Best 25 Valentine's Day and romantic restaurants in London

Ramp up the romance by treating your loved one to a special meal at one of these romantic London restaurants.

Whether you’re nervously planning a first date, Valentine's Day meals or a special anniversary dinner; or even setting the scene for a proposal in London (we're certain they'll say "yes"), check out our picks of the most romantic restaurants in London.

Most romantic restaurants in London for proposing

1. Bateaux London Thames Dining

Go down on one knee as you pass London’s iconic landmarks on a romantic London dinner cruise with Bateaux London. With floor-to-ceiling windows, dinner cooked on board and live entertainment, it will certainly be a night to remember. Book Bateaux London now.

2. Clos Maggiore

Let the enchanting interior of Clos Maggiore set the scene for popping the big question. Widely known as one of London’s most romantic restaurants, this Covent Garden hideaway is the perfect place to propose, with an atmospheric courtyard draped in blossom.

3. The Ritz Restaurant

Proposals don’t get much better than those at one of the top restaurants in London, The Ritz Restaurant. With a magnificent dining room adorned with frescoes and chandeliers, and live string or piano music, it's a magical place to pop the question.

Restaurants in London with a view

4. Sky Garden restaurants

Dine among the ferns and palms of Sky Garden, London's highest public garden and one of the coolest places to eat in London. Perched at the top of 20 Fenchurch Street (nicknamed locally as the “Walkie Talkie”), the elegant Fenchurch Restaurant and more laid-back all-day Darwin Brasserie serve contemporary British fare.

5. OXO Tower Restaurant

Make your way to the eighth floor of the unmistakable OXO Tower, where you’ll find the OXO Tower Restaurant. With its alluring views of the City and beyond that are sure to have your guest swooning, a menu of modern British classics, and an intimate atmosphere, it's the ideal Valentine's Day restaurant.

6. 14 Hills

The visuals are as good both inside and out at 14 Hills, a chic restaurant within 120 Fenchurch: think palms, vines, trees and almost-too-pretty-to-eat food. The views from this City of London spot are pretty special too – but if you want even more, head up to the roof garden for free afterwards to find a romantic spot.

7. Hutong at The Shard

Travel up to the 33rd floor of London's tallest building for incredible views at Hutong at The Shard, one the best restaurants with a view in London. Devour its signature dumplings (make sure to practise with chopsticks ahead of time to avoid embarrassment), and enjoy the roast Peking duck, before finishing your evening off with cocktails in the airy atrium bar.

First dates restaurant ideas in London

8. J Sheekey

A legendary seafood restaurant, J Sheekey is perfect for a first date with a seafood lover. Don't be shellfish and share a platter, or to really impress, ask for the off-menu dessert (frozen berries and white chocolate) at this popular spot for theatre-goers in the middle of the West End.

9. Bob Bob Ricard City

If you’re looking for cool restaurants in London, book a cosy booth at the futuristic Bob Bob Ricard City, a traditional brasserie with a 21st-century feel. Order some bubbly with a single touch of a button at this City of London spot, and hey presto… If you can tear yourself away from the gaze of your date amid all the bubbles, select from modern takes on French classics.

10. Berners Tavern

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Take your date’s breath away as you enjoy Jason Atherton's innovative dishes and marvel at the stunning art-covered walls of Berners Tavern. Raise the bar and also order a creative cocktail, and you’ll surely be guaranteed a second date.

11. Gauthier Soho

Impress your date with creative plant-based dishes at Gauthier Soho, one of London's most luxurious vegan restaurants. Tucked away in an intimate Soho townhouse, a set menu at this stylish hangout is a sure-fire way to woo your way into their heart.

12. Circolo Popolare

Break the ice with a classy cocktail at Circolo Popolare, one of London's most Insta-worthy restaurants. Gaze at walls lined with wine bottles, look up at foliage hanging from the ceilings and pick from the all-day Sicilian menu featuring house-made pasta, pizzas and grilled dishes.

