The Best Romantic Restaurants in London

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Looking for somewhere special to take your loved one? Want to make a good impression on a first date, or maybe you’re looking for the perfect spot to pop the question? Here’s a list of the best- romantic restaurants in London to choose from, and trust us they’re good!

 

L’Escargot

L’Escargot – Soho – French

Soho’s most romantic and luxurious eatery and London’s oldest French restaurant, L’Escargot is located on Greek St and has satisfied some very famous palates in its time. From Coco Chanel to Elton John,  its a firm favourite with the glitterati and serves delectable Parisian cuisine 7 days a week. Whether you’re partial to a creamy Lobster Bisque or prefer Coq au Vin,  they have exactly what you’re looking for with an extra sprinkling of magic on top.

L’Escargot oozes a seriously romantic ambiance and is the perfect place to enjoy a loved-up night in style.

For reservations please call 020 7439 7474 or email info@lescargotrestaurant.co.uk

48 Greek St, Soho, London W1D 4EF

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Sartoria

Sartoria – Mayfair – Italian

If you’re a fan of authentic Italian cuisine and want to ‘push the boat out’ for your special half then Sartoria is the place to be. This restaurant offers fresh, delicious and creative dishes which will be sure to ‘wow’ your taste buds from the moment you tuck in. Being the only restaurant on Savile Row, Sartoria offers newly refurbished décor to emulate 20th Century Italian glamour and it looks divine.

Tuck into a mouth-watering selection of Antipasti such as Beef Carppacio or barbequed Mackerel or enjoy a main consisting of pan-fried Squid with Tuscan Cannellini Beans.  Bellissimo!

For bookings please call 020 7534 700 or email sartoriareservations@danddlondon.com

20 Savile Row, Mayfair, London W1S 3PR

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Noura

Noura -Mayfair – Lebanese

Noura will turn 20 next year and they’re renowned for offering some of the finest Lebanese food in London! With two restaurants, a deli and a catering company under their belt,  the family business really do know their stuff!  With stunning food from their homeland and exceptional customer service, it’s pretty obvious to see why Noura made the list.  It’s the perfect spot for showing your affection for your dining partner,  and for the good food!

Why not order yourself their fresh Mixed Grill or traditional Loubieh with Lamb? Or maybe you’re meat-free and fancy Moujadarra (Rice & Lentils) instead? They have a great choice of dishes, something to keep you both happy.

For bookings please call 0207 235 9444 or visit their website

16 Curzon St, Mayfair, London W1J 5HP, UK

Rules

Rules – Covent Garden – British

If you’re both partial to a bit of traditional British fare then London’s oldest restaurant, ‘Rules Restaurant’ is the one for you.

Its fascinating historical restaurant-premises spanning over 200 years has welcomed some extremely famous faces to dine at its tables, from Charlie Chaplin to Charles Dickens! It became ‘Rules’ in 1984 when it was taken over by its current owner (that’s only the third owner in over two centuries).

You can tell that they definitely take pride in what they do and this shows in their food. They specialise in classic Game cookery, Oysters, Pies and Puddings.

A truly British date night.

For bookings please call 0207 836 5314 or visit their website

35 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, WC2E 7LB

Royal China Group

Royal China Group – Baker Street

Chinese food with your better half doesn’t always have to be from the nearest takeaway shop whilst you’re watching the box on a Friday night. If you’re a fan of Oriental cuisine and want to make it extra special then head down to the Royal China Group on Baker Street for a candlelit dinner that will blow you away

From Wagyu Beef in a Teriyaki sauce to Icelandic King Crab, there’s a great choice to cater for everyone. They also have a varied selection of tasty vegetarian dishes too.

If you’re looking for an evening that’s a little more intimate then you can request for one of their partitions to be put up,  or why not go the whole hog and hire your own private dining area?

To book your table please call 0207 486 3898

40 – 42 Baker Street, Marylebone, London W1U 7AJ

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So there you have it, and what a great selection! Which one are you going to go for?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five Of The Best Halloween Parties – Ibiza 2018

 

The party is still alive and kicking here on Ibiza!

It will be taking a slightly more sinister turn however on Wednesday 31st October,  as the Ghosts and Ghouls of the White Isle will be summoned to enjoy an evening of food and dance under the Balearic stars and everyone’s invited!

