Whether you’re nervously planning a first date, Valentine's Day meals or a special anniversary dinner; or even setting the scene for a proposal in London (we're certain they'll say "yes"), check out our picks of the most romantic restaurants in London.
Restaurants in London with a view
Sky Garden restaurants
Dine among the ferns and palms of Sky Garden, London's highest public garden and one of the coolest places to eat in London. 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. Book Darwin Brasserie now.
OXO Tower Restaurant
Make your way to the eighth floor of the unmistakable OXO Tower, where you’ll find the OXO Tower Restaurant. With its alluring views of the City and beyond that are sure to have your guest swooning, a menu of modern British classics, and an intimate atmosphere, it's the ideal Valentine's Day restaurant. Book OXO Tower Restaurant now.
Hutong at The Shard
Travel up to the 33rd floor of London's tallest building for incredible views at Hutong at The Shard, one the best restaurants with a view in London. Devour its signature dumplings (make sure to practise with chopsticks ahead of time to avoid embarrassment), and enjoy the roast Peking duck, before finishing your evening off with cocktails in the airy atrium bar. Book Hutong now.
First dates restaurant ideas in London
J Sheekey Atlantic Bar
A cosy and slightly more casual seafood restaurant than its sibling nextdoor, J Sheekey Atlantic Bar is perfect for a first date with a seafood lover. Don't be shellfish and share a platter, or to really impress, ask for the off-menu dessert (frozen berries and white chocolate). Book J Sheekey Atlantic Bar now.
Bob Bob Cité
If you’re looking for cool restaurants in London, book a cosy booth at the futuristic Bob Bob Cité, a traditional brasserie with a 21st-century feel. Order some bubbly with a single touch of a button, and hey presto… If you can tear yourself away from the gaze of your date amid all the bubbles, select from modern takes on French classics.
La Poule au Pot
Top anniversary restaurants in London
Surprise your partner with an anniversary meal at one of the most Instagrammable and quirky restaurants in London, Sketch. Choose from the collection of unusual restaurants and bars housed within one building: enjoy a cocktail in the fairytale setting of The Glade or the cosy Parlour, before trying modern dishes at art-inspired The Gallery or three Michelin-starred Lecture Room & Library. Book Sketch Gallery now.
Hawksmoor Air Street
The Colony Grill Room
Petersham Nurseries Cafe
Best Michelin-star restaurants in London
Show the love of your life how important they are with a special visit to a Michelin-starred restaurant in London.
Book a table at Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester or Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, which boast three Michelin stars each. Enjoy boundary-pushing modern British dishes at Clove Club and Lyle's, Nordic-inspired fare at Aquavit or top-notch Chinese dishes at Hakkasan or Kai. For City views, grab a window spot at Angler or City Social.
Most romantic restaurants in London for proposing
Bateaux London Thames Dining
The Ritz Restaurant
The Dining Room at The Goring
Make your soon-to-be fiancé(e) feel like a king or queen at The Dining Room at The Goring. Housed within The Goring hotel – where Kate Middleton stayed before her wedding day – this elegant eatery lives up to British tradition, with silver service and elegant interiors. Share a beef Wellington or treat each other to Dover sole or caviar for a little extra. Book The Dining Room at The Goring now.
More ways to ramp up the romance
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.