Our pick of restaurants to go to if you're single

We chart London's best venues...

Food and the art of love. It's a tricky double-act to get right in the early stages. But as fraught as the relationship may be, there's really only one rule for first dates or if you're on the pull: never order the spaghetti. It'll end up down your top/ across your face... plus, you'll probably make that slurpy noise which, let's face it, is a bit of a passion-killer.

After that though, it's plain sailing.

Although your choice of venue will give you an advantage when it comes to meeting someone eligible. So we've put together a list of buzzy places which will increase your chances of striking up a bit of repartee with fellow diners. And who knows, you could be sharing a tiramisu before you know it.




Gilgamesh
Chalk Farm Road NW1 8AH
Region: Camden
Nearest Station: Camden Town (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: This incredibly over the top Pan-Asian restaurant has hand-carved reliefs, gilded furniture and a 40 foot high ceiling. It’s also popular with girls and gals dressed up to the nines who arrive for dinner and drinks before having a boogie on the dancefloor.

  • ASIAN
  • OUR REVIEW 7/10
  • USERS 5/10
Asia De Cuba
45 St. Martin's Lane WC2N 4HX
Region: Covent Garden
Nearest Station: Leicester Square

AIL Says: While other fashionable restaurants have arrived since Asia de Cuba opened in 1999, beautiful people still flock here to see and be seen. The interior has been designed by Philippe Starck, and the menu fuses Latin and Asian food, but the atmosphere is more about socialising than eating.

  • INTERNATIONAL
  • OFFERS
  • USERS 6/10
The Mango Tree
46 Grosvenor Place SW1X 7AW
Region: Belgravia
Nearest Station: Victoria (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: This restaurant is the first stop on a night out for many of its diners, as you can tell by the noise levels on any given night. Customers are dressed up and tables are placed close together so “ooh, what’s that dish you’ve ordered?” is the standard ice breaker here.

  • THAI
  • OUR REVIEW 7/10
  • USERS 2/10
Floripa London
91 - 93 Great Eastern Street EC2A 3HZ
Region: Shoreditch
Nearest Station: Old Street (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Floripa has Brazilian food, but after 9 pm the furniture is moved to one side for punters to take to the dancefloor fuelled by plenty of cachaça. People dancing on tables is not an uncommon sight.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
  • USERS 7/10
Guanabara
Parker Street (Corner of Drury Lane) WC2B 5PW
Region: Holborn
Nearest Station: Holborn (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: If you like Latin music and a little bump and grind you’ll love Guanabara. The circular dancefloor is positioned in the centre of the restaurant, around which punters stand around and eye up potential partners for dancing and (ahem!) possibly more.

  • OUR REVIEW 6/10
Hakkasan Hanway Place
8 Hanway Place W1T 1HD
Region: Fitzrovia
Nearest Station: Tottenham Court Road

AIL Says: With its clubby appearance and late night bar Ling Ling, Hakkasan is the luxurious option for singletons on the pull.

  • RESTAURANT & BAR
  • OUR REVIEW 7/10
  • USERS 9/10
Powder Keg Diplomacy
147 St John's Hill SW11 1TH
Region: Clapham
Nearest Station: Wandsworth Town (0.4 miles)

AIL Says: Inspired by colonial-era gentlemen’s clubs, there are robust “Empire” cocktails to accompany the hearty food served in the stunning candle-lit conservatory. After a few Henry Rifle martinis everyone gets very chatty.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
  • USERS 10/10
Pizza East
56 Shoreditch High Street E1 6JJ
Region: Shoreditch
Nearest Station: Bethnal Green

AIL Says: Loud music, impossibly good looking staff, great pizza and good wine; it’s not a hip East End bar, it’s the hip East End pizzeria owned by Soho House. Once you’ve spotted the object of your affection take them downstairs to nightclub Concrete.

  • PIZZERIA
  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
Paradise By Way Of Kensal Green
19 Kilburn Lane W10 4AE
Region: North Kensington
Nearest Station: Kensal Green (0.3 miles)

AIL Says: This gastro pub by day turns the music up in the evenings, leading to much inebriated dancing and flirting. Paradise has become a favourite Friday night haunt among West Londoners.

  • OUR REVIEW 6/10
  • USERS 7/10
Copita
27 D'Arblay Street W1F 8EP
Region: Soho
Nearest Station: Oxford Circus (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: The tapas at Copita are very good, as is the selection of wine and sherry. It gets very busy and raucous of an evening, which makes it easier to strike up conversation with your neighbours.

  • SPANISH
  • OUR REVIEW 8/10


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