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
20 Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9HP
(020) 7924 6055
With its central location and playful theme, what's not to love about Adventure Bar, especially when you're looking for love.
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
Impressive your potential mate with a spot of light bowling before hitting the bar.
Westfield Stratford City, Second Floor, 2 Stratford Place, Stratford, London, E20 1EJ
(020) 3167 2434
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 cocktail bar within the St Martin's Lane London hotel. Andrew Loudon creates a variety of unique cocktails while Tien Ho offers impressive bar snacks.
This stunning hotel bar is worth a visit if you're willing to flash the cash.
The Berkeley Hotel, Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7RL
(020) 7201 1680
Take your hot squeeze to Cafe Kick and soak up the cool atmosphere around Exmouth Market.
43 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 4QL
(020) 7837 8077
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.
If you prefer a more traditional date then Hand in Hand in picturesque Wimbledon Village is perfect. With a beautiful courtyard and pretty views, it's sure to impress.
6 Crooked Billet, Wimbledon Village, London, SW19 4RQ
(020) 8946 5720
Taking your hot new squeeze to this superb basement bar on Commercial Street shows you know your way around the best bars in town.
157b Commercial Street, Spitalfields, London, E1 6BJ
(020) 7426 4856
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
The Lion is a friendly pub that has a dining room offering French cuisine. As well as their a la carte menu, they also have a set lunch menu and a Sunday menu. Regular events and quiz nights are hosted at The Lion.
27 Wick Road, Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 9DN
(020) 8977 4779
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
Show off your generous side and treat your date to an upmarket night at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London, 66 Knightsbridge, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7LA
(020) 7201 3724
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
If they like their cocktails, take them to Shochu Lounge and sample a selection of Japanese-based concoctions in modern and luxurious surroundings.
Roka, 37 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 1RR
(020) 7580 6464
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