Find some of the most romantic restaurants in London; whether you’re looking for the perfect place for a first date, a special anniversary dinner or the best restaurants to propose in London. Or, when 14 February arrives, why not book a table for a special Valentine's Day dinner?
Romantic restaurants in London with a view
Travel up to the 33rd floor of London's tallest building for incredible views at Hutong Shard. All of the Shard's restaurants share stunning views of the city, but only Hutong has signature dumplings, perfect for sharing, and their own specialty roasted Peking duck. Finish your evening with cocktails in the high ceilinged atrium bar above London's twinkling lights.
Galvin at Windows
OXO Tower Restaurant
Sky Garden restaurants
Take in the views from north of the river as you secure a table at one of Sky Garden’s restaurants for a special meal. 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 amongst the ferns and palms of London’s highest public garden.
Best first date restaurants in London
J Sheekey Atlantic Bar
Slightly more causal than the original J Sheekey, and therefore less pressure for a first date, J Sheekey Atlantic Bar is perfect for any seafood lover. If the chemistry is already flowing between you and your date, why not brave ordering oysters? And to really impress, ask for the off-menu dessert (frozen berries and white chocolate).
Impress your date by taking them to this small place with a big reputation in Soho. The Palomar's menu is designed for sharing - a good first test at how compatible you both are. Grab two seats at the bar overlooking the chefs as they work and you'll be sure to keep the conversation flowing as you watch them create amazing Middle Eastern-inspired dishes.
Bob Bob Ricard
If you truly want to impress, book a cosy banquette at Bob Bob Ricard and order some bubbly without even asking – all you need to do is press a button, and hey presto… Your date will be fooled into thinking you’re well known in these parts. If that fails to work, the modern takes on British and Russian classics and lavish decor should do the trick, or at least provide a talking point.
Top anniversary restaurants
London's best Michelin-starred restaurants
Let the love of your life know how important your anniversary is with a big show of affection. There are plenty of Michelin-starred restaurants in London, but if only the best of the best will do, then book a table at one of the three restaurants in London that have three Michelin stars each: Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay and The Araki.
Anniversaries should be memorable, and few restaurants leave a lasting visual impression like Sketch. Pierre Gagnaire and Mourad Mazouz‘s quirky collection of restaurants and bars housed within one building each has its own distinct, quirky style. Enjoy a cocktail in the fairytale setting of The Glade or the cosy Parlour, before indulging in modern European dishes at artist-inspired The Gallery or a tasting menu at Michelin-starred Lecture Room & Library.
Most romantic restaurants in London for proposing
Bateaux London Thames Dining
Let the stunning decor at Clos Maggiore set the scene for popping the biggest question of your life. 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, this classy restaurant always impresses. . Book now
The Ritz Restaurant
Make your engagement night even more memorable by booking into one of London's most romantic restaurants. Proposals don’t come much better than those at The Ritz Restaurant, which has seen countless over the years. 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 now
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.