The Most Romantic Bars in London

Time to crank up the romance

From sky high wonders to low-key wine bars and subterranean watering holes, these are the most romantic bars in London. 

KILLER COCKTAILS 

Start it with a wow

The Gibson Look out for the glam Art Deco style swing doors on the corner or keep an ear out for the live jazz and take a step back in time in one of best bars BarChick’s found in this part of town. It’s all decked up in Edwardian style, the era in which their signature cocktail was created, but with hints of glam from the twenties and thirties as well as a cocktail menu that takes you on an epic journey through the decades right into the future, it’s a head f*ck of a timewarp, and we’re into it. It’s small with a 40 seater max but well worth cramming in for. The cocktails rock, the bartenders (big up Marian and Rusty) are some of the best in town and it's a failsafe date spot. 44 Old St, London EC1V 9AQ

Bar Americain at Brasserie Zedel This subterranean bar got proper golden age New York vibes. The walls are papered in 1920's aeroplane motifs and hung with Tumulte Noir art. It'll have any date putty in your hands as soon as you've ordered your first Manhattan. Speaking of: If you're feeling in a grown-up mood, hit up the Saratoga. Its a Manhattan with attitude made with Whistle Pig Rye, Hennessy Fine de Cognac, Sweet Vermouth and a blend of bitters. What a way to start the night. 20 Sherwood Street, London W1F 7ED

SEXY HOTEL BARS

Because you wanna sleep where you sip

The Connaught This is one hell of a beautiful bar. It's glam, majorly Art Deco and not for the faint-hearted when it comes to funds. Into filthy Martinis and the 1920s? Who isn’t. Hail down the lacquered Martini trolley and watch the waistcoated bartenders work their magic. Your date will be mega impressed. Promise. And after the kinda bill you’re gonna rack up at the bar, you might as well hammer the final nail in and book into an insane suite. It’ll be the stuff that legendary nights are made of, for sure. Carlos Place, Mayfair, London, W1K 2AL

Lyaness This is one of BarChick's failsafes. First up - it's riverside, done up in elegant light blues and chromes... but what’s the real pull? Ryan Cheti’s the man behind the cocktails and to call him a legend is an understatement.  Defo get a window seat so you can stare at St Paul's and the lit-up city. It’s not candlelit and there isn’t an old geezer singing Sinatra, but it’s properly romantic in a new world swanky kinda style. Seal the deal with a room upstairs in the Mondrian, just a swagger away, and you’re winning on all fronts. Mondrian Hotel, 20 Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PD  

WINING (DINING OPTIONAL)

Because you fancy

Gordon’s Wine Bar This Dickensian cave is the wine cellar you wish you had at home and the ultimate date spot; it’s candlelit, it’s hopelessly romantic and it’s dingy, just the way BarChick likes it. Settle in and work through the extensive wine list. Feeling faint? It’s cool: heaps of cheese and pickles are on hand to keep you level. Oh and the lighting here is on your side, so forget footsie and commit to a bonafide feel up. 47 Villiers Street, London, WC2N 6NE

Noble Rot Bloomsbury’s got itself a perfect little bolthole wine bar that looks like it was plucked right outta Paris circa the 1940s and BarChick’s in love. Everything in this place is tres vintage from the green walls to the refurbed light fixtures, dark wood panelling, foggy panes and roaring log fires. Wanna expand your horizons and chuck the sh*t Sauv in the bin? Noble Rot knows what’s up and they’ve got wicked glasses and bottles of wine from underrated countries like Croatia and Greece to prove it. They’ve even got the hard to find labels that’ll keep the wine snobs happy. Pair the vino with some fat olives and oysters and you’ve smashed date night. 51 Lamb’s Conduit St, London WC1N 3NB  

SULTRY SPEAKEASY

Because you like keeping it on the down-low and outta plain sight

The Vault BarChick’s a sucker for subterranean boozers under whisky shops, so The Vault is obvs gonna be at the top of our list. If you want a 5 course spread and a penguin suit dress code, this ain’t for you; but if you dig whisky and sh*t hot cocktails, get on board. Upstairs is London’s oldest whisky shop where you can get warmed up at the tasting bar, aged single malt (or two) in hand, but downstairs is where it’s at. Give the bookcase a nudge and descend and you’ll come face to face with a dimly lit den decked out with old chesterfields and bare brick walls. Dark corners, killer cocktails and a sh*t load of character is what The Vault is about, and bars don't get much better. 3 Greek Street, London, W1D 4NX

Happiness Forgets Bars don;t get much sexier than this candle-lit basement. There'll be no gaggles of skirts or groups down here so you can drink that off the scale cocktail in peace. All laid back, wooden, candle-lit and sexy, Happiness has got some serious nook and cranny tables that are bang on if you’re on a hot date or if you’re an expert drinker who wants to be on one. If there’s anywhere conducive to matching and mating, it’s this signless, hidden number. Like a good round of banter? If your date doesn’t cut it, the bartender will. 9 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NU 

