From food market grazing to lunch by the river, here are ten foodie dates ideas to try this spring.
Sip cocktails on the roof – Make the most of the after-work sunshine with a drink on the roof at rooftop bars like Radio, Aqua Kyoto, Madison and Golden Bee. If you fancy more than just drinks, book a table at Boundary in Shoreditch and enjoy Mediterranean dishes under the grape vines and fairy lights.
Pick up a posh picnic and head to the park – What better way to spend a spring afternoon than stretched out on a rug, soaking up the sun? Pack your own picnic or stock up on gourmet goodies at Mount Street Deli, Melrose & Morgan, Brompton Food Market, or the deli at Holborn Dining Room. If you’re heading for Hampstead Heath, stop for a drink at The Bull & Last and then pick up a hamper to take away.
Eat your way along the Southbank – After a cruise down the Thames or a stroll in the sunshine, skip the chain restaurants and dine in style at Skylon or check out the new Southbank Centre food market. In May, head to Southbank for Streets of Spain – a four-day fiesta of Spanish food and fun.
Enjoy a luxe lunch for less – Try some of London’s top restaurants without blowing the budget by dining off-peak. If you like the idea of a leisurely lunch date, you can dine for under £30 a head at critically acclaimed restaurants like Bar Boulud, Fera at Claridge’s, Spring and The Savoy Grill.
Dine by the river – Spring is the perfect time to check out one of London’s watererside restaurants. Surprise your date with dinner overlooking the Thames at Northbank or Sunday lunch at Ramsay’s riverside gastropub, The Narrow. The Canalway Cavalcade descends on Little Venice over the May Bank Holiday weekend – a perfect excuse for lunch at The Summerhouse.
Kick-start the weekend with a boozy brunch – Swap your green juice and granola for something a little more indulgent, like eggs Benedict with smoked pork belly at HotBox or blueberry pancakes at Blixen. You can banish a hangover or settle those first date nerves with the bottomless Prosecco option at New Street Grill, Flesh & Buns, and Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings.
Watch the sun set over the city – It might not be original, but dinner with a view never fails to impress. Splash out on a sky-high table for two at Sushisamba or dine in the shadow of the Shard at The Rooftop Café.
Graze your way around a food market – Spend a lazy morning snacking on street food or stocking up on seasonal veg and artisan treats to cook at home. Head to Borough Market bright and early to beat the crowds or head to your local farmers’ market. There are loads to discover, from Brockley to Broadway, plus our personal favourite – Malby Street, home to St John Bakery and salt beef specialists Monty’s Deli.
Work up an appetite at Regent’s Park – Take to the water in a boat or pedalo on the Regent’s Park boating lake – it’s only £9 an hour! Then stroll to Marylebone for lunch at Trishna or tea and cake at Fischer’s.
Discover a new foodie neighbourhood – Dine outside your postcode and discover hidden gems in another part of London. Have Sunday lunch at an Islington gastropub, get dolled up for a Shoreditch cocktail crawl, or explore foodie hot spots like Exmouth Market and Brixton Village.
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