Love is in Gruyère: 9 date ideas for cheese lovers in London

Love is always in the air in the capital and if you like cheese as much as we do, then you’re in for a treat. Here are nine date ideas for cheese lovers in London, from food tours to fromage-obsessed restaurants.

Pick & Cheese
If you like sushi conveyer belts, then you’ll love this cheesy version at Seven Dials Market. Choose from over 25 different cheeses, all sourced from around the UK and paired with individual condiments. Why not try Quicke’s Cheddar with tomato relish or Cornish Gouda with cumin praline? For something even more indulgent, visit their Camden sister site – The Cheese Bar – for fondue, poutine, and some of the best cheese toasties in town.

Champagne + Fromage
Cheese and Champagne – what could be better? If you’re looking to treat someone special, then book a table at this Covent Garden bistro for an evening of Gallic delights. Take your pick from 25 award-winning Champagnes and tuck into raclette, baked Camembert, and a stunning selection of cheese and charcuterie.

The Cheese Room at Le Pont de la Tour
You’ll have to get your skates on for this cheesy delight. Throughout January, you can indulge your passion for fromage at The Cheese Room on the terrace at Le Pont de la Tour. With cosy blankets and views of Tower Bridge, the intimate dining space is the perfect spot for a cosy date night. For £50pp, you can enjoy a fondue feast and a delicious dessert accompanied by a glass of Moët & Chandon Champagne.

A Borough Market cheese crawl
Borough Market is the place to be for food lovers, so why not take your date on a self-guided cheese tour? Find new favourites at popular stalls like the Bath Soft Cheese Co and The French Comté or try Kappacasein’s famous toasted cheese sandwiches and molten London raclette (made in nearby Bermondsey) over new potatoes. If you’re still hungry, grab a table at Arthur Hooper’s – a buzzy restaurant on the edge of the market – and snack on small plates, fine wine, and even more cheese.

Lady of the Grapes
Lady of the Grapes is a Covent Garden wine bar shining a light on female winemakers who really know their Sauvignons. The friendly sommeliers will help you find the perfect bottle to compliment your cheeseboard. Of course, there’s also fondue, tartiflette and baked Camembert for lovebirds who like to share.

The London Cheese Crawl
Starting in Mayfair each Saturday, this walking tour lets you taste some of the best cheese in the city, from the finest blue to the creamiest stilton. Experts can get involved in the tour’s very own cheese quiz in between sampling foodie delights around Soho and Covent Garden. The tour lasts around two hours so you’ll have walked off the culinary treats in no time!

Obica
Sometimes simple dishes truly are the best. For a relaxed date night, consider Obica – an Italian restaurant group specialising in the finest buffalo mozzarella. We recommend trying it with some prosciutto or drizzled with truffle oil, but you can also enjoy it in a salad or on pizza and pasta. Find their restaurants in Soho, Canary Wharf, and St Paul’s.

Vivat Bacchus
Fancy curating your very own cheeseboard of dreams? Vivat Bacchus (located in Farringdon and London Bridge) offers walk-in cheese rooms where their experts will help you assemble ayour perfect cheeseboard. It’s the ideal place to catch up with someone special whilst sampling artisan cheeses and sipping on a glass of wine.

Chez Bruce
Head to this critically acclaimed French restaurant in Wandsworth to show your date how cheesy you can really be. After dishes like pork with Agen prunes and salmon with shellfish feuilleté, you can take your pick from their impressive cheese selection. They use top suppliers like Neal’s Yard and Paxton & Whitfield so you know you’re in safe hands.

This is a guest post from freelance journalist Beatrice Clark. She has written for Vogue, Glamour and Vanity Fair, among others, and has spent the past 15 years living in France, England and Scotland. She is currently based in Berlin and is always on the hunt for the perfect Eggs Benedict.