Best exclusive London bars for a first date

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With London being the third biggest city in Europe with more than 8 million citizens it is very multicultural and offers much to discover and see. However sometimes you just need a nice and cosy place to meet someone very special out of these 8 million people. We present to you the best exclusive London bars for a first date. A first date is always stressful as you have probably just met this person once in a club or through online dating like Tinder- so maybe not even once. Nevertheless you want to get to know this person. There are a lot of things you have to deal with, such as finding a suitable outfit, an appropriate welcome gesture, decent communication topics - or even just a date you both can agree on. With this article you will never have problems inquiring an adequate location to go to again! You want to impress your date, so the place should be memorable and exciting, yet comfortable and quiet, so that you are able to communicate easily.  Maybe have a little distraction to help avoid pressure. We recommend dressing up, not just to impress your date, but also for entry purposes in these exclusive bars.

Rumpus Room

Our first recommendation would be a date at Rumpus Roomwhere both of you can enjoy the great view of London’s Skyline and the River Thames from the Rooftop bar and lounge which is located in the 12th floor of the Mondrian Hotel. It has floor to ceiling windows, low glass and marble tables, blood red sofas and dangling dandelion chandeliers which create a very intimate atmosphere. The interior will remind you of a modern interpretation of the 1920's, when partying was still a lifestyle. It’s one of the best exclusive London bars for a first date, since you can just use the view as distraction if you have a pause during your conversation. Rumpus Room is open between Tuesday and Saturday from 5 pm, and Wednesdays are highly recommended as there are live bands playing great music which always ensure a good mood. If your looking to impress and for more of a romantic atmosphere then open-air balconies are also available with dimmed light and a 360° views. On top of all this you can also order two glasses of the world’s finest champagnes that Rumpus Room has to offer.

Experimental Cocktail Club

Our next recommendation would be the Experimental Cocktail Club in Chinatown, Soho. In this bar you don't have to worry about the start of the conversation, considering that they have a huge menu with a lot of different drinks and cocktails you and your date might want to explore together. The location itself is incredibly suitable for a first date. The lightning is dimmed there is calm background music and the seating areas are very comfortable- so it is a perfect place to get to know each other. The staff are very pleasant and the interior and the menu have a Parisian touch which makes the place even more cosy. If the date works well you might want to extend the casual drinks to a more committed dinner on the floor upstairs which has a very romantic feeling through its lighting and the clandestine atmosphere. There's even a piano! You can sit back and relax as the bar has a 3 am license. You can plan your date for any day of the week although you might want to book a table in advance as it is one of the best exclusive London bars for a first date.


Soho Sky Terrace

The Soho Sky Terrace would be a great place for a date between April and September at the Courthouse Hotel you can enjoy the view and the amazing cocktails during the day or watch the stars together at night.  Can you imagine something more romantic? Whilst enjoying your drinks and snacks you can listen to some Mellow groove which ensures a quiet but relaxed atmosphere and still gives you the opportunity to talk one on one. It is open between Tuesday and Saturday from 3 pm until 10:30 pm and is located right by Oxford Circus station so it should be a venue everyone can agree on. The white furniture creates a modern feel and every group or couple has its own little area which gives you a lot of privacy meaning you should be able to communicate without any awkwardness. One advantage of this bar is that you can expect exclusive drinks but also normal drinks such as beers or ciders at appropriate prices. It is one of the best exclusive London bars to go to if you like going on your dates during the daytime, watching the stars at night or just prefer a lot of privacy during the first date.


Purple Bar

The Purple Bar is also located at the heart of Oxford Circus and lives up to its name as everything in this bar shines in a nuance of purple. Including violet silk opera curtains, lavender Queen Anne chairs, purple etched Venetian mirrors and a bar which looks like a meteorite that just fell from the sky. Everyone knows that the colour purple stands for luxury, sophistication and especially romance which makes it perfect for a first date. The bar is very cosy and intimate allowing only 20 people. So you should consider making a reservation for your dream date in purple! The lighting which is very low also suits the atmosphere. The bartenders specialise on Martinis, champagnes and the most expensive cocktails in town. If the date goes extremely well ( like truly well) they offer a drink which is called “The Proposal” and includes a diamond ring. So if your date’s favourite colour is purple then you have already won them over but even if it's not you can still impress her/him with this intimate and cosy bar and evidently your good taste. The purple bar must definitely not be missed in our guide for the best exclusive London bars for a first date.


Oxo Tower

The Oxo Tower offers you not just one but three locations where you can plan your first date: The Restaurant, the Brasserie and the Bar. So depending on the mood you can decide if you prefer a relaxed lunch on the 250 ft outdoor terrace, drinks in the stylish cocktail bar or a romantic dinner in front of the London skyline at night. From each of these places you can enjoy the panoramic view out of the 8th floor of the iconic Southbank building. Keir Berry and Jeremy Bloor will amaze you and your date with a typical British cuisine on all seven days a week. The terrace is perfect if you want to set your date on a sunny day during daytime as you can enjoy some drinks or a light lunch where you can become acquainted with the person. If you prefer a date at night then Oxo Tower is the best exclusive London bars for a first date with its luxurious interior, amazing cocktails, dimmed lighting, quiet music and of course the view!  You can get to know each other in a really comfortable and relaxed place without any pressure but you will definitely impress your date. 


