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 27th January 2023

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.

From unique cocktail experiences and French film screenings to themed bottomless brunches, Chelsea Funhouse is bringing you a whole range of quirky date night ideas in London. Pick your poison and prepare for something a little different with your boo.

The Gibson

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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'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. 

If you're looking for fun things to do in London for couples, then Petersham Nurseries' offerings are just the ticket. From pasta masterclasses and florist classes to live music and food events in their restaurant, you can't go wrong when you spend time with your boo here.

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.

Little Bat

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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.

The Milestone Hotel and Residences are inviting you to join them for a special afternoon tea experience, as well as a James Bond-inspired dinner. At the latter, you'll get to enjoy canapés and Champagne on arrival, play casino games such as roulette, then tuck into a themed multi-course feast.

Offering a range of fun experiences for couples, this London hotel is going beyond the basic spa package. Join the Rubens team for cooking classes, gourmet dining nights and boozy afternoon teas throughout the summer.


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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.


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We know that it's sometimes pretty hard to spruce up date night, so here's where Paintvine comes in. Cancel those borin' boozer plans and join one of their fantastic events which incorporate painting and sculpture with a few glasses of tipple. 

Backyard Comedy Club

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If you and your beau love to have a little fun on date night, you'll certainly want to check out Bethnal Green's Backyard Comedy Club. Expect to laugh your socks off with a fabulous lineup of up-and-coming or established comedians in the laidback space.

If you're after London date ideas where you can get a bit competitive, then Oche The Strand is the venue for you. Not only do these guys front Michelin-trained chefs and a lineup of expertly crafted cocktails, but also dartboards to get stuck into.


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If you fancy some live music for your next London date night, then DEBUT's secret concerts at hidden venues across the city are sure to wow. From museum rooftops to bohemian loft spaces, the settings for these shows are truly magical.

Ricco Lounge Events

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Flaunting slinky velvet seating, intimate lighting and an enticing lineup of events, Ricco Lounge was simply made for date nights. Kick off your evening with a couple of cocktails paired with sharing nibbles, before enjoying cabaret, jazz, comedy or anything else.

  The Brig

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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...

Swift Soho

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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. 

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Grab your beau and check out The Murdér Express Part Deux -Jewel Of The Empire an immersive dining experience. Not only does this involve plenty of top-notch entertainment, but also a mouthwatering four-course menu.

The Boat Show Comedy Club

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All aboard The Tattershall Castle for laughs abound, thanks to The Boat Show Comedy Club. Expect a range of brilliant names on the lineup, from well-known to up-and-coming, that are sure to make your sides split. And afterwards? There's a nightclub 'til 2am.


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If you've got a date night on the horizon, impress them with a trip to Disrepute. The Soho bar echoes the hedonism and artistic expression of the Sixties, offering you a stunning list of cocktails and wines, which you can sip together while enjoying the buzz of snazzy jazz tunes.

Nightjar Shoreditch

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Sometimes, there's so much hype surrounding a bar that the experience fails to match your expectations. With Nightjar in Shoreditch and Soho 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.

Oozing style and finesse, the Maltby Street Wine House is the ideal venue for those of you in need of date night plans. Head inside, to enjoy an array of first-class serves with your other half, all before devouring the epic selection of bar snacks, from olives to bruschetta and sharing platters.


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Date night with a difference comes in the form of The Double R Club, a destination for all things weird and wonderful. Expect everything from Lynchian cabaret and burlesque bolstered by twisted rock 'n' roll, to comedy or live music at this Bethnal Green hangout.

Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club

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Bringing a dash of Parisian romance to the heart of South London, Toulouse Lautrec is one of the quirkiest places in the city for a date night. Oozing with romance, this swish spot serves up the finest in French cuisine alongside a wide array of live entertainment. 

The Phoenix Arts Club

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The ultimate date night for musical theatre fans, The Phoenix Arts Club brings together a unique lineup of West End stars and cabaret performers every weekend, whether you're heading over for an evening out or enjoying afternoon tea and a side of striptease.

Run out of ideas for date night in the city? Purgatory Bar has got you sorted. Just a short distance from Victoria station, this suave spot is home to a plethora of tasty concoctions, all served with a side of theatre. If the sun is shining, enjoy each other's company on the outdoor terrace.

Callooh Callay

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On the hunt for fun date night activities in London? Callooh Callay's got a whole load of fun classes and workshops that are ideal for couples, from a fabulous Moet & Chandon Champagne tasting event to the chance to make your own candle.