First Date Restaurants in London

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Dim lights, soft music, romantic tables a deux... whatever your criteria may be when it comes to the ideal first date restaurants in London, we've done the hard work for you. Plan your night out with our pick of the best first date restaurants in London and you're virtually guaranteed a perfect evening. The only thing the restaurants on our recommended list can't do is to make conversation for you.
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#5

99 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London, W8 5SA
(020) 7937 7994

The Roof Gardens is one of London's best kept secrets. The stylish venue, 100ft above Kensington High Street, offers great views of the stunning themed gardens and across the rooftops of Kensington.

  • One of the most cutting edge clubs in London
  • Set amidst 1.5 acres of stunning rooftop gardens
  • Party 100 feet above Kensington High Street
  • An unrivalled line up of events throughout the year
  • Organise a fabulous evening out in one of our VIP areas

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Meat People

#361

4-6 Essex Road, Islington, London, N1 8LN
(020) 7359 5361

Meat People is a steakhouse restaurant on Essex Road. Meat People serves high quality and reliably sourced steaks as well as wines from around the world and retro cocktails.

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About Thyme

#2335

If you're hoping to score brownie points with your date then About Thyme is the place to go. With a rich focus on wines from around the world, you can be almost certain that your date will go down well.

82 Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1DL
(020) 7821 7504
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aqua shard

aqua shard

#692

Level 31 The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London Bridge, London, SE1 9RY
(020) 3011 1256

aqua shard, located on level 31 of The Shard, serves innovative contemporary British cuisine and boasts breath-taking views from its main dining room and atrium bar.

Artisan Bar and Grill

#3896

Artisan Bar and Grill is an unusual venue where your meal is part cooked then served on a piece of volcanic rock and you finish cooking it to your liking. Kick back and relax as you and your date will be treated to a stunning meal in a warm and relaxing environment.

11 Hall Lane, London, E4 8HH
(020) 8524 4355
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Benihana

Benihana

#534

77 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 4NX
(020) 7376 7799

Benihana on the King's Road is a Japanese teppanyaki restaurant where dishes are cooked in front of you on a teppan grill. Benihana Chelsea is ideal for birthdays and celebrations with a private chef at every table, dazzling guests with their showmanship and culinary skills.

Bluebird

#1186

Cool and chic, Bluebird is located in the heart of Chelsea, this celebrity hot spot is well known for its high quality British meals and delicious cocktails. A second date may be on the cards after this.

350 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5UU
(020) 7559 1000

Ceviche

#374

Perhaps you're looking for a different kind of first date? If so, Ceviche is your restaurant. Whether you've tried Peruvian food or not, we can guarantee that this will be a winner with your date.

17 Frith Street, Soho, London, W1D 4RF
(020) 7292 2040
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Chez Mal Brasserie

Chez Mal Brasserie


Malmaison London, 18-21 Charterhouse Square, London, EC1M 6AH
(020) 7012 3717

Chez Mal is a fresh mix of traditional steakhouse and classic French brasserie, with bold flavours and a fun, upbeat atmosphere. The interiors combine urban style with a touch of Moulin Rouge and a dash of Las Vegas, featuring exposed brick walls dark wooden tables and floors, and plush leather seating.

Cinnamon Soho

#968

Surprise your date with this Soho beauty. Cinnamon Soho combines Indian and British food to give diners the ultimate new twist.

5 Kingly Street, Soho, London, W1B 5PF
(020) 7437 1664

Corrigan's Mayfair

#531

Elegant and sophisticated, your date will surely appreciate a delicious meal at Corrigans Mayfair with an impressive a la carte menu.

28 Upper Grosvenor Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 7EH
(020) 7499 9943

Dining Room at Dean Street Townhouse

#2778

Dean Street Townhouse is located in the heart of Soho and offers seasonal British cuisine which changes weekly. A typical menu includes dishes such as Black Angus porterhouse steak, Portland Bill crab or pheasant goujons. Melting candlesticks enhance the romantic atmosphere of this Soho House venue.

69-71 Dean Street, Soho, London, W1D 4QJ
(020) 7434 1775

Forty Dean Street

#636

A hearty Italian meal is perfect for the first date, especially at Forty Dean Street. With a wide range choice of foods, there is always something for everyone.

