London Date Guide Reviews, guides and ideas of the best places in London to go on a date Fri, 20 Nov 2015 11:16:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Little Orchestra Mon, 05 Oct 2015 14:01:26 +0000 For those who want to see something classical without all stuffiness that goes with it then look no further. The Little Orchestra is your answer.

Based in East London, The Little Orchestra hosts relaxed and informal classical concerts in an unclassical setting where you can sit up close with the musicians in an intimate and atmospheric space, ideal for a date!

The Little Orchestra

With a bar, in-house café and no dress code, The Little Orchestra concerts are a chilled affair. The main performance by the orchestra formed of young and talented professional musicians is only an hour-long so isn’t over facing. The classical pieces that they play are special selected to showcase the roundest, loveliest classical sounds so not too heavy for the uninitiated.

The Little Orchestra

After the main performance the night carries on with a fantastic jazz ensemble and the bar staying open until midnight.

Events are currently every few months and tickets sell fast for this romantic, relaxed and magical night. It’s definitely a winner for a quirkier and different evening for a date. Prices range from £10pp for balcony standing to £60 for a two person ticket for a comfy sofa to relax on.

Useful Links
The Little Orchestra Website
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The Little Orchestra Google Map Link
Nearest Tube/Rail: Cambridge Heath / Bethnal Green

* Offer only applies to the standard tier £20 tickets

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Isabella Street Wed, 02 Sep 2015 13:51:03 +0000 Tucked away behind Southwark station is the pretty Isabella street. A hidden gem consisting of a few bars and restaurants set into the railway arches with a bamboo and shrub lined walkway.

This is an ideal spot for a first date in London with everything you need all in one place in a handy central location.

Isabella Street Southwark

A fairly well-kept secret from the masses, Isabella Street still enjoys being busy most nights of the week with the after-work crowd giving it a lively atmosphere. It’s a great place to go before or after catching a show at one of the Vic theatres or a walk along the Southbank. At night this little street is lit with fairy lights and has a holiday feel to it, a bit like St Katherine Docks.

Thinking of going? Like we said, there’s only a few establishments there, you can read about them below.

Ev Restaurant - Isabella Street


Part of the Tas restaurant group, this bakery, delicatessen, bar and Anatolian Turkish restaurant has a bustling atmosphere and is a fantastic place to eat. Whether you just fancy a snack from the deli, a delicious mezze platter in the restaurant or a cocktail in the bar next door you’re sure to enjoy a meal at Ev.

The portions are on the small side compared to other Turkish restaurants however don’t let this put you off as there’s nothing worse than feeling too full on a date. If it’s a nice day, try and get a seat outside amid the foliage. If you’re looking to keep the price down, Ev has deals on mezze and two or three course meals, we recommend going for one of the mezze sharing menus because it’s obviously more fun to share.
Ev Website

Jacks Bar - Isabella Street

Jack’s Bar

A fun and buzzing bar that has a nice choice of US and UK craft beers and ales as well as sumptuous cocktails. Whilst Jack’s is in a cavernous railway arch it still feels comfortable and cosy with wood paneling, sofas and bookcases breaking up the space giving it a very relaxed feel. It’s popular bar with the after-work crowd but has normally chilled out a bit by 8 or 9pm. Fridays are always busy with DJ’s spinning beats from the raised booth so perfect if you want to get your groove on.

With a very reasonably priced menu serving up pizzas, burgers and dogs, it’s an easy bar to grab a bite at, the menu is small so what they do serve, they do well. If you’re eating at one of the other restaurants on Isabella Street make sure to grab a drink in Jack’s afterwards.
Jack’s Bar Website

Thai Silk - Isabella Street

Thai Silk

Serving tasty and fresh Thai favourites, Thai Silk is a comfy restaurant that doesn’t disappoint on quality. Service is quick and the staff are very friendly, with it being a popular restaurant the atmosphere is always roaring so booking is recommended. There is a club / bar attached to the side so try not to get a seat next to this as you won’t be able to hear each other but it’s worth visiting afterwards for a few drinks.
Thai Silk Website

On Fridays and Saturdays Isabella Street can get very busy so go mid-week for a more relaxed date night.

