Top 10 Restaurants in London for a First Date
England's capital provides a naturally romantic setting for any first date. The city offers plenty of opportunities to take a cozy stroll alongside the Thames or sit and watch the street theatre in Covent Garden.
Which are the best first date restaurants in London, where you can truly woo and impress him or her?
We've selected 10 of the finest eateries to wine and dine...
1: La Poule Au Pot
Known by the locals of Belgravia and the connoisseurs of West London, this little gem has retained its charm since it opened in the 1960s.
Based on France's 'paysan' it has been voted 'best for romance' in London year after year.
Inside, you'll find nooks draped with the likes of dried flowers and traditional French ingredients. You'll find tucked-away corners for you and your date to enjoy succulent French cuisine by candlelight.
In the summer, you can sit outside at one of the cute street-side tables-for-two. Here you can enjoy fine wine and exquisite cuisine as the London bustle passes you by.
2: City Social
This bar/restaurant offers everything you need to impress on a first date.
Located at the top of Tower 42 in East London, its semi-circular bar area stretches around a windowed wall that offers triumphant views of the city.
The stunning landscape is breathtaking at sunset and indeed after dark. The view showcases the majestic neighboring financial district and the London skyline.
Inside the bar and restaurant area, it's low-lit, moody, and silently electric. With the gentle hum of jazz coming from the speakers, you can sit at a table by the window or in a cozy booth. And only the dim lamps will cast a glow on you and your date.
City Social is a large, sociable space. However, you and your companion will feel like the only ones there. This makes it one of the perfect first date restaurants in London.
Hix in Soho provides a modern atmosphere in an intimate environment. It has enough of an undertone of buzz that your first date is bound to be full of electricity.
Nestled in the heart of trendy Soho, what makes Hix one of the city's best first date restaurants are the after-dinner options. Enjoy oysters and champagne in the street-level restaurant before descending below ground to Mark's Bar. Here, the cocktails and cozy spots to sit mean the night doesn't need to stop there.
With drinks on the menu like the Flaming Zombie - laced with delicious passion fruit - you're bound to want to stick around all night. And you've got Soho at your disposal with its numerous clubs and late-night hot spots if you want to party on into the night.
4: Wild Honey
The name 'Wild Honey' evokes the ideal first date setting before you've even set foot in the door.
Based in Mayfair, the maple paneled interior offers up a sumptuous and warm atmosphere. The booths provide a welcoming place to sit with your date to enjoy getting to know each other.
The extensive wine list offers organic and biodynamic selections. You're sure to find the perfect accompaniment to your evening.
5: Claude's Kitchen
Above Fulham's more vibrant Amuse Bouche champagne bar you'll find Claude's Kitchen. This intimate space offers privacy away from the bustle of the downstairs bar.
You'll be able to enjoy each other's company but still hear the buzz of Fulham below. If the date goes well, this will simply draw you downstairs to continue the evening in this friendly neighborhood bar.
Claude's Kitchen is suited for tables-for-two with its candles, ornate decor and personable table service.
6: Diciannove Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar
Want to re-create your very own Lady and the Tramp moment? Head to Diciannove in Blackfriars.
It's one of London's finest first date restaurants if you're looking for authentic Italian flavours.
The menu features fresh, seasonal ingredients. There are crafted cocktails and Italian wines and beers on offer to bring your meal an extra kick of 'That's Amore.'
7: Clos Maggiore
The definitive romantic hotspot of London, Clos Maggiore offers a wood-paneled restaurant or a conservatory in which to dine. The latter is festooned with cherry blossom and fairy lights.
This space features an ornate fireplace which makes it even cozier for any amorous couples on a first date.
Take a seat at one of the crisp white clothed roundtables with your date and enjoy an evening bathed in atmospheric low lighting, flanked by the floral delights of the blossom above you.
Ten-year-old L'Absinthe sits on a picturesque corner in pretty Primrose Hill and is a favorite with locals. They describe themselves as 'a little corner of "la belle France" in this enchanting part of NW London'. And they offer to 'sprinkle a little Gallic charm and look after your every need.'
As far as first date restaurants go, this one's more out-of-the-way. This means it offers up that extra touch of intimacy being outside of Central London.
9: Kitty Fisher's
Tucked away in Mayfair, Kitty Fisher's is rife for romance. It's a perfect space to get to know your date.
Set on one of Shepherd Market's cobbled streets, inside you'll find comfy and cozy leather booths and tables dotted with candles.
Being that Kitty Fisher's is one of London's most recently talked-about date spots, it's sure to impress him or her if you can get a reservation there for your first date.
Sketch is situated off Regent's Street and offers two major draws: the all-pink Gallery restaurant and the various side-bars to explore before and after dinner.
The Gallery restaurant is ideal for feeling loved up with its bubblegum coloring. And dinner, accompanied by matching pink cocktails, is sure to get you both feeling amorous. The menu offers sharing dishes too.
Afterwards, the quirky bars feature plenty of corners to sit in with your date and get to know each other better.
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