Date bars London: the best date bars and romantic bars in the city

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New year, new boo?

Many are heading to the capital for a date in London and now is the perfect time to get involved.

While visiting a date bar in London, you might want to see someone new, go to a new place with your partner, or even have a good ol ‘date.

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And there are plenty of romantic places available; from candlelit privacy to the wacky and fun.

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite places to spark romance across the city.

North london

Black Door



Porte Noir can be found in Coal Drops Yard

A wine bar in Coal Drops Yard, actor Idris Elba has opened Black Bridge with his partner and wine connoisseur, David Farber, in October 2021.

Tucked away in Kings Cross Gasholders, it sits directly across from the pretty Regent’s Canal, which sets the scene for that romantic movie vibe. Make yourself comfortable in dark, moody interiors and chat over fine wines and sharing tables.

Unit A Gasometer 10, 1 Lewis Cubitt Square, N1C 4BY

Flight club

For those who need a little help breaking the ice, the Social Darts Chain offers a fun alternative to your usual London date night.

Savor mind-blowing cocktails and savory dishes as you battle each other in a game of Flight club exciting darts in your own little booth at Angel.

56 Upper Street, London N1 0NY

Small bat bar

Member of the world famous cocktail bar group Callooh Callay, Small bat bar has already won the award for Best Islington Bar.

Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Upper Street, this little neighborhood bar offers a cute and relaxed vibe to help heal all the first date vibes. Sip expertly crafted cocktails and let the conversation unfold.

54 Islington Park Street, N1 1PX

London is

Well and bucket

Bethnal green Well and bucket was once one of the oldest pubs in the East End. Now it has been reopened to make it a great hangout for everyone.

With an upstairs pub for chilly first dates, there’s a small candle-lit cocktail bar in the basement for the more serious guys. Plus, they also specialize in oysters if you need an aphrodisiac to really get you in the mood.

143 Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 7DG

Satan’s whiskers

In this groovy and quirky decor, you could have a dream date off the beaten track in London.

Satan’s Whiskers serves up outstanding classic cocktails, giving off all the good vibes to a hip-hop soundtrack. You will be right at home in this no-frills location to unwind in laid-back romance.

343 Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9RA

Nightjar



Nightjar is right next to Old Street Station

Easily one of London’s most romantic bars, this underground bar-style bar has regularly been named the best in town.

Nightjar exudes romance with the charm of 1920s decor, live jazz and candle light tables. Sip inventive cocktails, share tapas boards and soak up the breathtaking atmosphere. Plus, if your date doesn’t offer a lot of conversation, you’ll at least have the live bands to keep you entertained.

129 City Road, London EC1V 1JB

Central london

The Soho Black Book



The black book is hidden underground

Hidden in Soho, boutique bar and restaurant in the basement Black book is perfect for wine drinkers looking for low-key privacy.

You can walk through their single storey cellar and share a taste of rare and high-end wines by the glass. Sit in the romantic bar and gaze into each other’s eyes the night away. The Black Book is one of the few places that offers late-night food.

23 Frith Street, Soho W1D 4RR

LSQ roof



LSQ Rooftop offers panoramic views

In the heart of the West End, this lively rooftop bar is perfect for enjoying the views, both of your date and of the city’s landmarks.

LSQ roof offers panoramic views of the London skyline and imagine how romantic it would be to enjoy delicious cocktails with your date while watching the sunset over the capital. A totally quaint London date bar.

1 Leicester Square, London WC2H 7NA

Eve Bar



Eve Bar is located in Covent Garden

On the theme of the story of Adam and Eve and temptation, this zero waste bar is located under the restaurant Adam Handling’s Frog.

Inside the ultra intimate interior, the tone is immediately set when you are greeted by a neon red sign reminding you to “Resist everything but temptation” at Eve Bar the evening of your appointment.

34 Southampton St, London WC2E 7HF

South London

Browns Butler’s Wharf



Browns sits on the south bank of the Thames

Housed in a 19C warehouse, this brasserie, bar and terrace offers a magnificent view of London over Tower Bridge and the City, as far as Canary Wharf.

Sit against the glittering backdrop as you and your date relish a seasonal British menu and extensive drink list inside the 1920s-inspired interior. The romantic vibes are even heightened by a notch by brown Thursdays and Sundays with the addition of a live pianist.

Butlers Wharf, 26 Shad Thames, London SE1 2YG

Funkidory



Funkidory is located in Peckham

Opened by a beloved couple, this small neighborhood bar in Peckham is the perfect place for a more quirky London date.

In Funkidory In the intimate little bar, you can sip natural wines and cocktails before browsing their selection of vinyl records.

42 Peckham Rye, London SE15 4JR

Bunga bunga

For something a little different, why not join a masterclass at Battersea’s Bunga Bunga.

The bar and the pizzeria offer a pizza making masterclass with 90 minutes of bottomless prosecco on Wednesday evenings – it’s a great way to get to know someone or spend some quality time with your loved one. And if you really want to reveal your true self: sing karaoke with all your heart.

37 Battersea Bridge Road, London SW11 3BA

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West London

28-50



28-50 is located in South Kensington

This ultra-romantic wine and cooking workshop offers a dream-like meeting table separate from the rest of the restaurant to give you and your loved one some privacy.

Head toward 28-50 for a nightly meeting after work and take advantage of their nightcap and champagne cart card. This is definitely the mood for a chic night out in London

96 Draycott Avenue, London SW3 3AD

Puttshack

This social entertainment venue in Westfield White City is the perfect location for those looking for a more fun London date.

Make an appointment and show your competitive side with a game of next-level mini-golf. Once Puttshack helped break the ice with their games, keep the flow going with cocktails, food and rare rums at their bar.

Westfield, Ariel Way, London W12 7HB

Restaurant Ours

Simple but upscale, Restaurant Ours offers an effortless and elegant ambiance to spark a bit of romance.

Very instagrammable, make your exes jealous with snaps of this breathtaking place while enjoying eclectic cocktails and good food with your date. And if it goes so badly and you need a distraction, you can always watch the performers instead.

264 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge SW3 2AS

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