Drakes Tabanco

Tucked away off of Charlotte Street lies shy and retiring Windmill Street, home of Drakes Tabanco, a small, traditional and totally charming Andalusian tapas and sherry tavern. It is the sister restaurant of the superb Barrica and a recent addition to Fitzrovia. With its modest white front (so modest you could almost miss it), light and airy interior and welcoming Spanish staff, Drakes instantly invites you into a different country and culture.

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Spamalot

A rollicking comedy musical that is a must see for any lovers of the classic film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, in fact it’s a must see for anyone who likes a laugh or needs some silliness in their life.

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Barrica

Fitzrovia is a gem of an area sitting between Tottenham Court Road, Goodge Street and Great Portland Street. With restaurants and bars to suit all budgets it is an ideal location to go to for a date in London.

Barrica is a stylish and authentic Spanish tapas bar that sits close to the centre of Fitzrovia on Goodge Street. Recommended by a friend as serving the finest white Rioja ever – I knew I had to sample its delights. It serves up some damn fine food, wine and sherry and who doesn’t like tapas? You can’t go wrong with this stunning little restaurant.

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Dean Street Townhouse

Sitting halfway along Dean Street in Soho is Dean Street Town House, an upmarket hotel and bistro owned by the Soho House Group serving high quality British fare. It was a Thursday night and packed! The wait for walk in’s was long but luckily I had a table booked.

Even before entering the Townhouse we could feel the buzzing atmosphere resonating from inside the restaurant.

Dean Street Townhouse - Dining Room

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Event – British Horror Film Festival 2013

Hold your date close, shield your eyes and prepare to be terrified. Halloween is just around the corner and you can get into the spirit early with The British Horror Film Festival. Returning to London to The Empire in Leicester Square on Friday 18th & Saturday 19th October with a whole host of terrifying (and a few funny) horror films.

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Bocca Di Lupo

I had high hopes of Bocca Di Lupo after my date spent the journey there raving about it. And luckily for him, I wasn’t disappointed.

This beautiful Italian restaurant is stylish, buzzing and served some of the best Italian food that I’ve tasted in London. We were seated at the bar which felt really relaxed and reminded me of eating out in New York.

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Bill’s

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.

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The Book of Mormon

Last night was one of the best nights I’ve had in London for ages. Fact.

Having booked tickets to see the Book of Mormon months ago, I was thrilled to realise this week that the blessed day had finally arrived.

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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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The 39 Steps

I was brought on a date to see The 39 Steps after a very long and stressful day at work and I have to admit, I wasn’t really in the mood for a night out. But believe me, this was the absolute perfect pick up.

The 39 Steps at the Criterion Theatre, Piccadilly Circus

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One Man Two Guvnors

I have been wanting to see this show ever since its burst into theatreland in 2011. Luckily I ended up coming to see it on a date a few weeks ago and it was definitely worth the wait. It’s been a runaway hit ever since it started in the National Theatre and though it’s changed theatres, it’s never stopped its run.

One Man Two Guvnors

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Best Shows in London for a Date

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…

Best London Shows for a Date

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Matilda the Musical

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.

Matilda the Musical Stage

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London Valentine’s Date Ideas 2013

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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…

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Hazuki Charing Cross

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.

Hazuki Japanese Restaurant Charing Cross

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5 Great Date Ideas for Halloween 2012

Here at London Date Guide we love Halloween, and London always provides the very best Halloween dates around. With club nights, ghost walks and exclusive movie screenings, there’s so much happening this year in the capital. But don’t fear! We’ve picked our five favourites, guaranteed to deliver a winning Halloween date.

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Meat Market Covent Garden

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.

Meat Market

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Kettner’s

We’d never heard of Kettner’s before it was recommended by a friend to us but what a find. The restaurant sits right in the heart of theatreland and offers a lovely brasserie and cocktail and champagne bar. The brasserie has a live pianist from Monday to Saturday which really adds to the atmosphere.

Kettner’s was opened in 1867 from four Georgian townhouses and still has a air of nostalgia. It has been remodelled a number of times and now has an air and slight glitz of the 1930s about it.

Kettner's

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Clos Maggiore

Tipped as one of London’s most romantic restaurants, in the heart of the west end in busy Covent garden, Clos Maggiores 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.

Clos Maggiore's Conservatory

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Rules Restaurant at Christmas

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.

Rules Restaurant
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