The Best Bars for a First Date in London

There are many decisions when it comes to a first date…what to wear, what to talk about, where to go? The pressure is on! Here is our pick of the best bars for a first date in London to take the stress out of the occasion, leaving you to concentrate on the conversation flow and securing date number two.

10 Cases

10 Cases is a small, unpretentious Bistrot with wine as its main focus. The restaurant and wine bar only ever buys 10 cases of red wine and 10 cases of white wine so there are always new wines to try.

10 Cases restaurant in Covent Garden

Everything’s by the bottle, carafe or glass and once the cases are gone, they’re gone.

With reasonably prices, good location and French bistrot style decor, the place is a great option for a first date.

The Punch Room

London Edition, Fitzrovia

The understated glamour of The Punch Room, hidden at the back of the London Edition, makes for an intimate and cosy first date.

The Punch Room London Edition

Impress your date with your insider knowledge when it comes to this discreet, oak panelled room and its punch menu, but be sure to book in advance.

The Coburg Bar

The Connaught, Mayfair

If you are looking to impress your date, look no further than The Coburg Bar in one of London’s hotel greats: The Connaught.

The Coburg Bar at The Connaught

The warm and homely atmosphere will do wonders for settling first date nerves and if you need a little more to relax, the cocktail menu is impressive, showcasing the finest drinks throughout history.

Aqua Shard

London Bridge

Pull out all the stops and take your date up to the glamorous atrium bar at Aqua Shard.

Aqua Shard

This enchanting bar makes for a romantic setting, especially at night, when you and your date can admire London’s landmark monuments glinting below with a glass of Champagne in hand.

The Gilbert Scott

Kings Cross

Impress your date at the elegant Gilbert Scott, one of the best cocktail bars in London. This grand bar has a magnificent bell chandelier and ornate décor and there is an excellent cocktail menu to match.

The Gilbert Scott

Make your way through the innovative concoctions and see where the evening takes you, Paris is but a train ride away…

Dukes Bar

Dukes Hotel, St James’s

The legendary Dukes Bar lends itself very well to a first date; timeless and intimate, this place is traditional and arguably serves the world’s best Martini.

Dukes Bar London

You will feel as though you have entered the world of James Bond and rightly so, Ian Fleming used to frequent Dukes Bar and apparently this is where James Bond’s Vesper Martini originated.


The Langham

Artesian is a sleek and sexy bar that will add a little West End glamour to your date with its luxurious interiors and renowned cocktails.

Artesian at The Langham

Recently voted the world’s best bar, Artesian boasts 50 types of run and experimental cocktails that can only be found here.

The Luggage Room


The Luggage Room is a discreet speakeasy in Mayfair; the modern stylish décor, great cocktails and warm and intimate ambiance will really impress that first date.

The Luggage Room

Expect soft leather, dark woods and impeccable service that is both friendly and laidback and will put you at ease so you can make the best first impression.

Scarfes Bar

Rosewood London, High Holborn

Scarfes Bar at the Rosewood London, which opened in October last year, is a snug and cosy choice for a first date.

Scarfes Bar Rosewood London

Grab a comfortable wing-back by the roaring fire and make your way through the great cocktail list in this stylish and homely bar. The daily live music makes Scarfes Bar one of the best bars for a first date in London.


Soho, Marylebone, Farringdon, Chiswick, King’s Cross

Take your date to one of the five buzzy Vinoteca wine bars if you want to show off your inner oenologist. With a choice of nearly 285 wines this is the place to sample new and unique flavours and if your date finds one they love, why not treat them to a bottle to take home from the wine shop?

Note: Nobody has paid to be featured or offered anything free to be included. These are our own thoughts on the best venues for first dates in London.

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