We’ve compiled a list of London’s most romantic restaurants for a perfect date night.
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Bleeding Heart, Farringdon
Bleeding Heart Bistro is a wonderful authentic French restaurant tucked away just off a busy Farringdon street. It exudes classic French charm, creating the dreamiest ambiance (the French accent is mandatory). The rather delightful wine list offers over 450 bottles, so you’ll be feeling un petit peu éméché in no time. C’est l’amour!
Find Bleeding Heart Bistro at 3 Bleeding Heart Yard, EC1N 8SJ.
Clos Maggiore, Covent Garden
There’s a reason this French restaurant is continuously voted the most romantic restaurant in London. With a glass roof showing off a starry night sky and enough twinkly lights and greenery to make you feel like you’re eating in a fairy kingdom, it’s not surprising that a meal at Clos Maggiore often ends with an engagement ring… no pressure. When you book, be sure to specify if you want to be seated in the fairy room, else you could end up disappointed. (See more great restaurants in Covent Garden.)
Find Clos Maggiore at 33 King Street, WC2E 8JD.
Kitty Fisher’s, Mayfair
This tiny 30-seater restaurant is a former 17th-century basement bakery and ever since it opened its doors in 2014, it’s been dealing with a back-log of hungry customers, all desperate to get a taste of its delicious wood grill. There’s a low-key elegance to Kitty Fisher’s: no rooftop views or pop-up gimmicks, just classic British sophistication. It couldn’t be a better date spot — but you’ll have to join the waiting list. Find Kitty Fisher’s at 10 Shepherd Market, W1J 7FQ.
Bob Bob Ricard, Soho
There are ‘Press for Champagne’ buttons at every booth in Bob Bob Ricard, which pretty much tells you everything you need to know about this Russian x British “grown-up club” in Soho. It’s a lavish affair, with caviar and oysters on the menu and polished metals, mahoganies and marbles that exude ’20s opulence. Unashamedly flashy, if you normally shy away from extravagance then this might not be your cup of tea but if you’re looking to impress, then you couldn’t really ask for more. Find Bob Bob Ricard at 1 Upper James Street, W1F NDF. (There’s also a second location opening next week.)
Bravas Tapas, St Katharine Docks
Once you’ve marvelled at the magnificent sight of Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, head to St Katharine Docks to escape the hubbub and enjoy a nice, quiet supper amidst an impressive collection of ridiculously expensive boats. A beautiful exception in this otherwise chain-ridden area, Bravas Tapas is a lovely family-run Spanish restaurant serving up excellent, authentic tapas. The food is fantástico and we recommend a whole variety of dishes: starting with the Moorish Spiced Lamb Chops and the classic Brava Potatoes (up there with the best Alioli you’ve ever tasted, don’t @ us). Find Bravas Tapas at St Katherine Docks, East Smithfield, E1W 1AT.
Ember Yard, Soho
Venture downstairs at Ember Yard for the dream date setting; there’s something about pulling a bar stool up to a wooden counter and ordering a Vintage Negroni that makes you know you’re in for a good night. And with a sophisticated cocktail menu inspired by grilling and smoking classic ingredients, your date won’t be disappointed. Try the Il Profumo di Maria – it’s a mix of vodka, violets, elderflower and Prosecco. Lifting the lid and watching the cherry smoke escape might make you believe in magic and if not, the lingering taste of Palma Violets will definitely transport you back to the days when you used to. Find Ember Yard at 60 Berwick Street, W1F 8SU.
sketch serves Michelin-starred food in absolutely breathtaking surroundings. A magical forest. Chairs wearing ballet shoes. Hot pink sofas as far as the eye can see. If a restaurant had just one of these things, we’d be pretty intrigued. But when that place has all of these things, and a Mayfair postcode to boot, we’re practically straining at the leash to get inside. sketch is the creation of restaurateur Mourad Mazouz and celebrated chef Pierre Gagnaire, and every inch of it practically begs to be Instagrammed. Also, the toilets–or should we say futuristic space pods–are famously fabulous. Find sketch at 9 Conduit Street, Mayfair, W1S 2XG.
