First dates are nerve racking enough without then having to decide which bar you should suggest to meet at. Our recommendations of the best bars for a first date will help point you in the right direction. From swanky bars for those prepared to pay through the nose for the promise of good conversation to laid back pubs around the capital, our list of the best bars for a first date are as diverse as the personalities - and salaries - of Londoners.
More Bars for a First Date
Pay homage to the bowling dates of your youth - only this time you can drink cocktails.
Old Truman Brewery, 95 Brick Lane, Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL
(020) 7426 9200
Anise is a companion bar to the Cinnamon Kitchen restaurant from the team behind the renowned Cinnamon Club.
9 Devonshire Square, The City, London, EC2M 4YL
(020) 7626 5000
26 Osborn Street, Brick Lane, London, E1 6TD
(020) 7247 7717
Apples and Pears is a cool bar at the Aldgate-end of Brick Lane. They serve a variety of drinks including contemporary and innovative cocktails. Expect varied musical styles, credible underground sounds and no restrictions on genres.
240 Regent Street (entrance 30 Argyll St), Soho, London, W1B 3BR
(020) 7478 0540
Renowned Hong Kong-based restaurant group aqua has launched in London on the former site of Dickens and Jones in Regent Street. aqua spirit is the venue's bar offering a range of drinks and lighter bites within stylish surroundings.
Dazzle them with a little West End glamour and they'll be putty in your hands. (View London are not responsible for any lack of putty-less hands.)
The Langham, 1c Portland Place, Regent Street, London, W1B 1JA
(020) 7636 1000
The Avista Bar is located within the Millennium Hotel and provides a tranquil environment in which to enjoy a cocktail or two with a prospective partner.
Avista Restaurant, 39 Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, London, W1K 2HP
(020) 7596 3399
The Shard, 31st Floor, 31 St Thomas Street, London Bridge, London, SE1 9RY
(020) 3011 1256
If you're really out to impress that first date then take a trip to The Shard's 31st floor, where international restaurant group aqua have an impressive bar overlooking London.
Located on Sloane Avenue, Barts is a trendy bar where you will find retro styling and prohibition era music.
Chelsea Cloisters, Sloane Avenue, Chelsea, London, SW3 3DW
(020) 7581 3355
This cosy wine bar, a stone's throw from Southwark tube station, has plenty of little corners for you to schmooze your first date.
80 Scoresby Street, Southwark, London, SE1 0XN
(020) 7928 0905
St Martin's Lane London, 45 St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4HX
(020) 7300 5588
Blind Spot is a chic, speakeasy cocktail bar located within the luxurious St Martin's Lane London hotel. Wilfried Rique creates a variety of unique cocktails and guests can choose from an impressive selection of bar food.
Welcome to the upside down world of Callooh Callay, a quirky bar with a lot to offer.
65 Rivington Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3AY
(020) 7739 4781
74 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0NY
(020) 7632 2212
At Dirty Martini Islington expect an effortlessly cool interior, excellent service and a great choice of both classic and signature cocktails.
25 Canonbury Lane, Islington, London, N1 2AS
(020) 7226 0955
The Four Sisters is a cocktail bar that has retained many original features from its roots as a pub. Nowadays there is a variety of drinks available including innovative signature choices such as a Santiago sour or the American Ruminate.
The decadent setting and exotic decor at Hoxley and Porter make it a great date setting, especially when dinner can move so seamlessly into cocktails.
153 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 1RA
(020) 7226 1375
A romantic offering in Battersea from the people behind Lost Society.
339 Battersea Park Road, Battersea, London, SW11 4LS
(020) 7622 2112
The Lucky Pig is a fantastic place for a first date, with classic cocktails in a shabby chic surroundings. There is plenty to talk about over a sharing board.
5 Clipstone Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1W 6BB
(020) 7436 0035
You can really impress that first date by taking them for cocktails in Mayfair's stylish Luggage Room.
London Marriott, 84-86 Duke Street, Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, London, W1K 6JP
(020) 7514 1507
This funky pub purchased a while ago by a number of wealthy locals (after rumours spread that its number was up) is the perfect spot for a first date tipple or two.
51 Leverton Street, Kentish Town, London, NW5 2NX
(020) 7284 4631
Sofitel London St James, 6 Waterloo Place, St James, London, SW1Y 4AN
(020) 7747 2238
St James Bar is a sophisticated bar within the Sofitel London St James hotel on Waterloo Place.
Inspired by Coco Channel's 1920 Paris apartment, expect decadent interiors where vintage and signature cocktails can be enjoyed. St James Bar also offers a food menu offing light meals and sharing plates.
This buzzy wine bar and restaurant in Soho is a suitably impressive place to take a first date. It shows you know your stuff when it comes to a good time, and the food and drink is superb too.
53-55 Beak Street, Soho, London, W1F 9SH
(020) 3544 7411