29 awesome first date spots that Londoners swear by

Time Out Tastemakers pick their favourite places for a first date
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Andy Parsons
By Time Out Tastemakers |
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Not sure where to go for a first date? We asked singletons and couples from our community of Time Out Tastemakers to share their favourite first date spots across the city.

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Southbank Centre Food Market

‘During the summer, I love going to the Southbank Centre Food Market followed by a stroll along the riverside then a pint or two in The Understudy at the National Theatre. Winters are for hibernation.’ Violet Marie

Restaurants, Japanese

Flesh & Buns

icon-location-pin Covent Garden

‘One of my favourite date nights involves going for a pre-theatre dinner at Flesh & Buns followed by a play at the Donmar Warehouse. If there’s time afterwards, a nightcap at The Escapologist always goes down a treat. They’re all on the same street!’ Adrian Hill

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Bars and pubs, Hotel bars

Dandelyan

icon-location-pin South Bank

‘My boyfriend and I love Dandelyan because the cocktails are amazing. Or Mr Fogg’s and Cahoots because they’re a more fun experience than just going to a normal bar.’ Hannah Summersfield

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Thames Path

‘I think a walk on the Thames Path is ideal, especially as you can stop anywhere along the way if you need to get the hell out!’ Angela Lau

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Bars and pubs

The Swimmer at the Grafton Arms

icon-location-pin Holloway

‘I love a good old pub date! Nothing fancy, but some pubs are just amazing for dates. My favourites are The Swimmer at the Grafton Arms (hidden between Holloway Road and Finsbury Park) or The Lamb near Highbury & Islington station.’ Floraine Arbey

Art, Galleries

Tate Modern

icon-location-pin South Bank

‘I always take my dates to Tate Modern or the Royal Academy, and wow them with my knowledge of art. I took someone to Sky Garden after seeing the Modigliani show at Tate Modern last month.’ Valisa Iskandar

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Bars and pubs, Pubs

The Old Ship

icon-location-pin Ravenscourt Park

‘I tend to suggest meeting in Hammersmith and walking to The Old Ship pub. The nice walk gives you a chance to enjoy the scenery and brings up topics to talk about. Try to get the seats next to the fireplace during the winter or a spot outside in summer.’ Maria Gonzalez

Hotels, Boutique hotels

Ace Hotel London

icon-location-pin Shoreditch

‘I love spending time in hotel lobbies, like the Ace Hotel or The Hoxton, because you can hang out, get food if you want, and the environment is casual enough to make it relaxed.’ Diana Turchi

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Cinemas, Independent

Electric Cinema (Portobello Rd)

icon-location-pin Westbourne

‘My partner and I love going to the cinema. The Electric Cinema in Shoreditch is ace. You can cosy up there in armchairs with blankets and cocktails.’ Anna Eccleston

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Things to do

Flat Iron Square

icon-location-pin Southwark

Flat Iron Square in Southwark and Dinerama in Shoreditch make for good date nights. There’s always a good-fun atmosphere and there are plenty of food and drink choices.’ Lucy Baird

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