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Still searching for some summer lovin’? As the British summertime begins to draw to a close, it’s time to make the most of those warm, long evenings and explore the city around you before Autumn approaches.

So whether you’re searching for your soul mate or a summer fling, there is something about being outdoors in the sunshine that puts everyone in the mood for a summer romance.

The lidos are open, the beer gardens are buzzing and the parks are jam packed full of people having BBQs, eating ice-cream and sipping on jugs of pimms. Sunny days put everyone in a positive mood and what better way to while away a sunny afternoon than getting to know someone new.

So whether you are a culture vulture, a film buff or a fitness fiend, summer is the perfect time for dating, and with the guide to London’s top dating venues with local expert and Dating Guru Marcello you will not be short of options when it comes to making the most of the hazy summer days.

1. Chicken Shop (79 Highgate Rd, London)

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Shabby-chic and refreshingly straightforward, here the burden of choice is lifted, as there’s only one thing on the menu. Yep, you guessed it. There is however a certain charm to this simple concept, plus the service is excellent – the perfect casual dining experience.

2. Refuel (4 Richmond Mews, London)


A buzzy yet somehow relaxing bar, Refuel is an ethereal experience in the heart of Soho. Its quirky, colourful design is typical of the Firmdale group, stunning with a lightness of touch rarely found in hotel bars.

3. Lucky Voice Soho (52 Poland Street, London)

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This karaoke bar in Soho has private rooms for two – practice a little Deano and Frank beforehand and you’re all set. There’s even a button to call the waiting staff, so you won’t have to tear yourself away from the action!

4. Covent Garden (Covent Garden, London)

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In recent years Covent Garden has undergone something of a renaissance, with a slew of new restaurants popping up. The intention was to attract Londoners as well as tourists, and in this regard, they’ve succeeded. On a sunny day, nothing beats watching street performers on the piazza – pure bliss.

5. Gordon’s Wine Bar  (47 Villers Street, The Strand, London)

gordons wine bar

An old classic, in the literal sense – Gordon’s is one of the oldest wine bars in London. It has a cosy, almost cave-like interior that is rather unique. With its candle-light and vintage décor it is a romantic retreat from the hustle and bustle outside.

6. Duck & Waffle (110 Bishopsgate, London)

duck and waffle

Sky-high dinner and drinks to impress – this restaurant has a menu like no other, created with sharing in mind. Expect an intimate experience with breath-taking views and exemplary service.

7. Lounge at One (The West End, Bloomsbury, London)

A touch of minimalist glamour on the edge of Covent Garden – This award winning boutique hotel is a self-declared ‘snob-free zone’. Utterly unpretentious yet still the height of luxury – they have over 300 pieces of original art, each one a quirky masterpiece in its own right. Worth it for the fabulous cocktail bar alone.


Rachel is the beauty and fashion director at IDEAL. She loves trying new products and is an avid fan of London's fashion, from the high end to the high street.