I’m not much of a fan of chain restaurants; always preferring to go to independents, but new chain Bill’s has much more of an individual quality to it than most. I discovered this when I was brought here for dinner last week.
We’re lucky that London’s West End offers some of the best theatre productions in the world so you really have no excuse not to see some shows while you’re living here. There are a lot to choose from though and if you’re thinking of taking your date to one but don’t know where to start then we’ve listed our tops pics – we can guarantee that none of these will leave you disappointed…
I’d heard great things about Matilda so I was absolutely delighted to be surprised on one recent date with tickets to go see it!
As soon as I walked into the theatre, I knew it was going to be a fun show. Blackboards with pictures and witty remarks adorn the walls as you walk up the staircase and in the bar. We decided to make the most of this and enjoyed a drink in the bar before the show.
My date and I stumbled across this hidden gem when we were looking for somewhere quiet to eat amongst the overcrowded chain restaurants in the West End’s theatreland.
A cute little French cafe, Laduree sits above the square by Covent Garden Apple Market and is a breath of fresh air away from the throngs of crowds.
It’s a bit of squeeze but a lovely place to while away the afternoon and get to know your date whilst enjoying a macaroon or three. It really has got that French feel to it with it’s pastel green and pink striped decor and chandeliers.
Sitting above the Jubilee market in Covent Garden, Meat Market is the sister restaurant of the trendy pop up Meat Liquor near Oxford Street. Like Meat Liquor, Meat Market serves up burgers, hot dogs, fries and shakes and luckily Meat Market is less well known so we had no problem getting a table.
If you’re looking to treat your date to something a bit different or have a special occasion coming up and you’re stumped for ideas for what to do, we really recommend going for a bit of afternoon tea.
Afternoon tea provides an elegant, sociable and somewhat upper class experience and let’s face it, it’s one of those few times when you can legitimately eat multiple cakes, scones and finger sandwiches in one go.
Tipped as one of London’s most romantic restaurants, in the heart of the west end in busy Covent garden, Clos Maggiore is a sanctuary of romance and calm.
I was taken here on a date and I have to admit, when I first saw the beautiful conservatory, I was pretty awestruck. Split into two different decors, Clos Maggiores starts with a dark, wooden, Edwardian feel to it which although it interesting, is nothing compared to the magic of ivy and twinkling fairy lights in the conservatory.
Famed as being the oldest restaurant in London, Rules is hidden on a backstreet behind Covent Garden market.
As soon as you enter, you’ll notice the warm and wonderfully old-fashioned atmosphere, not to mention the professionalism of the staff. Though impressive at all times of the year, it’s at Christmas that Rules has that special buzz about it when it’s decked out in old-fashioned Christmas fayre.