Hotel Cafe Royal
You can’t get more Central than Hotel Cafe Royal on Regent Street. From its ornate gold Champagne bar to luxury spa rituals and the pared back decadence of its rooms, this is a romantic treat of a hotel. Everyone from Oscar Wilde to David Bowie has stayed here, entwine your history as well.
The Zetter Townhouse
The Zetter has been hip for years while Clerkenwell ebbs and flows but with its love of kitsch décor, over the top colour schemes and a relaxed attitude, the Zetter is where you want to hole up for a weekend and not worry about the outside world.
For full on Mayfair marvellousness, The Connaught has it all – an amazing wooden panelled cocktail bar, achingly polite staff in full on liveries who are some of the most discreet in London, and then of course the rooms – elegant, modern, chic. If you can afford it, the penthouse has one of the best rooftop terraces in London.
Bob Bob Ricard
Who couldn’t fall in love in Bob Bob Ricard – with its Art Deco glamour, blue and gold livery and lashings of Champagne (there’s even a button on your table for it). The menu is half Russian, half European but 100% impressive.
Frenchie in Covent Garden is the ultimate French bistro, with beautifully presented organic seasonal dishes, buttery leather round banquettes to cosy up together and puddings so good you’ll happily fall in love with just about anything afterwards.
Clos Maggiore also works its magic over a French inspired menu but it’s the huge indoor tree complete with white blossoms that people really come for. It’s hard to imagine a more stunning setting inside a London restaurant.
If you’re after the ultimate romantic dish – oysters – then there’s only one place to book a table for two: J Sheekey. While you’re busy staring into the eyes of a loved one, you could be surrounded by London’s actors and celebs. Just saying.
Things to do together
Stroll the Columbia Road Flower Market
Pick up beautiful blooms at the Columbia Road Flower Market. This historic flower market happens every Sunday and is perfect for impressing a partner with a sumptuous bouquet, chosen right from the producers.
Bubbles at St Pancras
Walk Regent’s Canal
Stroll along Regent’s Canal from Angel to Broadway Market. You’ll pass cool houseboats, tiny cafés, and art galleries and see East London at its finest. And when you get to Broadway Market you can indulge in a decent cocktail, fine fish n’ chips at The Dove, or take your pick of the gourmet foodie stands on a Saturday.
Book in for afternoon tea
Book a delicious decadent afternoon tea. At One Aldywych, the afternoon tea is inspired by Charlie & The Chocolate Factory and comes complete with chocolate golden eggs and caramel milkshakes. Indulge your inner child.
Head to V&A Lates
Every last Friday of the month the V&A holds its Lates sessions. Usually themed, the main entrance turns into a bar with DJs, and there are endless pop up exhibitions, talks and workshops. A great one for breaking the ice.
Explore London and solve a mystery
Go on a treasure hunt. Maybe not a first date idea but there are several themed ones around London. A Door in the Wall has a murder mystery slant where you’ll need to interact with actors who slowly reveal the plot, while Agent November focuses on solving clues around Euston. The couple that solves mysteries together, stays together.
Shaken not stirred
Book into a cocktail making class. There’s booze, there’s fun and the focus is taken off you having to make small talk for the first hour while you figure out if the other person is vaguely interested. Off Broadway in Hackney and Harvey Nichols both run monthly classes.
Romantic views over London
Pack a light picnic and head up Primrose Hill for the quintessential cinematic view over London. From the top of the park, the city looks quaint and mysterious and the fresh air and beautiful landscape soon make you forget the daily grind.
Take in the Thames while sipping cocktails in the Oxo Tower or on a bottle of bubbly at the new Tate Modern restaurant. While the river has made many fall for London you can use it as a historic backdrop for a romantic date.
It’s become as London as a visit to the Tower, but you can up the romance on the London Eye by booking a private pod and adding in choccies, Champagne and flowers. Treat your special person to an iconic ride over the Thames.