Dalloway Terrace, Bloomsbury

11 months ago

The Vibe

Summers were made for Dalloway Terrace. The stunning al fresco restaurant at the back of The Bloomsbury Hotel, catch it on a sunny day and you have yourself one of the best dates in London.

As the name suggests, expect a terraced structure of tables on different levels, with either a fully exposed table or one under an awning. As part of hotel, the presentation is crisp and service impeccable. Don a white shift and some Ray Bans. Book in advance.

The Order

Brunch is where the place peaks.  Start with a punchy brunch cocktail, either the Bloomsbury Set Bloody Mary (House mix, English vodka, fresh tomato juice) or the Morning Martini (Sipsmith Gin, triple sec, marmalade, lemon juice).

If trying to be healthy-ish, go for the egg white omelet with chia seeds and spinach. Or if indulging, the Eggs Benedict, the burger or the divine chorizo and champ hash cake. Finish with another glass of crisp white – it is the weekend.

The Game


If you have a brunch date, don’t wreck yourself the night before. Wear something that channels sleek sophistication, don’t forget the shades and turn up ten minutes early. By the time your date arrives you’re nursing a cocktail and looking pretty slick. Stay for a couple of hours and then meander to Hoxton Hotel in Holborn to take coffee and chat on sofas for the rest of the afternoon.

The Faults

Not easy to get the best sun spot without a booking well in advance.

Sex Factor

1. Pure class.

Egg Break, Notting Hill

1 year ago

The Vibe

Notting Hill is in short supply when it comes to fun, casual dining restaurants. Egg Break, a clever concept hatched by the team behind the Hoxton Hotel and Soho House aims to change all this. Taking the site of an old Thai restaurant on Uxbridge Street, they’ve introduced an entirely egg-based menu whilst keeping the laid back and casual charm of the original site.

The Order

There’s no need to labour over a long menu, here it’s all broken into simple sections: buns, sides, sweets and drinks. Bun choices include fried chicken, brisket, pork belly and even rib-eye steak – all optionally served with an egg if you like. If you’re feeling hungry then fill up on sides – hash browns, fennel sausage and avocado all stack well in the aforementioned buns. You’ll find a short and simple selection of wines on the back of the menu and there’s also cocktails – more on those below.

The Game

The short menu and zippy service makes Egg Break a great spot to grab a quick meal before catching a film, or an excellent week night date – you’ll be in, fed, and watered within the hour. Of course, if you’re planning to linger then don’t miss getting stuck into a few drinks. Yes, they’ve also got an egg theme to them. The ‘sour’ cocktails (the Clover Club, Pisco Sour and Bourbon Sour) are fortified with lime and made velvety with a touch of egg white. At £7 a pop, you’ll definitely fly through a few of these.

The Faults

You might want to check that your date is a real egg fan before committing to an evening here. That aside, it’s hard to fault what we think is one of West London’s most brilliant openings of the year.

Sex Factor

4. Is there anything much sexier than an oozy egg? Play your cards right and you might even get laid.

Jackson & Rye, Richmond

2 years ago

The Vibe

Brunch – the places all blur into one sometimes, like ‘gastropubs’ and ‘Prohibition bars’. To stand out from the crowd takes some doing these days when we all seem a little wary to be wowed. Jackson & Rye is set in a majestic building as close to the river as can be. There’s a stunning bar area that wouldn’t look out of place in Mayfair; cosy dark booths that invite you to stay for hours, and window tables that make you feel as though you’re a million miles away from the City. Take your date here on a Sunday and you’ll ride high on brownie points for the rest of the week.

The Order

There is zero chance you’ll struggle with this all-encompassing menu. You’re craving juices, coffee and eggs – you’ll get it. Want to splash out on pancakes, maple cured bacon and Bloody Marys?  No problem. The mains merge helpfully into lunch and dinner options so regardless of the time of day you can easily go for three courses and a bottle of wine. Portions are large so either pace yourself a little, or use it for the morning after refuel.

