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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
One of London's most popular food experiences, The Southbank Supper Club is back on the Thames and it's showing you how to squeeze the last drops of summer out of this season with a unique, hands-on BBQ feast, and they'll even let you bring your own booze.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Jin Bo Law is one of the City's hottest additions; head up to the 14th floor of Dorsett City Hotel in Aldgate to find this rooftop gem. With Asian themes, bright decor and a roof terrace, the spot has all sorts of wow factor.
If you're in the mood for a quirky date night, head to Notting Hill's Little Yellow Door where The Flatmates are whipping up cocktails, flavoursome dishes and non-stop party vibes. Expect to feel right at home in the cosy surroundings, and to just have fun with your partner.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Perfect if you're looking for a more unique date night experience, this stunning Hackney cocktail spot fronts a tantalising array of cocktails, which, as their name suggests, tends towards the au naturel with herbal elements and foraged sips.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With delicious steaks and impressive cocktails on the menu, from the City to Chelsea, Marco Pierre White and James Ogilvie Robertson's restaurant makes for a stylish choice on date night. Expect old-school service, with knowledgeable waiters available to help with everything from wine decisions to an excellent dessert.
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.
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.