10 of the best date night restaurants in London (to fit every budget!)

Picture courtesy of Clos Maggiore

I’m lucky enough to have been able to call London home for 5 years now and have experienced some of the best food i have ever tasted right here on my doorstep.

With Valentine’s day just around the corner, many Londoner’s will be hitting the city with their special someone.

Here is my list of 10 restaurants you might not have thought of but are worth your consideration when making those all important reservations!

 

1.Clos Maggiore, Covent Garden

This beauty consistently tops lists for most romantic restaurant in London (and the world!) and quite rightly so!
Swoon over the interior of twinkling fairy lights and apple blossom with a glass of vino (there wine list is impressive at 2500 wines!) and enjoy the laidback ambiance whilst being attended by the most charming waiters.

What to have: Shoulder of Rabbit & the Wagyu Beef with a wine recommendation from the sommelier!

Where to find it: 33 King Street, London, WC2E 8JD

Want to book? http://www.closmaggiore.com/

 

 2.Lobos, London Bridge

 Lobos is a lively little Tapas bar under the bridge near Borough Market that has  another restaurant based in Soho. Its a relaxed atmosphere with a small but perfectly selected menu. Some of the best Tapas i have had in London!

What to have: Don’t miss out on the Iberico Pork Selection and the Pan Fried Monkfish.

Where to find it: 14 Borough High Street, London SE1 9QG

Want to book? http://lobostapas.co.uk/

 

3.Mews of Mayfair, Mayfair

Opt to stay undercover in the courtyard and enjoy the warmth of the heaters and snuggly blankets provided (i have been here with snow on the ground and i’m still warm & dry!). A great place for first dates!

What to have: Lobster Mac & Cheese and Buttermilk fried Chicken Burger with Kimchi and smashed Avocado whilst working your way down their Gin & Tonic menu!

Where to find it: 10 Lancashire Court,New Bond Street,London, W1S 1EY

Want to book? http://www.mewsofmayfair.com/

 

4. L’Autre pied, Marylebone

This is where we step up a bit with some fine dining! L’Autre pied is Michelin starred restaurant that offers seriously first class food. The actual premises itself is a little unexciting, but it does allow your tastebuds to do all the work (some dishes left me utterly speechless, nothing disappoints!).

What to have: Tasting menu all the way!

Where to find it: 5-7 Blandford St, Marylebone, London W1U 3DB

Want to book? http://www.lautrepied.co.uk/

 

5.Sketch, Mayfair

Not a one, but a TWO Michein starred restaurant to add to the list. Head on up to the Lecture Room & Library restaurant and experience not only fine dining, but the BEST table service i have ever had! Watch what i can only describe as a ballet of servers ensure your experience is second to none!

What to have: The tasting menu (its pricey at £120 pp, but oh so worth it for a treat!) and opt in for the Sea Gull eggs (yup, you read that right!). To finish, its worth ordering the cheeseboard. They literally bring out every single cheese that ever existed!

Where to find it: 9 Conduit St, Mayfair London W1S 2XG

Want to book? https://sketch.london/

 

6. Sticks n Sushi, Covent Garden

Instead of a Menu you are provided with a ‘Photo Album’ (handy if your not sure what your doing with sushi, but staff are more than happy to give guidance). This is a really laid back restaurant but don’t be fooled. The food and cocktails are delicious and presentation is second to none.

What to have: The black cod Caterpillar rolls and the Yaki Hitsuji (Goats cheese & Ham) are winners!

Where to find it: 11 Henrietta Street, London WC2E 8PY

Want to book? http://www.sticksnsushi.co.uk/

 

7.The Laughing Gravy, Southwark

A little further afield, but well worth seeking out. ‘The Gravy’ provides an interesting twist on classic bistro dishes at fantastic value with really friendly service. Part of me wants to keep this place a secret, but that wouldn’t be fair now would it?

What to have: The Oak smoked Sea Trout followed by the Venison Wellington. Save room for the Salted Caramel Mousse!

Where to find it: 154 Blackfriars Rd, London SE1 8EN

Want to book? http://www.thelaughinggravy.co.uk/

 

8. The Ivy Soho Brasserie

Brand new for February! There is no mistaking that this is the little sister of The Ivy. Settle down to a classic contemporary menu whilst admiring your surroundings. Wide choice of menu (great for fussy eaters!) that will not break the bank!

What to have: Steak tartare with Laphroaig followed by Shepherds pie. Work your way through their cocktail menu (just to be through…)

Where to find it: 26 – 28 Broadwick Street, Soho, London W1F 8JB

Want to bookhttp://theivysohobrasserie.com/

 

9.TheJugged Hare, City

A vibrant city restaurant that takes its name seriously! Most suited for Carnivores who will be spoilt for choice: seasonal game, roast meats and fresh fish prepared to the highest standards by an inspired chef.

What to have: Check out the specials board and order whatever is in season!

Where to find it: 49 Chiswell Street London EC1Y 4SA

Want to bookhttp://www.thejuggedhare.com/

 

10. Chino Latino, Southbank

Pan-Asian and Latino bar at fantastic value with views overlooking the Thames and Big Ben. Vast array of dishes all presented with a pretty flair. Very elegant dining room without being stuffy or pretentious.

What to have: The Chino set menu plus a side of Taquitos!

Where to find it: Park Plaza London Riverbank, Park Plaza Riverbank, 18 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TJ

Want to bookhttp://www.chinolatino.eu/london/

 

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