The Game

Incorporate the river into this date because it’s an absolute winner and you really do feel a little as though you’re on some dreamy Cotswold staycation rather than 30 minutes from Waterloo. Have a drink at the bar to ramp up the date aspect, as it’s easy once you sit down to not move again. When led to your table, succumb and indulge whilst gazing out at the rowers, runners and Richmond people meandering up and down. If you’ve opted for a late lunch, make the most of the river by night and wander between the bridges that are both close by.

The Faults

You’re going to be full here – either work up an appetite, or embrace the indulgence.

Sex Factor

3.

Brew, Putney

2 years ago

The Vibe

Brew is South West London at its finest.  A vast canopied outdoor area with seating and a selection of double beds casually draped with Arran rugs and thick woollen blankets. A pizza oven, an upcoming butchery, oars hanging on the walls, cheerful Australian staff – basically it’s the epitome of wholesome leafy London. However, it’s also surprisingly sexy. You can order breakfast and brunch dishes all day long; whatever your reasoning for not making it here until 4pm, we wholeheartedly approve.

The Order

Whilst dinner is excellently done here, date-wise this is a great daytime spot. Give the toddlers and their mothers time to clear out and arrive here mid-afternoon. Go for the brunch menu; sweet corn fritters are divine, as are the pancakes or opt for a full selection of eggs, bacon and juices. The ‘Breakfast Time Martini’  and the ‘Elegantly Wasted’ both speak for themselves, and there’s also a strong wine list with bottles of bubbly if you want to really amp up the outdoor bed experience.

The Game

Don’t pre book this – it’s the type of place you need to rock up to spontaneously, but have up your sleeve for when the right occasion arises. The day beds are ideal for the ‘morning after’ or for leisurely lounging; sharing a bottle of wine in the middle of the day doesn’t feel so elicit when you’re tucked up here. It’s hard to tear yourself away, so if you end up staying until darkness falls you won’t be disappointed. At night the lights dim, candles are lit and the dinner menu is sophisticated and varied.

The Faults

You won’t go here if you live in Shoreditch.

 Sex Factor

4.

Foxlow, Clerkenwell

2 years ago

The Vibe

Clerkenwell is the place to date when you’re 28 plus and keen to fall in love. Offering up St John’s Bread and Wine, Burger and Lobster and Giant

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the restaurants in this area are aggressively meat focussed – a logical pattern considering Smithfield market is around the corner. And now we have delightfully carnivorous joint Foxlow, a newish offering from the men behind Hawksmoor.

Foxlow is the mufti day version of the high end steakhouse – gastro pub vibe, friendly neighbourhood crowd, affordable mains. It provides tick box dark lighting and expert cocktails necessary for a good date night. And should you dare to walk in on a Friday without a reservation, the host is unlikely to laugh in your face and turn you away – instead they park you at the bar for booze and clear a table for you ASAP.

The Order

This is casual dining so don’t feel the pressure to stick to three courses. After a Country Strong (rye, sherry, Aperol) at the bar, move to the table for a bottle of red. Pick at a shared starter of crispy peppered shrimp, then hit up the Rib-eye with Fennel, a steal at £16. High fives have to go to the Fried Chicken Sandwich with Green Slaw – the best we’ve had and, again, a steal at £10. Share some fries with chicken salt and a Ferrero Roche Pot for dessert.

The Game

Let’s face it guys, you’re already in love. It’s a Friday night and, instead of the usual Soho/Shoreditch drinks session, you just want to chill with this person over wine and decent food. Less bells and whistles, more deep chat and eating till dozy.

Meet at Old Street station and have a quick drink at the relaxed coffee-cum-wine joint Shoreditch Grind. Then do the 15 min walk towards Clerkenwell, enjoying the remarkably warm evening, arm around waist. Once you arrive, perch at the bar and knock knees as you sip on cocktails. Seated at your table, talk of holidays you’d like to take, future plans and aspirations. Open up, chill out and really get to know each other. When done eating, move your chair round the table to get real close and kiss. Then nuzzle till kicked out and part ways.

The Faults

Get carried away and the bill easily fluctuates from £30 a head to £70.

