Romantic restaurants in London

Ramp up the romance by treating your loved one to a special meal at one of these romantic London restaurants.

Whether you’re nervously planning a first date, Valentine's Day meals or a special anniversary dinner; or even setting the scene for a proposal in London (we're certain they'll say "yes"), check out our picks of the most romantic restaurants in London.

Restaurants in London with a view

Sky Garden restaurants

Dine among the ferns and palms of Sky Garden, London's highest public garden and one of the coolest places to eat in London. Perched at the top of 20 Fenchurch Street (nicknamed locally as the “Walkie Talkie”), the elegant Fenchurch Restaurant and more laid-back all-day Darwin Brasserie serve contemporary British fare. Book Darwin Brasserie now.

OXO Tower Restaurant

Make your way to the eighth floor of the unmistakable OXO Tower, where you’ll find the OXO Tower Restaurant. With its alluring views of the City and beyond that are sure to have your guest swooning, a menu of modern British classics, and an intimate atmosphere, it's the ideal Valentine's Day restaurant. Book OXO Tower Restaurant now.

14 Hills

The visuals are as good both inside and out at 14 Hills, a chic restaurant within 120 Fenchurch: think palms, vines, trees and almost-too-pretty-to-eat food. The views from this City of London spot are pretty special too – but if you want even more, head up to the roof garden for free afterwards to find a romantic spot.

Hutong at The Shard

Travel up to the 33rd floor of London's tallest building for incredible views at Hutong at The Shard, one the best restaurants with a view in London. Devour its signature dumplings (make sure to practise with chopsticks ahead of time to avoid embarrassment), and enjoy the roast Peking duck, before finishing your evening off with cocktails in the airy atrium bar. Book Hutong now.

First dates restaurant ideas in London

J Sheekey Atlantic Bar

A cosy and slightly more casual seafood restaurant than its sibling nextdoor, J Sheekey Atlantic Bar is perfect for a first date with a seafood lover. Don't be shellfish and share a platter, or to really impress, ask for the off-menu dessert (frozen berries and white chocolate). Book J Sheekey Atlantic Bar now.

Bob Bob Cité

If you’re looking for cool restaurants in London, book a cosy booth at the futuristic Bob Bob Cité, a traditional brasserie with a 21st-century feel. Order some bubbly with a single touch of a button, and hey presto… If you can tear yourself away from the gaze of your date amid all the bubbles, select from modern takes on French classics.

Berners Tavern

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Take your date’s breath away as you enjoy Jason Atherton's innovative dishes and marvel at the stunning art-covered walls of Berners Tavern. Raise the bar and also order a creative cocktail, and you’ll surely be guaranteed a second dateBook Berners Tavern now.

Vanilla Black

If your date prefers vegetarian or vegan restaurants in London, book a table at Vanilla Black. This plant-based gourmet eatery serves next-level flavoursome dishes that smash stereotypes – your date's satisfaction guaranteed. Book Vanilla Black now.

Circolo Popolare

Break the ice with an amorously named cocktail – such as Look Me in the Eyes or Punch Drunk Love – at Circolo Popolare, one of London's most Insta-worthy restaurants. Gaze at walls lined with wine bottles, look up at foliage hanging from the ceilings and pick from the all-day Sicilian menu featuring house-made pasta, pizzas and grilled dishes.

Balthazar

Keep the conversation flowing at bustling New York-style eatery, Balthazar. Stick to brasserie classics such as steak tartare or impress by ordering oysters or lobster – it even has a dedicated plant-based menu for your vegan date. If it goes well, treat them to something from Covent Garden's beauty boutiques afterwards. Book Balthazar now.

La Poule au Pot

Add some je ne sais quoi to your date night at La Poule au Pot, a long-running restaurant that brings Gallic flavours to Belgravia. The rustic decor and vintage tableware are good talking points, even before you discuss the merits (or not) of ordering snails.

