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.
Last updated on 23rd March 2017
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.
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.
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.
Having delighted diners in Spitalfields, Absurd Bird is opening another branch in Soho and serving 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.
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.
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 old songs and new. Set within a Victorian warehouse space, if you're looking to impress with a London gem; this is the one.
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.
Fancy yourself a pair of Shoreditch patrons? Looking for a date night in East London that doesn't hold too much weight in the soppy department? Climb aboard the Magic Roundabout. Found atop Old Street roundabout and toting street food, cocktails and DJ nights to boot, this date night alternative is sure to impress you laid-back lovers out there.
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?
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.
A new addition to the Soho scene, 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.
Doused in dark luxury and Parisian chic interiors, Basement Sate is 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.
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.
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.
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. Hidden away above Bedroom Bar in Shoreditch, this sleek little number will give you and your beau (or beau-to-be) plenty to talk about throughout the night.