There’s no doubt that London is a city for lovers. All across the capital, you will find heaps of romantic restaurants, plenty of sophisticated cocktail bars, and an array of charming experiences that are perfect for couples. Being a bit of a romantic myself, I’ve searched far and wide across the capital to bring you the best places to go on a romantic date in London. So if you’re simply looking to treat your sweetheart or it’s your first time to the capital as a couple, be sure to follow this handy guide to romance in London…
Enjoy a candlelit dinner at Clos Maggiore
Nestled in the heart of Covent Garden is London’s most romantic restaurant, Clos Maggiore. Bringing the traditions of rural France to the capital, you’ll find a charming atmosphere, an award-winning wine list and plenty of creative cuisine. Diners can choose from a menu of contemporary French dishes, including Honey Glazed Breast of Goosnargh Duck, Pan Roasted Organic Sea Trout, and a Red Leg Partridge & Foie Gras Ballotine. If you’re looking for an intimate experience while at Clos Maggiore, we highly recommend asking for a table under the stars in the beautiful blossom-filled conservatory – it’s guaranteed to take your breath away.
33 King Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8JD
+44 (0)20 7379 9696
Open: Mon – Sat 12 noon – 2.30 pm and 5 pm – 11 pm, Sun 12 noon – 2.30 pm and 5 pm – 10 pm
Wander around the Natural History Museum after dark
For a romantic date with a difference, head to the Natural History Museum in South Kensington. Throughout the year, the museum hosts an array of after-hours events and fascinating late night tours. You can come face-to-face with exciting exhibitions and marvel at some of nature’s most amazing treasures, before tucking into a meal with your sweetheart. Perfect for lovers who like to learn together.
Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD
+44 (0)20 7942 5000
Open: Daily 10 am – 5.50 pm
Cuddle up to each other at The Electric Cinema
Fed up with cramped seats, rogue popcorn and annoying whispers ruining your cinema date? Then stop by the Electric Cinema in Portobello for a romantic evening, miles away from your typical cinema experience. Over 100 years old, the Electric Cinema showcases the latest blockbuster hits and an array of art-house films, meaning there’s guaranteed to be something for everyone. But what’s better yet? You can snuggle up on a 2-seater sofa or watch the screen from your very own double bed, keeping warm with a personal cashmere blanket. There’s also a bar serving snacks, plus a selection of cocktails, wine and beer to enjoy throughout the film.
191 Portobello Road, London W11 2ED
+44 (0)20 7908 9696
Open: Mon – Sat 9 am – 8.30 pm, Sun 10 am – 8.30 pm
Take an evening food tour
The bright lights of Soho, plenty of mouthwatering cocktails, and a true night on the tiles… what more could you ask for on Date Night?! Eating London’s Twilight Soho Food Tour is at the most romantic time of day – just as the sun is setting – and is certain to set your tastebuds tingling…
Starting point: Palace Theatre, Soho
+44 1223 793177
Tours run: Tue – Fri at 4 and 4.30 pm and last 3.5 hours
Sip cocktails atop The Shard
If you’re looking to impress your date, an evening at The Shard is not to be missed! Standing at almost 310 meters, Europe’s tallest building offers spectacular sunset views over London. The Shard also has an array of contemporary bars and restaurants: head to Gong for late-night cocktails or chose Oblix’s sophisticated lounge bar. But don’t forget our personal favorite – Aqua Shard. With a 3-story atrium bar and one of the best cocktail menus in the capital, it’s the perfect place to take your loved one for a romantic date in London.
32 London Bridge Street, London SE1 9SG
+44 (0)844 499 7111
Watch the sunset together on The London Eye
Whether you’re on a first date or celebrating an anniversary, The London Eye is an exciting treat for your special someone. Open from 10 am to 8.30 pm, you can experience breath-taking views over the capital day and night. If you’re stuck for what to do this Valentine’s Day, you’re in luck because The London Eye is now offering couples a ride in Cupid’s Capsule. For £360, you can enjoy a 30-minute rotation in an exclusive private capsule. If that wasn’t romantic enough, you’ll also be served a bottle of Pommery Brut Royal Champagne and Hotel Chocolat Pink Champagne Truffles by your own personal London Eye host.
Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB
+44 (0)800 093 0123
Open: Mon – Sun 10 am – 8.30 pm
London just doesn’t get more romantic than this! So next time you are planning to meet with your beau, be sure to head to one of our favorite places for lovers in London. We promise that you won’t be disappointed, and neither will your date…
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This post was originally published on February 4, 2015 and was updated on January 31, 2017.