30 most romantic restaurants in London to take a date

From rustic French bistros to sky-high dining, these romantic spots are sure to make you swoon.

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30 most romantic restaurants in London to take a date

It may not be Paris, but London is a great city for romance. Have you tried walking across Charing Cross Bridge, hand-in-hand, gazing over the beautiful cityscape and stopping for a cheeky kiss worthy of a rom-com moment? Or have you tried looking into your other half’s eyes in the candle-lit Gordon’s Wine Bar while sharing a bottle of wine? Well you must have enjoyed a casual picnic in one of London’s many parks, sipping on Prosecco and giggling from the bubbles and butterflies in your stomach, surely? Yeah, London is doing alright on the love-scale, we think.

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However, nothing quite beats a romantic dinner for two in a lovely restaurant, does it? There's just something particularly special about taking the time to sit down and enjoy some quality food with someone, whether that be a long-term partner or someone who you've only recently met, without having to worry about the cooking. With that in mind, we have gone on a quest to not only find the most romantic restaurants in London, but to determine what actually makes a restaurant romantic. Is it low lights and candles? Is it intimacy and a soundtrack of gentle piano music tinkling away in the background? Or is it extravagance, luxury and high-end elements from beginning to end?

We’ve gathered restaurants with views, eateries with romantic lighting, dining rooms with show-off interiors and quirky little spots for you to get lovey-dovey in. From the classic romantic cuisines of Italy and France, to aphrodisiac-spurring oysters and fine-dining British food, there is something to spruce up any date here. So whether you’re on the hunt for the best date night restaurants in London, need a restaurant to propose in, or simply want a place to bring some god ole’ lovin’ into your relationship, the below restaurants should do the trick.

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Best romantic restaurants in London

What makes a restaurant romantic, you ask? There isn't a one-size-fits-all rule to romance, which is why we've included a whole range of places to suit whatever sort of date you're on. From cosy wine bars to high-end dining, these enchanting spots are sure to woo you with their charm.

Noble Rot, Lamb’s Conduit

Rustic interiors at Noble Rot

What: Noble Rot’s enduring charm never fails to make us swoon. With its cosy wooden interiors, chalkboard menus, pared-back dishes and phenomenal wine list, there are few places in London more suited to a romantic dinner for two. If you’re visiting for a first date and dinner feels like too much of a commitment, the wine bar is perfect for a glass or two with some small plates. Although do note that it’s walk-ins only!
Where: 51 Lamb’s Conduit Street, WC1N 3NB
Book now: Noble Rot Lamb's Conduit

Ducksoup, Soho

Seasonal plates

What: Ducksoup is our go-to for foodies who really appreciate good cooking and great wine. The menu changes daily and is based around what’s available that day, while dishes are uncomplicated, designed to share, and feature just a few high-quality ingredients. Think braised lentils with nero, ricotta and pine nuts, and pollock in bone marrow butter. The team even collect vinyl to play on its very own record player, which you can browse and play at your own leisure.
Where: 41 Dean Street, W1D 4PY
Book now: Ducksoup

Mount St. Restaurant, Mayfair

Artwork, red chairs, lobster pie

What: Dine in style at Mount St. Restaurant, where bespoke mosaic floors, red art deco seating and specially commissioned artworks create the sense you're dining in the home of a successful interior designer. We suggest you order the lobster pie to share, potentially with a bottle of white recommended by the sommelier, before finishing with a bowl of black forest gateau soft serve. Two spoons, of course.
Where: 41-43 Mount Street, W1K 2RX
Book now: Mount St Restaurant

Norma, Fitzrovia

Interiors at Norma

What: Set inside a stunning three-floor townhouse, Norma is exactly the sort of place we’d take a date if we wanted to make an impression. The interiors showcase rich colours and textures in the form of dappled marble, mosaic walls and hanging pendant lighting, while cosy booth seats are reminiscent of a vintage train carriage, designed to transport diners to warmer climes for the evening. And the food surely will, with an eclectic mix of Sicilian and North African influences finding their way into dishes such as slow-cooked beef cheek with marsala, cloves, cannellini beans, cavolo nero and leek, and its famous crab linguine served in a crab shell.
Where: 8 Charlotte Street, W1T 2LS
Book now: Norma

Bouchon Racine, Farringdon

Blackboard menu and duck with beans

What: Bouchon Racine is quintessentially romantic in every possible way: think chalkboard menus, classic French fare, a lengthy wine list, and bistro-esque vibes. Don’t invite a squeamish date to this one though. The menu revolves heavily around gutsy French dishes like tete de veau (calf’s head) and escargot. For the less adventurous, you can’t go wrong with steak, red wine and a cheese course to finish.
Where: 66 Cowcross Street, EC1M 6BP
Book now: Bouchon Racine