Juju has become the place to be in Chelsea’s bar scene with it being recognized for its elegant and stylish interior, the best and most creative cocktails and a very relaxing atmosphere. So it might be one of the best exclusive London bars for a first date especially if you or your date lives in the South of London. It is open in the evening hours between Tuesday and Saturday and is located in the heart of Chelsea. You can learn a lot about each other whilst enjoying cocktails and a tapas dinner in a very intimate place until the DJ starts at 10 pm. You might want to dance the to the amazing music after drinks or just continue your conversation whilst enjoying the atmosphere. JuJu is one of the favourite cocktail bars in London and has won a lot of awards in the past. The music is commercial, RnB and hip hop but still so quiet that you can talk without screaming at each other. You can share a tapas menu with your date and explore one of the bar’s own cocktail creations like the "Juju Midnight." This bar is very suitable if you looking for a truly elegant and intimate atmosphere- perfect for a first date. 


Sky Gardens

Watching the sunset together 150 meters above the city must be the most romantic date you can imagine- Sky Garden makes this possible! You might forget to talk whilst enjoying this incredible view but you will definitely impress your date and have a mutual memory forever. After being impressed by the spectacular views you can have a drink at the Sky Pod Bar and finally start your conversation. They have a private area which is available for 10-50 guests with the bar offering you bar snacks and the most exclusive cocktails. It is the perfect place for a little intimacy and sharing each other’s secrets. According to the motto “the more you pay, the worse the view”, the visit to the Sky Gardens is indeed free but it is highly recommended to book a slot in advance. During this time you can join the Sky Pod Bar without booking a table but if you would like to invite your date to dinner as well you should reserve a table in one of the Restaurants. Sky Garden is one the best exclusive London bars for a first date if your looking for a romantic and special experience. 



Sketch is located in a 18th century building in Mayfair and was the dream of “Momo” Mazouz who wanted to establish a center which combines art, music and food. This is in fact the most interesting place for a date with so much such variety. There are four different spaces you can choose from and every place is unique. You can either enjoy a relaxed afternoon tea or a European cuisine dinner from the world's best chefs. Like it was the wish of “Momo”, you have three date opportunities in the same place: First you can have a look at all the rooms and the art that you can find there, and even if you don’t have to go you should have a look in the bathrooms ( You have probably never seen something like this before) Then you can choose a restaurant where you would like to eat and after you have the opportunity to listen to great music in the bar.  This might be not a very romantic date but it is definitely an interesting and exciting one that you and your date will remember. It is recommended to reserve a table and plan your visit in advance as its one of the best exclusive London bars for a first date.

Aqua Shard

This exclusive London bar for a first date is located on the 31st floor of the Shard which is the highest building in Western Europe. Even if your visit to the Shard needs to be planned in advance you don’t have to reserve a table in this stunning atrium bar. If you are not a professional in knowing the different kinds of drinks and cocktails that is no problem because the friendly staff will help to explain all the drinking opportunities that are available. Aqua Shard could be just part of one of the many places to visit within one evening as the prices also include the view. So even if you just stay for one drink you will definitely impress your date as he/she will be very grateful for this amazing pre-drinks idea. The elegant bar, exclusive drinks, dimmed lighting and also incredible view will ensure a good mood during the first date and might increase your chances for a second one! This exclusive bar might be the most impressing and exciting idea for a first date so you should take a very special person.


This is our last but a very extraordinary and exotic recommendation for one of the best exclusive London bars for a first date. Invite your date to a journey through all the tastes and unexpected combinations of the award winning cocktails by Mr. Lyan. Whilst you enjoy your cocktails you can relax on the dark purple velvet and candy purple leather sofas in front of the all- chromes bar, which was designed by Tom Dixon. If you take a look outside you can see the Thames and also the St. Paul's Cathedral! Try one of the world famous cocktail menu’s which are fresh and full of botanical's and even comes with suggestions as to what time of the day you should drink them. If your date does not want to drink alcohol on your first date there is also a non-alcoholic section which includes cocktails, Chai, and cold brewed coffee. After you have enjoyed your evening together at Dandelyan, you should see the lift for and take a picture with Queen Victoria, male models or an astronaut - it could be the first of many pictures you take together.

These are the ten best exclusive bars for a first date specially selected as they offer something unique and special, so you and your date can share an unforgettable experience together. These exclusive bars are working together with the world's best chefs or bartenders have a creative and luxurious interior or just offer you an amazing view above our loving city. So don't miss out on going to one of these exclusive and high-end bars today! 

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