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Top 10 Best Restaurants in London for a Hot Date

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For single people in London, first dates are something to look forward to, at first. You've managed to their telephone number, you've flirted a bit via text and finally they've agreed to go on a first date with you. Now comes the hard part; overcoming the awkward silences, embarassing moments, and the decision of which bar, restaurant or pub is best for a first date in London. You've got one less thing to worry about now as Cupid's little helpers at Fluid London are with you all the way thanks to our handy guide to the Top 10 best London Bars, Restaurants, Pubs and Clubs to go to on a first date. They're sure to help capture hearts, romance blossom, create interesting conversations, and cut through awkward silences like a red hot samurai sword through butter. All you have to worry about now is what to wear.

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City of London
Steak House

London Steakhouse Co., located in the heart of the city next to Liverpool Street station, is a particularly classy and understated establishment, ideal for smart and beautiful people such as yourself. It?s a great venue for a slap-up meal among friends, unwinding after a week?s toiling in the capital or taking your hot date out on the town. Be warned though - after a slab of grass-fed beef and couple of house cocktails to grease the wheels of conversation, it'll be a struggle to head up the stairs to the exit and back into the real world..."

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Bar / Restaurant

They're tricky, first dates. Do you commit to going for dinner only to find that the conversation has dried up before the starters have been cleared, or do you not bother booking and risk having nowhere to go to if the initial drink-and-chat goes well? Soho's Aqua Kyoto Japanese restaurant and rooftop terrace overlooking Regent Street offers the perfect solution. Start with some of London's best cocktails in the impressive but welcoming bar, then if you both want to extend the evening, pull up a seat at the open sushi counter. As you continue to work your magic on your date, highly-skilled chefs will work theirs, turning out beautiful Japanese dishes perfectly suited to sharing.

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As first date locations go, an underground toilet might, at first, have your date turning their nose up but tell them it'll all be OK. Descend the antiquated staircase round the back of Clapham Common Tube station with trepidation, and excitement, then settle in for wine, charcuterie and candlelit romance in one of the coolest settings in London. If you don't get a second date, you didn't want them anyway. They clearly have bad taste!

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City of London
Bar / Restaurant

Located near St. Paul's Cathedral and made famous on Channel 4's "First Dates", Paternoster Chop House will impress your hot date. Television fame aside, this restaurant means business. The theme is modern British food using the best of seasonal produce. Find rare breed meats, fish, roasts and more on the menu. The ribeye steak is aged for 42 days, cooked gently over charcoal for extra flavour. Wet your whistle with a Paternoster gin and ruby tonic. Check out the extensive wine list; full of classics at reasonable prices. Club D&D members have their own wine list! During summer, hang out on the terrace; great for people watching and finishing off your hot date al fresco.

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Modern European

Pennethorne's Cafe Bar in the iconic Somerset House is a cosy, romantic spot for a first date in London. The menu brings classic flavours from France and Italy with a modern English twist. The menu features all-day dining small plates, ideal for sharing with a date. At the heart of the menu is the bakery, located on site at Somerset House and baking specialist breads and pastries throughout the day. Served morning, noon and night, a coffee brew bar, artisan coffees, craft beers and the finest selection of English, French and Italian wines.

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West End
Bar / Restaurant / Hotel

Trafalgar Square - First dates are something of art to those who practice them regularly and choosing the bar or restaurant for your first dalliance is key to the love affair's longevity. Your rendezvous point should be a little showy, but overtly so. This decadent restaurant on Trafalgar Square is blessed by good transport links (for quick getaways), plus a direct link to the hotel if things go really well. And, the restaurant offers excellent value so you can do it again, and again.

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Bar / Restaurant

Part abandoned country house, part grand cafe, Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings is one of Clerkenwell's hippest venues. Located just off Exmouth Market, the stunning bar and restaurant is somewhat of a playground for grownups, who can stop by for a coffee during the day, feast on modern British fare in the stately dining room, sip cocktails at the antiquated bar or simply seek refuge in the luscious greenhouse. Basically, a one-stop shop for anyone on who is dating in London. Menu favourites range from rabbit and hazelnut terrine in bacon to lime and Castelvetrano olive cheesecake. But being a Bourne & Hollingsworth venture, the cocktails are the stars of the show.

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Why commit yourself to a whole meal on a first date? If you don't hit it off by the aperitif you have to sit through three (or two if you're lucky - but try not to look too cheap) awkward courses before you can escape. No, cocktails and a dessert is much safer. And, if you do actually happen to like your companion, you can snuggle amid the dim lighting on cosy couches while polishing off grown-up desserts.

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West End

West End - This gorgeous little French restaurant in Covent Garden is unassuming from the outside. Romantic from the word go, it features stone sculptures and tree branches with blossoms; think The Secret Garden married to Narnia. The intimate seating and French cuisine will have you French kissing in no time at all.

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City of London
Bar / Restaurant

Shad Thames - So, perhaps music, dancing and quirky bits n' pieces are not your thing. If you're in the mood to simply enjoy a gorgeous view overlooking Tower Bridge, this restaurant might just be what you need. Try romancing over lobster and salmon ravioli, for example. Then take the all-important stroll along the River Thames before going in for the kiss.

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