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.
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.
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.
How about a romantic trip to the seaside without leaving the West End? Not only can you play crazy golf at Swingers, but you can enjoy their two themed bars, eat food in their seaside promenade-style restaurant, and loads more.
If you're in the mood for a quirky date night, head to Notting Hill's Little Yellow Door where The Flatmates are whipping up cocktails, flavoursome dishes and non-stop party vibes. Expect to feel right at home in the cosy surroundings, and to just have fun with your partner.
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.
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.
Set in Wimbledon, 601 Queen's Road is part of the very pretty Darwin & Wallace group and doesn't not disappoint when it comes to looks. During the summer, nab a spot on their circular terrace, which is perfect for soaking up rays and Aperol spritzes.
One of the prettiest bars in London, The Bloomsbury Club Bar is filled with twinkling lights and intimate corners. Named after the notorious writing set which included Virginia Woolf and E.M Forster, the bar is perfect for telling tales and whispering secrets, with cosy tables and a punchy cocktail list.
One of the world's best bar is tucked away on the Bethnal Green High Street. Coupette is an old boozer that's been stripped back to exposed brick walls and serves a French-inspired menu, including some unique cider selections.
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.
Jin Bo Law is one of the City's hottest additions; head up to the 14th floor of Dorsett City Hotel in Aldgate to find this rooftop gem. With Asian themes, bright decor and a roof terrace, the spot has all sorts of wow factor.
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.
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.
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.
Want to shake things up a little? Surprise your sweetheart with a night of theatrical fun and delicious food at The Vaults. Along with a five-course meal and various cocktails, Mulan Rouge is also treating you to a drag-tastic show, combing the Disney favourite with the infamous Parisian playground.
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.
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.
Set in what was a former public conveniences, The Bermondsey Arts Club is as stylish and suave as cocktail bars come. Designed with art deco gumption and a contemporary persuasion, you'll find a bespoke space of unique furniture pieces where you can experience their hand crafted liquid extravagances in the form of their cocktail list.
Scots looking for a date night in London will want to nab themselves a pair of tickets to Rotunda's Burns Night. Enjoy a welcome cocktail and a selection of traditional small plates, all enjoyed with tastings of Scottish whiskies led by the Whyte & Mackay ambassador.
Owned by celebrity chef Richard Corrigan, this restaurant in Mayfair offer up British and Irish cuisine that are reflective of the seasons. If you're looking for a new date spot, this is a great place for an intimate evening and a night of fresh oysters and a bit of bubbly.
Your first task on the next London date night is finding this luscious drinking spot; once you descend downstairs be embraced by BYOC's 1920s-style venue complete with black jack tables, vintage roulette and the expert bartenders.
Take your partner to a winter date night at this swoon-worthy experience in Covent Garden. Cocktails By Candlelight will teach you how to pour eco-friendly wax into handmade candles and whip up two festive tipples to a Christmas soundtrack.
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.
Oozing intimacy and serving a first-class choice of tiki cocktails, Trailer Happiness is a winner for romance on Portobello Road. Head underground to uncover this exotic wonderland of delectable dim sum, flamboyant rum cocktails and a quirky, off-beat vibe.
One of the coolest places for a date night in West London, NBHD | Portobello is a swoon-worthy spot in the centre of Ladbroke Grove. Get hearts racing over a selection of South American small plates, which come perfectly paired with cocktails and a pretty outdoor terrace.
The ultimate date night destination, Puttshack brings you great food and drink and one of the best mini golf experiences in London. With a state-of-the-art golf course that takes you through some mad twists and turns, you'll be making it a regular outing.
A brilliant ice breaker or a great shout for stand up fanatics, The Covent Garden Comedy Club is a fun activity for couples in London. You'll join a handful of talented comics for an evening of new quips, hilarious stories and witty antics.
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.
Head to Chancery Lane for a taste of authentic French cuisine and clean cut lines as Cigalon present the perfect date night in London for you. Inspired by the finest Provençal dishes, Cigalon has suppliers in the South of France to keep their food offering classic, seasonal and fresh.
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.
A sexy spot in its own right, Heritage Restaurant is the ultimate destination for date night. Together, you can indulge in a pot of oozing fondue and knock back quirky cocktails, all in a sleek and stylish alpine-inspired setting with moody lighting.
Discover one of London's most fun, best-kept secrets. In the underground of our iconic West End lies a hair-raising showcase of glamorous burlesque talent, from stunning circus acts to tantalising tassel-twirlers, making for a truly romantic date location.
Whether you're after classy cocktails or a full-blown meal, Circus will put the dazzle back into date night. Head to Covent Garden as the stylish venue serves up sharing Pan-Asian dishes, all while an amazing roster of entertainment shines on with acrobats, burlesque and fire-eaters.
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.
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.
Hunting for a cute date idea? Head to Karma Sanctum Soho Hotel's Cinema Bar and cosy up in their plush seats for the best movie night. Munch on complimentary popcorn, chow down on sliders and enjoy your viewing experience.
When it comes to a date night dinner in London, it's important to find somewhere cool, somewhere charming and somewhere downright delicious, and that's where Coin Laundry come in. Join them for Shoreditch-esque interiors, international plates, classic 70s inspired chicken kievs and plenty more.
In a nutshell; Ruby's is one of our favourite subterranean spots in the whole of London town. Offering something completely different in Dalston, this is a positively charming cocktail bar serving delightful drinks with table service in an atmosphere that just oozes with intimacy.
You'll find a piece of Eden in Central London in the form of Eve, a place of temptation and indulgence. Their cocktails are theatrical and delicious, their surroundings are luxurious and the atmosphere is some of the best in the centre.
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.
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.
Perfect if you're looking for a more unique date night experience, this stunning Hackney cocktail spot fronts a tantalising array of cocktails, which, as their name suggests, tends towards the au naturel with herbal elements and foraged sips.
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.
Louche is a gorgeous cocktail lounge and live music venue in Soho. Taking over a townhouse on Greek Street, this pretty bar offers a swoon-worthy setting for date nights, serving a long list of signature connections to a soundtrack of live jazz, piano recitals and house DJ sets.
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...
Bourne & Hollingsworth is hosting a Burn's Night extravaganza, complete with a scrumptious five-course dinner, handcrafted cocktails, live entertainment and, of course, plenty of poetry recitals and great whiskies. Plus, you can continue the night dancing at its ceildih.
Balans is the perfect date restaurant thanks to its moody candlelight and tasty menu of European dishes – and if you get carried away, you can stay until the early hours of the morning too.
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.