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4 London bartenders reveal the places they take their dates

Alexandra Sims

Got a date with an potentially amazing person? Congrats. And don’t go messing it up by picking a terrible first date spot. Instead, listen to the experts and take them to one of these great date pubs, approved by London’s bartenders.  

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Ross at The Sun Tavern

The Grapes in Limehouse is really cool, Ian McKellen owns it. It has an outside bit that backs on to the Thames and it’s super-quirky. Anywhere that feels a bit special is good.’

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Yanna at The Prince of Peckham

‘I’m not romantic at all. I just want to get drunk, so cheap drinks are a must. Having a pint in a low-key pub is my idea of a dream date, somewhere like The Montpelier [in Peckham] or The New Cross House.’

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Aurora at The Four Thieves

‘There’s a pub in Acton called The Aeronaut. They have a huge circus tent at the back with performers. It’s dinner and a show, so you get to have an experience rather than just going out for drinks.’

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Emma at Heathcote and Star

‘On a first date I want good cocktails, good shots and good food. There’s a really nice pub in Wanstead called The Manor House. It has a nice atmosphere and they make you feel welcome.’

Need more inspo? Here’s our pick of the best bars for dates in London

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