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London’s Most Romantic Restaurants

When you're in need of a last-minute date idea, suggest one of these: our favourite romantic restaurants across London.

Tired of bumping into colleagues/neighbours/extended family when you’re dining at your local haunts? We bring you the ultimate list of London’s most romantic restaurants just primed for Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re looking for an impressive sky-high setting, low-lit intimacy, or an airy and open breakfast spot, find your next favourite from our list of tried and tested destinations across London.

Claude’s Kitchen

Claude’s Kitchen by @pancakesandpeonies via Instagram. 

What: A one-room bistro with a tiny but exemplary menu
Where: 
Parsons Green
The damage: 
~£45 a head for three courses à la carte

Why choose it?

Quaint and cosy, with filament bulbs providing atmospheric lighting, Claude’s Kitchen is a tiny spot to escape the Hooray Henrys of Parsons Green and enjoy a peaceful dinner for two. The menu is similarly compact, but not to its detriment: carefully innovative dishes are composed of locally-sourced ingredients to great effect.

Clos Maggiore

Clos Maggiore by @siriabrahamsen via Instagram

What: Instagram-friendly fodder and drool-worthy interiors
Where: Covent Garden
The damage: Five-course tasting menu £65 per person, à la carte also available

Why choose it?

This heavy-hitter appears on almost every shortlist of London’s most romantic restaurants, and for good reason: it’s cosy, candlelit, and renowned for its wine list. If you’ve forgotten to order flowers, be sure to request a table in the conservatory. The floral bowers above you make this quaint French restaurant the perfect setting for a romantic dinner à deux.

Spring Somerset House

Spring Somerset House by @mariannesimon via Instagram

What: A serene, imposing restaurant with deliciously un-fussy food
Where: Somerset House
The damage: Set lunch from £25.50 for two courses, weekdays only

Why choose it?

After visiting the romantic Impressionist collection at Somerset House’s Courtauld Gallery, slip into Spring, where chef Skye Gyngell started afresh after eight years at Petersham Nurseries. Dishes are uncomplicated but packed with exquisite flavours: bright and elegant, much like the light-filled dining room. For a late lunch or early supper for two, the serenity of the space is unmatched.

Hutong at the Shard

Hutong at the Shard by @peonieslillies via Instagram

What: Skyline views of the city make for a special setting
Where: London Bridge
The damage: Tasting menu £75 per person, à la carte also available

Why choose it?

On the 33rd floor of London’s most iconic skyscraper, dark and moody Hutong will impress even the most demanding of dates. Consisting of mostly dim sum and northern Chinese cuisine, the adventurous menu has prices to match. Whether you’re a local or looking for something special for your trip to London, the charming service and panoramic views make for a memorable evening out.

Noble Rot Restaurant & Wine Bar

Noble Rot by @aguynamedpatrick via Instagram.

What: Small plates and an accessible wine list on London’s most charming street
Where: Bloomsbury
The damage: ~£40 for three courses, wines by the glass from £2.75

Why choose it?

This is our little secret for the perfect date: a dimly lit neighbourhood favourite in Fitzrovia with an extensive and reasonably priced wine list. They say “sharing is caring”, so order most of the menu – including the extraordinary bread basket – and split it between you to avoid food envy over chef Paul Weaver’s masterful cooking.

Petersham Nurseries Café

Petersham Nurseries Cafe by @freddielookatme via Instagram

What: Slow-food cooking in a fragrant bohemian greenhouse
Where: Richmond Park
The damage: £60 per person for three courses à la carte, not including drinks

Why choose it?

Set in the lush plant-filled glasshouse at Petersham Nurseries in Richmond, the Café is casual and comfortable. The carefully curated shabby-chic interior isn’t for everyone, particularly the soil floor, but chef Damian Clisby’s creativity with quality ingredients continues to draw crowds to the south-west. When dusk falls, fairy-lights and candles make Petersham a magical spot not to be missed.

Rochelle Canteen

Rochelle Canteen by @olvh via Instagram

What: Nose-to-tail cuisine in a repurposed bike shed
Where: Shoreditch
The damage: About £35 a head for three courses, plus drinks and service

Why choose it?

Who doesn’t love getting lost? You’re guaranteed to miss the entrance to Rochelle Canteen the first time you visit: entry is by buzzer at a nondescript address in Shoreditch. Once inside, though, the restaurant is hard to forget, serving up daily changing menus in the playground of a Victorian school. On a sunny day grab your SO, secure a table on the patio, and drink up the atmosphere for a leisurely afternoon.

Llewelyn’s

Llewelyn’s by @thecafecat via Instagram

What: Understated seasonal menus in south London
Where: Herne Hill
The damage: Around £90 for two people, with wine

Why choose it?

Venture to south London for a surprisingly good seasonal menu at Llewelyn’s. Pavement tables are perfectly positioned for lazy summer evening suppers and people-watching. Inside, the kitchen boasts extraordinary pedigree, too. Go heavy on the starters, split your mains, then finish with all the desserts to share: you can’t go wrong.

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