We pick the most romantic restaurants in London; whether you’re looking for the perfect place for a first date, a special anniversary meal or the best restaurants to propose in London. Why not book a table for a Valentine's Day treat?
Best restaurants with views
Wow your companion with stunning views from the 31st floor of London’s tallest building at Aqua Shard. Watch the sunset with a cocktail from the spectacular Atrium Bar before settling down to the British menu at the window – the only problem is how do you interrupt your partner from savouring the views?
Galvin at Windows
Few Michelin-starred restaurants have views to match that of Galvin at Windows, so it’s the perfect place to make a statement to your loved one. You’ll be whisked way up to the 28th floor of Hilton Park Lane, where Chris Galvin’s restaurant fuses 1930s décor with modern French cuisine.
OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie
Rise up the unmistakable OXO Tower to the eighth floor, where you’ll find the OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie. With its alluring views of The City and beyond, a menu of modern British classics and an intimate atmosphere, the restaurant is the perfect lovers’ sanctuary.
Best restaurants for first dates
Les Trois Garcons
Are you seeking a memorable first date? Les Trois Garcons is a good bet to raise your date’s eyebrows and leave a lasting impression. Even if your charm, the intimate candlelit setting and the seasonal French cooking fail to ignite any romance, at least you’ll be able to make conversation about the numerous quirky objects.
Inamo St James
Do you want to show off your fun side? Take your date to Inamo St James where you can use a host of technological features to inject some interaction into your meal. The chance to watch the chefs preparing Asian fusion dishes on camera and the option to customise your own virtual tablecloth should help to break the ice.
If you want to take your date’s breath away book into Berners Tavern, where the spectacular dining room will have them gawping in awe. Follow this up by ordering a creatively crafted cocktail and innovative dishes from Jason Atherton’s menu, and you should be guaranteed a second date.
Best restaurants for anniversaries
The Grill at The Dorchester
A whole menu full of light and fluffy souffles would alone be enough to woo most lovers, but add to that specialities such as blue lobster chowder, perfectly grilled meats and delights from the carving trolley, and The Grill at The Dorchester makes the perfect spot for a suave romantic meal.
If you’re in London for a one-off special occasion with your loved one, celebrate in style with a traditional British meal at Rules. Start with a cocktail in the intimate bar upstairs before tucking into game, roast meats and locally sourced fish – you could even order some oysters to re-kindle the romance.
It will be just you and a handful of others as you embark on a culinary journey at this Michelin-starred eatery. Kitchen Table is a restaurant within a restaurant (it’s found at the back of Bubbledogs) that serves a tasting menu of seasonal specials created by chefs right in front of your eyes. Restaurants in London rarely come as exclusive and intimate as this.
Best restaurants for proposing
The Ritz Restaurant
Proposals don’t come much better than those at The Ritz Restaurant, which has been one of London’s most romantic eateries for over a century. With a magnificent dining room adorned with frescoes and chandeliers and live string or piano music, the setting is perfect for popping the question.
Widely regarded as one of London’s most romantic restaurants, this Covent Garden hideaway is the perfect place to propose. Whether you’re savouring the classical French fare in the main restaurant or in the atmospheric courtyard, they’ll surely not fail to be overwhelmed by the intimacy of Clos Maggiore.
Bateaux London Thames Dining
Go down on one knee as you pass London’s iconic landmarks on a special Thames dining cruise with Bateaux London. With floor-to-ceiling windows, dinner cooked on board and live entertainment, it will certainly be a night to remember.