We decided to go to Dans le Noir? after a friend’s recommendation. The concept is quite simple really – you have your dinner in complete darkness where you are guided and served by blind people. The reality is really not that simple.
I normally wouldn’t recommend going to an Indian restaurant for a date, masses of high fat food packed with spices can have an adverse effect but Quilon is not that type of restaurant. Smart, slick and stylish, Quilon is a very good Indian restaurant, a Michelin Star one in fact.
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!
Sitting within two of the railway arches by Hoxton Station, this bar/restaurant is causing a stir in East London with its unashamedly industrial feel and upmarket food and cocktails.
I came here on a date last week and loved the smart feel of it. Exposed brickwork, metal tables and chairs and a concrete floor doesn’t sound like much but it’s beautifully smart and softened by flowers and candlelight.
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.
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.
This trendy Shoreditch pizzeria is set in a converted fire station on Tabernacle Road. As soon as I walked in, I immediately liked seeing that The Yard’s managed to retain lots of these original features and still has a warehouse vibe to it.
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.
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 Brasserie sits right behind the bustling cross-road at Piccadilly Circus and is a great choice if you’re in the area.
I have to admit, I wasn’t sure about how this date was going to turn out when my date told me he was taking me to a vegetarian restaurant on a 100% vegan, 100% organic night but I have to hand it to him, I was very pleasantly surprised by this choice.
Though I’m not a vegetarian I tend to prefer dishes that don’t include meat so I was delighted to be taken to Vanilla Black for Valentines Day, a Michelin recommended vegetarian restaurant near Chancery Lane.
This restaurant is seriously well hidden – despite using my iPhone and following Google maps we ended up going in a big circle and taking multiple wrong turns so we turned up a little late for our booking. We were warmly welcomed though when we finally arrived and given a choice of tables. This place is sophisticated but understated class, with stylish yet muted décor and romantic low lighting.
It’s almost here…the big V Day. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
We realise that Valentine’s Day can be pretty expensive and you feel forced to splash out on cliched dinners, trendy bars or top shows. It doesn’t help either that all the above have been known to hike up their prices for Valentine’s Day as they know people will pay for it. But here at LDG we love a bit of Valentines and we know that most of you will be looking for something a bit different. Here are just a few thoughts for you to mull over…
Being brought to One New Change shopping centre near St. Paul’s on a date left me feeling a bit sceptical about how successful this evening was going to turn out as it is quite a sterile area and the city not being my favourite area of London. Luckily, I was brought here for good reason – to come to Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen.
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.
If you’re anything like us, when you hear ‘supperclub’, you think of over-the-top food and awkward conversation with pretentious foodies, and not a great place for a date. But we love Cannon and Cannon’s Brixton deli, so when we saw they were doing a supperclub, we had to give it a go. Fortunately for us, their supperclub involved a delicious five-course meal and, most importantly, individual tables.
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.
Perhaps not strictly a date idea, but for an impressive morning-after-the-night-before breakie, The Modern Pantry in Clerkenwell does the job. We went there for Saturday brunch, where the menu included a prawn and chilli omelette, and rendang mince on sourdough toast – not your typical caff breakfast.
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.
The Escoffier Room near Victoria is the perfect place to go for a weekday lunchtime date. It provides a fine-dining lunch, without you having to pay the Earth.
The food was indescribably good, and unsurprisingly so as this restaurant is headed up by trainee chefs destined to cook for Michelin star restaurants. We ordered the seven course set tasting menu which actually also included petit fours at the end (not on the menu) and was very reasonably priced at £25 per person. We also got a good quality bottle of wine for £15 and the water was free (as it should be!)
With a rich history, it’s no surprise that London Bridge has some of London’s most popular tourist attractions in London. The London Dungeons or London Bridge Experience can be good fun to kick off a date but be warned, they’re both quite expensive so we wouldn’t recommend going unless you have a 2 for 1 deal or love hanging out with a coach load Spanish kids. However away from the overpriced bars on the river and the throngs of people queueing for the London Dungeons there are some great places to go on a date.