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 17th January 2022




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.

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.

Jive Party

13 user reviews 4

Been tasked with organising date night? We've got just the ticket. Over at The Rivoli Ballroom, Jive Party is the live music and dancing night that's ideal for couples, as they invite you spin, shuffle and boogie on the sprawling dancefloor to swing and R&B.

Ricco Lounge Events

38 user reviews 5

An intimate basement spot in the hub of Kensignton, Ricco Lounge wins our vote for date night bars in West London. If the rich interiors and delicious drinks don't win you over, then the diverse range of events will.

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 Duchess of Dalston

10 user reviews 5

Looking for date night ideas in London? Head eastwards to The Duchess of Dalston for sublime cocktails and light Mexican bites which come served in a sultry basement setting. Spend the evening gazing into each other's eyes while enjoying an ever-changing menu of signature tipples.

The Gibson

748 user reviews 5

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. 

The Big Bakes

1286 user reviews 5

With locations across London, The Big London Bake is a fun event that's perfect for the city's many foodies. Put your chops to the test as the event will see guests take part in a number of testing challenges in order to find out who London's finest bakers really are.

Nightjar

3172 user reviews 5

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 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.

Oriole

1984 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.

The Phoenix Arts Club

320 user reviews 5

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.

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.

  The Brig

128 user reviews 5

@ Merchant House on Various dates from Thursday 20th January 2022

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...

Disrepute

143 user reviews 5

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.

Swift Soho

827 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. 

@ The Waterway on Various dates from Thursday 20th January 2022

It doesn't get more romantic than this; after a day walking by the canals of Little Venice, head to a private igloo at The Waterway with your beau. With sparkling fairy lights, delicious grub and a speaker system with which to play your own tunes, your partner will be swooning to no end.

Basement Sate

477 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. 

@ 56 Leadenhall Street on Various dates from Friday 21st January 2022

Based on Jeff Wayne's iconic soundtrack to War of The Worlds, this epic immersive experience is perfect for a date night like no other. Step in the midst of an alien invasion and spend the next two hours absorbed into a world of virtual reality, immersive theatre, and cutting edge technology, bringing you closer to the action than ever before.

Top Secret Comedy Club

233 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. 

Found

44 user reviews 5

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. 

Burlock

509 user reviews 4

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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.

Little Bat

405 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.

ESQ

23 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.

Rehab

42 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. 

The London Cabaret Club

312 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.

Humble Grape

22 user reviews 5

If you want a date night at your local wine bar, look no further than hitting up Humble Grape. They've got plenty of events - from tastings of lesser-known wines to masterclasses in your favourite varieties - to tickle your fancy and turn you into a connoisseur. 

Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club

921 user reviews 5

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.