Calm those first date nerves, we have curated our very own list of sweet spots when it comes to the art of perfecting those first date drinks.
The Connaught, Mayfair ££££
Sheer elegance only at the Connaught. Featuring a mix of English and Irish Cuban art from the 1920s this bar gives for a timeless experience. With their new cocktail menu, ‘The Essense’ you’ll be taken on a sensory journey that will please all. Be sure to try their small bites including the Black Truffle & Comte fritters… You won’t be left disappointed.
The Drink: Mulata Daisy
Disrepute, Soho £££
This hidden gem is an underground bar, decorated in deep velvet interiors and vaulted ceilings. Officially a members bar providing great benefits and privileges but you can also inquire about a table as a nonmember to experience Disreputes luxurious hideaway. Cocktails here are displayed in the form of short stories set to take you on a journey through Soho’s best events and characters.
The Drink: The Grapevine
Mr. Fogg’s, Mayfair ££££
Welcome to Mr. Fogg’s, home of the well-known adventurer Phileas J. Fogg, Esq. With an interior filled with antiques and artifacts from his many travels, here you can expect to experience the most unique and innovative cocktails inspired by Fogg’s adventures around the globe. Visit for some relaxed evening drinks or book a table for afternoon tea with delicious sponge cakes and creme tea.
The Drink: Saved from Sacrifice
Library Bar, The Ned at Bank £££
An atmospheric bar for members and hotel guests, reservations required. With a selection of 30 champagnes to choose from and a signature cocktail list, this bar is cosy and refined. Unlike other bars at The Libary Bar, your chosen drinks are headed your way via drinks trolley, now if that’s not taking extravagance to a new level then I’m not sure what is.
The Drink: House Martini
Seymours Parlour at Zetter Townhouse, Marylebone £££
A charming cocktail lounge, the second one to be established by Zetter Townhouse. It’s interior of deep red walls and wooden furniture you find yourself taken by its old fashioned charm and intimate feel. Best for candlelit drinks or boozy afternoon tea.
The Drink: Le Sphinx
Heads + Tails Bar, West Hampstead ££
Combining two unique bars in one. Heads located on the ground floor with its light and bright atmosphere, here you can a house cocktail or enjoy an aperitif. Indulge in house cocktails and submerge yourself in the wine list. Downstairs you have Tails, a darker more relaxed atmosphere with a cold beer in hand and other brown drinks. At Head + Tails the best of both worlds have been combined to give you the option to decide your own vibe.
The Drink: Tinkerbell
Cocktail Trading Company, Shoreditch ££
An Award winning cocktail bar in the heart of it all. This classic venue gives you the feel of a comfortable pub combined with a classy cocktail bar. The second of its kind with the first being in Soho, the bar is certainly a winner for a first date with a feature on Timeout stating “best place for a first date in the whole East End”.
The Drink: River Cottage Cosmo
The Bloomsbury Club Bar £££
Located within the Bloomsbury hotel, a luxurious haven for first dates. Atmospheric lighting, plush cushions, and attentive staff make for a great evening out. The bar also features a cosy terrace, great for some nice drinks in the sun. Inspiration for the bar comes from writers, artists, lecturers and nobility that spent time together here in the twentieth century which you’ll find drinks named after.
The Drink: Virginia Woolf