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Useful Links
Google Map Link for Isabella Street
Closest Tube / Rail: Southwark / Waterloo

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Galvin Bistrot de Luxe Mon, 24 Aug 2015 10:44:58 +0000 Situated in Marylebone on Baker Street, the award-winning Galvin Bistrot de Luxe was the first of the Galvin brothers restaurants. It serves seasonal as well as classic dishes and is regularly voted London’s best french restaurant, With rich, fine food it is a wonderful treat for a special occasion

Galvin Bistrot de Luxe

Having been to Galvin at Windows before we were very excited about experiencing Galvin Bistrot de Luxe.

Arriving late on a Sunday evening the restaurant was relatively quiet but this allowed the staff to give us plenty of attention throughout the night.

It is a warm, relaxed and comfortable restaurant with wood paneling, globe lights and well dressed staff, giving the impression of a grand Parisian eatery.

We began with a sharing starter of whole baked Mont D’or (similar to a camembert but taller) that came with pickles, bread and a selection of cured meats. This was cheeseageddon and would have worked as a starter for six, but we still ate it all, I mean how could we not. Melted cheese. Nuff said.

Galvin Bistrot de Luxe - Mont D'or

To be honest we should have gone for the restaurants signature starter of crab lasagne, everyone always raves about it and it wouldn’t have put me in a cheese coma.

For the main we decided on Chateaubriand served with cabbage, potato dauphinoise and a red wine jus. The red wine jus was like crack, I found myself sipping it off the spoon and looking quite “le cochon”

After the enormous starter we couldn’t finish the mountain of steak, incredibly rich potatoes and jus. It was absolutely killer and it got the better of us, so on to dessert which there is always room for.

Dessert was difficult, an almighty and proud blood orange souffle as well as a huge buttery slice of the signature tarte tatin, it was enough to finish us. Both were excellent and a wonderful end to a what had been one of the richest meals we’d ever had.

Galvin Bistrot de Luxe - Souffle

Galvin Bistrot de Luxe - Tarte Tatin

If you or your date love French cuisine, Galvin Bistrot de Luxe is a must.

Word to the wise, don’t eat as much as we did, the food was very rich and afterwards all you will want to do is go to sleep, so if you are planning on having a more “active” evening choose lighter options.

If you need something to do before or afterwards, book some tickets to see a film at the plush Everyman Cinema down the road.

Useful Links
Galvin Bistrot de Luxe Website
Google Map Link for Galvin Bistrot de Luxe
Closest Tube / Rail: Baker Street

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Chotto Matte Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:50:44 +0000 Chotto Matte is an exciting restaurant and bar in Soho that serves Nikkei cuisine; a fusion of Japanese and Peruvian dishes. Having never been to a Japanese Peruvian fusion restaurant before and having had recommendations from friends we thought we would check it out!

Chotto Matte

Arriving with no booking the friendly (and beautiful) girls on the door managed to squeeze us in though with a queue already starting to form behind us it’s advisable to make a reservation.

This funky and upmarket restaurant has a stylish and bold decor with large bright manga style murals stretching along the walls, from the moment you walk the vibrant buzzing atmosphere gives you that exclusive cool feeling without being overly pretentious.

Chotto Matte - Upstairs Restaurant

We were seated at a side table in the large upstairs restaurant however there are also seats around the kitchen where you can watch the crazy skills of the sushi chefs at work. These look like pretty fun seats to be in and good for a date as you can always talk about what the chefs are doing if conversation dries up.

The menu is large and with primarily tapas style dishes to share. There were far to many things to pick so decided on the £40 per person sharing menu. Dishes came one after another so they are not all piled up on the table at once and they start small and get bigger and bigger (we were worried at first that they would all be tiny). The presentation of the dishes was very pretty with vibrant colours that make every dish look amazing, all were ridiculously tasty but the highlight for me had to be the gyoza’s, the pollo den miso and the maki rolls which I devoured little too quickly.

