There’s an art to matching your date to the perfect restaurant. Combine a selection of delectable dishes with a hint of romance, and you’re already halfway to making an unforgettable impression! Whether you’re looking for a casual nibble to get to know your date better, or if you’d prefer to share a bottle of red in a refined French cookery we’ve picked out the city’s best restaurants for dating on any occasion:
- Town Hall Hotel, Patriot Square, Bethnal Green, E2 9NF. (£££)
With an open kitchen and calm Scandi decor, Typing Room offers laid-back luxury in a close, intimate setting. Fantastic flavours procured from British classics such as trout and gooseberries, along with a dash of inspiration from New Nordic cuisine, this eatery promises to delight both of your taste buds. Headed up by Lee Wescott, appearing on the AEG taste theater, you’re bound to be delighted in this serene spot as get to know your date better.
- 16 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, W1G 9DD. (£££)
Featuring modern and classic French cuisine paired with carefully selected wines, this taste of Paris in London is the perfect location to woo your date in a chic, extravagant setting. Don’t miss their Taste of London Award Winning dish, Spelt Lobster Risotto.
- 18 Market Row, Brixton, SW9 8LD. (££)
Nestled inside Brixton market, this former pop-up is set amongst the hustle and bustle of South London, and the energy is infectious. Serving an interesting and evolving seasonal British set menu, Salon is the perfect location to take your date out for an up-to-date dining experience in a relaxed and more casual environment.
- 12 Denman St, Soho, W1D 7HH. (££)
Do something a little different, and take your date on a journey to India at this buzzing Soho restaurant, serving modern Indian dishes tapas-style using the best British ingredients. Head chef Will Bowlby (featuring on Taste Theatre) infuses flavour into the cozy-but-vibrant space, which will surely help start a night to remember.
- Marylebone. (£)
Opening in February 2018, Delamina (sister to London favourite Strut & Cluck), will feature Middle Eastern cooking from husband and wife team Amir and Limor Chen. Calling on the ingredients and flavours of their childhood while maintaining an informal and welcoming Israeli style, you can also sample the roasted and grilled delights to come at the Taste of London: Festive Edition in November.
- 16 Gerrard St, Soho, W1D 6JE. (£)
Also featured in Taste of London, head down to Chinatown to snack on dim sum with your date. From the exuberant lights outside, head into this typically bustling local spot and grab some Xiao Long Bao soup dumplings and Peking duck before you head back out to wander the streets of Soho.