Best Date Night Venues in London's Covent Garden
With so many new exciting and romantic restaurant concepts to choose from, organising a date night in London can be a tricky task. But fear not, we’ve collated the best date night destinations in the West End of London, perfect for Valentine’s Day or a special occasion – or just because!
From fun-filled Peruvian Pisco bars to sushi to share, and stylish staycations to the ‘most romantic restaurant in London’, Covent Garden has got romance covered, from your first date right through to a proposal.
The First Date
First dates are always a bit nerve-wracking, so why not grab a cocktail to ease your nerves? FLORAL By Lima's Lost Alpaca Bar specialises in delicious Pisco-based cocktails and is the perfect spot for a first date.
Not only will you seem very ‘in-the-know’ for suggesting a cool, underground Peruvian bar, but the incredible cocktails, intimate lighting and low-level background tunes make The Lost Alpaca Bar the perfect place to impress your date. Peckish? Order some light bar snacks such as yuca chips served with Peruvian salsa, beef empanadas or chicken anticucho.
The Third Date
So you’ve got yourself a third date – congratulations! You clearly get on well, but there’s still plenty more to find out about one another… Sticks ‘n’ Sushi’s Henrietta Street menu is heavily focused on sharing, giving you a perfect chance to get to know each other (and each other’s food penchants) better!
The Danish-Japanese sushi restaurant is known for its ‘Table for 2 Sushi’, providing the ultimate sharing experience that’s perfect for a date. And if you’re feeling adventurous, you can even ask your waiter to keep serving you new dishes until you say stop! If you need a failsafe, remember there’s always the Black Cod.
Then, when you’re finished, head to the bar at the back for an aperitif or digestif in the form of Japanese-inspired cocktails to conclude the night. If you want to look dead informed, ask for the sparkling sake!
You’re now three or six months down the line and ready to up the ambiance and book a staycation. Henrietta’s charming hotel and restaurant offers a warm and stylish atmosphere, serving-up 5-star food with impeccable service.
The intimate, art deco inspired 18-room hotel opened its doors in 2017 and the restaurant, run by Michelin-star chef Ollie Dabbous, features a modest menu with seasonal ingredients, with a subtle nod to France.
Use this as the perfect opportunity to test the waters and book your first night away together in Henrietta’s Room 18, undoubtedly the best room in the house; styled to perfection and offering incredible views across London. After dinner, sip on delicious gin-based cocktails in the hotel’s romantic bar before heading straight up to your room. No Uber required.
The One Year Anniversary
Frenchie Covent Garden is the ultimate place to celebrate an anniversary or treat a loved one.
So why not transport yourself to Paris for the night with Frenchie’s simple and generous yet precise dishes, paired with an extremely stylish interior. There’s no shortage of French cuisine; with duck foie gras, moules and pollock à la grenobloise gracing the menu.
For a special anniversary, it’s got to be Frenchie’s 5-Course Tasting Menu, lovingly created by Gregory Marchand and the Frenchie Team using dishes from the eclectic à la carte menu and creations from the day’s freshest, most exciting seasonal produce.
Take advantage of Frenchie’s exceptional wine pairing and don’t leave without trying one of their ever-changing seasonal cocktails. Mmm.
Repeatedly crowned London’s most romantic restaurant time and time again, Clos Maggiore is a true gem, located in the very heart of Covent Garden.
Influenced by the beautiful country inns of Provence and Tuscany, let Clos Maggiore’s wood-panelled rooms, atmospheric candle light and apple blossom-filled conservatory transport you and your loved one away to a romantic escape for two. The restaurant offers some of the finest French cuisine in London and offers one of the city’s most extensive wine lists, with over 2,500 wines from 18 different countries to choose from. What place better suited to a proposal?
P.S. To get a seat in Clos Maggiore’s famed blossom-filled conservatory you’ll need to book 3 months in advance, specifically requesting your table requirements.
Meet The Parents
So you need somewhere to impress the ever discerning in-laws? Look no further than Balthazar, where you can always rely on two things; excellent service and fantastic food. Watch as your other half's parents are quietly impressed with your choice as Balthazar blends unpretentious class with a refined menu of crowd-pleasers. The menu at Balthazar includes an abundance of fruits de mer as well as a wide selection of classic French brasserie and bistro dishes so whether it is a Saturday Brunch, a weekend day Lunch or a Monday night dinner, you can count on Balthazar to get you through. Good Luck!
Meet The Mates
A close second to meeting the in-laws is meeting the mates, the ones who have stood by your heart's desire through thick and thin. They have seen it all, the first love, the one that should have never been a thing and then there is you. You need something to impress, something cool but not too cool, something that will please all and show that you know how to take care of your own. Enter Cora Pearl's Sunday Roast.
Subtly impress with this New York Times reviewed five-star destination by booking in for a knees-up with Cora. The Sunday Roast menu blends everyone's favourite meal with the elegance of Cora Pearl's groundbreaking dishes. Impress as you say that Giles Coren named Cora's chips the dish of the century and be their 'favourite out of everyone else they have ever dated' whilst ordering the ham and cheese toastie for everyone before you tuck in to the main event.
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