There is a large drinks menu but we just got beers. If you’re into your whiskey, sake and pisco sour’s then you’ll be right at home. The service was attentive throughout though waiter had a strong accent and was difficult to make out what he was saying in the bustling restaurant.

On a final note, the toilets are crazy (cool), They are all black and finding way in is difficult, turns out it’s a button on the wall though I didn’t find this until after I’d slammed into the door.

Chotto Matte - Neon Mural by the toilets

Neon mural on the way to the toilets


Chotto-Matte - Inside the Toilets

It’s dark in the toilets!

Stay for cocktails in the bar afterwards or head to one of the many pubs close by. An excellent restaurant for a date!

Useful Links
Chotto Matte Website
Chotto Matte Google Map Link
Nearest Tube: Tottenham Court Road / Leicester Square / Oxford Circus

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London Valentines Day Date Ideas 2015 Fri, 13 Feb 2015 11:12:39 +0000 Valentine’s Day is upon us yet again and this year falls on a weekend allowing you to take advantage of those precious days off work to spend some quality time with your loved one. A lot of people are adverse to Valentine’s Day due to the mass marketing, tacky gifts and price hikes that surround it however those naysayers should not put you off, (they are usually the tight or lazy ones) there is loads of ways to do it on the cheap. With so much to see and do, Valentine’s date ideas in London are a plenty so you have no excuse!

London Valentine's Day Date Ideas 2015

Romantic Restaurants

A romantic restaurant is always a lovely way to spend an evening. It doesn’t have to posh or expensive, as long as it has a warm atmosphere and ambience. Old favourites include Clos Maggiore, Galvin at Windows, Chez Elles and Toulouse Lautrec. For a double date Barrica near Goodge Street is a fantastic tapas bar and for vegetarians check out Vanilla Black at Chancery Lane. A dinner cruise along the Thames with Bateaux London is a must-do experiences that combines food, views and live entertainment to create a unique experience on the Thames.
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Chez Elles Restaurant Brick Lane

Cocktail Bars and Cosy Pubs

There are loads of brilliant bars for a date in London and we just scratch the tip of the iceberg. We’d recommend getting yourselves some delicious cocktails at one of the many speakeasy style bars such as Discount Suit Company, Portside Parlour and Little Nans. Alternatively you could snuggle up in a cosy pub such as The Carpenters Arms.
See more bars and pubs for in London for a date.

Discount Suit Company - Bar

Valentine’s Getaway

It’s not too late to book something! Though the prices for the Valentine’s weekend may be higher it is always fun to get away to somewhere new and different even if it’s to just outside of London. Bath, Oxford and Cambridge are only a short train journey away and and Secret Escapes are usually pretty good for getting last-minute deals on a decent hotel. make sure to check Groupon for dinner & spa hotel deals to save yourself some cash.

Valentine's Day Date Ideas - Escape London - Bath

Valentine’s Activities

Doing a fun activity, seeing a show or comedy makes for a great date on the Valentine’s weekend. For the adventurous there is Go Ape just outside of London. If a show is more your bag then The Play That Goes Wrong is a side-splittingly funny show to see and its hilarious touring sister production Peter Pan Goes Wrong is on in Bromley over the weekend, well worth getting tickets to see. For stand up comedy, Clapham Comedy Club has a Valentine’s comedy show featuring big names and you also get wine, cheese and a charcuterie sharing plate. For live music check out intimate Limehouse venue Jamboree for gypsy jazz, swing and blues. For a Valentine’s activity deal look at offers on Groupon, LivingSocial and

Peter Pan Goes Wrong - Valentine’s Date Ideas 2015

Valentine’s Flowers

Flowers are a standard Valentine’s classic and while cliché they should not be overlooked. Sending flowers is a sure-fire way to make someone feel special. The prices are more expensive for Valentine’s however you can save money using discount codes. See Valentine’s flower deals and discounts.