Clos Maggiore, Covent Garden

Clos Maggiore romantic dining room with tree

What: Clos Maggiore's failsafe’s pièce de résistance features a beautiful conservatory decked with fake blossoms, twinkly fairy lights and an open fire (dubbed ‘The Pretty Room’), meaning it ticks all the romantic boxes there is. It’s pot luck as to who gets to dine in this intimate grotto, but if you’re planning to pop the question, do your best to coerce staff to save you a space there. Food-wise, it’s French and it’s fantastic.
Where: 33 King Street, WC2E 8JD
Book now: Clos Maggiore

YOPO at The Mandrake, Fitrovia

YOPO at the Mandrake dining room

What: YOPO’s immersive rainforest theme has been popular among Instagrammers for a while now - this is easily one of London’s most unique and impressive dining rooms, with foliage canopy surroundings, and candlelight illuminating a hand-painted mural that sprawls above. The food is great for more adventurous diners, with small plates that are perfect for sharing with your other half taking inspiration from native South American ingredients.
Where: 20-21 Newman Street, W1T 1PG
Book now: YOPO at The Mandrake

BiBi, Mayfair 

Most Romantic restaurants London BiBi

What: BiBi entered onto Mayfair’s dining scene in 2021 with a bang, serving contemporary Indian food in a fine dining environment. But rather than being posh and uptight, the atmosphere at BiBi feels warm and secretive, with guests entering through blue velvet curtains on arrival. This is one for impressing someone special with your intricate knowledge of London's food scene. Sit at the bar for a more informal affair, or take a seat in one of its opulent yet cosy corners before tucking into Orkney scallops with Indian lemonade, Sharmaji’s Lahori chicken with cashew and yoghurt whey and buffalo milk paneer with fenugreek kebab masala.  
Where: 42 North Audley Street, W1K 6ZP 
Book now: BiBi

Park Chinois, Mayfair

park chinois romantic restaurants

What: If you’re after a real show-off spot, there is no better place than this big-money and opulently OTT art-deco haven. Inspired by 1930s Shanghai, Park Chinois's interiors are accented by gold, deep maroon and luxurious fabrics. Chinese cooking is presented in western-styled plates of stir-fried XO mooli cake with snow crab; sea bass and lardo rolls; and Chinese chive or Wagyu beef and bamboo charcoal baos. There's usually live music or caberet on the go to ensure there are no awkward silences, and if things are going really well, there's always the club downstairs where you can stay until the wee hours. 
Where: 17 Berkeley Street, W1J 8EA
Book now: Park Chinois

Alex Dilling at Hotel Cafe Royal, Piccadilly

alex dilling at hotel cafe royal

What: Elegant French fine dining, slick service and smart interiors in the heart of Piccadilly - what’s not to love about this luxe newcomer to London’s restaurant scene? If you’re looking for somewhere genteel, graceful and romantic for an anniversary, Alex Dilling at Hotel Cafe Royal is the one.
Where: 68 Regent Street, W1B 4DY
Book now: Alex Dilling at Hotel Cafe Royal

Brawn, Hoxton

brawn restaurant london

What: A beloved foodie hotspot on Columbia Road (which itself is a lovely street to explore on a date), Brawn serves up some quality modern British cooking in a beautiful rustic, candle-lit dining room. If you love great food, lovely wines with nice labels and natural wooden furniture, Brawn is the place for you.
Where: 49 Columbia Road, E2 7RG
Book now: Brawn

Scott’s, Richmond

Scott's Richmond

What: What could be better than a seafood platter with your better half at Scott’s? Well, how about a seafood platter at Scott’s Richmond, where you can gulp down oysters and Champagne next to the river, amidst a glamorous, gold-accented dining room? We thought we might just be able to persuade you. 
Where: 4 Whittaker Avenue, TW9 1EH
Book now: Scott’s Richmond

Luca, Farringdon

Luca Farringdon

What: From the open fire and candles of the Mediterranean terrace to the worn red leather banquettes and huge windows of the main dining room, Luca is a stunner from front to back. The food matches up too - expect delicious, luxurious Italian cooking and a fantastic wine list to boot.
Where: 88 St John Street, EC1M 4EH
Book now: Luca

Booking Office 1869, King’s Cross 

Booking Office 1869, King’s Cross 

What: The tone is most definitely set for a like-no-other evening at Booking Office 1869, a Victorian-inspired restaurant and bar designed to replicate the original 19th-century ticket hall at St Pancras. Start your evening with a drink at the 22-metre-long bar – and you could always nibble on a few plates from the raw fish bar to add an extra lick of luxury.
Where:
Euston Road, NW1 2AR
Book now:
Booking Office 1869

