It is officially summer in London, which means any restaurant or bar with outdoor seating instantly becomes one of the hottest tickets in town. Here are five London restaurants that are perfect for a date on a warm summers evening.
Boudin Blanc is a candle lit cliché in the heart of Shepherds Market opposite the Curzon Mayfair cinema. Shepherds Market comes into its own in the summer with all the bijou eateries crammed with office folk pounding a few bottles of Pinot Grigio before heading back to the suburbs. Boudin Blanc manages to keep a more informal European feel despite being the most formal restaurant in the market. By night, it is a truly romantic setting with lights dimmed and a gentle buzz from the neighbouring eateries whirling around the dining room. Manager Christophe Capron makes sure everyone is being looked after, while diners enjoy a truly Gallic menu. In the summer, the restaurant opens up onto the terrace transporting you to a Parisian bistro in the 16th arronidssement.
Nearby bars for a drink include Tempo and The Market Tavern.
There is no denying that a view of the city at night creates a special atmosphere. Blueprint Cafe is the jewel in the crown of the D&D restaurant group thanks to its chef, Jeremy Lee. Situated above the Design Museum, its modern Miami beach house floor to ceiling windows that slide open in the summer frame the panoramic views of Tower Bridge spanning east to Canary Wharf. A pair of blue binoculars sit alongside the salt and pepper so you can spy on the world below. Travel Venetian style and catch a water taxi from Embankment to Tower Bridge and then after dinner stroll back along Southbank
No reason to go elsewhere for a drink when you have a view like this to admire.
You could easily walk past Aurora on Lexington Street and never know about the secret courtyard garden at the back of this intimate bohemian eatery in Soho. Without really trying, it has an East Village feel to it. Locals like to keep quiet about it so they can get a table in the tranquil walled garden to sample the Mediterranean influenced menu. Grilled tuna or swordfish are a favourite and the prices resemble excellent value for money. It is hard not to feel loved up in this restaurant.
Nearby bars for a drink include Polpo Campari bar, Two Floors at Kingly Street and Graphic Bar.
I cannot think of anywhere else that I can compare the Towpath Cafe to? Only open during the summer months, this hole in the wall style operation on the Regents Canal, just off the Kingsland Road, is an oasis amongst the concrete of the city. People meander their way down the canal to stop for a cold class of something while watching canal life drift on by. The place is effortlessly cool and could possibly be one of the best tables in town to have some dinner while watching the sun go down. It’s also a perfect location for breakfast the morning after, if you know what I mean…
Nearby bars for a drink include The Haggerston.
A cosy intimate setting above the French House in Dean Street, Polpetto is a gem of a restaurant. The tables for two by the open windows in the summer are the most romantic with the cool breeze and the buzz of Dean Street down below. Start your evening with a glass of prosecco or aperol spritz. The menu is all about sharing, trying each others dishes Lady and the Tramp style. The 28 seater room always has a good vibe and soundtrack to match, so there will be no awkward silent moments during conversation. If you fancy dessert after, then a short stroll through Soho to its sister restaurant Spuntino where you could perch on the kissing stool and share a sweet.
Nearby bars for a drink include Dean Street Townhouse, Quo Vadis and Marks Bar at Hix.