Feeling overwhelmed by the sheer amount of choice when it comes to romantic destinations in the capital? We’ve done the hard work for you and picked our top spots for a first date in London
Words Joy Montgomery
Where to go for a first date in London
Hidden below ground in Soho pub, The Blue Posts, Evelyn’s Table is the hot new eatery from the people behind The Palomar and The Barbary. Only seating 11, this cosy restaurant provides the ultimate intimate dining experience, with counter seating offering views of the kitchen and the chefs at work. Perfect for foodie first dates.
GORDON’S WINE BAR
Thought to be the oldest wine bar in London, Gordon’s Wine Bar has become a local institution and go-to first date night destination. Offering an extensive list of wines at a range of prices, you can either enjoy the outdoor patio area if the weather is good or, for the proper Gordon’s experience, head down to the 19th century candlelit, vaulted cellars with original Dickensian-style decor.
For a bit of hole-based fun (no, not that), head over to Swingers. In both the City and the West End venue you can expect a variety of courses and plenty of street food – Patty & Bun, Made of Dough, Hackney Gelato and Breddos Tacos will all be there. Laughter will certainly ensue.
AIN’T NOTHING BUT
Described as ‘the best Blues bar this side of the Atlantic’, Ain’t Nothing But is the Soho-based music venue hosting both local and American acts nightly, with jam sessions on Monday and Sunday. Make sure to arrive early to grab a good seat. Lean back, order a cocktail and prepare to be transported to the Deep South.
SEYMOUR’S PARLOUR AT ZETTER TOWNHOUSE
If you’re looking for something a little more classic, then Seymour’s Parlour at Zetter Townhouse is the place for you. Bedecked in dark and sumptuous furnishings, this cosy cocktail lounge feels more like a private members’ club than public watering hole. For an extra special evening, make sure to check out the venue’s once-a-month events – previous happenings include a New Orlean’s Jazz band, eye-catching flapper girls and a celebration of all things French for Bastille Day.
Electric Cinema is one of the oldest working independent cinemas in the country, which underwent an extensive £2 million overhaul in 2001. When we say luxury, we mean luxury. Think red leather armchairs, footstools and double beds – ideal for cosying up with your plus one… Check out the venue’s extensive offering of drinks and substantial snacks or the diner for pre-film all-American dining.