spirits take your fancy. Perfect as a double date spot, or for just the two of you - we've even heard rumour of proposals taking place here...

ESQ

10 user reviews 5

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.

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. 

The world's first fully-immersive molecular cocktail bar, ABQ is the only place where you'll be cooking up a storm inside a full-sized RV. Head to Hackney and prepare to flaunt those shaking skills across 2 unique drinks.

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. 

Oriole

1740 user reviews 5

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.

Dinner Ladies

27 user reviews 5

Whilst holidays may be off the cards, the team at Dinner Ladies promise to transfer you to another faraway land with their series of immersive dinner parties. Themed of everything from Mexican fiestas to Shanghai speakeasies, no two events are ever the same.

There's nothing more romantic than wine, and no one does it quite like Humble Grape. Come here for a date and you'll be treated to 30 glasses and 400+ bottles of biodynamic wine, as well as a variety of British small plates.

  The Big London Bake

700 user reviews 5

@ The Castle Tooting on Various dates from Wednesday 23rd September 2020

Based in Castle Tooting in South London, The Big London Bake is a fun 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. 

Rehab

34 user reviews 5

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. 

Fitz’s

59 user reviews 4

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 London Cabaret Club

222 user reviews 4

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.

Craft London

32 user reviews 4

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.

Basement Sate

332 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 sweets for your London date night. 

Found

6 user reviews 4

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. 

The Phoenix Arts Club

179 user reviews 5

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.

Comedy Carnival London

53 user reviews 4

Make your date giggle with the help of some professionals. Comedy Carnival is the weekly club night that takes place across London, with big names regularly taking to the stage - make a night of it and buy a dinner ticket.

Swift

802 user reviews 5

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. 

Sky Garden

284 user reviews 3

If you're looking for a date night destination offering something a little different, Sky Garden is your place. Offering exceptional beauty throughout the venue itself, with top-tier food and drink options, beautiful foliage and incredible views, this place really makes hearts swoon.

Little Bat

284 user reviews 5

Bottomless Brunch

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.

68 and Boston

979 user reviews 4

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

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, plus they keep their bottles of wine at seriously affordable prices.

Top Secret Comedy Club

229 user reviews 5

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. 

Hoxley and Porter

196 user reviews 4

HAPPY HOUR Everyday and 1 other offer

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.

The 99 Club

55 user reviews 4

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.