The best part about dating – whether it’s with a new person each time, or the same person time and again – is that you get to explore the city. London is jam-packed full of different restaurants, so why not explore somewhere new. Each week on 30 Dates I showcase some options for you …
Wright Brothers, Spitalfields Market
I love Spitalfields Market. Yes, it’s been renovated and has a modern feel, but it’s a great London landmark and has become a brilliant venue with a number of dinner options. Tucked away towards the back of the market is Wright Brothers. The seafood group has three London venue (the other two are in Southward and Soho), and if you want to impress your date with oysters, lobster, and bubbles, then this is the spot for it. Tip – the crispy fried oysters are incredible.
Also in Spitalfields Market – Check out Las Iguanas. The Latin-themed chain is a cheap but extremely cheerful option, and if you want a low-key dinner with your partner, this isn’t a bad choice. With happy hours, and offers on jugs of cocktails, you’re likely to leave with a smile on your face, and not too much damage to your wallet.
Tucked around the corner from Bunga Bunga in Battersea, Source isn’t the easiest venue to get to (it’s a 20 minute walk from Clapham Junction) but it’s worth the effort (or the bus journey!). The restaurant has a really lovely laid back, homely feel, but the standard of the food is excellent, and affordable. The dockside location has a lovely airy, summary feel, and is the perfect spot for a summer’s evening date. Tip – order several starters, tapas style. You won’t be disappointed.
Hand’s down my favourite venue of the week – and it faced stiff competition. The only issue is I can never remember how to spell the venue! This alleged Pop-Up seems to have been on the King’s Road for a rather long time, but I’m not complaining because it was literally incredible. Every single thing The Rugby Boy and I tasted was amazing. And he couldn’t stop remarking on what a cool venue it was. The food is designed to be shared, and they suggest you order multiple dishes each. We opted for wagyu sliders, pork belly buns, the kale salad and sweet potato fries, and literally wanted to order seconds of everything. Go, Go, Go!