At Drawing Down the Moon, we think it is really important that a first date lasts a maximum of 90 minutes and involves two drinks at the most. But what about a second date? Whether you take our dating advice or not, here are our recommendations for the 5 most romantic restaurants for a hot date in London.
(1) Berners Tavern – Most Romantic Restaurant in London – according to DDM
The opulent Berners Tavern has been the ‘it’ restaurant of choice for a few years now, but it’s not a fashion fad that’s fading anytime soon: the majestic chandeliered room will add more than a touch of magic to your second, third or even fourth date. The discreet booths ensure you can eat in sumptuous but secluded surroundings and the decadent menu will impress even a picky foodie. Just gorgeous. Well, what did you expect from the love-combination of Jason Atherton’s food and Ian Schrager’s hotel?
Slightly out of town in the leafy loveliness of Richmond, but well worth going the extra miles for, is the beautiful Petersham Nurseries. Here you and your date can sit under the trees and foliage as you sip the exquisitely chilled wines and sample the divinely presented dishes. Think gentle floral breezes and poetic peonies and you’re there. Now also locating to Covent Gardenfor those who want flowers and flirtatiousness on their doorstep.
(3) Clos Maggiore
The self-appointed ‘most romantic restaurant in the world’, Clos Maggiore is a truly beautiful, twinkly-treed romantic hideaway. Offering an incredible 100-page wine list, with over 2,500 often rare selections from 18 different countries, many available to sample by the glass, choosing what to eat and drink is an experience in itself. The service is discreet and helpful, meaning the stars in your date’s eyes will be all because of you at this restaurant designed purely for love.
(4) Sushi Samba
If you’re young at heart and have a head for heights, take the lift up to the 38th and 39th floors to dazzling Sushi Samba, where stunning combinations of Japanese, Peruvian and Brazilian cuisine will wow you as much as the amazing 360 degree views, the beautiful illuminated orange tree and the unfailingly hip sounds. Book well in advance for this popular treat in the city and perhaps don’t even try to go there on a Friday or Saturday night if you prefer your dates to be enjoyed in a quieter setting.
In the beautiful Somerset House sits Spring, mixing memories with desire and stirring at the roots. While Eliot would turn at such a misquote, the crisp and elegant room marries taste and satisfaction much more poetically. A treat by Skye Gyngell, in one of London’s finest buildings next to the river. For those looking to impress their dates. Dare you?