Popping the question: London restaurants that are perfect for proposals

So you’ve found the one and you’re getting ready to pop the question? Congratulations! But where should you ask your other half to be your partner in crime forever? Don’t worry, we’ve done the hard work for you. Here are some of the most romantic restaurants in London for a truly unforgettable night.

Galvin at Windows
Galvin at Windows is located high up on the 28th floor of the London Hilton Hotel and offers magical 360-degree views across the capital, including iconic sites like Hyde Park and Buckingham Palace. Head Chef Joo Won makes sure to create seasonally inspired menus based around modern French haute cuisine that have earned the restaurant several awards. If you’re looking for an outstanding location with jaw-droppingly delicious food, look no further than Galvin at Windows to impress your future spouse.

Helix at The Gherkin
Situated on The Gherkin’s 39th floor, Helix offers sky-high contemporary dining with majestic views across the city. It’s the perfect location for any urban couple who is in love with London and its stunning skyline. Executive Chef Daniel Loftin’s menus put seasonal and local produce at centre stage and the flawless service will set the mood for an unforgettable evening.

Clos Maggiore
Clos Maggiore was voted ‘the world’s most romantic restaurant’ by AD magazine in 2016 and we could not agree more. It’s an oasis of calm in the heart of Covent Garden, influenced by the intimacy of country inns you’d find in Provence and Tuscany – perfect for a romantic proposal. Head Chef Marcellin Marc cooks Provençal-inspired cuisine with contemporary influences – think roast turbot, shoulder of rabbit, and pappardelle with fresh truffle. This is an ideal place for foodies to manifest their love for each other.

Hutong at The Shard
Occupying the 33rd floor of The Shard, Hutong really is something special. The floor-to-ceiling windows will make you feel like you’re on set of the latest Bond movie – and who doesn’t want to feel like a Hollywood A-lister when popping the question? The restaurant serves a high-end take on the fiery food of northern China – don’t miss their roast duck or the crispy soft shell crab with Sichuan dried chilli.

CORE by Clare Smyth
CORE is located in Notting Hill, one of London’s prettiest neighbourhoods and the setting for many British rom-coms. Owned by award-winning Northern Irish chef Clare Smyth, former head chef at Gordon Ramsay’s flagship Chelsea Restaurant, it is the ideal location for a night to remember. This is British fine dining at its finest, although the restaurant itself is refreshingly relaxed and unpretentious. The wine list features a selection of more than 400 fine wines and Champagnes so you’re sure to find the perfect drink to accompany your proposal.

Little Social
Lovers of French cuisine should make their way to Little Social tucked away in a pretty Mayfair street. Head chef Cary Docherty charms guests with traditional Parisian cooking – after all, he has been awarded 3 AA Rosettes! A visit to Little Social feels like a short trip to the French capital and we all know that the city of love sets the tone just right for romance.

At Margot you can celebrate your proposal in style and feel completely comfortable. The restaurant oozes old school Italian glamour and impresses food lovers with fine Italian cooking that will make any couple feel at ease, especially when it’s time to pop the question to your loved one.

Scarfes Bar
If you’re into the arts, look no further than Scarfes Bar, located at the five-star Rosewood London hotel. It’s named after caricaturist Gerald Scarfe (former illustrator for The Sunday Times and The New Yorker) and his work can be seen adorning the walls. Here, you can enjoy creative cocktails and dance the night away as there’s live music seven nights a week. It’s the perfect spot to celebrate the finer things in life.

Looking for something different? We know proposals are personal, so visit OpenTable to discover more romantic restaurants in London or ask our experts for advice on twitter.

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.