Hidden behind an unassuming door, this bar has killer cocktails but without any pretence, they treat you like an old friend as soon as you walk through the door.
With low lighting and snug booths, we say book a seat downstairs for an intimate date, or sit at the bar and watch them make the drinks.
Where: Clapham Common South Side, Clapham, SW4 7AAWebsite: What: Sophisticated Drinking Why: For a date with the sophistication factor, Scarfes Bar is ideal.
Located inside the Rosewood Hotel, visit for live jazz and cocktails named after iconic British characters, past and present, fictional and non fictional.
Tottenham Court Road (0.1 miles) What: Two Dates in One Why: The Bloomsbury Club Bar has date night written all over it.
Split into two areas, you can either sit inside or on the terrace.
Where: 113-117 Farringdon Road, corner of Ray St Farringdon, London, EC1R 3BXWebsite: (0.3 miles) What: Old School Luxury Why: Telling your date to meet you at The Savoy is sure to impress.
The Art Deco interiors and award-winning cocktails of the Beaufort Bar will hopefully be the only drama you’ll experience on the night.
Saying that, nightly live performances will keep the chat flowing and if you plan ahead you can catch one of their monthly cabaret and burlesque evenings.
Where: The Savoy, Strand, London Website: station near here (0 miles) What: For the Day Date Why: Planning a day date?
Inside is ideal for a cold winter’s night when you just want to turn your back on miserable grey London; it has the feel of a library you might find in Cluedo merged with a gentleman’s club.
The terrace however is the winner for summer; big booths filled with cushions to sink into and blankets to snuggle up in and exposed brick work arches decorated with twinkling fairy lights and foliage. Where: 16-22 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NNWebsite: Soho Date Why: Swift is a Handbook favourite for dates.
Where: Piano House, 9 Brighton Terrace, Brixton, SW9 8DJWebsite: Cocktails With Theatre Why: When you tire of the classic cocktail bar it’s time to add Purl to your date night repertoire.