We’ve come up with a few of our favourite date venues for you to take that special guy or gal to, that will be sure to create the perfect atmosphere, all is left is for you to get your game face on and woo the pants them off them (metaphorically of course).
If you’re looking to impress then you can’t go wrong with the Radio Rooftop Bar at ME London. Get a spot on one of their sofas outside, order in the cocktails point out the sights of London to your date and look like you really know your stuff, just make sure you do actually know your London landmarks otherwise that would be awkward. For a real test order sharing plates – you’ll soon find out if they’re a keeper or hog all the food.
Part of “rhubarb’s” stunning new venue the Sky Garden, which is London’s highest rooftop garden, is the Sky Pod Bar, a heady 150m high. It’s themed with the seasons too, so you can go all year round and find something new. Visit in winter and get cosy on the faux-fur sofas with hot cocktails or head there in summer and recline on deck chairs with an ice cream in hand. www.skygarden.london
This Covent Garden venue serves an innovative combination of pan Asian food as well as boasting a West End cocktail bar but the main reason people are drawn in is the glamorous cabaret performances. The Circus troupe has wowed critics and customers alike with their beautifully skilled performers twirling magically in suspended hoops. Guests can either sit at the catwalk-esque ‘stage’ table for a more entertainment focussed night or on their separate table where they can enjoy the view. This venue is perfect for a date and even better if the conversation begins to lull as you can always just sit back and enjoy the great performances. It is our duty to warn you that this might a third or fourth date destination due to the saucy nature of the entertainment…that said nipple tassels would break the ice…
Where: 27-29 Endell Street, Westminster, London, WC2H 9BA, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Covent Garden (0.1 miles)
Hidden away somewhere in Chelsea, is speakeasy Barts. Book a table so that when you knock on the door and they pull back the shutter you’ll be allowed in – that’ll impress your date. Arrive in the early evening when it is a bit quieter if you want to actual hear each other talk, or arrive later post -dinner when it’s busier and everyone’s dancing. Cocktail wise we recommend the Jazz Swinger.
With five locations in London you are spoilt for choice in which LCC to pick but we suggest you try at least one. They offer an extensive cocktail menu ideal for erasing any first date nerves. The top of our list is the ‘Brixton Riot’ cocktail – a blend of Cranberry, Lychee and Rum, served in a flaming glass with spinning flaming passion fruit floating in it. The best part about these venues (part owned by Raymond Blanc) is that you can actually hop behind the bar and have a go at creating your own cocktail, perfect for those Tom Cruise fantasies circa ‘Cocktail’ to come true. A helpful barman will be on hand to guide you through the process though, in case of any liquor related errors.
The Roof Gardens and Babylon
Perfect for every stage of your date, you and your guest can enjoy the initial dinner at Babylon with mouth-watering cuisine before moving to the rooftop terrace on the 7th floor where you can enjoy amazing views over London’s skyline. We can definitely recommend grabbing a blanket and cosying up in the heated terrace to enjoy a romantic sunset. End the evening in the opulent cocktail bar next door which boasts a capacious dance floor for you to strut your best moves. The cocktails here are really delicious so we suggest you start off with a Rooftop made with Freshly juiced orange, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries with fortified Shiraz, Grand Marnier & spiced syrup, served over crushed ice, before heading on to the hard stuff with Death in the Afternoon – a touch of Absinthe is mixed with Champagne until it attains the proper opalescent milkiness. Ernest Hemmingway’s advice was to drink three to five of these slowly…
Where: 6th and 7th Floor, 99 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London, W8 5SA, United Kingdom
Nearest station: High Street Kensington (0.1 miles)