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Five London restaurants for a romantic dinner

Love is in the air – along with the appetite-whetting waft of seriously fine food

By Time Out in association with Quandoo

Remember earlier this year when you spent Valentine's Day comforting a weeping partner outside a chicken shop? Avoid a similarly woeful scene next year by booking a table at a romantic restaurant before they fill up. Here are five great options, as picked by the peeps at Quandoo.

Spot something that takes your fancy? All the restaurants listed below are bookable through Quandoo – simply click the booking button and get that res in your dinner diary.


There's no surer way of setting an intimate scene than a bit of candlelight, which must make this electricity-shunning Marylebone restaurant one of the city's most romantic.
Don't miss: The on-site seafood bar serves up Poole Harbour oysters by the half-dozen. You know what to do.

Macellaio Union Street

If your beloved is rendered weak-kneed by the dreamy smell of baked goods, a three-hour masterclass at this Italian restaurant’s on-site bakery could score some serious brownie points. Don’t worry, you won’t be left high and dry – the £70 price tag includes a three-course meal.
Don’t miss: The wine list here is 100 percent Italian. A glass of the well-priced house prosecco will make you wonder what you ever saw in champagne.

Buddha Bar

This enduring Mayfair venue has played a role in the courtship of many celebrity couples in its time, and you could be next to fall truly, madly, deeply over a plate of sashimi. The pan-Asian menu also covers Thai, Korean and Chinese dishes, meaning no awkward moments for picky dates.
Don’t miss: Nothing says ‘I love you’ quite like a £175 helping of Royal Beluga caviar. As long as you’re picking up the bill.

Frog by Adam Handling

Head to the Covent Garden outpost of chef Adam Handling’s growing empire for modern French cooking, beautifully presented in a pretty dining room that’s surely been the setting for a fair few marriage proposals. It’s certainly not cheap, but then again, love don’t come for free.
Don’t miss: If you’re celebrating, it’s got to be the nine-course signature tasting menu. Just take your time – there’s nothing sexy about indigestion.


When there’s romancing to do, a simple carbonara is going to get you nowhere. At this South Ken restaurant, classic Italian recipes get a dollop of fine-dining flair, so expect creative dishes, impeccable service and a decent chance of moving onto a bar once the bill’s settled.
Don’t miss: The creamy tomato and lobster spaghetti is a rare treat. Carbs have never been so alluring.

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