In need of some date night inspiration? We’ve rounded up London’s best restaurants perfect for when you’re looking to impress on that first date, somewhere to help you secure that important third date or restaurants to visit with your partner of years. 

From blow-your-budget anniversary favourites to quirky first night dates, these are our favourites…

TOKii

Focusing on sushi, sashimi, seafood and robata grilled dishes, TOKii is up there as one of London’s hidden gems. The menu has strong Japanese influences, but their menu overall is inspired by international ingredients, nodding to both East and West cuisine. 

Hidden within the 5-star hotel, The Prince Akatoki London, the restaurant offers a great set menu priced at £35pp. Expect the likes of miso soup; beef fillet tataki with red onion salsa, ponzu and garlic crisps; chef’s special sashimi selection; a choice of skewers; and dessert. Their afternoon tea is great too, adding a unique Japanese twist.

50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, W1H 7FD 

www.tokii.co.uk

Clos Maggiore

Often named as London’s most romantic restaurant, it’s hard not to include this magical spot in a round of date night restaurants. It’s no doubt seen countless proposals taking place inside its doors. And it’s easy to see why – the interiors are sublime and the modern European menu has been awarded multiple AA-rosette awards. Try to reserve the table in front of the majestic fireplace to secure serious brownie points with your date.

 

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33 King Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 8JD

www.closmaggiore.com

NoMad London

Located on Bow Street, The NoMad Restaurant is a three-story atrium, replicant of an Edwardian greenhouse. Designed by New York-based firm Roman and Williams, the space is flooded with natural light, but come night transforms into an intimate setting that’s both moody and sensual.

The menu celebrates local and seasonal ingredients, showcasing British and European bounty. A wood-burning grill is the focal point of the whole dining room.

28 Bow Street, WC2E 7AW

www.thenomadhotel.com

Searcys at the Gherkin

Dine with unparalleled views overlooking the city and you’re guaranteed to win over your date. Searcys at the Gherkin is truly a sensational experience, from the striking views you won’t find anywhere else to the endless Champagne options and fine dining. 

Championing the best of British cuisine, there’s something for everyone, from afternoon tea through to set menus. Look forward to expertly made dishes of wood pigeon terrine; stone bass with tomato and saffron bouillabaisse; sweetcorn gnocchi with chervil and parmesan; and their famous trifle with almond sponge, strawberry jelly, vanilla custard and candied violet.

The Gherkin, 30 St Mary Axe, EC3A 8BF

www.searcysatthegherkin.co.uk

Angelina

Combining flavours and techniques of Italian and Japanese cuisine, Angelina has become a firm date night favourite for those based in East London. Sourcing the finest ingredients to create unique flavours, you can look forward to a four- or ten-course dining option. And with the 10-course kaiseki menu priced at just £59 per person, it’s not a bad deal! Think scallop and nectarine; tofu, doteyaki and takuan; and triangoli, truffle, ceremonial matcha and pistachio.

 

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56 Dalston Lane, E8 3AH

www.angelina.london

Sea Containers

Riverside views don’t come much more special than those at Sea Containers Restaurant. Designed by Tom Dixon, the restaurant offers an all-day dining experience centred around sharing. 

Think crab on toast with avocado, pickled jalapeno and coriander; grilled sweetheart cabbage with almond mayo and sweet crispy shallots; duck breast with white mustard cabbage and sauteed potatoes; and chalk stream trout with asparagus, Jersey royals and vinaigrette. Save room for dessert and share a decadent chocolate brownie topped with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream.

20 Upper Ground, South Bank, SE1 9PD

www.seacontainerslondon.com

Bibi 

Brought to life by chef Chet Sharma, Bibi is a contemporary Indian restaurant in Mayfair. Its counter-side dining is the optimal spot for a casual date night for two, filled with chaat dishes and grills, all designed with sharing in mind.

42 North Audley Street, Mayfair, W1K 6ZP 

www.bibirestaurants.com

Amazonico

For rainforest vibes, it’s got to be Amazonico. The Berkeley Square haunt has become the go-to place to head for a next level date night. Interiors are inspired by the Amazon rainforest, complete with hanging palms, exotic animals and gold touches. The menu is just as delightful – think atun Okinamasu con caviar; nigiri; empanadas packed with wagyu beef and huitlacoche cream; and picante de camaron – king tiger prawns, Peruvian chillies and peanuts.

10 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, W1J 6BR

www.amazonicorestaurant.com

Bocconcino

For a fancy Italian affair, Bocconcino is the perfect restaurant that’s sure to secure you brownie points. Tucked in the heart of Mayfair, the restaurant specialises in authentic Italian cuisine – expect dishes such as tuna fillet with asparagus and tomatoes; Venetian style calf liver with polenta; seafood risotto; and homemade tagliolini with red Sicilian prawns and cherry tomatoes.

