While we wait with bated breath for Hôtel Costes to arrive in Sloane Square (let’s hope the concept doesn’t get lost in translation), here’s a selection of romantic, decadent date spots doused in romantic ambiance and candlelight…
THE BAR WITH NO NAME
What: A sultry, award winning cocktail bar on a backstreet of Islington. Be guided inside by an outdoor lantern into an intimate room that blends 1950s Italian Café style with a Film Noir feel. The cocktail menu uses esoteric ingredients that have been developed in Drink Factory – the research and development laboratory located near to Broadway Market, to help you make chemistry in more ways than one.
Where: The Bar With No Name, 69 Colebrooke Row, London, N1 8AA
What: A trusty French bistro in the heart of Covent Garden that fuses good food, good wine and friendly service. You can’t ask for more than that really! Treat yourself to a bottle of Margaux, sink your teeth into an entrecôte steak smothered in béarnaise and soak up the buzzy atmosphere with good company.
Where: 4-6 Russell St, London WC2B 5HZ
GRANARY SQUARE BRASSERIE
What: Located in the heart of King’s Cross between Granary Square fountains and Central Saint Martins Art School, this new Grade II listed space oozes sophistication. Lounge in a vintage leather bucket and feast on calamari with wasabi followed by slow roasted lamb shoulder with roast vegetables, washed down with lashings of champagne.
Where: 1-3 Stable Street, King’s Cross, London, N1C 4AB
What: Located on the edge of the city wall, Kitty Hawk is an impressive building with huge windows and high industrial ceilings. Despite this, it’s still cosy with plenty of dark corners and a central fire pit. Find a cocktail menu packed full of festive flavours such as spiced apple, smoky cinnamon and winter berries and canapés like devils on horseback and smoked mackerel pate on toasted rye. If you’re feeling more adventurous try the chicken liver parfait on brioche with port jelly and chestnut mushroom strudel with parmesan and truffle oil.
Where: Kitty Hawk, 11,13,14 South Place, London, EC2M 7EB
MR FOGG’S RESIDENCE
What: The London residence of the eccentric British adventurer, home of Phileas J. Fogg, Esq. Book a table in the snug drawing room and soak up the quirky decor. Drop by on a Saturday for a “Curiously British Brunch” (midday ’til 3.30pm) with 3 courses and 1 hour 31 minutes of punch! Or pay a visit on Sunday for an All Out Sunday Lunch.
Where: 15 Bruton Ln, Mayfair, London W1J 6JD
What: A bar and kitchen in Marylebone that delivers a Peruvian-inspired menu of small plates, using rustic cooking techniques and seasonal British produce. Drop in for some padrón peppers and Pisco sours (some of the best in London) and while away the hours…
Where: Pachamama London, 18 Thayer Street, W1U 3JY
GORDON’S WINE BAR
What: A 19th-century candlelit wine bar with vaulted cellars, rickety tables and original Dickensian-style decor. Famed as the oldest bar in London, it’s also known for its premier wine list and wide ranging cheese selection – there are 20 types to choose from!
Where: Gordon’s Wine Bar, 47 Villiers St, London WC2N 6NE