Portside Parlour

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.

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Little Nan’s

Ever wanted to know what having a disco and cocktails round at your nan’s would be like? This is a question that plagued my mind and millions of others like me for quite a while, until now…

Deep down Deptford way is Little Nan’s, the ultimate nan’s house crammed full of the furniture, chintz and stuffed toys. A small speakeasy style bar it’s hidden at the back of a corridor full of bins, an easy bar for a date bursting with novelty, talking points and teacups.

Little Nan's Bar in Deptford

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Belair House

Situated deep in the heart of Dulwich is Belair House, a beautiful 18th Century Georgian mansion that lies in the grounds of Belair park. A quirky yet stylish venue with eccentric staff, delicious food and well made cocktails. It is an ideal venue to hit up on a relaxed summertime date in South East London.

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The Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden

Hiding in plain view on a rooftops on the Southbank is ‘The Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden’, One of the prettiest and most peaceful places in the area. If you’re on a date nearby then it is well worth a visit to this secret little haven.

Southbank Centre's Roof Garden on the Queen Elizabeth Hall

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Discount Suit Company

A subterranean bar in an unusual location on the edge of the city, ‘Discount Suit Company’ is an underground speakeasy that once was the stockroom of the tailors above. Sitting in the centre of Wentworth Street (part of the Petticoat Lane Market) it’s surrounded by street traders and fabric shops, but once the hubbub of the trading market ceases, the street falls silent, unless you know what’s lurking underground! This is the perfect location for a secret speakeasy.

Discount Suit Company - Outside

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The Southbank for a Date

The Southbank is an electric part of London, popular with tourists and Londoners alike, all enjoying the atmosphere, sights and entertainment that happens every day and night alongside the river.

With so much to see and do along the Southbank it’s one of the best places in London to go on date. Read on for all the information you need for a date on the Southbank…

Southbank for a Date

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Archer Street

Sitting on Soho’s Archer Street near Piccadilly Circus is the aptly named, ‘Archer Street bar.’ With the fabulous Bocca Di Lupo restaurant across the street and the delicious ice cream parlour ‘Gelupo’ a few doors down, it really is in the perfect spot for a date in the West End.

Archer Street - Lounge

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The Hen & Chickens Theatre Bar

A stone’s throw from Highbury and Islington Station, perching just on the Highbury Island roundabout, The Hen & Chickens Theatre Bar is one of London’s most famous venues for up and coming comics, be it sketch, improv or stand up. With two shows on every evening at 19:30 and 21:00 at just £12 per ticket, a night of merriment is a guarantee.

The Hen and Chickens - The Sisters Return to the Isle of Queef - Leonie Hill

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Dates Ideas for Halloween 2013

All Hallows’ Eve is approaching, time to get dressed up and spooked out. What better way to get close to someone than when you’re petrified or drinking a novelty Halloween cocktail. Trick or treat you date to London’s best original Halloween nights, and to save you the research we’ve got the list right here. Read on for our top Halloween 2013 date ideas in London.

London Dates Ideas for Halloween 2013

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Carriage 34

Half way down Lower Marsh sits Carriage 34. As you walk in, immediately you are transported back to a different era, its moody low lighting, chandeliers and simple yet slick wooden design has a real elegance and charm of the 1940’s.

Carriage 34 Train Booths

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Giant Robot

I first came to Giant Robot a week or so ago when my date and I decided to stop off for a quick drink after work. I instantly liked the fun feel of it, it managed to pull off industrial and cosy at the same time with exposed brickwork, metal and tea lights creating a nice effect.

Giant Robot Clerkenwell

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The National Theatre Propstore

I went here for the first time last week and I wish I’d been here sooner. Set right on the riverfront, the Propstore pops up every summer and is literally built of old props from National Theatre productions whilst also using them as decorations all over the bar. It’s open as a cafe bar, with seats indoors and then spilling right out onto the South Bank.

National Theatre Propstore

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Brixton for a Date

Brixton may not conjure up images of romance but it’s been developing fast over the past few years so it’s not one to overlook. The area around the classic Ritzy cinema has been completely redeveloped and now regularly plays host to small festivals and events. Brixton village, a once dilapidated shopping arcade is now a super trendy restaurant hotspot and Brixton’s bars and clubs are some of the most fun and vibrant in London.

So Brixton for a date? Sure, why not. Read on and we’ll tell you about all the best places to go.

 Lambeth Country Show in Brockwell Park Brixton

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Best Bars in Waterloo for a Date

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 Bar at the Hayward Gallery in Waterloo

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Rooftop Bars for a Date in London

Having a panoramic view over London with a drink in hand is the perfect way to spend a summer’s day, evening or both. There’s no denying that London at a great height shows London at its most beautiful. But these views usually come with a premium price which is why LDG has got you covered. We’ve only included the bars that are well worth the price, and best of all, offer that little something extra…

Franks Cafe and Campari Bar Peckham

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Apres London

Set between St Christopher’s Place and Selfridge’s sits Apres, a slick cocktail bar that is the perfect place to escape the hordes on Oxford Street.

Meeting my date on a sunny day we ambled the short walk to Apres from Bond street. We were greeted by a friendly waitress who sat us outside under a heater and left us to get to know each other better.

Apres London Pink Panther Cocktail

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Cubana

Nestled behind Waterloo station on the corner of Lower Marsh Street sits Cubana – a lively Cuban bar with delicious cocktails, live music and tasty food. I don’t think I’ve been to a another bar in London as many times as I’ve been to Cubana which shows how much I love it!

Cubana

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The Artisan of Clerkenwell

When I was brought to the Artisan of Clerkenwell on a date last week I was expecting a trendy but typical bar. But after spending the evening there, I have to admit that it is much more. To start with, I instantly liked the look of the place. The funky industrial decor is interlaced with vintage touches; I particularly liked the teacup candles on all the tables.

The Artisan of Clerkenwell

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Brasserie Zedel

If you’re ever on a date and somehow find yourself in the heart of tourist hell London, then don’t fear – this stylish Parisian brassiere sits right behind the bustling cross-road at Piccadilly Circus and is a great choice if you’re in the area.

Brasserie Zedel Cocktail bar London

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Doodle Club at Drink Shop & Do

Fancy getting in touch with your creative side? If the answer is “HELL YEAH” then Doodle Club is place for you

I’d heard great things from friends about Doodle Club so I knew I was on to a winner when I went there on recent date. I met my date at Kings Cross and to get the evening going, we started out at the Big Chill Bar with a few drinks and then set off to the doodle club to continue the evening of fun and frolics.

The Rules of Doodle Club at Drink Shop & Do

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