Spanish | Soho
Ace Spanish tapas joint on Dean Street which gained a Michelin star in 2014 – a full length bar occupies the entire space and wraps itself around the open kitchen and there’s always a queue. Their tortilla is sublime. Not been to the other two joints in Covent Garden but keen to go. No Reservations
Modern European | Soho
This is the bar in the upstairs section of Social Eating House, part of the Jason Atherton group of restaurants. The bar is dark and woody with an understated luxe feel to it which I was really keen on; I was less keen on the temperature (it gets rather warm) so make sure to wear layers, so you can peel them off. Hmmm, it’s only just occurred to me whilst writing this that this may be strategic? The small jars we ordered (rillettes, mac ‘n’ cheese) were bang on. Great spot for some sexy nibbles and drinks. Reservations Recommended.
N. American | Marylebone
I’ve actually only been to Chiltern Firehouse once – we popped in here because we were in the area and mad peckish. We went late afternoon on a Saturday and got seated in what I believe is the Ladder Shed (appaz, really exclusive) – I enjoyed it because I’m a big fan of foliage. Most importantly the wine & cocktails were great as were the tender on the inside, crispy on the outside, chicken bites we ordered. You can’t make a reservation for any of the bar areas, so just rock up pre 9pm and see where they can accommodate you for drinks and snacks. No Reservations. Read More
French | Russell Square
Hip wine bar by the folks behind the magazine of the same name. It has a pub in the front part with a more formal dining space at the back. There’s a bit in the middle that has a few high tables and stools that feels well romantic, so if you can get in that nook, do. Their house bread is really rather good, so order some to soak up all that glorious wine you’ll be knocking back. They also have oysters on the menu to get them love juices flowing. No Reservations (for the bar area). Read More