Circolo Popolare, Fitzrovia

Circolo Popolare, Fitzrovia

What: If you're looking for an intimate spot for a romantic dinner, Circolo Popolare probably isn't right for you. However, if you like the sound of indoor trees adorned with fairy lights, walls lined with empty spirit bottles, and a dining room that's probably not far off the size of a football pitch, this extravagent Italian is bang on the money. Serving huge pizzas designed to be shared, as well as carbonara served from a cheese wheel and an Insta-famous lemon meringue pie, the food is just as impressive and only makes the place an even better date spot.
Where: 40-41 Rathbone Place, W1T 1HX
Book now: Circolo Popolare

Affordable romantic restaurants in London

Not every romantic meal is a blow-the-budget Valentine's Day job. Sometimes you just want a candlelit dinner, that's still low-key and friendly on the wallet. Romance shouldn't have to cost the earth, and these places prove that.

London Shell Co., Paddington

London Shell Co, Paddington

What: Dining on a canal-moored boat (or even better – out on the actual canal) is undeniably romantic, we think, and that’s exactly what you get at London Shell Co, aboard The Prince Regent. Eating here is also dining with a difference, which will impress your date or make the whole experience just a little bit more special. Seafood is at the forefront and it’s done to perfection – Carlingford oysters are a smash-hit and the summery salad of mussel, cockle and cuttlefish is delicious.
Where: Sheldon Square, W2 6PY
Book now: London Shell Co.

Caravel, Islington 

Caravel, Islington 

What: Brothers Fin and Lorcan Spiteri are onto a winner with this quaint little Regent's Canal-side barge. Lorcan oversees the kitchen at Caravel and turns out menus of rustic, classic British cooking, whilst Fin - once manager of the member's bar at Quo Vadis - looks after front of house and drinks with a compact list of organic wines and cocktails. When the evening sun starts to set and the fairy lights come on outside, the romance really comes alive.
Where: 172 Shepherdess Walk, N1 7JL 
Book now: Caravel

Brasserie Zedel, Piccadilly Circus 

Brasserie Zedel, Piccadilly Circus 

What: Could there be a more romantic location than a Parisian-style brasserie housed inside a former ballroom? We think not. Vast marble columns and gold ceilings set the tone for what is guaranteed to be a meal to remember at Brasserie Zedel in Piccadilly Circus. The menu features indulgent and luxurious French classics, including a daily-changing ‘plat du jour’ as well as an excellent value prixe-fixe offering. Head over to Bar Americain for a post-dinner cocktail, where the vibes are undoubtedly moody and seductive.  
Where: 20 Sherwood Street, W1F 7ED 
Book now: Brasserie Zedel 

The Pelican, Notting Hill

The Pelican, Notting Hill

What: This renovated All Saints boozer doesn’t look romantic from the outside, but nab a table for two in the dining room, order a steak or a whole fish to share and dine in the flickering candlelight as the sun sets outside and you'll be convinced. Rustic, yet charming, this is one of our absolutely favourite West London spots.
Where: 45 All Saints Road, W11 1HE
Book now: The Pelican

Brutto, Farringdon

Brutto, Farringdon

What: On the surface, Brutto is pretty rustic, but there is mountains of charm and romance under the exterior. It's a real love letter to Florence, with the aesthetic of the restaurant based on an old-school Italian trattoria. We love the cute red gingham tablecloths, rickety ceiling fans and paper menus. A great date spot for a partner who loves bold, no-frills Italian food and cheap Negronis.
Where: 35-37 Greenhill Rents, EC1M 6BN
Book now: Brutto

Passione Vino, Shoreditch

Passione Vino, Shoreditch

What: You can’t miss Passione Vino’s two-tone blue frontage on Shoreditch’s Leonard Street. Drop in and enjoy a glass of wine with wine maestro Luca Dusi - a true romanticist when it comes to Italian wine. The food is incredibly underrated too - Dusi leverages his impressive network to source really amazing Italian ingredients and serves simple, delicious food to go with the outstanding wine selection.
Where: 85 Leonard Street, EC2A 4QS
Book now: Passione Vino

Garden Museum Cafe, Lambeth

Garden Museum Cafe, Lambeth

What: Perennially underrated (but one of our low-key London favourites), the beautiful Garden Museum Cafe is a spot that just doesn’t miss when it comes to date night. The glass walls of the dining room make you feel as though you’re eating amid the foliage of the beautiful gardens outside, and in the summer you can feast on simple, delicious Mediterranean-style food in the late evening sun.
Where: Lambeth Garden Museum, SE1 7LB
Book now: Garden Museum Cafe