19 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, W1J 8ED 

www.bocconcinorestaurant.co.uk

 

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Spring

From Skye Gyngell, one of Britain’s most respected chefs and culinary whizz, Spring is a beautiful dining space located inside Somerset House. The restaurant celebrates wholesome, produce-driven food. The team is celebrated for its conviviality and use of seasonal produce that’s packed with flavour.

The restaurant celebrates wholesome, produce driven food.

SOMERSET HOUSE, NEW WING, LANCASTER PLACE, WC2R 1LA

WWW.SPRINGRESTAURANT.CO.UK

Bob Bob Ricard

From the ‘press for Champagne’ button to their infamous chicken Kyiv, Bob Bob Ricard is the ultimate place to head for a fancy dinner date. With locations in both Soho and City, the restaurant serves up a mix of British and French classics, and with interiors this grand, it’s a prime spot for dates. Their menu is packed out with some corkers too, from Jersey rock oysters and caviar to start to mains of lobster mac and cheese; salmon en croute with Champagne sauce; and a sharing beef wellington for two.

Soho & City 

www.bobbobricard.com

 

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14 Hills

Armed with brilliant brunch, innovative cocktails and interiors that look like they’ve been plucked from Pinterest, 14 Hills is every budding influencer’s dream. Seal the deal this date night and book in for a cosy night of cocktails, dinner and views. 

Opt for one of their signature cocktails on the terrace – we love the Last Drink, made with Hennessy VS Cognac, butterscotch, orange bitter and coffee aroma – before making your way through to the dining room for dinner. Enjoy hand-cut beef rump tartare; chorizo crusted Iberico pork chop, piperade and sauce diable; and dark chocolate tart with creme fraiche.

14th Floor, 120 Fenchurch Street, EC3M 5BA

www.14hills.co.uk

Circolo Popolare

Finally take your wife to the restaurant of her dreams and book in for a night of Italian delights at Circolo Popolare. The interiors alone are enough of a reason to visit – think over 20,000 bottles of spirits adorning the walls and foliage draped from the ceiling. As well as the best lemon meringue pie in London.

40 – 41 Rathbone Place, W1T 1HX 

www.bigmammagroup.com

Nobu London Old Park Lane

For a slightly more blow-your-budget date night, Nobu London Old Park Lane is the one to beat. Renowned for their delicious bento boxes and legendary black cod miso, the restaurant specialises in traditional yet modern and refined Japanese dishes. 

For a slightly more blow-your-budget date night, Nobu London Old Park Lane is the one to beat.

Head down for a lunch date between your day date activities or venture to Old Park Lane for dinner to soak up the restaurant’s atmosphere in all of its glory. 

19 Old Park Lane, W1K 1LB

www.noburestaurants.com

 

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Hithe + Seek

Date nights and wine go hand-in-hand, so where better to spend the evening than at Hithe + Seek, our favourite wine bar-turned-restaurant. With views overlooking the River Thames, it’s the perfect place for a romantic dinner. Every dish on the menu can be paired with a specific wine, from crisped lamb sweetbreads to scallop crudo with passion fruit, avocado and corn crisp.

 

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60 Upper Thames Street, EC4V 3AD

www.hitheandseek.com

Dalloway Terrace

Changing with the seasons, Dalloway Terrace is always our first indicator that we’ve moved into a new season. This is a guaranteed winner for any floral lover as each season the space is transformed with new florals inspired by what’s in season. The menu and cocktails are also transformed, so we can’t wait to see where this autumn takes it…

16-22 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, WC1B 3NN

www.dallowayterrace.com

Straits Kitchen

Headed up by executive chef chef Fabrice Lasnon, Straits Kitchen draws on her experience working and living in Asia, bringing an exciting mix of authentic flavours to the table. The restaurant, home to low-lighting and big art, is the perfect place for an intimate date night. Expect dishes such as Signature mapo salmon with minced prawn and Sichuan spices; soft shell crab with spiced, fried mantou with a choice of chilli or black pepper sauce; and native lobster Nonya laksa thick rice vermicelli with lobster broth and coconut gravy.

80 Houndsditch, EC3A 7AB 

www.panpacific.com

Corinthia London

At Corinthia London you’ll find Kerridge’s Bar & Grill, the first London restaurant from Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge. Home to dark tones, leather booths and intimate corners, the restaurant serves up the best of British classics, perfect for those looking to impress the meat lovers. 

As you can expect all of the dishes are exquisite, but their set lunch menu offers a more affordable option for those looking for a relaxed lunch date idea.

