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London's most romantic restaurants

Posted on: July 3, 2013


On a first or second date you might be quite happy with a bit of buzz and a quirky atmosphere that gives you something to laugh about. But when things get more serious and you’re planning a romantic night out then everything has to be just right.

Thankfully, when it comes to romantic restaurants, you’re spoilt for choice in London. We’ve put together a list of romantic London restaurants (and as usual we rank them according to the opinions of London’s restaurant critics and bloggers).

But to get you started we’ve picked six highly rated romantic favourites – including one from each area of London – that are sure to make your rendezvous a success:

Central London Romance – Le Gavroche

We start with a quintessential “special occasion” restaurant – Michel Roux Jr’s Le Gavroche. At this Michelin-starred gourmet destination in Mayfair you will not only impress your date, but also experience some of London’s finest French food.


South London Romance – Trinity

In an elegant Clapham dining room that’s a bit more laid back than our Mayfair pick, Adam Byatt has specialised in modern French cuisine and food critics from Jay Rayner to Giles Coren have responded with rave reviews.


West London Romance – River Cafe

At this acclaimed Italian restaurant in Hammersmith you can gaze out on the Thames and impress your date by pointing out that celebrity chefs Jamie Oliver, Theo Randall, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and April Bloomfield (founder of the Spotted Pig in New York) all trained at the River Cafe.


North London Romance – Odette’s

Welsh chef Bryn Williams had worked with Marco Pierre White, Michel Roux Jr. and Chris Galvin before he decided to open his own restaurant. In 2008, he took over a Primrose Hill restaurant that had existed since the 1970s, and turned it into one of North London’s most romantic restaurants – from the elegant dining room to the walled garden.


East London Romance – Galvin La Chapelle

In Spitalfields, not far from Shoreditch High Street, there is a dining room that your date will be sure to remember. In a former parish hall with 100ft-high vaulted ceilings, the Galvin brothers serve fine French food accompanied by an extensive wine list.


Bonus Romance – Clos Maggiore

No list of romantic London restaurants would be complete without Clos Maggiore. The French restaurant in Covent Garden has been voted “most romantic” again and again in a number of publications – the unique conservatory with its retractable roof and the remarkable wine list may have something to do with it.


Need more ideas? Consult our list of London’s best romantic restaurants and take your pick.


[Images: Trinity, Clos Maggiore]


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