If you’re a fan of meat, fish or gin, Galley is right up your alley. Start your evening with Oysters (try the crispy tempura oyster with chilli jam, the pickled oyster with jalapeño and cucumber or the grilled Rockefeller Oyster) and a frozen grape G&T, before taking your pick of delectable starters. We recommend the octopus and chorizo a la plancha (seriously, this is unbelievable) and the halloumi chips with Za’atar yoghurt. For the main event, there’s almost too much to choose from, but I’d go for the lobster linguine or the pan fried sea bass with homemade gnocchi. Your date will remember this as the ‘night you took them to the restaurant that quickly became their favourite’. It also has some of the prettiest gin and tonics in London, so… Find Galley at 105-106 Upper St, N1 1QN. Here’s a list of the best things to do along Upper Street in case, you know, the date is going particularly well and you want to stick around.
Suvlaki, Soho or Brick Lane
This restaurant is perfectly intimate and the menu is one of those that’ll have you umming and ahhing and “just two more minutes”ing for perhaps a little bit too long. Trust us though, whatever decision you make will be a good one. If you could only eat 2 things from their menu, I’d say the prawn saganaki and the spicy lamb chops should be top of your list. But, since they recommend at least a few dishes each, I’ll extend my recommendations a little further. The octopus is banging, the baked feta is out of this world and the courgette fritters are a must. And, bonus romance alert! The dishes are all perfect for sharing with your S/O. As for the wine, the Kokotos Three Hills is great and dangerously easy to drink. It’s a winner in our books, but we highly recommend trying it for yourselves. Better book though because seats fill up fast! Here’s a link. Find Suvlaki at 21 Bateman St, Soho, W1D 3AL or 161 Brick Lane, E1 6SB.
Blanchette, Brick Lane
All the most romantic restaurants are French, and that’s no coincidence – they just have a certain je ne sais quoi. Well, actually, I do know what: they’ve got Parisian charm, they’ve got cheese, they’ve got mussels, and this particular one has a giant Belle Epoque-style painting of a nude woman watching over the bar area. It’s the perfect setting for a romantic rendez-vous! Find Blanchette East at 204 Brick Lane, E1 6SA.
London Shell Co., Paddington
London Shell Co. is the restaurant that will truly transport you… from Paddington to Camden and back again. Set aboard the Prince Regent, this fine barge hosts about 40 guests for a waterborne feast. It then embarks on a gentle cruise along Regent’s Canal while you have dinner. Their speciality is great British seafood, with all your courses paired with a wine chosen and enthusiastically served by chap-in-charge Harry. Get on board at the London Shell Co. website. Find London Shell Co. at The Prince Regent, Sheldon Square, W2 6PY.
Everything about Minnow is just bloody lovely – even their website is a delight to visit. Think pastel colours, Parisian-style café tables and plenty of flora. The food is simple yet complicated in a way that is difficult to explain, but there’s no doubt that it’ll have you coming back for more. Plus, the menu is always changing so there’s always an excuse to go back! The whole place oozes romance, so it’s a surefire way to impress your s/o. Find Minnow at 21 The Pavement, SW4 0HY.
Delamina East, Spitalfields
It’s turkey, but not as we know it. Delamina East’s menu is full of healthy, hearty Eastern Mediterranean dishes that are just made for the gram. Despite the name focusing on its signature turkey, they also have an amazing selection of veggie dishes. The charred cauliflower with lemon zest infused creme fraiche and pomegranate will exceed so many of your expectations (who knew cauliflower could taste so damn good?) and the manchego, mint and quinoa fritters are out of this world. If you want a visual taste of what’s to come, have a little scroll through Instagram. You won’t be able to resist… Find Delamina East at 151 Commercial Street, E1 6BJ.
Megan’s, various locations
Megan’s is a party of picture-perfect restaurants. While their King’s Road branch boasts a stunning garden that’s open all year round, and their Parsons Green offshoot is classically Instagrammable with its floral, fairy-lit canopy – it’s the olive tree inside their Clapham branch that really gets us going. Read all about it here. Find Megan’s Clapham at 55-57 The Pavement.
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