London Valentine's Day Date Ideas 2015 - Flowers

If you’re broke and doing Valentine’s on the cheap then stay in and cook dinner and make a card, while it may look a little childish if you’re not skilled in the arts, a homemade card is a thoughtful and meaningful token of your love that is way better than any tacky gift and it will earn you serious brownie points.

Whatever you decide to do, make sure it’s fun, relaxed and personal.

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Andrew Edmunds Thu, 05 Feb 2015 14:34:16 +0000 Nestled slap bang in the middle of Soho, Andrew Edmunds is a quintessential romantic restaurant. Twinkling candles, warm and cosy with chatter a plenty create what makes for a wonderful date and meal in London’s West End.

Andrew Edmunds Restaurant - Outside

The outside of Andrew Edmunds is fairly nondescript, dark with a small doorway and windows, if you’re weren’t on your way there you would probably pass it by without a glance. Inside is snug, a tiny space that could be considered a bit too small for the amount of tables that inhabit it however the warm and relaxed atmosphere gives a lovely welcome.

Seated in the candle lit window we definitely had the best spot in the house. It felt like we were in a 1940’s Parisian style speakeasy being surrounded by all the candles and rustic wooden decor.

Andrew Edmunds Restaurant - Inside

The menus are charmingly handwritten and it was quite fun trying to decipher the writing that reminded me of a chicken scrawled doctors prescription. While the menu is fairly small there is a good variety of dishes with something to suit everyone’s taste. We decided on starters of cured beef with salsa verde and the foie gras mousse with brioche. Mains of Dover sole with prawn salad and new potatoes, and the wild boar ragu. All dishes were excellent but the Dover sole was standout, cooked with care, the delicate light flesh falling away from the bone. A very good main indeed.

We got a dessert each however we should have just opted for one between us; a humongous potion of sticky toffee pudding and a slice of cheesecake. The sticky toffee was killer and left us both with an enormous smile on our faces, real comfort food.

Andrew Edmunds Restaurant - Sticky-Toffee Pudding

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The presentation of all the dishes was simple, nothing fancy and it didn’t need to be, the emphasis being on beautifully cooked high quality ingredients.

Andrew Edmunds also sports a large, well priced wine list with a great selection of sweet wines and sherries. At the end of our meal we indulged in a glass of the sickly sweet Pedro Ximénez; a sugar overload but a perfect way to round off the meal.

Reservations open one week before and walk-in tables do become available late on in the evening but I wouldn’t risk it, it’s a solid choice If you’re after a fantastic romantic restaurant for a date in Central London with an extra cosy atmosphere.

Useful Links
Andrew Edmunds Website
Google Map Link
Closest Tube : Piccadilly Circus / Oxford Circus

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Portside Parlour Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:58:54 +0000 Close to Old Street Station at the top end of Rivington Street is Portside Parlour, a cosy candlelit bar serving tapas style food and well crafted cocktails. Originally started as a speakeasy on Broadway Market it has since moved to a more prominent area on London’s east side.

Read more about Portside Parlour

In a fantastic location to kick off a date, Portside Parlour is just a few minutes walk from the Old Street roundabout. Primarily a cocktail bar it is styled from the outside to look like a nautical antiquities shop. Inside, the bar sticks to its nautical theme stocking over 80 varieties of rum for the sailors in you.

Portside Parlour Bar

Portside Parlour operates under a restaurant license which means you have to buy some food whilst you are there but don’t let this put you off, the menu is small and so are the plates but they are packed full of flavour. When we visited we had already eaten so just decided to get some nibbles; mixed olives which was a generous portion and Manchego stuffed courgette flowers that turned out to be the crack cocaine of nibbles, priced at £1 each I would happily come back and get 10 of these for my dinner though sadly these are no longer on the menu as it’s seasonal.

