The possibilities for romantic dining in London are endless. London is full of romantic little nooks, each with their own special charm. In addition, there is a wealth of international cuisine to choose from- gone are the days when the only culinary offerings were British staples such as fish and chips or steak and kidney pie. Because London is a noisy, bustling city, setting aside time for a quiet, intimate meal for two is a must.
Three of the best places to enjoy a romantic meal in London can be found on the South side of town, they are listed below. Each place has been selected based on the following criteria: value for money, location and service. Each location would suit gay or straight couples very nicely.
Nando’s, Elephant and Castle
Address: 119 Newington Causeway, London SE1
Telephone: 020 7378 7810
Hours: Sun-Thurs 11:30am-11:30pm/Fri & Sat 11:30am-12am
Nearest tube station: Elephant and Castle
Price guide: $
Because there is something on the Nando’s menu for every budget. Nando’s serves ‘peri-peri’ chicken which originates from Mozambique and Portugal. Peri-peri chicken is spicy and prepared with an open flame- it is known to become quite addictive!
The outdoor dining is quiet an experience at Nando’s Elephant and Castle. Take your dinner for two outside and watch the sun set over the Marie Curie field of hope across Newington Causeway. Watch commuters hustle home as you gently touch fingertips. Dining here gives you a priceless insider’s view to London life.
Smollensky’s on the Strand
Address: The Strand (Covent Garden/Charring Cross area)
Telephone: 020 7497-2101
Hours: Mon-Weds 12pm-11pm/Thurs-Sat 12pm-11:30pm/Sun 12pm-10pm
Nearest tube station: Charring Cross
Price guide: $$$
Because the food and alcohol menus are very varied. They serve ‘modern American cuisine’ and their wine list is extensive.The lighting is relaxing and subtle, and there are plentiful cozy seating arrangements to choose from. Smollensky’s is also known for its live musical performances. They don’t currently have any artists lined up, but they do have a live DJ set each Friday night.
Shakespeare’s Globe/ Swan Braisserie
Address: 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London SE1
Telephone: 020 7902 1400
Hours: Mon-Sat 12pm-2:30pm & 5:30pm-10pm/Sun 11am-5pm
Nearest tube stations: Mansion House (across river) and Southwark (10 minute walk)
Price guide: $$$
Why Shakespeare’s Globe?
‘If music be the food of love, play on’ – William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night. Shakespeare was a master of romance and The Globe Theatre is the embodiment his craft. Inside The Globe, the Swan Braisserie serves food that is ‘very British and delicious’. You’ll snag some of the best views over the River Thames and you can watch some of the finest theatre in Europe.
A trip to the Globe is a remarkable experience.If dinner and a movie is your idea of a hot date, then consider this a major cultural upgrade. When you’ve had your meal you can watch a play under the stars. Built in the Elizabethan tradition, The Globe Theatre has no roof. Being exposed to the elements presents the perfect opportunity to snuggle together on a chilly London evening.