Top anniversary restaurants in London

Sketch

Surprise your partner with an anniversary meal at one of the most Instagrammable and quirky restaurants in London, Sketch. Choose from the collection of unusual restaurants and bars housed within one building: enjoy a cocktail in the fairytale setting of The Glade or the cosy Parlour, before trying modern dishes at art-inspired The Gallery or three Michelin-starred Lecture Room & Library. Book Sketch Gallery now.

Hawksmoor Air Street

Munch on fine cuts of steak and the latest catch from the ocean at Hawksmoor Air Street, which mixes art deco style with seductive lighting and an upscale feel. Enjoy classy cocktails from its low-key bar and make sure to grab an "anniverselfie" afterwards in front of the statue of Eros, the Greek god of love. Book Hawksmoor Air Street now.

The Colony Grill Room

Be transported back to the 1920s at Mayfair's The Colony Grill Room. Enjoy a drink in the cosy cocktail bar adorned with vintage snaps, before settling down to an intimate meal at this classy hangout modeled on traditional American grills. Top off the special occasion with bananas Foster, flambéd at your table. Book The Colony Grill Room now.

Scott's

There's nothing like a seafood platter to get romance flowing, and Scott's certainly delivers with its gargantuan plate of crustaceans – you can even add lobster for a little extra. Other delicacies at this fish-focused restaurant include skate wing, monkfish and halibut. 

The Wolseley

Pop into The Wolseley for its famous brunch – or enjoy lunch, dinner and a great value afternoon tea – on your anniversary at this lively eatery on Piccadilly. Once a car showroom, the light-filled restaurant is influenced by the historic European "grand cafes", with a relaxed feel that's perfect for a low-key celebration. Book The Wolseley now.

Andrew Edmunds

Step into candlelit Andrew Edmunds for an intimate anniversary meal in London. A Soho institution since 1985, this dark and seductive hangout serves up French classics matched with a wide-ranging wine list. With few tables and a loyal following, make sure to book well ahead, especially for Valentine's Day.

Petersham Nurseries Cafe

Declare your love for each other among the greenery of Petersham Nurseries Café in Richmond. The older, suburban sibling to the equally romantic Petersham Nurseries in Covent Garden, this tucked-away south-west London gem delivers seasonal Italian-inspired dishes in its glasshouse.

Best Michelin-star restaurants in London

Show the love of your life how important they are with a special visit to a Michelin-starred restaurant in London.

Book a table at Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester or Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, which boast three Michelin stars each. Enjoy boundary-pushing modern British dishes at Clove Club and Lyle's, Nordic-inspired fare at Aquavit or top-notch Chinese dishes at Hakkasan or Kai. For City views, grab a window spot at Angler or City Social.

Most romantic restaurants in London for proposing

Clos Maggiore

Let the enchanting interior of Clos Maggiore set the scene for popping the big question. Widely known as one of London’s most romantic restaurants, this Covent Garden hideaway is the perfect place to propose, with an atmospheric courtyard draped in blossom. Book Clos Maggiore now.

Bateaux London Thames Dining

Go down on one knee as you pass London’s iconic landmarks on a romantic London dinner cruise with Bateaux London. With floor-to-ceiling windows, dinner cooked on board and live entertainment, it will certainly be a night to remember. Book Bateaux London now.

The Ritz Restaurant

Proposals don’t get much better than those at one of the top restaurants in London, The Ritz Restaurant. With a magnificent dining room adorned with frescoes and chandeliers, and live string or piano music, it's a magical place to pop the question. Book The Ritz Restaurant now.

The Dining Room at The Goring

Make your soon-to-be fiancé(e) feel like a king or queen at The Dining Room at The Goring. Housed within The Goring hotel – where Kate Middleton stayed before her wedding day – this elegant eatery lives up to British tradition, with silver service and elegant interiors. Share a beef Wellington or treat each other to Dover sole or caviar for a little extra. Book The Dining Room at The Goring now.

More ways to ramp up the romance

Start your evening with a drink at one of London's top champagne bars, sip a creation from a star mixologist at a luxurious cocktail bar, or chat over a fine vintage at a one of the city's specialist wine bars. If you're looking for something a little more unusual, book into one of London's quirky restaurants.

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