Whatever your relationship status, a monthly date-night should be non-negotiable (this includes a date with one of your girlfriends, of course). Here’s a list of my favourite date spots around London for a variety of occasions and budgets.
YOPO at The Mandrake is absolute perfection. The cuisine is South American influenced with flavours reminiscent of fine dining in Tulum. Their menu includes scallop ceviche with tomatillo and mango, charcoal grilled octopus, sumptuous grilled aubergine and the most succulent lamb I’ve ever tasted. When you’ve finished up the food, The Mandrake boasts a spectacular bar too!
This Michelin-starred restaurant is ideal for the more adventurous diners. Chef Tom Sellars writes the story of British cuisine through the language of food and it is delicious! The menu includes that edible candle you’ve heard of. Book well in advance, it’s worth it.
**Note that Restaurant Story is closed until mid-September 2019 whilst they have their pop-up Story By The Sea in Cornwall**
Chucs is a small collection of Italian-inspired restaurants dotted around the most affluent areas of London. With a selection of meat and vegetarian dishes and lots of truffles on the menu, this is an absolute winner for me. If, like me, you’re obsessed with Al Fresco dining, head to their South Kensington restaurant.
Duck Soup is one of my favourite restaurants in London. It’s dark, cosy and intimate and my favourite seat is around the bar. The menu is Modern European and entirely seasonal. The dishes are eclectic and creative. And, perhaps most importantly, there’s a great selection interesting and delicious wines.
Señor Ceviche in Kingly Court has delicious Peruvian-inspired food in vibrant surroundings making it perfect for a first, second or three-thousandth date. Make sure you try their signature ceviche and a couple of their Pisco Sours too. If you’re looking for after dinner cocktails head to Cahoots, a 1940’s themed bar set in London’s Underground.
Any date at the Shard is going to automatically get you in the good books and Hutong lives up to every expectation. The views are everything. You’ll find the best Peking duck in London here and their dumplings are a revelation.
Roughly translated, Quo Vadis means, ‘where are you going?’, a question not easily answered during the early days of dating. Quo Vadis is romantic, exclusive and has some real gastronomic treats on the menu. As it’s located on Dean Street, there’s no shortage of bars to visit before and after.
Galvin at Windows
This Michelin star restaurant and bar is on the 28th floor of The Hilton Park Lane and boasts stunning views across London. The exceptional modern French-haute cuisine and impeccable service, is bound to impress your date.
Described as ‘Shoreditch’s hidden pearl’, Prelibato is the perfect spot to take your date for authentic Italian food in an intimate, lively atmosphere.
La Bodega Negra
It’s dark, it’s sexy and it has an awesome cocktail menu. You enter through a seedy looking sex shop on Old Compton Street, so don’t spoil the surprise if your date hasn’t been before. There are plenty of Tequila based cocktails to choose from and tasty Mexican street food style plates to share.
This Clapham restaurant serves up exciting twists on European dishes and they also cook up a pretty mean roast. Reserve a table in the former wine cellar downstairs and you’ll be romantically lit by stained glass.
Berners Tavern is a beautiful restaurant at The London EDITION hotel. It’s led by Michelin-starred executive chef Jason Atherton and features contemporary British cuisine. Save this for someone special.
You’ll probably recognise Sketch from your Instagram feed. If it’s not for the curiously pink interior, it’ll be their egg-capsule loos. Too exciting not to capture, especially after a cocktail or two. The interior of Sketch alone is a talking point. You’ll enjoy a delicious, eclectic menu in quirky surroundings and there are a selection of intimate bars to explore after you’ve eaten.
Bob Bob Ricard
Any restaurant where you can press a button for champagne is a winner for us. True to their Russian roots, Bob Bob Ricard prescribes an ice cold shot of Russian Standard Vodka on arrival to cleanse the palette and wash away your nerves. Favourites include Truffled Potato and Mushroom Vareneki, Salmon Tatare Imperial and a sharing Beef Wellington. It’s a pricier option, but the experience is totally worth it.