Nothing gets the romantic juices flowing like a secret, which is why we had to include the elusive Keystone Crescent. Only accessible to carefully selected members (membership is free once you're accepted) and via a locked grey door in King's Cross, guests of the bar are given the monthly-changing doorcode, and once inside you can choose between a carefully selected menu of cocktails. Think Mad Men meets James Bond at this seductive little lair.
Top 10 Places to Take a Date in London
With a knack for reinventing itself and an army of talented chefs, mixologists and performers, London is bursting full of life. It doesn't matter how long you've lived here, there's always something new to experience and see. When it comes to going on dates in the city, you're spoilt for choice; from trendy, wonderfully bizarre bars and intriguing pop-ups to suave restaurants serving exquisite food, you'll always find somewhere to swoon with your date. Here's a list of 10 great date spots in the capital, all offering something special and all promising to put a smile across the face of that someone special.
Wringer & Mangle is a charming eatery based in a former industrial launderette near London Fields. Boasting an artistic edge and one of the best open-air terraces in east London, head chef Oisin Coyle cooks up a storm of healthy (and delicious) British foods perfect for date night. Head along for a light lunch, stop by for dinner or unwind on Sunday with a laid-back roast.
68 & Boston is a great place to take your date in London. A wine and cocktail bar; both upstairs and downstairs have completely different themes. Impress with some of the best wines in the world at 68 where all bottles are helpfully priced at £20, before taking things upstairs at their Boston-styled cocktail bar.
Brixton is a bustling hubbub of cool bars, pop-ups and wild party flavour; but it's also home a romantic London bar with Oriental leanings in the form of The Courtesan. Treat your date to tasty dim sum, speciality cocktails and a taste of the fineries of Imperial China, all from the heart of Brixton.
With a mix of stripped back walls, vintage chandeliers and carved shutters, Lokhandwala is a stylish and intimate cocktail bar and restaurant. Located in Fitzrovia, the spot puts a new spot on Asian dining as they whip up Indian tapas that are perfect for sharing.
Including Searcy's at The Gherkin was an absolute no-brainer. Usually reserved for the enjoyment of private members only, we've managed to secure access to this famous sky-high bar exclusively for DMN users. Book yourself in for cocktails and bubbly at the top of this iconic dome, with beautiful drinks and unparalleled, 360 degree views of the city to make this one unforgettable date night experience.
Doused in dark luxury and Parisian chic interiors, Basement Sate is a lair of seductive desserts and signature mixology. Tucked away off Wardour Street, find the gold plaque on the wall and discover this well kept secret place to drink in London and one of our favourite places to take a date in London. You can shmooze over decadent desserts and fine cocktails.
Simmons bar are the kings of quirk, making it one of the more fun places to take your date in London. Boasting funky interiors with everything from retro lamps, toys and games consoles and a five hour happy hour known throughout the capital, you are guaranteed a good time.
Doused in vintage elegance and shrouded in mystery for those unlucky Londoners who aren't in the know, The Luggage Room is one of our favourite spots in the city to take a date. For intimate cocktails in London, this hidden gem conjures 1920s elegance and a timeless classic that extends from the décor right down to the exquisite cocktails. Table for 2?
Showcasing 'lego robot' and 'papier mâché monster' making sessions, Drink, Shop & Do is all about cocktails, crafts and good times. A cutesy outpost with a well-established naughty side, the venue runs various events throughout the week, perfect for a date in London with a difference.
Regularly voted as one of the best bars in the world, Callooh Callay offers innovative mixology, stylish interiors and promises some serious brownie points for a date night pick. Sink a few perfectly crafted cocktails downstairs before walking through the wardrobe (no, really) to their secret upstairs space, the Jub Jub for extra boasting rights.
There's more to darts than just episodes of Bullseye. Take your date to one of the most talked about new bars in London as Flight Club in Shoreditch and Bloomsbury, well, takes flight! A brand spanking new way to enjoy this heralded, boozer game, enjoy the modern tech-laced boards, vintage interiors and lush cocktails as date night takes on a fun-filled edge.
This gorgeous tiki retreat is perfect for any first date. Recline in a booth and sip on expertly-crafted cocktails as you revel in your quirky surroundings. The rum-based beverages are not only delicious, but act as a pretty good cure for first-date nerves.
The Little Yellow Door is a perfect date location, promising delicious food in quirky interiors with a kooky gang of hosts keeping you entertained. With boozy brunches, raucous house parties and superb supper clubs all lined-up, The Flatmates will make you feel right at home.
While we're not always the first to recommend taking your Mommi on a date, this was a Clapham inclusion that just couldn't be missed. Not only will you be swooning your date night with newfangled cocktails and Japanese/Italian fusion dining, the trendy interiors, street photography and art at Mommi are a sight to see.
For a date night in London with a difference, Piano Works promises a trip back to the heady party days of live music and singers performing on stage, with couples tearing up the dance floor to the sounds of requested songs, old and new. Set within a Victorian warehouse space, if you're looking to impress with a London gem; this is the one.
Having delighted diners in Spitalfields, Absurd Bird has taken on Soho with their homely American cuisine. The date-perfect decor features lots of intimate booths and low lighting as well as a secret bar that mix cocktails created by Soulshakers.
Looking for a London date location with a bit of character? Nola is inspired by the bluesy cocktail caverns of New Orleans, featuring a cigar terrace, live music and award-winning cocktails. Slap bang on Roman Road, Bethnal Green, this sleek little number will give you and your beau (or beau-to-be) plenty to talk about throughout the night.
A secret speakeasy bar hidden away by Dalston Kingsland station, the only clue to Ruby's clandestine whereabouts is a nondescript green door. Only accessible to those in the know, this sweet little hideaway fronts innovative cocktails and a uniquely-romantic vibe, sure to impress any date.