Sex Factor

3. Less sexy, more cosy. It’s already happened, and will happen again, but maybe not tonight.

Boulestin, Mayfair

2 years ago

The Vibe

Charming, or rather mignon, is how I would describe a breakfast date at Boulestin. Were it the summer, some efficient Tindering would ensure I had at least two dates here a week – a Wednesday afternoon office escape over coffee and a light Friday morning breakfast in the scenic courtyard. A black and white uniformed maid from the nearby hotel sweeps the stone floors outside at 9 a.m., allowing you to imagine this is actually breakfast on a minibreak in St Paul De Vence, not a quickie before you head for a day of work in a nearby private bank.

Queen B – an affable nickname for our crush – is a smart and good looking joint with a pinch of character, like a polished Parisian workaholic who has let a few stray hairs blow out in the wind. It’s the sort of dainty place that even the suits and business meetings of Green Park don’t manage to spoil. Pull up a wicker chair, empty a cafetière together and get a slow flirt on as the steam rises over your cup.

The Order

The breakfast menu at Boulestin is expansive. While classics like Eggs Benedict are done simply and very well, it remains the sort of rich dish you’d like to ask to have ‘to go’ and enjoy the rest at your desk as the weekend creeps closer. Sadly that would be crass on a date, so refrain.

Very reasonably priced, the light breakfast menu at £11.50 includes tea or coffee, a fresh juice and a plate of avocado with red pepper flakes on whole wheat or an egg white omelette – just enough to set you up. The trad English breakfast is very tempting but perhaps for a shared work hangover or lazy breakfast, not a delicate date. Marmalade martinis or mimosas are there to be imbibed but a boozy Saturday brunch this ain’t so – unless adept at wagering deals drunk – drink deep of their juice menu.

The Game

St James is a funny old place. For those who work there, faces in the street quickly become recognisable and missed connections are romanticised. This is the sort of date you take that person you always see in the queue at Pret and finally strike up a chat with. Or the friend of a friend who works in the building across and has already been checked out on Facebook. Or perhaps a colleague (naughty!) or an app date. Either way, meet on a Friday morning for just an hour. Talk about plans for the weekend but be open about your Friday evening. Insinuate that a post work pub session or cocktail at Sake No Hana is not an impossibility. Then leave promptly at ten – you have meetings to dominate – and send silly emails throughout the day. “Oh I could eat that all over again- repeat next week?” Or “how about something less virtuous next time – drink?” You get the gist. All going really well sneak out of the office at 4 p.m. and return for a stolen moment over a carafe of Beaujolais and a cheeky almond tart.

The Faults

So far so great. It’s not packed out in the morning but that adds to the charm.

Sex Factor

1. The precursor to a very long affair.

One Canada Square, Canary Wharf

2 years ago

The Vibe

At first look, this is just your typical loads-a-money Canary Wharf hangout frequented by bankers and their lady friends. In actual fact, on closer inspection, it’s an elegant venue for a date in Financier-ville that seems to hark back to those grandiose turn of the century railway station restaurants. There is a grandeur and style here that put me in mind of how it might have felt to dine at Grand Central Station in 1889 or in the Sirkeci restaurant in Istanbul’s main train station (final destination of the Orient Express) in 1905. It’s not what I expected to

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find but the staff are warm and impeccable, the atmosphere is really relaxed, the bar is stocked and the menu is enticing with a hint of retro classic. Chateaubriand anyone? Game on.

The Order

Guys, I’m not going to lie to you. Put simply, the produce is of superlative quality and it’s beautifully cooked and presented. You will have a delicious meal here, there is no doubt about it. The meat is extraordinary and the fish hand selected daily at Billingsgate. Steak Tartare was the best my date had ever tasted, Soft Shell Crab was pure luxury and the Burnt Orange ice cream a delight. I hear they are even doing an all-day Saturday Bottomless Brunch. Get RIGHT in. Perfect for those not-too-sure-where-this-is-going brunch dates we sulkily pencil into our diaries and then end up enjoying immensely – said brunch turning into leery afternoon drinks which leads all sorts of adventures.

Add to this a sophisticated cocktail list and you are on to a serious winner; why not show off a bit and try the Sleeping Beauty (Sipsmith vodka, grapefruit, lemongrass, ginger, egg white, jasmine) or one of the signature G & T’s such as “Death’s Door” with cardamom and coriander. Raspberry Bellinis are a tad dangereux also.

