Waterloo is one of my favourite areas of London, sitting right by the river with a multitude of bars and restaurants and the occasional pop up market. Plus it’s within easy walking distance of the west end. Unfortunately a lot of other people think the same about Waterloo, especially those pesky tourists. As such this popular tourist area usually comes complete with steep tourist prices. However before you run screaming from Waterloo, please don’t panic – it still has loads of bars that aren’t extortionate and are perfect for a date. Here are some of our favourites that have never let us down.
Concrete – Hayward Gallery
Adjoining the Hayward Gallery on the Southbank is Concrete, a stylish and chilled cafe/bar during the day and hip DJ spot at night. With a happy hour from 5-7pm offering 2 for 1 on selected drinks, this bar oozes relaxed cool both day and night.
The Anchor and Hope
Along The Cut is the Anchor and Hope, a popular upmarket pub that serves high quality British classic dishes. Unfortunately you can’t make reservations here but we recommend putting your name on the waiting list while you enjoy the decent wines and draft ales on offer in the bar.
Sitting behind Waterloo Station this lively Cuban bar is a really fun place for a date. It has a happy hour, serves delicious cocktails and has live bands. I spend my dates there dancing with a strawberry daiquiri in hand and thinking I’m in an all night fiesta.
Read our full review of Cubana
The Mullberry Bush
Ok so we admit it’s not really one of the best bar’s in the Waterloo but you are likely to spot celebs here. Located directly opposite the ITV studios near Gabriels wharf, it is worth coming here for one and doing some celeb spotting before you move on to Gabriels Wharf for dinner.
At the Lambeth North end of Lower Marsh is Scootercaffe, a cosy and intimate bar that is also home to a few resident cats. It serves coffees, juices and home-made cakes in the daytime and turns into a hip bar in the evening. It’s pretty small though so get here early to guarantee a seat.
Read more about why Scootercaffe is ideal for a date
This stylish bar sits right next to the National Theatre, making it the perfect stop for a drink when you’re around the south bank. Complete with comfy sofas and armchairs it’s easy to lose track of time here, plus don’t be surprised if you ended up tempted into seeing a classic film at the BFI cinema.
Find out what else we think of the BFI for a date
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The Mulberry Bush
Scootercaffe – No Website
The Anchor & Hope – No Website
Closest Tube/Rail: Waterloo (Lambeth North for Scootercaffe)