Nobody wants to go on a date involving stale crisps, tepid beer and a questionable pub gherkin, so make sure you heed the HuffPost UK's editors' edition of the best date places in London.
From mysterious pop-up events to reliable foodie joints, we've put together 10 of our favourite date places in our beloved city.
We also want to hear about your secret places for a rendezvous, so leave your suggestions in the comments below...
Andrea Mann, comedy editor, nominated The Shard
because: "1. Amazing views (obviously) 2. Plenty to inspire conversation, so no awkward pauses. 3. Awkward pauses are OK too as you simply take in the amazing views. 4. A great experience to share together with someone." Joiner St, London, SE1 9SP (0844 499 7111)
Deputy editor of MyDaily.co.uk
Katie Jones says: "Vinoteca
is more formal than your average pub but the atmosphere is relaxed and buzzy (no awkward silent moments here!)"
"Although it does serve food, it's the kind of place where you can sit and chat for hours while drinking your way through their never ending wine list. It's not too expensive but it does have prosecco on tap - enough to impress any girl."
Farringdon, Marylebone, Soho
“Still my favourite place to watch a film
,” says HuffPost UK Editor-in-Chief Carla Buzasi. “Comfy velvet chairs, cashmere blankets and a bar that serves Champagne and chocolate brownies make for the perfect romantic night out.”
191 Portobello Road, London W11 2ED (020 7908 9696)
The spiritual home of Del Boy And Rodney is more lovey dovey than you think, especially if you take them to Frank's Cafe,
says news reporter Charlotte Meredith.
"The most romantic place in all of glorious Peckham. Even better if you don't know why your date is dragging you off into a ten-storey car park. Expect spectacular views in a slightly surreal environment."
817 Old Kent Rd, SE15 1NX (020 7639 0257)
"A relatively new addition
to the Smithfield neighborhood," says Caoimhe O'Reilly, consumer marketing manager, "this building is awesome with different floors offering a variety of food, drinks and cocktails. There is a delightful rooftop garden for the warmer months."
26 Smithfield Street, EC1A 9LB (020 7559 5100)
"Sit on the (fake) grass steps running down to the canal," says Carla, "stare at the crazy dressed students from Central St Martins, brunch or lunch at Caravan
, drink cocktails and eat dinner at Grain Store
, then skip through the fountains hand in hand afterwards (and jump straight on the tube at King’s Cross to get home!)"
Granary Square, Stable Street, King’s Cross, N1C 4AB
"Classy, with flattering lighting and attentive, yet unobtrusive staff, this newly-opened restaurant
is definite third date material," says Sara Nelson, traffic and trends editor.
"As well as Spanish and Portuguese wines by the bottle and glass, the drinks list also features specialist cocktails and sherry. And if the recent menu of octopus, prawn sausage and salt cod is anything to go by, you can expect to eat like kings and queens."
92 Kensington Park Road, Notting Hill, W11 2PN (0207 313 9526)
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