40 Dean Street, Soho, London, W1D 4PX
(020) 7734 1853

Garufin

#2480

This Argentinian beauty stands out from the crowd if you're hoping to stand a chance with your date. With plenty of authentic dishes available at Garufin, you'll really believe that you've taken your date to Argentina.

8b Lambs Conduit Passage, Bloomsbury, London, WC1R 4RG
(020) 7430 9073
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The Imperial

The Imperial

#3220

577 King's Road, Fulham, London, SW6 2EH
(020) 7736 6081

The Imperial is a restaurant and bar that uses seasonal, British produce to create a variety of dishes with international influences. The Imperial retains many period features with high ceilings and its Victorian facade.

J Sheekey

#417

Next to the Ivy, J Sheekey is quite the celebrity haunt and will no doubt dazzle your date, if they are indeed dazzled by such things.

28-32 St Martins Court, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4AL
(020) 7240 2565

La Cage Imaginaire

#9

French dining at its finest, La Cage Imaginaire is the perfect place for couples to have a quiet and intimate meal whilst surrounded in a traditional French restaurant.

16 Flask Walk, Hampstead, London, NW3 1HE
(020) 7794 6674
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Mamounia Lounge Mayfair

Mamounia Lounge Mayfair

#226

37a Curzon Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 7TX
(020) 7629 2211

You and your date can enjoy a truly authentic Arabic meal within the Mayfair scene at Mamounia Lounge. With plush interior, outstanding food and expert made cocktails, your date will feel utterly spoiled in the heart of London.

Mele e Pere

#3832

You can't go wrong with Italian cuisine when trying to impress your date. Mele e Pere is in the heart of Soho serving delicious food in a quirky little establishment.

46 Brewer Street, Soho, London, W1F 9TF
(020) 7096 2096
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Michael Nadra Primrose Hill

Michael Nadra Primrose Hill


42 Gloucester Avenue, Primrose Hill, London, NW1 8JD
(020) 7722 2800

Michael Nadra Primrose Hill offers a menu of Modern European cuisine made with mainly UK sourced produce. The venue also boasts a chic bar area and an elegant garden close to the Regents Canal.

Momo

#129

Another Middle Eastern option on our list if its the cuisine that takes top priority.

25 Heddon Street, Mayfair, London, W1B 4BH
(020) 7434 4040

Orrery

#3488

Classic French dining is Orrery's speciality. Cosy candlelit dinners are perfect at this Marylebone destination, so if you're looking to take your date to restaurant with delightful food and sophisticated surroundings, then book a table at Orrery.

55 Marylebone High Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 5RB
(020) 7616 8000

Osteria Dell'Angolo

#1294

You and your date will be spoilt for choice at Osteria Dell'Angolo as Chef Massimiliano Vezzi offers the finest of Italian cuisine within the heart of Westminster.

47 Marsham Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3DR
(020) 3268 1077

Oxo Tower Restaurant

#4402

Oxo Tower Restaurant is renowned for its brilliantly British menu, and with over 800 wines from around the world to choose from, your date will most certainly be impressed.

OXO Tower Wharf, Barge House Street, South Bank, London, SE1 9PH
(020) 7803 3888

Pizarro

#524

Delicious food and outstanding cuisine, Spanish restaurant Pizarro is a relaxed place to eat tapas, drink sherry and unwind with your date.

194 Bermondsey Street, Bermondsey, London, SE1 3TQ
(020) 7378 9455

The Red Fort

#475

Upbeat and modern, The Red Fort is the place to wow your date. You can't go wrong with their authentic Indian dishes.

77 Dean Street, Soho, London, W1D 3SH
(020) 7437 2525

Riverlounge Italian

#566

If you're looking for a unique date then look no further. Riverlounge Italian overlooks the wonderful St Katherine's Dock whilst serving up luscious Italian food.

50 St Katharines Way, St Katherines Dock, London, E1W 1LA
(020) 7702 4588
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Savini at Criterion

Savini at Criterion


224 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HP
(020) 7930 1459

Savini at Criterion is an elegant fine-dining restaurant on Piccadilly offering a varied Italian menu.

By day Savini at Criterion offers a grand setting for breakfast, with freshly brewed coffee and home-baked croissants, languid lunches and indulgent afternoon teas featuring mouth-watering cakes and pastries.

But as the sun sets, Savini at Criterion transforms itself into one of the capital’s most glamorous fine-dining destinations. The iconic long bar at Savini - where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle staged the first meeting between Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson - is the perfect spot for an aperitif or cocktail.