Best First Date Ideas In London (PICTURES)

02/09/2013 17:00 | Updated 16 September 2013

There is no winner in the date scenario that involves 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 tell us your suggestions in the comments below...

  • 1 The Shard, London Bridge
  • 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)
  • 2 Vinoteca, Various Locations
  • Deputy editor of 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
  • 3 The Electric Cinema
    Electric Cinema
  • “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)
  • 4 Secret Larder, Finsbury Park
    Secret Larder
  • "The best place is James Ramsden's Secret Larder, based in north London. Incredible, elegant supper club, in a changeable venue, so it's been in tiny cafes or in the back of a wine shop," says news editor Jessica Elgot. "Usually lit by candlelight and decorated with wild flowers, it feels like a secret place that only you two know about. Really great for a date." Unit 20, Stroud Green Rd, N4 3SG
  • 5 Frank's Cafe, Peckham
    Frank's Cafe
  • 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)
  • 6 Bird of Smithfield, Barbican
  • "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)
  • 7 Ping Tron, Various Locations
    Ping Tron
  • Caoimhe says: "This neon futuristic Ping Pong palace needs to be seen to be believed. It is really good fun, a very different experience to other ping pong bars in London. A great date place with everything covered in black material with neon strips highlighting the balls, bats and tables. "Seb Fontaine is on the decks til 3.30am, a great place for ping pong fans and ravers alike!" 40 Kingswood Avenue, NW6 6LS
  • 8 Granary Square, King's Cross
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  • "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
  • 9 Notting Hill Kitchen, Notting Hill
    Notting Hill Kitchen
  • "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)
  • 10 Gingerline, Various Locations
  • "If you want a night that'd be hard to forget, you should go for a 'Gingerline' pop-up dinner," says Asa Bennett, business editor. "Think of it as if Derren Brown and Heston Blumental threw a dinner party. You get unusual foodie treats, waiters dressed up in silly outfits and gaudy theatre for you to watch. The themes range from Alice-in-Wonderland-esque fairytale mystique to Victorian banquets with guests getting in through underground tunnels. "It pans out as a bit of a surprise - with you receiving a text just before the dinner telling you what secret entrance to get to. Don't worry, you won't be forced into a madcap dash across Britain with your paramour as it's all in East London near stops on the London Overground (the line's orange colour on the map lending itself to the 'ginger' name). "Even more teasingly, you're not meant to tell people of the experience once you've been. But I can say the travelling pop-up dinner troupe are worth catching the next them you're in the neighbourhood."


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