With the cocktails we didn’t know what to go for but the staff are on hand and gave excellent recommendations based on what we liked. After tasting a few our personal favourite was the “Jet Pilot” containing a mix of Plantation OP, Myers’s, Matusalem Platino, Velvet Falernum, Absinthe, Grapefruit & Lime Juice, Fassionola & Angostura Bitters and topped with a mini bowl made from ice and full of pomegranate seeds.

Portside Parlour Jet pilot Cocktail

The space is fairly small so make sure to book to avoid disappointment. There are plenty of options to move on to afterwards such as The Blues Kitchen for live music from some of the best musicians London has to offer.

Portside Parlour is a great bar for a first date, with it’s ideal location, great food, cocktails and ambience as well as an easy attitude, it’s a no brainer.

Useful Links
Portside Parlour Website
Portside Parlour Map Link
Closest Tube / Rail: Old Street

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Briciole Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:21:57 +0000 Close to Edgware Road station in the heart of Marylebone sits the wonderful Briciole that thankfully happened upon me whilst on a date in the area. A light and airy café, restaurant and deli, Briciole is the epitome of laid-back Italian café culture.

Briciole Outside

Briciole is split into just a few small rooms consisting of the deli and the restaurant, there is also some outdoor seating for al fresco dining if the weather is nice.

Entering the trattoria through the deli that serves a large range of meats and cheeses sitting tantalisingly behind the counter, we were greeted by friendly staff with a smile and a “ciao” who instantly made us feel like part of the family, we knew we were on to a winner.

The mouth-watering deli products that we passed on the way in were also on the menu in the restaurant, perfect for a snack at lunch or something to nibble on over drinks, we opted to get a few of these as starters as well as a finely made Aperol spritz each.

Briciole Restaurant

The mains are small but beautifully cooked, fresh and full of flavour, we dined on tagliatelle with lamb ragout and asparagus as well as meatballs in pea sauce with a side of wilted spinach and balsamic vinegar.

A fantastic option to dine at for lunch or dinner if you’re in the Marylebone area. There are a few good pubs nearby to grab a drink at afterwards and you can always wander up to Paddington Basin and Little Venice for a mooch around.

Briciole is the little sister of Latium restaurant in Fitzrovia which is billed as one of the best Italian restaurants in London, if you’re looking for a more central option then this makes the ideal candidate.

Useful Links
Briciole Website
Google Map Link for Briciole
Closest Tube / Rail: Edgware Road / Marylebone

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Bingo Mecca Great Date Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:03:51 +0000 Some of you may think that bingo halls are old fashioned, only for old ladies or hen do’s and generally just not your scene. You’re wrong, well, half wrong. I admit Bingo has a lot of stigma about it, it is full of old ladies but is also full of characters. Yes the halls are bit old fashioned but it’s still a lot of fun, definitely not a game to be sniffed at, especially for a date.

Read more about a date to the bingo

We ventured to Mecca Bingo in Camden for more of an offbeat date. Having never been to a proper bingo hall before it was quite daunting, on arrival we had to sign up to be members, this only took two minutes but by this point we’d already seen some of the characters that bingo attracts; two old dears flirting with the man behind the counter and commenting on the couple (us) that had just arrived. Like I said daunting but funny all the same. With the membership card (free) came a dabber and some vouchers for drinks that would come in handy during the night. After you’ve got your membership you need to buy game books as well as additional game sheets for the big money draws. The price varies night to night so check before you go, on Tuesdays it’s about £20 per person.

Walking into the hall you realise how MASSIVE it is, it could probably seat 500 people or more easily however it was mostly empty on our visit, Tuesday is one of the quieter nights but we have been informed that Thursday to Sunday are the busiest nights with larger prizes up for grabs.

Mecca Bingo Date - Bingo Hall

Taken at the end of the night when everyone had left

Luckily before the first game of the night started we had a lovely membership manager called Eva teach us how to play, explain the rules and what to do, it’s pretty simple but her guidance definitely came in useful.