 

We’ve picked our top 5 events, now it’s just down to you to decide which one you’ll be creeping up on first…

 

Pikes

The Brothers Grim present ‘VOODOO RAVE’ at the legendary Pikes Hotel on Wednesday 31st October, and it’s going to be a good one!

The duo will be spinning some Spooktacular sounds along with a pretty impressive line-up to keep you entertained right through until 4am.

Expect Cocktails, Carnage and a right old Carry On as the locals and  Autumn tourists come together to toast All Hallows Eve, Ibiza style!

For tickets (15€) visit https://pikesibiza.com/blog/halloween-at-pikes/

Pikes Ibiza, Camí Sa Vorera, Sant Antoni de Portmany, Spain, 07820

reservations@pikesibiza.com

Tel +34 971 342 222

Instagram – @pikesibiza

Facebook – @pikeshotel

Atzaro

This beautiful Boutique Hotel in St Euliala is the perfect setting for what will be one of the best Halloween parties on the island.

Mischief take over for their ‘Misbehave from The Grave’ event and will also be serving deliciously devilish food to die for!

Clive Henry will be playing b2b with Alex Arnout amongst others to take you into the night! Make sure you’re dressed to impress in your most terrifying outfit!

15€ entry (pay on the door or from reception) includes one free drink and free entry into their best dressed competition (fancy dress of course) –  The prize? A luxurious Atzaro Spa Day for two,  plus lunch!

Atzaro Agroturismo, Carretera Sant Joan KM15, 07840

Ibizaagroturismo@atzaro.com

Tel: +34 971 338 838

Instagram – @atzaro_hotel

Facebook @AgroturismoATZAROibiza

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Pacha

Bambuddha’s famous Halloween dinner party will be hosted at Pacha this year where you can enjoy their extraordinary set menu from 9pm.

From 1am Pacha will then transform into a hellraising celebration for grown ups who are young at heart,  as San Proper + more take over the decks for a night to remember!

Avenida 8 de Agosto, 07800 Eivissa

Table reservations: +34 971 310 959
Vip Table Bookings: +34 971 313 600

Instagram – @pachaofficial

Facebook – @Pacha

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Underground 

With free entry until 1am (when signing up via their Facebook page) the San Antonio club will be raising the dead from 11pm til 6am and it’s set to be an eerily exciting night!

Costumes are a must for this event so make sure you choose the best outfit and scare to impress!

Entry 20€ if you pay on the door.

Diseminado Cas Arabins, 96, Sant Antoni de Portmany

Tel: +34 971 19 80 15

Instagram- ibiza_underground

Facebook – @IbizaUndergroundclub

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Hostal Salinas

The after party of all after parties will of course be held at Salinas again this year.

Halloween 18 presents ‘Freak Show, A Balearic Horror Story’ and anyone who really knows Ibiza out of season knows about this event.

Entry is 20€ and includes one drink. To be added to the strictly guestlisted event visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1158896124265600/

Some of the islands best known resident DJ’s will be ensuring the music is everything you’d expect and more from this notoriously amazing event.

Crta Sa Canal de Ses Salines km5, 07817, Eivissa

Tel: +34 971 308 899

Facebook – @BoutiqueHostalSalinas

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So there you have it, you’re spolit for choice now!

 

 

Lockside Camden – Tex Mex Heaven

Lockside Camden

 

I love Camden. It’s trendy, funky and full of the weird and wonderful.

It has changed drastically over the last 15 years since I’ve been going out there. Pop up street food stalls and huts have become the staple of the Lock, with a range of cuisines available from all over the world.

I’m a big fan of TexMex food. I like the fusion between Mexico & America with all of their spices, sauces and flavours. It’s one of my favourites!

When I eat I like to sit down, relax and enjoy my food. Standing up squashed between hundreds of people is perfect for ‘food on the go’ but I’m more of a chilled out, take your time kind of foodie. Plus I need room to put the food in my mouth!

Lockside Camden is a well established eat-in restaurant and bar. Perfect for me to relax. Located on the upper walkway inside The Lock, it been open since 2005 and had a refurbishment in January of this year.

With a large outside area overlooking the Lock, it’s great during the warmer months. The perfect spot to enjoy food and a few drinks while you watch the world go by.

