London is quite good at hiding its romantic side, especially when you’re sitting on a crammed tube first thing in the morning, headbutting someone’s unnecessarily large backpack, or catching a whiff of bin smell or tar fumes on the street. But it’s still there, you just need to know where to look. And London’s restaurants are a great way to start.
A great deal of London’s charm comes from its history, and that’s no different when it comes to places to eat. Spots like Andrew Edmunds and Kitty Fisher’s, set in the historic neighbourhoods of Soho and Mayfair respectively, can make you feel like you’ve travelled back in time. Low ceilings, candlelit tables, red velvet banquettes and handwritten menus make for a great way to escape the slog of modern-day London and the ideal vibe for a cosy dinner for two.
And there’s no shortage of newer sites that set the perfect tone. Caravel takes you onto Regent’s Canal on a flatteringly-lit renovated barge, while Campania & Jones transports you to Southern Italy with its rustic interiors, convivial vibe and food you’ll fall in love with. We’ve got your next date night covered.