When the first game started we both had an exhilarating rush, not quite bungee jumping or sky-diving but a rush all the same. Keeping up with the caller, dabbing your numbers off, checking to see if you had a winning line and being a little tipsy was tough going. a wave of relief hit us when someone shouted “EAR YAR” (It means they’d won) and we got a little respite.

Mecca Bingo Date Gamesheet

After the first 3 games there was a much-needed short break so ordered something to eat. The food is very cheap and similar to the quality you’d get at a Wetherspoon however you’re not there for the food and it’s great for a snack. The bar is also ridiculously cheap, £2.50 for a pint, £7 for a bottle of wine and yes they had a deal on WKD’s. I will be coming here first when I’m next on a night out in Camden.

Mecca Bingo Date Drinks Offers

By end of the night after loads more games we’d won £10 and at one point I was one number off a full house which would have bagged us £150 though at that moment I thought I was close to a heart attack, I‘m not sure how the old timers do it.

As well as the Camden club there is also a Mecca Bingo in Hoxton so both in brilliant locations for going out afterwards, it finished fairly early (around 9pm) giving you plenty of time to hit up some bars in the area but to be honest after the adrenalin rush you may just need a lie down.

If you’re after something truly different from the norm then a date to Mecca Bingo is definitely the way to go, not for a first or second date but third date onwards it’s a winner.

Useful Links
Mecca Bingo Website (clubs)
Google Maps Link Mecca Bingo Camden
Closest Tube / Rail: Camden
Google Maps Link for Mecca Bingo Hoxton
Closest Tube / Rail: Hoxton

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The Sign of The Don Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:25:52 +0000 Hidden in the heart of the City of London is The Sign of The Don, a bar and bistro tucked away down St Swithins Lane close to The Bank of England. Offering one of the best priced set menus in the city and set in a medieval cellar, The Sign of The Don is just the ticket for a weeknight date among the hustle and bustle of the city.

The Sign of the Don Restaurant Sign

The vaults and building in which it sits has a wonderful history, originally a meeting hall for the Worshipful Company of Drapers in 1342, then in 1798 used to bottle imported sherry and port for distribution across the globe. Now owned by The Bleeding Heart Restaurant Group they have transformed this fantastic building into two fantastic restaurants; “The Sign of The Don” and its more expensive big brother, fine dining restaurant “The Don” which also has a prix fixe menu.

Arriving to a rather empty upstairs bar, we were a little perplexed and got that “oh no” feeling but that soon disappeared after following the neon sign down the stairs to the cellar and vaults. The medieval cellar is split into sections with some private dining areas, we were sat in the more modern area decorated with barrel hoops, destination stencils and bottles harking back to the port and sherry exportation business that once ran from there.

The Sign of the Don Restaurant

To start we shared starters and had the scotch duck egg which came hot, crispy and with a runny yolk – just how it should be. The other starter was a trio of croquettas; ham & chorizo, salt cod and mushroom. All were rich and comforting with soft melting centers.

To drink we just ordered some of the cheaper Trinity Hill wine which the restaurant seems partnered with however it wasn’t that great so go for something a bit nicer which will complement your meal.

After the quite calorific starters we tucked into Dingley Dell pork with puy lentils and a large portion of black pudding as well as Lamb with peashoots, beans and mint, well presented and filling.

The Sign of the Don - Dingley Dell Pork

Desserts were small and simple yet very rich, The orange and pistachio cake with crème anglaise was so so but he only way to describe the salted caramel chocolate pot is “killer”.

The service throughout the night was impeccable and really made us feel special, especially our friendly French Maitre d’ who made light conversation, was attentive and really knew her stuff.

For £21.50 for three courses the prix fixe menu is an absolute steal, with a choice of seven dishes for each course there is bound to be something that tickles your tastebuds and a little tip, If you book on OpenTable or over the phone and mention that you’re getting the prix fixe menu then you will receive a free glass of Cava which is a nice bonus.

Useful Links
The Sign of The Don Website
Google Map Link for The Sign of the Don
Closest Tube / Rail: Bank / Cannon Street / Monument.

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