So you’ve moved beyond coffee catch-ups and are looking for a next date location guaranteed to impress your fledging other half. London’s bursting with cocktail and wine bars – ranging from the classic to the trendy, buzzy to the intimate – that are guaranteed to make for a memorable festive date.
SOUTH: Wine & Charcuterie; Tube: Clapham Common
“Hey, fancy meeting me in the public toilets?” We dare you to text this to your date, though we recommend you follow it up sharpish with a note explaining that said public toilets have now been converted into a hip and happening underground bar which is scooping up best bar awards left, right and centre. Located under the streets of Clapham, this popular bar is putting the wine and charcuterie into WC. Booths are available to reserve if you want to dial up the romance factor.
www.wcclapham.co.uk; Image: Facebook.com/WCClapham
NORTH: The Booking Office; Tube: King’s Cross
If it’s glamour you’re after, look no further than the simply stunning bar situated within the newly renovated King’s Cross St Pancras Station. The former booking office retains many of its original gothic features, giving the enormous space a dramatic, Cathedralesque quality. The perfect venue for your first double selfie!
www.bookingofficerestaurant.com; Image: Facebook.com/thebookingoffice
EAST: Callooh Callay; Tube: Old Street
For a good old-fashioned dose of eccentricity you can’t beat this classic Shoreditch cocktail bar. Metal palm trees clash with Alice In Wonderland inspired imagery (the name of the bar is taken from a Lewis Carroll poem) and a cocktail menu which has ‘Drink Me’ written all over it.
www.calloohcallaybar.com; Image: Facebook.com/CalloohCallayLondon
WEST: Portobello Star; Tube: Ladbroke Grove
The site on which this Notting Hill landmark sits has been serving drinks to thirsty West Londoners since 1740, but this once scruffy boozer has had a handsome yet mellow makeover. The Star is serious about spirits, offering more gin-based cocktails than you can shake a wedge of lime at.
www.portobellostarbar.co.uk; Image: Facebook.com/portobellostar
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