What is a good restaurant for a date? Making a statement in a big, funky place? Or a quiet place where you can really socialize and get to know each other? For some it's all about the atmosphere, for others it's all about the food and wine. Style can be important when assessing the aesthetic qualities of a date, and for those who are nervous before a date, a good cocktail list and an understanding waiter are key; and for those of us who are no longer in the frenzy of our early adolescence For people, the only thing that really matters is the light…
17 Berkeley Street, W1J 8EA London
70 - 120 GBP
"Money can't buy the fuel of love, but it's the perfect match," W.H. Auden said, swapping "money" for "charm," and Park Jong-no can't go wrong. 1930s Shanghai was the inspiration for this beautiful restaurant, and every detail of its stunning design has been carefully considered and taken care of. The club downstairs provides the impetus - "Duck de Chine" keeps everyone in a loving atmosphere. Try not to think about your bank balance at dinner.
20 Sherwood Street, W1F 7ED London
15 - 48 GBP
If you want a bit of glamour but no stomach cramps at the checkout, Zédel is a great option because no one spends too much money when the most memorable thing of the night turns into a band and a choucroute. The walk only adds to the anticipation, the menu does have something for everyone. Surely a good îles flottante will awaken love in any language?
99-101 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3XB London
17 - 70 GBP
This is a bar, not a restaurant, so no one feels overwhelmed, scared or uncomfortable in this environment. At dinner, candlelight and general whispers of contentment create a warm and inclusive atmosphere, while the food is familiar, comforting, and warm. Just make sure you take a taxi as nothing spoils the atmosphere like walking through the tunnels of Bermondsey Street.
26 St. John Street, EC1M 4AY London
stay with us. A first date isn't just about finding out if you have chemistry -- it's also about finding out if you're a good fit. So if you're reading this, it's fair to assume that your interest in food isn't just a passing hobby. So, if your date glances at the menu at the St. John's Hotel and shrugs off the prospect of ordering pork noodles, beef hearts or rabbits, then you know it's going to be two dates: your first date and your last a date.
18 Phipp Street, EC2A 4NU London
27 - 52 GBP
Nothing says intimacy like sharing a plate—nothing says character like a person's willingness or unwillingness to share dinner. If your date seems to be enjoying venison or monkfish but is still ready to enjoy the rest of the dish, then you know you have a breeder. As Jane Austen said: "It is not what we say or think that defines us, but what we do".
15-17 Blandford Street, W1U 3DG London
35 - 75 GBP
Food is sometimes about immersing oneself in and reveling in its splendor rather than distanced from it. Order the absolutely delicious Dorset Brown Crab at Trishna, and if you both love angry lip licks and shiny chins, you may have found your soulmate. After that, go around the corner to Daunt Books and start planning your vacation in the travel section.
16 Neal’s Yard, WC2H 9DP London
For the shy among us, a countertop restaurant might be a good choice. If maintaining eye contact for hours is repulsive, then maybe sitting side by side is the ticket. Barbary is a lovely little place, so you still get that intimacy, and the food here offers more than just exotic flavors. Afterwards, if all goes well, you can stop by Neal's Yard Dairy to buy cheese together.
Sketch (The Gallery)
9 Conduit Street, W1S 2XG London
Sketch The Gallery has always been a popular date for couples, and it makes you wonder if Cupid has a spare quiver or two behind the bar. There is nothing like a room full of people looking eagerly at their table to create a warm and happy atmosphere. It's also a very well run restaurant with delicious food so you can relax knowing you don't need semaphore skills to attract waiters and can just focus on being curious and interesting.