And besides, should you really be on a date with someone you can't stand around and have a drink with?
Oh, and the chairs used to sit in the Savoy, so there is a subtle whiff of glamour. Larger dating service businesses traditionally offer dating get-togethers using the same setting, in the same geographic location and market to the same age groups like 21-27, 28-35, 36-45, 46-59 and 60 and up.(Side note: always listen to what your date is saying. It's smart and chic, making it feel like an event, like a place Carrie and Samantha would go if they lived in London right now, but the staff are so friendly it doesn't read as over the top. Hutong, 31 St Thomas St, London SE1, the-shard.com/hutong Halfway up The Shard, stretching expansively across the 33rd floor, is upscale Chinese restaurant Hutong. This is event dining at its best - impossible not to fall for the person sat opposite you, framed by the skyline below. There's a rustic charm to the decor and the menu reads like one you might find down a quiet street in San Sebastian, but don't let that fool you - this is high end, high quality food and service, offered in a refreshingly friendly way. And from September 12 - 25 they are celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival (a Chinese time for thanksgiving) with a special tasting menu, £65 per person.
The menu, a curious mix of Welsh and Spanish (think charcuterie boards made with Wales-bred pigs) is what you'd expect from a room with vaulting, curled staircases: beautifully presented and confidently opulent.
This feels like a hidden gem, an enclave in which only good things happen.
The blood orange sorbet, a carnival of zesty tartness, is one of the best puds in town. Dalloway Terrace, 16-22 Great Russell St, London WC1B 3NN, Tucked into a little side street in Bloomsbury (surely London's most romantic neighbourhood, with all that historic bohemia), as the name suggests, this restaurant is a terrace.
Booths are low and comfortable, and there's a whole separate Afters menu full of alcoholic floats for when the conversation is really flowing.
Blixen, 65A Brushfield St, London E1 6AA, uk Ideal for a brunch or dinner date, Blixen is one those places that looks nice (leather booths, exposed brick, clever ways with a hanging house plant), but where actually the prices are very reasonable.
It prides itself on honest cooking and a good wine list, which really are the backdrop to any decent date.