THE HOTTEST TABLES IN TOWN

Because you’re a master blagger and don’t f*ck around when it comes to going all out

Sexy Fish What’s up with the name? Who cares. You’re here to get hazy and slip into a pink and gold dripping dream by way of some Frank Gehry fish lamps, Japanese whisky and raw fish. If you wanna do like BarChick, get to swiveling at the bar. Sure this place is a restaurant, and probably booked up until 2020 from the sounds of things, but drink smart and go for an early 6pm session and you’ll be laughing. Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, London W1J 6BR

Park Chinois Let Alan Yau sort you out this year cos chances are you’re gonna f*ck up that duck you bought from Iceland and ruin the whole night. It's all red curtains and sexy decor in China meets 1950s New York kinda way. If you’re into nostalgic romance, Dinner Dance aesthetic and sentimental crooners and pianists, this is all of that. And at 15,200 square feet, it's pretty impressive. 17 Berkeley Street, London W1S 4NF  

COOL CATS

Because you’d rather shrivel up and die than do something mainstream

Viktor Wynd’s Museum of Curiosities Warning: if you’re not into drinking by candle light with a two-headed taxidermy cat, this isn’t gonna be your bag. But if you’ve got a little Wednesday Adams in you, you’ll f*cking love it. Anticipating awkward silences on your first date or last date? Go to Viktor Wynd’s cos it’s dripping with conversation starters; if the weird and wonderful menu or collection of old school McDonald’s Happy Meal toys don’t give you something to talk about, the ancient dildo will. Sick of regular old cow meat? Tuck into the Ostrich or Alligator burger and hope your date doesn’t shudder from the strangeness of it all. Then you'll know you've got yourself a keeper. 11 Mare Street, London E8 4RP

Evans & Peel Detective Agency Into Cluedo, Sherlock and 20s Prohibition? Good. First things first: you better come loaded with a good case of blackmail or alien abduction, cos you have some serious role play to do if you want to make it through that bookcase and into the bar. Leave your newfangled devices at the door (or in your pocket) and hit up the ‘hard stuff’. BarChick says every cocktail’s a winner, but if your date’s not into it, steer em toward the beer dispensing radiator. Whatever you do, the crumbling green walls, crackly Boardwalk Empire tunes and apothecary drawers will leave you and your date feeling well snug. 310c Earls Court Road, London, SW5 9BA  

LIVE MUSIC VIBES

Because you like to put on your red shoes and dance the blues just like Bowie

Kansas Smitty's One of the sexiest underground jazz joints and Julep dens in the city with a house band that’ll knock your socks (and pants) off. Yeah, it’s miniature down here, but that’s to your advantage. Get in there, get close and be cool. It ain’t grotty and smoky like they do em stateside, but it’s got charm and it’s got class. It’s also got a true Kansas style cocktail list (created by Milk & Honey’s Sean Fennelly) that’s all about old school Julep, so start at the top if classics are your thing or pick from the bottom for a twist. 63-65 Broadway Market, London, E8 4PH

Nightjar Even though they’re keeping it basic with the tried and tested New York speakeasy vibes, they’re nailing it and this is hands down one of the best bars in London. Their cocktail menu is killer and each has one hell of a serve so hit the hyper-mad cocktails if you want a liquid history lesson. Pair those drinks with some cheese/charcuterie and you won’t be going anywhere anytime soon, which is sweet 'cos you’re gonna get spoilt with that live ragtime, blues and gipsy swing. It's bookings only so if you want that date to run smooth, you know what to do. 129 City Road, London, EC1V 1JB

KICK ASS VIEWS

Keep it high, but definitely not dry

Duck & Waffle Take a ride up to the 40th floor of the Heron Tower and you’ll hit one of London’s highest bars where you could chill face to face with The Shard and The Gherkin. Fretting about last call? Don’t. This baby's got a 24-hour license which means your date doesn;t have to end.  Espresso Martinis at 5am? Sure.  Breakfast at midnight? Whatever. When London shuts down and goes dark, this is where you wanna be. Their cocktail menu is insane with Rich Woods aka. The Cocktail Guy making probably the most talked about cocktails in town and their signature dish (fried duck egg sitting pretty on a waffle topped with mustard maple syrup) is what BarChick prescribes at all times. Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AY

Social 24 Great Gatsby, eat your heart out. This dark and mysterious Art Deco-inspired oasis sits high and mighty on the 24th floor and has one hell of a view of the lit-up city. Show your date a grand time with their new, puntastic cocktail list. Hungry? Jason Atherton's behind the food so you probably should get some snacks at least.  BarChick swears by this place, it does the trick every time. Tower 42, Old Broad Street, London, EC2N 1HQ