Most recently they’ve branched upon a fresh TexMex theme with their ‘Evil Twin’ brand delivering fresh, authentic food bursting with flavour from their creative kitchen.

The chefs are energetic, enthusiastic and bubbly. Just what you want from this type of area.

We sat down at the back of the restaurant after ordering our drinks from the bar. Nattering away about what a fantastic location it was and checking out the quirky artwork on the walls.

From framed cans of craft beer,  to an image of Grime artist D Double E dressed as the (Newham) General (If you know you know). It’s eclectic and unique. There’s even an image of a pair of Reebok Classics which were the fashion staple of street wear when I was growing up, those and Air Force 1’s were my favourites!

Within a very reasonable time our food arrived!
A wooden serving board packed with a fabulous array of foods arrived at our table and we tucked straight in!
5 Hour “Hell Yeah” Pork Belly Tacos with
Kimchi & Guac, corn tortilla
Hot Butter & Siracha Wings
Jalapeño Poppers, Chipotle Aioli, spring Onions
Nacho’s smothered in Queso

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The Pork belly was AMAZING! Cooked just right, the juicy flavours just melted in my mouth!

The wings? I love a wing and these were by far some of the best I’ve ever tasted!

Jalapeño Poppers are no doubt going to have a kick about them and these were kickin’ for all the right reasons! Very moreish.

And finally the cheesy Nachos…YES, just YES!

The food is tasty, fresh and bursting in flavours and the Kimchi & Guac tortilla was by far my favourite!

 

They also do some fantastic looking Burgers too!

The vibe is edgy yet chilled, the food is delicious and the drinks are cold. What more could you want from an afternoon in Camden Town?

 

 

75-89 Upper Walkway, Camden Lock Place, London · NW1 8AF

Tel: 020 7284 0007

Opening Hours
Monday – Thursday 12 noon – 1am
Friday 12 noon – 3am
Saturday 10am – 3am
Sunday 10am – 1am

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Pivaz Brentwood – A new level of luxury to Essex

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So after much anticipation, Turkish/Mediterranean restaurant Pivaz have finally opened their third venue in the famous town of Brentwood, Essex.
The Mayor of Brentwood, Councillor Will Russell officially opened Pivaz last Friday with a traditional ‘cutting the the ribbon’ to welcome a beautiful new addition to the area.

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The family owned business have seriously upped their game in terms of decor and size, with Pivaz Brentwood being their biggest venture yet. If you think their Epping restaurant is amazing then you have to check this one out!

The incredible eatery boasts two spacious floors filled with glamorously plush furniture and lighting, excellent cocktails and mouthwatering, authentic cuisine straight from the motherland. A number of the restaurant’s chefs have even moved over from Turkey, especially to join the ever growing Pivaz team!

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It’s been open less than a week and it’s doors have already welcomed a few homegrown favourites from the cast of The Only Way is Essex!
Gemma Collins attended the opening night with friends, along with Ex On The Beach star Jordan Wright who enjoyed an evening of drinks, food and live music from Flamenco guitarist Leo Alma.

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Essex boy and Model Zak Smith also dined at the affluent eatery on Friday night as well as a number of popular influencers and bloggers!

Since the opening, the lovely Gemma Collins has returned, this time with Megan McKenna, Pete Wicks & Amber Turner from The Only Way is Essex in tow to enjoy everything that the tasty new venue has to offer!

 

TOWIE Cast – Pete Wicks, Amber Turner & Gemma Collins

It seems that Pivaz Brentwood has already made it onto the map and it’s rightly deserved. The amount of time spent on somewhere that was originally meant to open in December has paid off in such an fantastic way.

Pivaz is great for romantic nights out, dining with friends & family and is the perfect spot for hosting spectacular parties!

Why not try for yourself?

 

For reservations call 01277204379 today!

92 Brentwood High St, Essex, CM14 4AP

 

 

Venerdi Italian Restaurant – London

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Venerdi reopened on the 18th February and the amount of interest it has received so far has been positively overwhelming.

 

It has totally transformed from its previously rustic decor into a stylish and sophisticated eating establishment that oozes class while at the same time, keeping it’s Mediterranean charm with traditional Italian foods on display for all to see.

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Venerdi is situated on the trendy Chatsworth Road in Hackney and although the regenerated area offers an array of quirky eateries and other shops, Venerdi really does stand out from the crowd.

