Places to go dating in london
The food, of course, is important (especially at the start of a relationship, when the scene for what’s to come is being set; save BOGOF Wednesday at Pizza Express for further down the road), but even more crucial is the vibe.
Pasta somewhere with low lights and staff who know when to step discreetly into the shadows will always beat a solemn procession of two-starred expectorations from the chef-patron of a Mayfair dining room/mortuary.
) makes the Hell, as per Sartre, is other people — but on a date, rubbing shoulders with lots of them can be just the ticket. Easy to draft in conversational reinforcements if necessary. Activities are good for dates (nothing keeps the conversation going like a shared interest!
) But instead of paitballing or spoon-whittling, opt for cooking, then eating.
Dating in Manhattan is a famously cut-throat business.
For a little of the glamour without the brutal bits (scheduling issues, post-date feedback sessions), try Sette, the first London outpost of high-end New York Italian Scarpetta.
(If it’s a no, neighbour The Grafton Arms can supply the necessary hard liquor).
The Northern Chinese-focused menu is a jaw-dropper too, with plenty of shareable dishes (Shandong shredded chicken with homemade butterfly buns; whole crispy seabass) and one of the city’s best dim sum selections (think Iberico pork xiao long bao, bean-curd rolls with monkfish and black truffle and shiitake buns). The pavilion housing Crispin, which apparent represents “an origami-folded kite or bird”, is definitely a talking point.