The Game

The minute those cocktails start coming, you know you’re in trouble. Bachelors take note. The food will win you brownie points, there is a live pianist for on-tap romance moments and the cocktails are stunning AND lethal. What’s not to love? Answers on a postcard, please.

The Faults

Canary Wharf isn’t everyone’s favourite destination, I suppose, but at One Canada Square it doesn’t even matter as you are transported back to another place in time anyway. My advice: dress up, wait for him or her to arrive sitting at the bar whilst sipping on a tipple of your choosing and simply let the evening take you where it wants to go.

Sex Factor

3 – when that pianist gets going and the cocktails are slipping down the back of your neck, you’ll know exactly what I mean.

Sam’s Brasserie, Chiswick

4 years ago

The Vibe

The best moments happen on park benches. How charming was Tom Hanks in Forrest Jump, chocolate box on lap, asking cinema goers to shed a tear at his profound declarations? Or Zoey Deschanel in 500 Days of Summer being wooed on a bench in sepia tones overlooking Downtown LA? Glorious. But here in London, where summer has not arrived and Parliament Hill is not yet awash with lovers, we must go elsewhere for our wooden bench romance.

Enter Sam’s Brasserie.  Now I don’t want to misinform you, the benches aren’t the main feature, but they’re the one that stike a lover’s chord. If you are lucky enough to shotgun one of the central tables, you’ll find yourself sitting on two very lovely benches that, as the meal goes on, encourage you to give up your own and share thiers. Cue the cuddles. This is just a part of the charm of this neighbourhood brasserie. It is very much about comfort food, family, the occasional infant, friendly groups and dates intermingled, locals perching on the bar in the entrance, flatmates gathering around too much red wine and the occasional stray character. It’s exactly like park life, just inside where it’s safe and warm. So Chiswick.

The Order

So, the food is very good, not exceptional, but just right for the mood. Some things exceed expectations (delicately fried calamari, great focaccia), others meet them (most of the mains). The chargrilled leg of lamb with colcannon, spinach and wild mushrooms is a perfect Sunday night meal with a bottle of red and an insanely smooth burrata with clementines, honey glazed almonds and chilli & mint dressing to start. Strategic booze as and when you need it.

The Game

Although brunch is served, I’d recommend this as an early evening Sunday date. That way you avoid the kids, have a greater chance of getting the benches, and can listen to some jazz in the bar and make the most of the 5pm-7pm happy hour. Ordinarily I wouldn’t recommend having a big night out before a date but this time round there’s nothing better than just about making it through your hangover on Sunday to leave bed at 4pm, put on something cosy-sexy (Girls: jeans, off shoulder t-shirt, messy hair. Guys, blue jeans, purple sweaters) and just about make it to the bar, sighing relief into your Bloody Mary. If your main focus is initially on monitoring blood sugar levels, you will think less about the awkwardness of a date and conversation becomes easy, random and very silly. Plus there are tales of last night to kick you off. Move to the restaurant, order a bottle of red with the meaty meal and make sure you have crept onto their bench by dessert. Then move to a booth in the bar and sleepily snog. Go back to theirs to spoon, no more.

The Faults

Children- if they’re on good behaviour they set the scene, if on bad, they can ruin it.

Sex Factor

1. High snuggle factor.

Ozone Coffee, Shoreditch

4 years ago

The Vibe

Don’t get me wrong, a sober date isn’t always a walk in the park. Without the social crutches of cocktails, slightly too loud music and the cover of darkness, it’s pretty much you, your date and a potential chasm of silence should you have misjudged how alert you’d be feeling on a Sunday morning. However, similar to places like Caravan that combine excellent coffee with stylish industrial settings, Ozone Coffee is a good looking place. We’re talking factory fixtures salvaged from Lancashire textile mills and converted American streetlamps. It cannily splits the ground floor room into two settings: a bright space at the front where you can perch on a wooden ledge, leaf through the papers and have a warm up Americano, and a booth-lined, far more dimly lit area in the back where you can add a side of brunch to your caffeine and get cosy for a few hours.

