Deciding where to go on a first date in London is tricky. Like picking a song on Spotify, sometimes having so much choice can have a paralysing effect. But in the same way you shouldn't just cave and listen to Rihanna because it's the first thing you think of, resisting Leciester Square or Covent Garden is the smart choice when it comes to wooing in the capital. Instead, pick from these Zone 1 locations and our tailored guide to each, whether you're after an expensive dinner, a night of culture or just a fun area where anything can happen. Happy dating.
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View this post on Instagram. The Palomar. London's most famous playground can still be a bit bewildering if you're new to it, but many of the finest restaurants in the country - scrap that, the world - are here, meaning if you're going for dinner and want to impress, Soho is still the place to go.
You might want a cocktail or a glass of wine before dining.
If so we recommend the Blind Pig on Poland Street above the Social Eating Housewhich pairs a luxurious but informal setting with genuinely inventive drinks menu, or Mark's Bar on Brewer Street which is cool, relaxed and makes the best negronis around.
If gin's your thing, try Graphic Bar on Golden Square - their martini selection is second to none and their 'Paint Tin Punches' will get your night off with a bang.
Now time for dinner. Slightly off the beaten track on Rupert Street is the hottest new table in town The Palomarwhere interesting, delicious food from Jerusalem is served by energetic, friendly staff who create a brilliant atmosphere - perfect for a first date you want to be fun and memorable with no space for awkward silences. Ask to sit at the bar. If you can't can't get a table there, you're still spoiled for choice when it comes to established restaurants of the highest quality.
Alternatively, venture further south towards Picadilly and try The Balcon for a restuarant that will make her go 'wow' - the interior is inspired by Coco Chanel's 's Paris apartment, and the food and service are magnificent. Or if tucking into a perfect steak is more you and your partner's idea of good dining, pop over the road to ususanneill.cometentious Argentinian eatery Gaucho.
We recommend the fillet cooked rare, obviously.
Technically in Mayfair but a mere hop, skip and a jump away from Soho is Blades at Husha small, 60's inspired dining room that aims to be a 'private member's club without the membership'.
It's certainly one of cosiest nooks in town, and the specialities - steak and lobster - are both refined and a safe bet for a first date.
Finish things off with something from whisky cocktail list to seal the good impression. After dinner drinks in Soho is a real adventure, so step out, be bold and try anywhere that takes your fancy.
Just avoid the sex shops, obviously. Charlotte Street Hotel.
A lively and generally cheaper alternative to Soho, Fitzrovia has plenty of great bars, restaurants and pubs all concentrated around one or two main streets, making it perfect for a date that could go in a few different directions. Make a great first impression by meeting at the Charlotte Street Hotelwhere you can sit on a cozy sofa in the back room and get to know each other in peace the front dining area near the street gets a little noisy.
Situated down some metal steps, it's one of those places that serve drinks in jam jars but don't let that put you off - it's comfortable, fun and the drinks are great.
Go on a cultural date at one of London's exciting late museum openings. Take your date to see a ballet or a classic romantic opera at the magnificent Royal Opera House. Sip on a glass of chilled bubbles at one of London's best champagne bars. The best hidden museum in London, the Geffrye lets you wander through houses throughout history. It also has a beautiful walled garden and a great coffee shop. Bliss. Here are our top picks to help you pull back the shroud on the underground world of hideaway date venues. Downstairs at Machiya. Read the full review here. A stone's throw from London's tourist epicentre, Piccadilly Circus, is Machiya. A canteen Keystone Crescent. The Candlelight Club.
Look out for your first newsletter in your inbox soon! Choosing a first date venue in London is tricky. There are so many options, so many boroughs, so many possibilities for awkwardness. Are you a foodie? Is your date a foodie? Grab a flat white from Monmouth Coffee Company, before oohing and aahing over kaleidoscopic fruit and veg, giant wheels of cheese, cured meats and mouth-watering pastries Wise up on the likes of Hockney, Rothko and Warhol if you want to really impress your date while strolling around Tate Modern.
Whatever the weather, Kew Gardens is a beautiful place to while away an afternoon.
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The cherry on top of this scenic date? A leisurely cream tea at its on-site restaurant, The Botanical.
Opened inthe Barbican Conservatory is pretty special. Well, with cinemas, theatres, concert halls, bars and restaurants all under one roof, an afternoon drink might just blossom into an all-nighter.
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As well as Dino Snores sleepovers, pop-up science stations, talks and exhibitions, the spectacular venue hosts silent discos, which take place beneath Hope the whale. Fin-tastic times. A picnic in a pretty park is the antithesis of an over-the-top expensive meal at a flashy restaurant. Some might argue that a first date should be about getting to know each other, and how can you do that in a dark cinema?
Well, being in a dark cinema takes a huge amount of pressure off - and seeing a movie gives you something to talk about afterwards.
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The Prince Charles Cinema plays old classics alongside new releases, as well as hosting regular movie marathons and pyjama parties. For luxe comfort and equally luxe bar snacks book a sofa for two at Electric Cinema.
Embrace bitterly cold, rainy weather as an excuse to bundle into a cosy pub with a roaring fire.