Date Night

Date Night

The English aren’t good at dating. We all know how it works – you kind of like someone, both of you are hopelessly awkward around each other for a painful few weeks until your friends take mercy and get you drunk enough to have a sloppy make out session. Romantic. Sometimes though, it is necessary to go on a “real date” where you have to at least start sober. But don’t panic. Trust us, these picks will help you score.

  • Yauatcha

    15-17 Broadwick St, W1F 0DL
    020 7494 8888 | website

    Terminally hip, ultra-slick Soho tea-house serves sexed-up dim sum to beautiful people.

  • Wright Brothers Soho

    13 Kingly St, W1B
    020 7434 3611 | website

    Self-consciously laidback oyster bar in central Soho will satisfy any seafood craving.

  • Sushi Tetsu

    12 Jerusalem Passage, EC1V 4JP
    020 3217 0090 | website

    London's holy grail of sushi. Do whatever it takes to get a reservation.

  • Shochu Lounge

    37 Charlotte St, W1T 1RR
    020 7580 6464 | website

    Sexy and sleek bar below Roka takes the concept of bar snacks to a new level with delish Robata grills.

  • Pizza East

    56 Shoreditch High St, E1 6JJ
    020 7729 1888 | website

    Too-cool-for-school pizzeria from the Soho House set.

  • Pizarro

    194 Bermondsey St, SE1 3TQ
    020 7378 9455 | website

    Pizarro is an expanded-version of Spanish chef Jose Pizarro's sherry bar, Jose. More great Spanish nibbles, more sherry - all good.

  • Picture Restaurant

    110 Great Portland St, W1W 6PQ
    020 7 637 7892 | website

    Triple whammy of fun flavours and fab food and perfect pedigree.

  • Paramount

    Centre Point, 101-103 New Oxford St, WC1A 1DD
    020 7420 2900 | website

    Paramount offers dinner with a view in a skyscraper situated, literally, in the centre of London.

  • Moro

    34-36 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QE
    020 7833 8336 | website

    High-octane food in a low-key setting at this Exmouth Market legend.

  • La Petite Maison

    54 Brook's Mews, W1K 4EG
    020 7495 4774 | website

    A fave with the euro-foodies, this is the closest you'll get to the French Riviera while in London.

  • Hix Soho

    66-70 Brewer St, W1F 9UP
    020 7292 3518 | website

    Hobnob with the beautiful people while chowing down on unapologetically macho British food in this terminally hip Soho bolthole.

  • Galvin la Chapelle

    35 Spital Square, E1 6DY
    020 7299 0400 | website

    Enjoy upmarket French food in the oh la la interior of the Galvin brothers’ swank and sophisticated city resto.

  • Duck Soup

    41 Dean St, W1D 4PY
    020 7287 4599 | website

    French wine bar meets Brooklyn café - a surprising and winning formula for central Soho.

  • Duck & Waffle

    Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY
    020 3640 7310 | website

    High-flying city slicker goes all night with impressive views and gut-busting food.

  • Drake's Tabanco

    No 3 Windmill Street, W1T 2HY
    020 7637 9388 | website

    Drake's Tabanco does high-quality tapas with a northern twist.

  • Dehesa

    25 Ganton St, W1F 9BP
    020 7494 4170 | website

    Oh-so-stylish central Soho fave keeps it classy as it serves up drool-inducing tapas at sublime prices.

  • Clos Maggiore

    33 King St, WC2E 8JD
    020 7379 9696 | website

    Perennially top of the most-romantic- destinations in London lists, Clos Maggiore is prime date territory.

  • Ciao Bella

    86-90 Lamb's Conduit St, WC1N 3LZ
    020 7242 4119 | website

    Kitsch, but charming back to basics Italian in Bloomsbury.

  • Caravan

    11-13 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QD
    020 7833 8115 | website

    Another Antipodean oasis for coffee obsessives that stands out for its fab food and shabby chic.

  • Boundary

    2-4 Boundary St, E2 7DD
    020 7729 1051 | website

    Stunning rooftop spot, and the food ain't bad either.

  • Bob Bob Ricard

    1 Upper James St, W1F 9DF
    020 3145 1000 | website

    Sublimely eccentric Anglo-Russian brasserie; shimmy down to chug on champagne with hot young things and media types.

  • Berners Tavern

    The London Edition Hotel, 10 Berners St, W1T 3LF
    020 7908 7979 | website

    Berners tavern is a bit of a showstopper, from the draw-dropping decor to the irresistible menu.

  • Bar Tozino

    Lassco Ropewalk, Maltby St, SE1 3PA
    N/A | website

    Entering Bar Tozino is a bit like being teleported to the middle of Spain with jamon and wine galore.

  • Bar Boulud

    66 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LA
    020 7201 3899 | website

    Steak hache for grown ups at big shot chef Daniel Boulud's NY style brasserie.

  • 40 Maltby Street

    40 Maltby St, SE1 3PA
    020 7237 9247 | website

    40 Maltby Street does fine booze and small bites; the perfect pit stop for anyone shopping at Maltby Street market.

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Comments (1)

  • Dave


    Great list of restaurants for a date!


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