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Romantic Spots in East London

In the spirit of love and food, we’ve put together some of East London's best restaurants for a romantic date

Oysters Pearly Queen Valentine's East London


Tuck yourself away at this hip and intimate spot for an evening of romance. Not only are oysters a natural aphrodisiac to put you in the mood for love, but they’re served in the most delicious ways at Pearly Queen. The crispy buffalo oyster is sure to woo anyone. Michelin starred head chef and owner Tom Brown’s inventive menu of fish and shellfish creations is pure genius, along with some of the finest cocktails, curated by Max Denning of Dalston’s Three Sheets. @pearlyqueenshoreditch
44 Commercial Street, London E1 6LT


All's Well East London


Hackney’s eco-friendly restaurant offers a hyper-seasonal menu that hasn’t failed to make its mark on the East London dining scene. Vegetables are made the star of the show in flavour-packed dishes such as roasted wonky carrots served with cashew cream, addictive deep-fried Brussels sprouts and roasted kuri squash tempura. The attention to sustainability goes beyond the dishes – there’s an imaginative cocktail menu, including our favourite, the Fig-leaf Martini. The bar also offers an array of organic wines including bottles from local wine heroes Renegade. @whereallswell
171 Mare Street, Hackney, London E8 3RH


Jones and sons east London valentine's


Jones and Sons is rich in its food and charm. It’s not only nailed its cool and industrial aesthetic and re-crafted classic European dishes, but it’s the perfect spot to soak in the comings and goings of busy East London. @jones.and.sons
Stamford Works, 3 Gillett Street, London N16 8JH


Townsend East London Valentine's


A perfectly-formed dining room in Whitechapel’s historic gallery, this room has been occupied by the likes of Angela Hartnett, and the then team behind 10 Greek Street. The menu is seasonal, small-plates – perfect to share with your loved one. There’s a refined comfort theme that carries through all the courses. @townsend_restaurant
77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX


Barge East Valentine's day east london


Really want to push the (love) boat out – on board and below deck of this 120 year old Dutch barge, you’ll find a cosy and intimate saloon with a fine dining menu that is faultless and has seasonality at its core. Service at Barge East is super warm and welcoming – the food is top notch without the stuffiness and the vibe is as cool as the crowd who come to dine. @bargeeast
River Lea, Sweetwater Mooring, White Post Lane, London E9 5EN

Sohalia East London
Photography by Harriet Langford



Given the thumbs up by The Guardian’s Jay Rayner, this Lebanese-inspired restaurant and wine bar hits all the spots, with a divine menu and a generous social heart. Just a stone’s throw from Liverpool Street and Shoreditch High Street stations, its cool, laid-back and stylish interior makes for a casual and intimate dinner. @sohailarestaurant
232 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6PJ


Little Duck Picklery East London Valentine's Day


Small but perfectly formed. Framed with linen curtains and rows of wine bottles, Little Duck the Picklery invites you in to their fermented wonderland. An open kitchen, combined with a cosy corners by the window create a scene that is both intimate and inspiring. The menu is listed on a chalkboard, but everything looks so tempting. @littleduckthepicklery
68 Dalston Lane, London E8 3AH


Angelina East London


This family-run East London restaurant woos both the foodie crowd and locals with its innovative Japanese-Italian fusion. The vibe is cool west village New York meets modern neighbourhood trattoria. The space is shallow and small, framed by vast windows and decorated simply with large fig trees and mellow, lanterned lighting. @angelina.dalston
56 Dalston Lane, London E8 3AH

Swoon with a view

Galvin La Chapelle

Immerse yourself in the epitome of fine dining at the acclaimed Galvin La Chapelle, Sptialfields. Enjoy an exquisite three-course meal from a Michelin-starred set menu, crafted by renowned chefs Chris and Jeff Galvin. Bask in the stunning ambiance of this Grade II listed building in East London while sipping on chilled bubbles. @galvinlachapelle
35 Spital Square, London E1 6DY


City social bar and restaurant
The BEST EVER dirty martini and a refreshing Club 75 at City Social

City Social Restaurant & Bar

Start off the evening with THE best ever dirty martini and be seduced by the incredible views of some of London’s most iconic and historic buildings at City Social. With its smart interior and inviting leather booths, it has all the old school charm you’d expect from a Michelin-starred restaurant. Its modern British menu is equally compelling, created by chef Jason Atherton. @citysocial_london
Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1HQ

Pocket Square East London Valentine's Day

Pocket Square Bar & Terrace

Whisper sweet nothings while sipping on Pocket Square’s special ‘St. Valentine’ cloud of candy floss cocktail and take in the bar’s unbeatable views across East London. The generous and filling Sicilian small plates are ideal for sharing in this friendly and relaxed spot with your loved one this Valentine’s day. @pocketsquarelondon
9th Floor, Hyatt Place London City East, 45 Whitechapel Rd, London E1 1DU

Searcys at The Gherkin

Indulge in three mouth-watering courses of traditional British cuisine, accompanied by delightful sides and celebratory cocktails, all while enjoying the breathtaking view from this iconic skyscraper. @searcysgherkin
The Gherkin, 30 St Mary Axe, London EC3A 8BF



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