A first date...we‘ve all had one and anyone who‘s not should experience it at least once in a lifetime.
The mix of apprehension and excitement about finally meeting in the flesh this anonymous person you‘ve communicated with online for the past week. The fear that the hot photo you‘ve been sent matches the individual that you‘re actually meeting, and the online exchange of warm and witty words will flow just as easily when face to face.
So, ’the date‘ has been agreed and you‘re both ready to go out and dine in the Big Smoke. The biggest decision that can truly make or break the date is where to for your choice encounter?
Well, the foodies amongst you may feel overwhelmed as this vast cosmopolitan City has something for every discerning palette. So we‘ve given you a helping hand by providing our top eight favourite eateries to visit in London for the all important first date experience.
Texture at Portman Place offers Icelandic cuisine at one of London‘s high-end dining areas. Winner of a Michelin star in 2010, you‘ll have to search well for something so memorable that would beat any first date. They cater for lunches too with a mouth-watering wine list to boot.
Wild Honey is a compact and functional restaurant offering a smooth service and seasonal food that is hard to outdo. Located opposite Hanover Square, you‘ll experience thoughtful food and an impressive wine list. This restaurant is ideal for a quick lunch date and great for a pre-dinner before heading to the theatre.
What about the more discerning couple who want to get to know one another as opposed to satisfying their own food desires? Well, we‘d suggest:
Bird restaurant in EC1, a restaurant opened by Alan Bird previously from The Ivy. This restaurant is spread over five floors and comprises a lounge bar, roof terrace and dining room that serves British dishes. If the eating goes well then why not move on to the basement bar where you‘ll find a delightful cocktail menu waiting for you. You know the first date is going well when you hit the cocktail menu!
If you arrange to meet your date in West London then why not venture over to Carluccio‘s restaurant in Ealing, offering fine Italian dining at a great price with traditional recipes that make the mouth water. Fine wine is provided at this great Italian as standard and be sure to take home some of the available recipes for their most popular dishes.
Also in Ealing is one of the popular Chimichanga restaurants offering reasonably priced Mexican meals. These are relaxed eateries that offer a lively atmosphere where you can kick back and get to know your date in a Mexican themed environment. Check out their website for some great offers too.
If you‘re arranging to meet your date over in East London then why not venture toward the classy establishment of St John on St John Street, London EC1 for a night to remember. The menu offers mouth-watering meals and the bar will not disappoint. Make sure you book in advance for this popular eatery destination.
Our final choice for the first dater&lsuo;s destination would have to be Racine restaurant on Brompton Road SW3. With a unique and exquisite French menu, this will far from disappoint accompanied by the very best in French wines. It‘s a joy to visit with its luxurious surroundings, perfect for a budding romance!
We hope this list is helpful as here at Spark Of Love we know exactly how important that first date is. Meeting for the first time within nice surroundings will help the new couple get off to a good start. Don‘t hesitate to contact us in your quest to find that new partner, we are always here to help.