It’s now the type of venue which you would find in nearby Shoreditch. Modern and charming, with its brand new traditional wood burning oven, dimly lit feature lighting and impeccably dressed professional bartenders with a serious passion for their trade. The only difference is, Venerdi doesn’t come with the upmarket price tag that a lot of restaurants in Shoreditch tend to charge.

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They’ve kept their original menu with some new additions, all for the same great price.

Their famous Pizzas are still on offer in a range of Meat, Fish, Vegeterian and gluten free options, ranging from £7.70 to £13 and are big enough for two people! Their thin crusts and tasty toppings show us why traditional Italian Pizzas are the only ‘real’ Pizzas to eat.

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For the seafood fans there’s plenty of options. From their ‘Salmone Alla Griglia’ (Grilled Salmon with Seabass Ravioli) for £16, to their ‘Risotto Scampi’ for £12. There’s a number of choices to choose from.

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If you’re more of a Meat eater then Venerdi is the place to be! Their ‘Rib Eye Padella’ (Dry roasted Scotch Rib Eye) for £16.50 is simply delicious and cooked to perfection. Their ‘Tagliatelle Wild Boar’ for £13 is also a popular favourite.

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They also have a number of Vegetarian options available at Venerdi. From ‘Gnocchi Buffalina (Stuffed with Buffalo Mozzarella, Cherry Tomatoes and Garlic, served with a Tomato and Pesto sauce) for £9.90, to ‘Orecchiette’ (Garden Peas, mixed Porcini Mushrooms and Garlic in a cream sauce for £10.
As with any authentic Italian restaurant, Venerdi also offers a number of Antipasto (Starter/first course) options from their fresh Focaccia bread for £5.50 to their Scallops with spicy Sausage for only £9.50. A perfect pre-dinner treat!

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Venerdi really has excelled itself with it’s refurbishment and is fast becoming the most talked about restaurant in the area this year so far!

Expect happy hours, music nights, special events and much more!
You can follow them on their social media pages here;

Venerdi is situation on 9 Chatworth Road, London E65 OLH

For reservations call 02085331902

 

 

 

Hubbard and Bell – London

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Part of the Soho House brand, Hubbard and Bell (adjoined with The Hoxton Hotel) is situated on the High Holborn road in London.

With it’s light and airy décor, it’s the perfect spot for dinner with friends on a cold Monday evening in the city.

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The menu is very varied and interesting. Not on the cheap side but considering it’s central London, it was considerably reasonable for the excellent quality of food that we later received.

Food:

The Porterhouse Steak with fries (£55 for 32oz), Octopus with Salsa Verde, Chilli and Chickpeas (£14), Crab with spicy Aioli on toast (£8) and the Scallops with Cauliflower and Saffron (£12).

The steak is beyond amazing.  It was one of the best we’ve ever had! Thick cuts of tender, medium/rare meatiness served on a wooden board,  topped off with mixed salad. It was perfect to share and we had around 4 slices each between 3 of us so it was well worth the price tag.

The chips (we asked them to be fried in truffle oil) tasted fantastic! Very moreish.

Silver Metal Fork on Top of a Silver Butter Knife

The Octopus was beautiful. The portions are small but extremely satisfying. Served with salsa verde, chilli and chickpeas, the accompanying ingredients really did the octopus justice.

Now on to the crab. It beats peanut butter on toast that’s for sure! We would have this for breakfast, lunch and dinner if we could. Tasty and surprisingly light considering the bread underneath.

They have a solid cocktail list ranging from ‘Sunset Boulevard’ which consists of Gran Centenario Plata with Manderin and Tarragon soda, to ‘Vintage Satan in Satin’s Sheets’.

The boldly named cocktail boasts an extensive list of ingredients. Woodford Reserve, Martini Rosso, Manderin Napoleon, Benedictine, Ferret Branca and bitters (see below).

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Along with their delicious food, creative cocktails and relaxed atmosphere, Hubbard and Bell is a very welcoming venue with attentive, friendly staff.

 

With a range of well known actors frequenting the venue, Hubbard and Bell is a not-so-hidden gem that should be proud of their service and exceptional food.

The restaurant is open from 7am-2am Monday-Saturday and 8am-12am on Sundays.

You can book your table by calling 02076613030 or visiting http://www.hubbardandbell.com