Chez Elles

It was the final Friday before Christmas, I had promised my date the week before that I would treat her to a romantic Christmas meal in town, but heavy work do’s and last minute Christmas shopping had distracted me from my promise and I found myself in a mad rush to find an available slot at a good restaurant. Call after call I was greeted with the same response, ‘Fully booked.’ Having no luck by phone, I consulted TripAdvisor which gave a great recommendation to a charming French bistro on Brick Lane – Chez Elles (ranked 10th best London restaurant) I immediately called them and thankfully managed to get the last table of the night at 21:30. I was in for a treat!

Chez Elles Restaurant Brick Lane

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Pierre Victoire

I was making my way back to Tottenham Court Road after seeing a show at The Soho Theatre, when I walked past this delightful and unique French Bistro. What caught not only my eye but also my ears was a bustling and intimate atmosphere wonderfully animated by a live pianist playing at the entrance. Peering through the window, you could sense the buzz and excitement emanating from inside. At that moment, I decided that my next dating venture would have to be, Pierre Victoire!

Pierre Victoire

Image taken from Pierre Victoire Website

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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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Toulouse Lautrec

This beautiful little place brings a touch of French flair to an otherwise unloved and rather bleak corner of London between Elephant and Castle and Kennington.

I was brought here on a date a not so long ago and I have to admit, I was very sceptical on the walk there but I couldn’t have been more wrong. We hadn’t thought to make a reservation, thinking that it wouldn’t be necessary but alas, the place was completely packed. This converted pub oozes French eccentricity and is wonderfully warm and cosy. Loving the atmosphere, we decided to set ourselves up in the bar and take advantage of the live jazz music on offer.

The Upstairs Bat at Toulouse

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Bleeding Heart Restaurant

Voted the most romantic restaurant in London by The Times, romance is very the theme of this restaurant.

Set in on corner of the historically rich Bleeding Heart Yard, the restaurant is part of the Bleeding Heart collection of eateries. Walking downstairs to the historic oak panelled dining room, we were immediately impressed by the décor and warm candlelight. The restaurant has a cosy atmosphere and is filled with lovely little touches which added to the ambience, such as the heart painted onto the butter, and the heart stencilled onto the window.

Bleeding Heart Restaurant (image take from www.dinner-deals.com)

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Tea and Macaroons at Laduree

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.

Macaroons at Laduree

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Galvin at Windows

Perched at the top of the Hilton on Park Lane, Galvin at Windows is nothing short of stunning.

You’ll start your evening in one of the futuristic lifts which will whisk you up 28 floors in a matter of seconds.

Galvin at windows

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