13. Balthazar

Keep the conversation flowing at bustling New York-style eatery, Balthazar. Stick to brasserie classics such as steak tartare or impress by ordering oysters or lobster. If it goes well, treat them to something from Covent Garden's beauty boutiques afterwards.

14. La Poule au Pot

Add some je ne sais quoi to your date night at La Poule au Pot, a long-running restaurant that brings Gallic flavours to Belgravia. The rustic decor and vintage tableware are good talking points, even before you discuss the merits (or not) of ordering snails.

Top anniversary restaurants in London

15. The Dining Room at The Goring

Make your other half feel like a king or queen at The Dining Room at The Goring. Housed within The Goring hotel – where Kate Middleton stayed before her wedding day – this elegant eatery lives up to British tradition, with silver service and elegant interiors. Share a beef Wellington or treat each other to Dover sole or caviar for a little extra.

16. Sketch

Surprise your partner with an anniversary meal at one of the most Instagrammable and quirky restaurants in London, Sketch. Choose from the collection of unusual restaurants and bars housed within one building: enjoy a cocktail in the fairytale setting of The Glade or the cosy Parlour, before trying modern dishes at art-inspired The Gallery or three Michelin-starred Lecture Room & Library.

17. Hawksmoor Air Street

Munch on fine cuts of steak and the latest catch from the ocean at Hawksmoor Air Street, which mixes art deco style with seductive lighting and an upscale feel. Enjoy classy cocktails from its low-key bar and make sure to grab an "anniverselfie" afterwards in front of the statue of Eros, the Greek god of love.

18. The Colony Grill Room

Be transported back to the 1920s at Mayfair's The Colony Grill Room. Enjoy a drink in the cosy cocktail bar adorned with vintage snaps, before settling down to an intimate meal at this classy hangout modeled on traditional American grills. Top off the special occasion with bananas Foster, flambéd at your table.

19. Scott's

There's nothing like a seafood platter to get romance flowing, and Scott's in Mayfair certainly delivers with its gargantuan plate of crustaceans – you can even add lobster for a little extra. Other delicacies at this fish-focused restaurant include skate wing, monkfish and halibut. 

20. The Wolseley

Pop into The Wolseley for its famous brunch – or enjoy lunch, dinner and a great value afternoon tea – on your anniversary at this lively eatery on Piccadilly. Once a car showroom, the light-filled restaurant is influenced by the historic European "grand cafes", with a relaxed feel that's perfect for a low-key celebration.

21. Andrew Edmunds

Step into candlelit Andrew Edmunds for an intimate anniversary meal in London. A Soho institution since 1985, this dark and seductive hangout serves up French classics matched with a wide-ranging wine list. With few tables and a loyal following, make sure to book well ahead, especially for Valentine's Day.

22. Petersham Nurseries Cafe

Declare your love for each other among the greenery of Petersham Nurseries Cafe in Richmond. The older, suburban sibling to the equally romantic Petersham Nurseries in Covent Garden, this tucked-away south-west London gem delivers seasonal Italian-inspired dishes in its glasshouse.

Best Michelin-star restaurants in London

Show the love of your life how important they are with a special visit to a Michelin-starred restaurant in London.

23. Three-star restaurants

Book a table at Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, CORE by Claire SmythHélène Darroze at the ConnaughRestaurant Gordon Ramsay, which boast three Michelin stars each.

24. Worldwide cuisine

Enjoy boundary-pushing modern British dishes at Clove Club and Lyle's or top-notch Chinese dishes at Hakkasan or Kai.

25. Michelin stars with panoramic views

For City views, grab a window spot at Angler or City Social.

More ways to ramp up the romance

Start your evening with a drink at one of London's top champagne bars, sip a creation from a star mixologist at a luxurious cocktail bar, or chat over a fine vintage at a one of the city's specialist wine bars. If you're looking for something a little more unusual, book into one of London's quirky restaurants.

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