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If your idea of a good first date involves drinks, music and possibly cutting a rug, head East.
Start things off (relatively) calmly at The Book Club (Leonard Street), a laid back basement bar where you can line your stomach for the night ahead with some excellent sharing platters.
You might want a cocktail or a glass of wine before dining.
If so we recommend the Blind Pig on Poland Street (above the Social Eating House), which pairs a luxurious but informal setting with genuinely inventive drinks menu, or Mark's Bar on Brewer Street which is cool, relaxed and makes the best negronis around.
The setting is pitched perfectly: informal enough to relax and have fun but smart enough to feel like a proper date and keep you comfortably out of Pizza Express territory.For something a little less highbrow grab some 3D goggles and have your face taken off at the giant Odeon BFI Imax.Whatever you do culturally, you're going to want to follow it up with a stroll by the water – an activity that has been aiding first dates for centuries – and some quality food and drink.We recommend the The Wheatsheaf around the corner, which does everything a traditional English pub should, including great beer.If things are going well, thoughts may well turn to food.
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It's certainly one of cosiest nooks in town, and the specialities - steak and lobster - are both refined and a safe bet for a first date.