Date Night in London

If romance is on the cards then the capital is absolutely the place to be. Blessed with beautiful parks and gardens, breath-taking views and amazing nightlife entertainment, there’s no shortage of great places to take a date in London. We’ve narrowed our favourites down to the following recommended date-night bars, packed with interesting choices offering something for everybody when looking for fun date ideas in London. 

Last updated on 24th December 2021




One of the London's most romantic lookouts, Skylight offers an atmospheric drinking spot in the clouds. Head down to Tobacco Dock and enjoy an evening of drinks, views and even a game of croquet if you're feeling it, or during winter, there's gorgeous iceskating.

Ricco Lounge Events

36 user reviews 5

An intimate basement spot in the hub of Kensignton, Ricco Lounge wins our vote for date night bars in West London. If the rich interiors and delicious drinks don't win you over, then the diverse range of events will.

Found

42 user reviews 5

Nothing beats date night in London like a secret drinking hideaway unbeknown to the general population. If you're looking to impress, Found is the key to your success (no rhyme intended). Once you've discovered this coveted cocktail club in Shoreditch, you'll return for a piece of the top mixology over and over again. 

Nightjar

3144 user reviews 5

Sometimes, there's so much hype surrounding a bar that the experience fails to match your expectations. With Nightjar that is absolutely not the case. Constantly celebrated as one of the best drinking dens in the world, it's the irresistible set-up combining beautifully mixed drinks with soothing, serenading live music that makes this prized bar so good if you're pulling out all the stops for date night.

Looking to get cosy for date night? For a pretty and intimate movie night, head to Winter Terrace at Holmes' events for a lovely evening watching Christmas films, nibbling on popcorn and having a glass of bubbly.

You've tried and tested a number of wine bars in London, but trust us you'll never find another quite like Vagabond. Dotted around the city, this unique collection of urban wineries provide a perfect date night location, with their handpicked selection of bottles you'd struggle to find elsewhere. 

Oriole

1967 user reviews 5

Brought to London by the team behind the multi-award winning Nightjar, this is a sumptuous bar of global influence. Designed to tease all of the senses and take you on a journey of discovery, settle in at the Oriole and enjoy cocktails mixed with the finest exotic ingredients going. There's similarly delightful grazing plates, and live entertainment comes in the form of live jazz, swing and blues music throughout the week.

The Milestone Hotel and Residences are inviting you to join them for a special afternoon tea experience, as well as a James Bond-inspired dinner. At the latter, you'll get to enjoy canapés and Champagne on arrival, play casino games such as roulette, then tuck into a themed multi-course feast.

Top Secret Comedy Club

233 user reviews 5

For a long time, the Top Secret Comedy Club has steered clear of the radar. Delighting crowds in the know with their utterly hilarious - but very elusive - comedy nights, we felt it was time to bring this end of the week comedy extravaganza to the masses. 

Rehab

42 user reviews 5

Based in Hackney, Rehab is a charming cafe and restaurant that's based in what was a dilapidated laundry shop. Serving a selection of cocktails, craft beers and vegan food, it offers a cosy spot for London's young couples to swoon and unwind in. 

The Phoenix Arts Club

317 user reviews 5

The ultimate date night for musical theatre fans, The Phoenix Arts Club brings together a unique lineup of West End stars and cabaret performers every weekend, whether you're heading over for an evening out or enjoying afternoon tea and a side of striptease.

The Duchess of Dalston

10 user reviews 5

Looking for date night ideas in London? Head eastwards to The Duchess of Dalston for sublime cocktails and light Mexican bites which come served in a sultry basement setting. Spend the evening gazing into each other's eyes while enjoying an ever-changing menu of signature tipples.

The Gibson

740 user reviews 5

Not far from Old Street roundabout, The Gibson is a dimly lit den of creative concoctions. Named after the cocktail, this small bar creates all sorts of weird tipples using seriously unusual ingredients; what's more, there's a live piano player on certain nights of the week.

Little Bat

402 user reviews 5

Angel's neighbourhood cocktail bar is a sure-fire way to impress on date night. To start with, it's from the same guys as Callooh Callay, so you can expect a banging list of cocktails made with great skill and imagination. The place offers a super chilled out vibe with cosy seating and attentive staff, and with Alice in Wonderland themed quirks never too far away, this is a must-try for date night close to Islington's buzzing Upper Street.

Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club

909 user reviews 5

Bringing a dash of Parisian romance to the heart of South London, Toulouse Lautrec is one of the quirkiest places in the city for a date night. Oozing with romance, this swish spot serves up the finest in French cuisine alongside a wide array of live entertainment. 

The London Cabaret Club

310 user reviews 4

Looking for a little bit of oomph for your next date night? The London Cabaret Club has got the stuff in spades as performers dazzle with everything from acrobatics to slinky burlesque shows. Make a real night and add in dinner and drinks.

@ The Waterway on Various dates from Thursday 30th December 2021

It doesn't get more romantic than this; after a day walking by the canals of Little Venice, head to a private igloo at The Waterway with your beau. With sparkling fairy lights, delicious grub and a speaker system with which to play your own tunes, your partner will be swooning to no end.

Swift Soho

827 user reviews 5

The masterminds behind the successful Nightjar bar have now their attention towards Covent Garden, offering London's many young couples a great date night in the form of Swift bar. Using an arsenal of international spirits, fruits and spices, and promising a quick turn around for each drink, the expert team of mixologists serve both classic and inventive cocktails to its guests. 

@ 56 Leadenhall Street on Friday 7th January 2022 and 3 other Fridays

Based on Jeff Wayne's iconic soundtrack to War of The Worlds, this epic immersive experience is perfect for a date night like no other. Step in the midst of an alien invasion and spend the next two hours absorbed into a world of virtual reality, immersive theatre, and cutting edge technology, bringing you closer to the action than ever before.

Offering a range of fun experiences for couples, this London hotel is going beyond the basic spa package. Join the Rubens team for cooking classes, gourmet dining nights and boozy afternoon teas throughout the summer.

Burlock

505 user reviews 4

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As well as a collection of more than 200 types of rum, Burlock serves up a menu of authentic Cuban and Caribbean food to complement its cocktails. This Marylebone spot also has a  nifty cocktail list, with a unique happy hour offering deals from open until close and a Grasshopper Challenge donating £1 from each sale to human rights organisations.

  The Brig

124 user reviews 5

@ Merchant House on Various dates from Tuesday 4th January 2022

Go all out and hire your own private bar for something a little intimate. Complete with your own music selection and a personal bartender, you can explore whatever spirits take your fancy. Perfect as a double date spot, or for just the two of you - we've even heard rumour of proposals taking place here...

From unique cocktail experiences and French film screenings to themed bottomless brunches, Chelsea Funhouse is bringing you a whole range of quirky date night ideas in London. Pick your poison and prepare for something a little different with your boo.