Cora Pearl, Covent Garden

Cora Pearl, Covent Garden

What: This high-ceilinged restaurant is illuminated by two gigantic windows at either ends, with interiors that are suitably raffish to make an atmospheric setting. Cora Pearl's French cooking, which is always romantic and indulgent, materialises itself in brilliant dishes such as the cow’s curd agnolotti with Jerusalem artichokes. Whizz off to the bar hidden away in the basement for a night cap to end the night with a romantic touch.
Where: 30 Henrietta Street, WC2E 8NA
Book now: Cora Pearl

La Poule au Pot, Belgravia

La Poule au Pot, Belgravia

What: Another French favourite of ours that we think ranks high on the romance scale, this endearingly rustic and outrageously atmospheric restaurant serves hearty plates of big-flavoured food. La Poule au Pot combines peasant wholesomeness with bourgeois detailing, meaning anyone will feel at home here. What makes it so romantic, though, is its low, candle-lit lighting, distinct interiors and charming service. With a quiet terrace for balmy evenings, this is also a great summer destination to sip on some Champagne or a rich French red.
Where: 231 Ebury Street, SW1W 8UT
Book now: La Poule au Pot

Romantic restaurants with a view in London

It's a stone cold fact that nice vistas make for romance - grab a table at one of these restaurants with a view and who knows what might happen?

JOIA, Battersea

cosy lamps and dishes on table

What: Sitting pretty on the 15th floor of the art’otel development, and with unbeatable views overlooking Battersea Power Station, JOIA's pretty pastel-hued restaurant makes for a pretty dreamy dinner date spot if you ask us. Start with a drink at JOIA's Bar next door, before waltzing your way over to the main dining room where you can indulge in Portuguese dishes like Bomba rice with red prawns, mussels and Razor clams, or scallops with chorizo, celeriac puree and fennel. 
Where1 Electric Boulevard, SW11 8BJ
Book now: JOIA

14 Hills, The City

14 Hills, The City

What: 14 Hills is one of D&D London’s sprawling restaurant collection, the likes of which never ever skimp on wow-factor. Take the lift to the 14th floor where you’ll be greeted by a lush central canopy of evergreen plants and seasonal climbers, plus mature trees, shrubs and several large pergolas. It’s something of a sky-high garden – romantic, eh? The menu is modern European and decidedly decadent: think seabass with truffle mash potato, creamed leeks and chervil sauce, and duck liver pate with spiced plums, fernet puree and toasted brioche.  
Where: 120 Fenchurch Street, EC3M 5BA 
Book now: 14 Hills

Aqua Shard, London Bridge

Aqua Shard, London Bridge

What: The USP of this British-leaning restaurant is perhaps somewhat obvious – the London views from the 31st floor of the iconic Shard through floor-to-ceiling windows. The brightness this provides in the daytime and the pretty lit-up skyline it offers in the night time makes Aqua Shard instantly atmospheric, especially after dark when low-hanging lanterns provide ambient lighting. What could be more romantic than dining in London's tallest building, after all?
Where: St Thomas Street, SE1 9RY
Book now: Aqua Shard

Galvin at Windows, Mayfair

What: Perched on the 28th floor of the London Hilton on Park Lane, Galvin at Windows combines absolutely jawdropping views over London with peerless French fine dining, albeit with a few Asian accents. Combine this with immaculate service, and it's no wonder that Galvin at Windows is incredibly popular throughout the year. 
Where: London Hilton, 22 Park Lane, W1K 1BE
Book now: Galvin at Windows

City Social, The City

City Social, The City

What: Another restaurant that is part of Jason Atherton's empire, this City high-rise restaurant (located on the 24th floor of Tower 42) has both views and top-class food in spades. Luxe interiors, modern European dishes delivered with real precision and finesse, and a to-die-for cheeseboard all contribute to making City Social a romantic gem for your next love-needed special occasion. Don’t worry about nabbing a window seat either – tables located on different levels of the dining room ensure every table has a good view. 
Where: 25 Old Broad Street, EC2N 1HQ
Book now: City Social

Hutong at The Shard, London Bridge

Hutong at The Shard, London Bridge

What: The incredible views of London town seen through the wrap-around windows of this Shard-located restaurant are a draw in themselves, but ultra-romantic vibes at Hutong provided by the dimly-lit and mystique dining room do their part, too. Red table lanterns reference the Hong Kong origin of the Aqua Group (which operates the restaurant) – try exquisite items such as the XO scallop and ‘crystal’ prawn dumplings, or the authentic Peking duck. Prices are as sky-high as the restaurant’s location, mind you.
Where: St Thomas Street, SE1 9RY
Book now: Hutong

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