5 hot first date locationsAs recommended by certified matchmaker and love guru Rachel MacLynn
First impressions on a date are absolutely crucial. Regardless of whether this is the first time you’ve met or the two of you have history, everything changes under the context of a date. The rules are out the window – you’re here to impress.
One thing to soothe your worries is finding that all-important location and venue. Get that right and a major factor in the success of the date is taken care of! It’s important to match the place with the tone – is this more a spontaneous, informal rendezvous, or a suited-and-booted evening of courting?
At The Vida Consultancy, we understand our clients have different preferences and tastes when it comes to choosing a date spot. Thankfully, we have them covered. Here are five of our favourites from around London.
1. Quaglino’s, St. James’s
Everyone has a Quaglino’s story – or so claims the cocktail menu. The restaurant has an illustrious history, long frequented by royalty and stars of the silver screen alike. In fact, the Queen’s visit in 1956 marked the first time a British monarch had dined in a public restaurant. Get ready to for some immense nostalgia as you descend the staircase into the art-deco grandeur of the Jazz Age. Live music begins at 9, with the best seats in the house right in front of the mezzanine-level bar. The cocktails are at once audacious and decadent, almost to the point of irony – encapsulating everything Quaglino’s represents.
2. Plateau, Canary Wharf
The views over Canada Square afforded by this upscale fine-dining restaurant are so fantastic, you don’t even need good food to make a superb night of it – although the food is good, very good. Sumptuous French cuisine is matched by a more casual bar and grill. The pièce de résistance of the interior is undoubtedly the main dining room, with natural light streaming in from floor-length windows looking out at the city beneath.
3. German Gymnasium, Kings Cross
London’s first purpose-built gym, designed in 1865, is a colossal lump of brick, inside which lies a cathedral-esque vault replete with dark-wood rafters. A modern temple to all that is German cuisine – and boy do they do it well – the décor is somewhat evocative of a Mitteleuropa brasserie, all glowing lamps, parquet and curving banquettes.
4. Beach Blanket Baby, Notting Hill
One of London’s more memorable venues – as you might expect from a renovated Georgian mansion – BBB, as its referred to by locals, has a dark rococo interior that wouldn’t be out of place in an Edgar Allan Poe fantasy. Where else can you dine in a hollowed-out cave known as The Crypt? BBB boasts a menu rich in modern European cuisine, with desserts true to the restaurant’s design – heavy in theme, memorable in flavour.
5. Aviary, Finsbury Square
One of the capital’s hottest new rooftop destinations, perched atop the tenth floor of the Montcalm Royal London House Hotel, Aviary has truly magnificent views over the City. Designed by the acclaimed Russell Sage Studio, an impressive central bar elegantly divides the stylish dining area from the opulent bar lounge. An array of beautifully crafted cocktails perfectly complements a botanical theme, with hanging planters side-by-side with plush seating, relaxed banquettes and gold drinks cases, creating a bright, vibrant ambience.
So, there you go! Are you looking for love, seeking that excitement that only first-date nerves can bring? If so, why not get in touch with The Vida Consultancy today? At Vida, we work with some of the world’s most exceptional singletons, all ready and waiting to settle down with that special someone. Call today – fall in love tomorrow.