Whitehall Place, SW1A 2BD

www.corinthia.com

34 Mayfair

You’ll usually find 34 Mayfair dressed to impress with florals lining the exteriors, but inside the art-deco inspired interiors make way for a perfect date destination. Expect to find plenty of delicious dish options, from Korean spiced stone bass with kimchi fried rice and ginger and ponzu dip to surf & turf served with lashings of fermented chilli and yuzu hollandaise.

 

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34 Grosvenor Square, W1K 2HD

www.34-restaurant.co.uk

The Little Yellow Door

If there was ever a restaurant-bar that screamed date night, it would be the Little Door Co. And our favourite? The Little Yellow Door, Notting Hill’s late night cocktail bar and restaurant. 

Enter through the yellow door and you’ll find a secret flat-like den waiting for you, complete with lavish furnishings, cosy corners, a vinyl room and endless cocktails. 

On the menu, you’ll find their latest collaboration with YamGood, an Asian-inspired menu filled with Vietnamese salad; popcorn shrimp; lemongrass chicken skewers; bao buns; and miso nasu. Pair it with a few of their cocktails and you’ve got a picture-perfect date night.

6-8 All Saints Road, W11 1HH 

www.thelittleyellowdoor.com

Sessions Arts Club

Sessions Arts Club has been hot on everyone’s lips since it opened. A favourite amongst the arts set, the restaurant sits inside a grand Grade II* listed building with a dining room that’s surrounded by three terraces with fireplaces, a rooftop bar and garden. 

The menu is ever-changing with dishes designed for sharing – expect everything from sea bream with fig leaf and sorrel to squid, tomato and calamarata. Reserve your spot to now to impress your date in an instant. 

Old Sessions House, 24 Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0NA

www.sessionsartsclub.com

Trullo

Home cooked Italian food done well. That’s how we’d describe Trullo, the sister pasta site from the same team behind the ever-popular Padella. Authenticity plays a big role at the restaurant, with the fresh hand-made pasta rolled minutes before service and fresh fish and meats cooked over burning coals. Who doesn’t want pasta on a date night?

Who doesn’t want pasta on a date night?

300 – 302 St Paul’s Road, N1 2LH

www.trullorestaurant.com

Sloane Place

Who said alfresco dining was just for summer? The Sloane Club is home to a lovely roof terrace, complete with heaters, blankets and a retractable roof to keep you warm, cosy and dry. Their menu is fresh and seasonal, with sharing options, grill items and delicious fluffy bao to dive into over conversations.

60 Lower Sloane Street, Chelsea, SW1W 8BP

www.sloaneplace.com

Berber & Q

Drawing influences from flavours and ingredients found in North Africa and the Mediterranean, Berber & Q is an instant hit with everyone who enters. Its laid-back vibe is perfect for a casual dinner date but the dishes always steal the show.

Arch 338 Acton Mews, Haggerston, E8 4EA

www.berberandqgrillhouse.com

The Montagu Kitchen

Offering a brilliant tasting menu crafted by executive chef Roger Olsson, The Montagu Kitchen specialises in British cuisine. The menu tells a nostalgic tale of familiar favourites, from crispy rosette, a new take on traditional fish and chips with trout roe and a spritz of malt vinegar to corn fed baby chicken with black winter truffle. Highly theatrical, it’s a great experience to enjoy together as you’re cast back to memories of food experiences from your past. 

30 Portman Square, Marylebone, W1H 7BH 

www.themontagurestaurant.co.uk

Circus

Dress to impress on your first date and head to Circus, Covent Garden’s restaurant renowned for its theatrics. This isn’t just any restaurant though; it’s packed with fire breathers, contortionists, hula-hoopers and gravity-defying aerialists. 

Look forward to a Pan-Asian inspired menu, from duck and plum gyozas to king prawn tempura, ginger and lemon sea bass to BBQ chilli baby chicken.

Expect a truly flamboyant affair that’ll impress on a first date or is great for adding some spice into your dating scene.

27-29 Endell Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9BA 

www.circus-london.co.uk

The Richmond Club

For the perfect intimate venue, look to The Richmond Club. Richmond’s first private members’ club, let your date have exclusive access into this riverside hotspot. Its cosy bar area provides a romantic setting to relax and converse, whilst the private members’ club also boasts a trans-seasonal garden area home to a large pagoda, perfect for soaking up the last of the warm weather evenings before winter sets in. 

Expect light bites of tomato, olive and fresh basil bruschetta; honey and mustard infused turkey breast with fries and salad; and grilled smoked haddock, garlic greens, tenderstem broccoli and roasted chickpeas. 

To book, please email [email protected] or call on 020 8940 0161.

115 – 117 Kew Road, Richmond, TW9 2PN

www.therichmondclub.uk


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