The Order

Coffee, yes. Roasted on the premises, Ozone is a famous New Zealand coffee brand as well as a cute Shoreditch café. On top of the noteworthy house-roasted coffee, it’s a much applauded brunch/lunch spot, with a gratifyingly short menu for efficient date ordering. Toasted granola, Eggs Benedict, you know the score. And with various sourdough manifestations and appearances of halloumi and labneh on the menu it has just the right pinch of East London ponce to reassure your date.

The Game

The obvious choice may be to meet for a spot of weekend brunch and see where the day goes. It closes at 4pm on the weekends so head for 2pm, share a muffin or one brunch item between two and focus on sipping away on coffee and asking prying questions before suggesting moving on to a pub.  Operate a high eye-contact policy and, if perched on stools instead of a booth, feel free to grab knees and play-punch them into willing insouciance, till they are relaxed and ready to head wherever you next suggest. Alternatively, and a real swooner every time, make the most of their late night Friday openings. There’s nothing more charming than meeting someone in a coffee shop at night, shirking booze for cappuccinos, muffins and chat, and leaving the place hours later with a more profound knowledge of your date. Then either leave and call it a night (but put in the next date then and there) or make the most of the area and head to Happiness Forgets for a nightcap.

The Faults

On the weekend it would be ideal if they were open later than 4pm.

Sex Factor

0. You’ve gotta be real good to try and bed them after coffee and cake. Chalk this one down to groundwork.

The Modern Pantry, Clerkenwell

4 years ago

The Vibe

Who doesn’t like a brunch date? Well, quite a lot of people actually. This may be due to daytime lighting, potential sobriety and a lot of time to kill before bedtime. However, if it’s love not lust you’re after, there is no wiser gesture after a night of passion than to take your date to brunch. Fail to do this and you’re a scallywag or a slob.  The Modern Pantry offers all day dining but is widely acknowledged to be a superb London brunch option. Set over two floors you can either go rogue in the white brick and grey surface eatery downstairs for some communal feasting, or reserve ahead and secure a more formal table upstairs, white table cloths and lower decibels adding a bit of class to the event. My advice on deciding between the two is simple. If it’s the morning after, stay downstairs where the buzz, the groups, the higher frequency of drinkers and the spread of papers will compliment a hangover and deal with any gaps in conversation. If it’s a planned date, go upstairs, look fresh, wear something crisp but casual and pretend you’re grown up with some topical chats. Both scenarios work well, the former for comfort, the latter for a sense of occasion. Thankfully the menu is the common factor and this is what stops the place from being somewhere trying too hard to please both the preppy and the depraved.

The Order

The Modern Pantry isn’t the type of place you order a fry up with an extra sausage and a tomato-hash brown substitution. You’ll order what’s on the menu and you’ll damn well like it. Comparisons to The Providores or Kopapa in Covent Garden are fair, in that what is on offer here is a different take on some classic dishes, such as eggs on toast with halloumi and tomatoes. All dishes are well executed but I must play favourites here and applaud the sugar-cured prawn omelette with green chilli, spring onion, corrianda and smoked chilli sambal. My god is this a tasty omelette, a fiery edge to a sweet, buttery dish. The drinks list is as long as the food one, lots of fresh juices, way too many hot drinks and some restorative cocktails including a Lycee Bellini. Yum.

The Game

Well, it depends where you ended up sitting. If you are downstairs then you already had some fun last night. You woke up next to your date after a night of abusing the cocktail lists of Shoreditch, had a delightfully sleepless night and faced the morning light with hangovers but no regrets. You both wonder whether someone is going to throw the brunch gauntlet out there or if you’ll  be required to collect your stuff and make an awkward exit. Someone braves the question and you sigh inwardly and agree- the only way is up now. By the time you’ve reached The Modern Pantry you’re both giddy with the excitement of having avoided a solo walk of shame and now put all efforts into lining your stomach so you can carry on with Japanese Bloody Mary’s, pretending to read the papers whilst playing footsie, and having some un-challenging but bloody marvellous chitchat for hours. If you are upstairs, you have a little more work to put in, good luck.

The Faults

There can be a wait on the weekend if you haven’t booked. You also may run into friends as it seems to be the go-to for professionals living in that area. Be prepared for mild paranoia about people overhearing your conversations and make sure you substitute all names.

Sex Factor

A respectable 2.

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