London! One of the greatest cities in the world and certainly a location where romance flourishes. Think Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, not to mention the recent success story of royals, Wills and Kate. Even Yoko Ono first met John Lennon in London, at her art gallery way back in 1966.
So it should come as no surprise that London is awash with sleek, romantic restaurants where you can while away the hours whispering sweet nothings with the one you love.
All the more reason to book a table for two, order some champagne and enjoy a romantic meal for two at one of London’s top locations. After all, even the longest of relationships needs a bit of romance now and again.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at what are (arguably) the top 7 romantic restaurants in London.
If you’re looking for an incredible setting, then Clos Maggiore might just be the perfect location. Voted London’s most romantic restaurant by Harden’s Guide 2014, this three AA Rosette award restaurant promises not just a meal, but a dining experience. Situated in the heart of vibrant Covent Garden, you can expect stylish, French inspired cuisine served in an intimate setting. In addition to the excellent food, the restaurant boasts an award winning wine list with experienced sommeliers who’ll be happy to advise the perfect accompaniment to your meal.
With an ever-changing menu, the food served at Claude’s Kitchen is described as a ‘British ingredient led menu’. Since its inauguration in 2013, the restaurant has served elegantly presented dishes created by owner, Claude Compton. The fine Michelin cuisine boasts fish imported daily from small fishing boats in Cornwall, and all meat served is free-range and organic. In addition to being a wonderfully romantic restaurant, it’s set above Champagne bar, Amuse Bouche – perfect for a pre or post-meal glass of fizz. It’s also easy to get to, located in Parson’s Green, in the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.
Galvin at Windows
Michelin starred, Galvin at Windows, is located on the 28th floor of the London Hilton Park Lane Hotel. The views over surrounding Mayfair and the capital are tremendous, as is Chef Patron Chris Galvin’s amazing menu. The interior décor evokes memories of the 1930s, and the menu is inspired by French haute cuisine. And if you can tear your gaze from the face of your loved one, you’ll be treated to an amazing vista of London’s iconic skyscrapers, the London Eye, Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park.
If you enjoy Chinese food, than Hakkasan is perhaps one of the best restaurants in the whole of London. Located in trendy Tottenham Court Road, the interior is chic luxury. Some of the signature dishes include roasted silver cod, pipa duck and Jasmine tea smoked chicken. Not one of the cheapest restaurants on the list, this is one to visit when you seriously want to impress your date.
If you love Italian food (and, let’s be honest, most of us do), then sultry little Osteria Basilico in Notting Hill Gate certainly takes some beating. Established in 1992, this rustic restaurant provides low, warm lighting and cosy décor – perfect for a relaxed and romantic meal. The menu changes according to the season, and you can expect truly authentic home Italian cuisine. It’s definitely necessary to book in advance, as this is a popular location.
OXO Tower Restaurant
Now owned by upmarket department store, Harvey Nichols, the OXO Tower Restaurant offers the rare opportunity to dine inside one of London’s iconic landmarks. Intimate and sophisticated, the menu is distinctly British, but with sometimes surprisingly innovative interventions. In addition to a wine list boasting over 800 first class wines, there’s extensive vegetarian and vegan options. Located at South Bank, why not treat your date to a walk along the river after dinner. There’s a melee of buzzing bars and hostelries, all within easy walking distance if you want to end up drinking and talking into the small hours.
Just in case you can’t bear to leave your four-legged friend at home, Soho based, Andrew Edmunds, allows well behaved (small) dogs inside. Located in an 18th century townhouse, this is a restaurant that’s reputed to have played a supporting role in many London love affairs, according to magazine, Harper’s Bazaar. Expect simple French chicness, and an atmosphere that really is designed for lovers. The traditional rustic French food is, as they say, ‘to die for’. In addition, the wine list is superior, extensive, yet remarkably affordable – perfect for ordering that second bottle when you’re having one of those ‘I don’t want it to end’ kind of dates…
All of the above restaurants take bookings online via their websites. But an alternative method is to book via Open Table, where you can make an immediate reservation in real time. In addition to this, Open Table will let you know if there are any deals going, and allow you to book them as well. Directions to any restaurant booked on the site is provided via Google Maps, so you can be sure that you know exactly where you’re heading.
The only thing left is to find the perfect partner for your romantic meal in London. Be it a treat for your long-term wife or husband, or perhaps wanting to impress that special someone at the beginning of a new love affair, you can be sure that all the above mentioned eateries really will hit the spot. That’s the reason so many people return to them time and time again. Great food combined with a great atmosphere – the perfect combination for the perfect date.