Hot date? We’ve got you covered! Here are some of the best date spots in London that are sure to impress.
Frank’s Cafe, Peckham
I’m afraid I am starting this blog with somewhere that is only open during the summer. Frank’s Cafe popped up on top of a carpark in South-East London in 2009 hosting al fresco drinks to many of London’s hipsters. The rooftop sports outstanding views of the London skyline, which makes it perfect for balmy Summer evenings. If it does begin to rain, Peckham Levels has now opened on the floors below boasting creative events and bars to keep you occupied. Also, many instagram happy people love creating photoshoots on the bright pink staircase that leads the way to Frank’s (also please note, there are a LOT of stairs to climb so you may start your date a little sweaty.)
Gordon’s Wine Bar, Charing Cross
London’s oldest Wine Bar, which is extremely popular with punters old and new – so get there early! Gordon’s Wine Bar is a candle lit 19th Century watering hole that has been run by the Gordon family since it opened back in 1890. The bar is placed in a cellar, creating a cosy and old-fashioned atmosphere which is great for a romantic date setting.
Rivoli Ballroom, Brockley
This brings me to another family-run venue and the only intact 1950’s style ballroom left in London, Rivoli Ballroom. The venue is covered in a lavish decor with chandeliers, a boudoir and two bars. This venue has been used for many TV productions, films and music videos, which is a great talking point on your date. Unfortunately the ballroom is only open when the are Disco’s and Movie Nights which you have to book in advance, both of which are bound to woe your date.
5th View, Waterstones, Piccadilly
This restaurant/ bar is situated on the 5th floor of the huge Waterstones Bookstore, this bar is bright and spacious and is a great way to avoid the crowds if you want to grab some food or drink somewhere more central. 5th View have a happy hour every Wednesday – Saturday 5-8pm so you don’t have to pay Central London prices for drinking in the heart of the city.
OK, this isn’t the most romantic of venues, but definitely the place to take a date if they’re into their music. Dingwalls opened in 1973 originally as a dance hall right on Camden Loch, nearly 50 years on, it is one of London’s most iconic live music venues. It has been a favourite hangout of many artists and musicians over the decades. The upstairs bar has views of Regent’s Canal, then the basement often has gigs from establish and emerging musicians, so it’s well worth looking what’s on before you go.
Electric Cinema, Notting Hill
Somewhere to take a film lover, Electric Cinema on Portobello Road is one of the oldest working Cinemas in Britain having first opening it’s doors in 1911. You can spend the afternoon with your date meandering through the market, then finish the day watching a movie in one of the beautiful screens.