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The best restaurants in London for a date

Looking to sweep that special someone off their feet on a date? Here are the restaurants to impress

By Time Out London Food & Drink

Finding the perfect restaurant for a date is a tricky business. Do you wow them with an ultra-romantic venue? Maybe you’re after a cosy neighbourhood joint instead? Whatever you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered with our list of the best restaurants in London for a date.

Whether you’re looking to woo them with Michelin-starred cuisine or just share some of the best pizza or superlative sushi while gazing into each other’s eyes, you'll find the perfect spot in our list. 

The best restaurants in London for a date

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Restaurants Contemporary European Soho

An intimate but unfussy Soho restaurant that serves modern European dishes but won’t break the bank – perfect for a classy-yet-casual date.


Arthur Hooper’s

Restaurants Contemporary European Borough Market

Small and boudoir-like, this small plates venue on the site of a former greengrocer has a fine selection of veggie options alongside meat and fish.

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Restaurants Italian Peckham

Ultra-minimal but unpretentious, this fantastic little Italian in Peckham Rye delivers all the flavours you could ever need with its authentic, no-nonsense dishes. 



Restaurants Contemporary European Peckham

A light and inviting small plates space that lets your date know that you know where to go in the neighbourhood.


Restaurants Middle Eastern Battersea

A ‘kebab’ on a dinner date just became way more appealing thanks to the posh versions at this funky, fun Battersea haunt. 


Bala Baya

Restaurants Middle Eastern Southwark

Serving Middle Eastern-inspired sharing dishes, this buzzy, Middle Eastern venue is styled and soundtracked to feel like a nightclub – in a good way. 


The Barbary

Restaurants North African Seven Dials

Sitting around a horseshoe-shaped counter may not sound like suitable date seating – but it absolutely is at this seriously hot-ticket North African restaurant that delivers on every front.

Bar Esteban

Restaurants Spanish Crouch End and Hornsey

Punchy Spanish tapas served in an intimate, bistro-meets-dive-bar setting.  

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