Big London

    Big Londoners need their playtime too. So book the babysitter, reserve your table and reconnect at one of Marie-Claire Chappet’s rendezvous hotspots for that long overdue date night…



    For new romantics…

    Cool and sophisticated: for Big Londoners only.

    Hawksmoor, Knightsbridge

    Hawksmoor’s latest outpost is an Art-Deco haven that retains the iconic restaurant’s signature style and sumptuous menus. Make sure to try the new additions to the menu- the Devilled Lobster and Citrus scallops. 0207 590 9290


    Sushi Samba, Bishopsgate

    This fusion restaurant is the epitome of cool, urban dining. Its sleek, architecturally stunning indoor and outdoor interiors (above) are matched only by the dizzying height of its location on the 38th and 39th floors of the Heron Tower. Those with vertigo need not attend.   0203 640 7330


    Bar Boulud, Knightsbridge

    Situated in the Mandarin Oriental hotel, this sister restaurant to the hugely successful New York venue, is a reliable culinary treat with a relaxed atmosphere suited to that all-important date. 0207 201 3899 


    Balthazar, Covent Garden

    Book in advance to avoid disappointment and prepare to feel smug when you’re finally there, Balthazar is one of London’s finest gastronomic delights- a special choice for a rare parent date. 0203 301 1155


    Just the two of you…

    Beautiful dining rooms for some old fashioned romance


    Berner’s Tavern, Fitzrovia

    One of the most beautiful and ostentatious dining rooms in London, Berner’s Tavern is a decadent choice for a romantic evening. 0207 908 7979


    Bob Bob Ricard, Soho

    With luxury booth seating, a lively club room and impeccable service: romance and glamour are Bob Bob Ricard’s selling points. Well, that and a button that says ‘Press Here for Champagne.’ 0203 145 1000


    34 Restaurant. Mayfair

    Warm, inviting and stylish; with a house pianist during the week and a jazz trio at weekends, 34 is pure modern romance. 0203 350 3434


    Clos Maggiore, Covent Garden

    Voted the most romantic restaurant in London, Clos Maggiore’s blossom filled conservatory (above) and warm décor make it a stunning setting for an intimate date. 0207 379 9696


    For cocktails and conversation…

    Rekindle the spark with some fizz and flirting…


    Barts, South-Kensington

    Sssssssh! Barts speakeasy is the worst kept secret in London, located somewhere on Sloane Avenue but I couldn’t possibly tell you where… 0207 581 3355


    The Blue Bar at the Berkeley

    For a classic, sophisticated bar date, The Blue Bar at the Berkeley has long been a standard. Try their signature champagne cocktail-The Berkeley. 0207 235 6000 


    69 Colebrooke Row, Angel

    An under-the-radar bar for those in the know, 69 Colbrooke Row’s unassuming façade contains the best mixologists in London. 07540528593 


    The Beaufort Bar at The Savoy

    The Beaufort Bar is an Art-Deco venue with bespoke cocktails and a glorious history. Set on the stage that once hosted the likes of Gershwin and where live music still prevails: buckle in for an evening of old-fashioned glamour. 0207 836 4343


    For part-time party animals

    For staying up way past your bedtime…..


    Bermondesy Arts Club, Bermondsey

    It used to be a pubic toilet and now, after a swanky renovation, it’s one of London’s brand new hot spots. Grab one of their signature Negronis (above) and try not to think about the previous occupants. 


    Chiltern Firehouse, Marylebone

    Beg, borrow or steal a reservation at Andre Balaz’s latest venture. This eatery-cum-nightclub has fast become the hottest venue in town. 0207 073 7676


    Ronnie Scotts, Soho

    A great destination to make the most of the babysitter: take in a late show at London’s legendary jazz spot. Carriages at 3am. 0207 439 0747


    Duck and Waffle, Bishopsgate

    The highest restaurant in the UK (40 floors up) is also the most hardworking. Open 24/7 it’s an inspired choice for a late night snack and some unparalleled views before heading home to your Little Londoners. 0203 640 7310 


    For more Big London see the Sept/Oct issue of Little London: on sale 22 Aug. 

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