Guest blog: London’s top five dates

Clos Maggiore Interior

Whether you’re single and new to the London dating scene or looking to liven up an existing relationship, our latest guest blogger has you covered. Let us introduce you to Miss Mary, author of London-based blog The Great Date Guide, and her favourite spots in the capital to inspire romance…

Dinner date:
Moro
, 34 – 36 Exmouth Market London, EC1R 4QE

Start your evening off with a fairy lit wander up and down Exmouth Market before heading to the award winning restaurant Moro. With a laid back atmosphere it really is all about the food here. The interior is pretty basic but the Mediterranean/North African cuisine is sensational, as is the wine list. One of my top restaurants in London.

Drinks date:
The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town, 12-16 Artillery Lane, E1 7LS
Any date that starts in a breakfast cafe with the nervous question of “Can I see the Mayor?” gets a thumbs up from me! If the answer is yes, you’ll be invited to walk through the open door of a Smeg Fridge in the Spitalfields branch of The Breakfast Club, which leads to a secret underground speakeasy bar. With great cocktails, quirky interiors, and super friendly staff, this place is sure to impress on a first date.

Culture date:
Aubin Cinema, 64-66 Redchurch Street, E2 7DP
I wouldn’t necessarily recommend a cinema for a date, but this place is different. Buy a bottle of wine in the retro basement bar and take it through to the cinema where you can snuggle up in one of the velvet two-seater sofas, complete with tartan blanket and cushion. Even the loos at Aubin are stylish, stocked with delicious Cowshed products from the Soho House group.

Action date:
London Rib Voyages, Boarding Gate One, London Eye Millennium Pier, Southbank
It’s fun, exciting and different. If you’ve been on one too many ‘stilted-conversation-over-dinner’ dates this is going to feel like a breath of fresh air. Music classics are piped through the onboard sound system as you power along the Thames out towards Docklands, zooming under famous bridges and past iconic landmarks.  What really makes this date great are the guides. They’re comedians and actors and, no joke (…ahem!), they really are good.

Romantic date:
Clos Maggiore, 33 King Street, WC2E 8JD
Often described as London’s most romantic restaurant, Clos Maggiore is the perfect place for a special occasion. Make sure you ask to be seated in the conservatory at the rear of the restaurant; with a clever use of mirrors and twinkling lights you feel as though you’ve entered a never-ending, enchanted garden. Rich French food and a vast wine list make this a date to linger over.

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