Top 10 Romantic Restaurants in London
Looking for a romantic restaurant in London? We have got together our list of our favourite 10 restaurants in London. With Valentines approaching you should book early so avoid being in the dog house. Around Valentines don't be scared to go a couple of days either side, you will find the service and food will generally be a bit better.
If romance is in the cards, one of London's most romantic restaurants is Covent Garden's award-winning Clos Maggiore. Echoing the charming country inns of Provence and Tuscany, the warmly muted décor, low lighting and welcoming log fire were clearly designed with love in mind.
Galvin La Chapelle has all the wow-factor of Windows with the stylish refinement of Galvin Bistrot de Luxe while carving out its own very unique character at the same time. The interior is truly special, as is the food – cosmopolitan, continental and wholly elegant every step of the way, creative but familiar, special but unpretentious.
Nuzzling up to the greenery of Wandsworth Common, this chic restaurant is very much the local leading light of southwest London dining. While prestigious awards aplenty may have been thrust upon Chez Bruce and its team in the intervening years, the comfortable, neighbourly vibe has remained in the simplistic French bistrot styling.
The Bleeding Heart Restaurant in east London has attracted much critical acclaim. Described by Sir Terence Conran as ‘finest French cuisine in London’ and as the most ‘romantic restaurant in the city’ by The Times, this star on the London dining scene is tucked away in a hidden, historic yard in Farringdon.
Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s enjoys a dining room that is an opulent Art Deco space, decorated in warm shades of champagne and burgundy and toffee. The fleet of waiters keeps the show gliding smoothly along from amuse-bouche to petit fours.
Located high up on the 28th floor of the London Hilton at 22 Park Lane, Galvin at Windows restaurant and bar has become one of the capital’s most talked-about destination dining venues since its opening in 2006. Head Chef Andre Garrett and Chef Patron Chris Galvin have created seasonally inspired menus based around modern French haute cuisine that have now earned the restaurant its first, much-deserved Michelin Star.
Opened in 1867 by Auguste Kettner, chef to Napoleon III, Kettners in Soho is one of the oldest restaurants in London, and something of an institution. It was a favourite of Oscar Wilde and Lily Langtry back in the day and now it has gained even greater popularity with decadent Londoners and West End theatre-goers.
Filled with opera luvvies, tourists and eccentric Londoners, Sarastro has earned itself an iconic reputation in London's West End for its opulent décor and flamboyant food. Part decorative stage set, part bric-a-brac store, the dining room at Sarastro – which is located in Drury Lane - features crushed velvet tablecloths, cosy booths and private “opera booth” seating on the theatrical mezzanine level overlooking the restaurant.
Located in the heart of Clapham, Adam Byatt’s Trinity has been a favourite with well-heeled locals since it opened in 2006. It now boasts 3 AA Rosettes and was voted London’s best restaurant for 2007/2008. The dining room is light and airy with a subtle cream and chocolate colour scheme, providing a suitably sophisticated setting for Byatt’s modern European cuisine.
The Ledbury opened in 2005, with Brett Graham as Head Chef ,supported by a young and energetic team including Sous Chef Greg Austin, and long-standing Restaurant Manager Stephen Quinn. The restaurant has gained many accolades including the much coveted second Michelin Star.