14 First Date Restaurants You Need To Reserve A Table At Now

14 First Date Restaurants You Need To Reserve A Table At Now

Stuck on where to go for your first date? The InStyle Team have whittled down their favourite London spots guaranteed to make your evening feel extra special

Duck Soup, Soho

“It’s really cosy, and you have to share plates of food so it’s interactive and intimate.”

Hannah Rochell, Fashion Features Editor


Trullo, Highbury

“Nothing beats a delicious bowl of pasta and glass (bottle) of red wine – and no-one does it better than Trullo. Reserve one of the low-lit booths if you want to share that panacotta in peace.”

Olivia Marks, Digital Content Editor



Maloko, Camberwell

“It’s really small with a hippy vibe, a few little tables and lots of cushions. There are gluten-free pancakes and you bring your own alcohol.”

Lulu Wentworth, Senior Fashion Assistant

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Pachamama, Marylebone

“Great Pervian food and there’s a bar so you can have really nice cocktails, too.”

Claire Clifton-Coles, Picture Editor


Dehesa, Soho

“They have the perfect window table for a date, and great food for sharing with your loved one.”

Nick Spensley, Executive Fashion Director


Brawn, Shoreditch

“Amazing food and very good service, which is really personal so it’s more intimate.”

Phoebe Sing, Senior Designer


Bob Bob Ricard, Soho

“There’s a champagne button, and the staff are pretty hot in case your date is not.”

Robyn Kotze, Shopping Editor



Hawksmoor, Knightsbridge

“That’s where my boyfriend took me on our first date. It’s traditional, cosy, has brilliant lighting and really romantic.”

Emily Dean, Deputy Editor


The Typing Room, Bethnal Green

“Laidback but with a fun buzzy atmosphere and the food is delicious. Go for a cocktail in the adjacent Peg & Patriot bar first to really kick off the evening.”

Chloe Mac Donnell, Editorial Assistant


Andrew Edmunds, Soho

“There are candles and flower arrangements on the table for a perfect romantic ambience.”

Susan Henderson, Chief Sub Editor


Franco Manca, Tottenham Court Road

“It's always buzzy and the £6 sourdough pizzas are affordable too. On the way home I like picking up a frozen yog from Samba Swirl.”

Lucy Pavia, Senior Features Writer



Ace Hotel, Shoreditch

“You can drink loads and order lots of nibbles if you’re nervous. And there’s a photo booth so you and your date can take photos together.”

Amy Bannerman, Fashion Editor


Bleeding Heart, Farringdon

“Quite quirky and cute and they serve French food so it’s very romantic.”

Cassie Steer, Beauty Director


J Sheekey, Covent Garden

“It’s traditional and lovely, but also a treat.”

Niki Browes, Associate Editor



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