From cocktails by the water to relaxed wine menus and delicious feasting, we have rounded up the most romantic bars in London.
Situated next to a beautiful lily pond, Michelin-starred Benares has the perfect Lounge Bar for a romantic date night. Catch up over cocktails or simply enjoy the exciting drinks list before heading to your table. The expert bar team are on hand to keep love birds well watered, as well as mixing up Benares’ twists on cocktails including the Passion Fruit Chutney Martini, Paan Fizz with Galangal Infused Spiced Rum or Royal Sour with Saffron Liqueur Green Tea Bitters.
Led by Head of Beverage and Assistant Manager Mariella Franciosi, the Aquavit London team have created a thoughtful and extensive wine list, perfect for any romantic date. With a vintage to suit every taste, each wine on the list has been selected to ensure its qualities and characteristics complement the Nordic-accented cuisine at Aquavit London. Cocktail connoisseurs are well catered for with an enviable selection of Classic cocktails and a dedicated list of concoctions inspired by the Seven Deadly Sins, from Wrath with Whitley Neill, Fernet Branca, Antica Formula and liquorice to Gluttony with Antica Formula, Buffalo Trace, Campari, sweet honey and chocolate. Not forgetting its namesake, Aquavit London also offers an extensive selection of Aquavit options, served with tonic, including Nuet with grapefruit, blackcurrant and caraway. For a real taste of romance, sip away on the special lover's serve – Lavender Haze – with vodka, Italicus, lavender syrup, lemon and finished with a lavender foam.
Reviving the name of the original hang-out at Flemings back in the 1930s, the plush bar recaptures the surreptitious spirit of a place where spies used to swap secrets and clandestine trysts took place. A dark and sultry colour palette of black upholstery, polished rose gold detailing and jewel red hints in tactile materials of soft velvet and supple leather exudes sophisticated opulence. For negroni aficionados in dark and in cosy corners, cute couples can explore the impressive menu of seven libations including the chocolate Negroni featuring: Portobello Road No. 171 Gin, Campari, Crème de Cacao white and Dolin Rouge.