Love is in the air. Or it might just be the smell of banana bread and hand sanitizer. Either way, just because there’s another national lockdown, it doesn’t mean that you can’t still do date night. This guide is full of places that are delivering dishes worthy of a romantic night in, whether you’re living together or whether you’re championing the virtual date and need options that deliver across London. So light a candle, abandon the trackies, locate and use that thing you used to a call a hairbrush, and fuck it, put a little Barry White on. Welcome to your lockdown date night.
Delivery Status: Everywhere within the M25.
Joining the ranks of the best love stories ever written, we bring you A Tale of Two Lovers and the Wild Boar Ragu. Created by Bancone, suggested by us, a team of people that believe the sixth language of love to be handmade pasta. Expect dishes like spicy pork and n’duja ragu mafalde, spinach and ricotta ravioli, and their bucatini cacio e pepe. You’ll need to heat them up at home
Delivery Status: Nationwide delivery.
Experts say that the secret to a good relationship is trust, communication, and destroying a whole lobster together on a Friday night. Okay, we added the last one, but that doesn’t make it any less true. Pros at all things seafood, Wright Brothers are delivering whole cooked lobsters every Wednesday to Saturday. If you’re feeling extra charming, put on some ocean background noise, invest in a round of oysters, and a bottle of bubbly too.
Delivery Status: DIY meal kits delivered citywide. Hot delivery from Soho and City to local areas.
What was the last nice thing you and your partner did together? And don’t say a trip to Ikea because we’re pretty sure there’s a reason why choosing between a Hauga and a Repvag never made it into any of the sonnets. Enter Koya’s DIY udon kit, which might sound like a faff but actually only involves some low-key oven action. You’ll hand feed them pickles. They’ll flirtatiously stir the creamed tofu. Relationship rut, dutifully ended by the erotic powers of noodles and chashu pork.
Delivery Status: Nationwide delivery every Friday.
Long walks on the heath. Reading in separate rooms. Sentimental stares across the biscuit tin. Thanks to lockdown, your relationship has inevitably gone all Jane Austen, but it’s time to remember when you lived dangerously (read as: left the house) and were madly in love (read as: didn’t have fights about which brand of bin bags to buy). Bring a little excitement back into your life with Scully’s banquet meals for two - think winter tomatoes with wasabi mascarpone, sticky jackfruit chocolate pudding, and a kaffir lime take on a daiquiri. Prices start at £50 but you get a whole lot of food and most importantly, a break from your boredom.
Delivery Status: Everywhere within the M25 from Tuesday to Saturday.
Take us to the River Café and there’s a 99% chance we’ll marry you. Right there, in their famed dining room with a bouquet of artichokes alla Romana. Short of actually taking your partner to this legendary Italian restaurant, you can now enjoy their exceptional pasta, meat dishes, and wine in your own home. We’ve got our eye on the beef fillet wrapped in coppa, langoustines, gnocchi, and their 10/10 lemon tart. Be warned, much like the restaurant itself, prices are high. But it’s perfect for a lockdown birthday for two or the classic lockdown apology meal.
Delivery Status: Same-day delivery within a few miles of N5. Plus, next-day shipping nationwide on non-perishables.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder, especially when it comes to restaurant-quality food. And also when it comes to your partner, who’s on the other side of London. But back to the food. Light some candles and fire up Zoom, because Top Cuvée are delivering their ham hock terrine, freshly cut tagliatelle, and more all over the city.
Delivery Status: Delivering daily across all London boroughs, use their postcode checker to see when they deliver to you.
You and your partner / bae / beloved sex friend are isolating separately and you’re about two weeks from writing them a song. Don’t let that happen. Although you can’t see each other you can still eat the same great handmade pasta, thanks to Nonna Tonda, who are delivering fresh pasta kits across London. The best part is, you can sign up for a repeat order so you always have date night covered.
Delivery Status: Delivering locally from Finsbury Park, Clapton, Leytonstone, Walthamstow, and Hackney Road.
A global virus may tear you apart, but pizza will not. So if you’re isolating in different houses but want to play pizza date, then order a Yard Sale from one of their five locations across north and east London. Nothing says this love is real like sharing a slice through a shared screen, especially when you order a surprise brownie for your better half too.
Delivery Status: Delivering locally from Fitzrovia, South Kensington, Clerkenwell, Southwark, and Battersea.
Macellaio sounds distinctly like he might be Romeo’s sexier cousin, but it’s actually an Italian beef specialist delivering from Clerkenwell, Battersea, South Kensington, and more. So if you’re based in central and your partner lives in south, you can still eat quality steak at the same time. We like the look of the rump served with rocket and shaved parmigiano reggiano, but there’s fillet, T-bone, and schnitzel too.
Delivery Status: Delivering locally Tuesday-Saturday. Get your order in early online.
Did they always sound that way when they laugh? Did they always breathe this loudly? Dear god, did they always pronounce espresso ‘expresso’? You’re learning a lot of, err, great things about your partner right now. Time to remember life pre-lockdown with a delivery from Crouch End seafood spot and wine bar, Lyon’s. Expect dishes like a crispy softshell crab burger and chargrilled plaice with seaweed butter.
Delivery Status: Delivering locally Thursday-Saturday. 5pm to 9pm delivery slots are available.
Is your heart laughing? Or is it crying? Neither of you know anymore, but you could both do with a night off from Netflix and conversations about who your favourite local fox is. This is where The Laughing Heart comes in. The late-night Hackney wine bar has transformed itself into a collection and delivery service offering burgers, dumplings, and wine.
Delivery Status: Delivering locally from St James’s.
Well, Shakespeare never said anything about romance involving a play-by-play of their farts, but here we are. The good news is that your quarantine date night just got a whole lot upmarket - and ideally, gas anecdote free - thanks to Sake No Hana. This seriously sophisticated Japanese spot is now delivering their maki, sashimi, nigiri, and more around the West End. The Hana Menu For Two is particularly good for date night, and importantly, includes their spicy tuna maki.
Delivery Status: Collection from Brixton.
Planning a big date night to say thank you for not making you sleep on the balcony yet? Earn some quarantine couple brownie points by ordering in from excellent Brixton restaurant, Naughty Piglets. Doing collection of their classics like BBQ pork belly with XO rice, confit duck leg, and Devon crab with peanut sauce, you can pick-up natural wine at the same time too. Heads up, you’ll need to book 48h in advance, but it’ll be worth it.
BunBunBun Vietnamese Food
Delivery Status: Delivering locally from Dalston.
To us, there is nothing more romantic than sitting opposite the person you love (or really like, at least) and watching them simultaneously inhale a summer roll whilst also eyeing up where their next piece of salt and chilli squid is going to fit. Do you know what we mean? If so, then ordering a Vietnamese feast from BunBunBun in Dalston is probably your kind of thing.
Delivery Status: Delivering locally from Holland Park and South Kensington.
There are many arguments for lighting a few candles, artfully making swans out of kitchen towel, and popping to the shop to get some ingredients for pasta. But, if your other half is in the mood for sushi, then basmati rice and fish fingers just ain’t gonna cut it. Enter, Yashin Sushi. This classy Kensington sushi spot is available to order from, meaning you can triumphantly open a box of tuna rolls and salmon sashimi, and save that kitchen roll origami for another night.
Delivery Status: Delivering same-day within a 6-mile radius of Holloway Road.
All you need is love. And maybe a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle, wine, and infinite patience. Provisions at least has the wine covered. And the 18-month aged comté too. This Holloway wine bar is delivering everything you need for a grown-up home date night including olives, smoked paprika crisps, charcuterie, fancy cheese, and fresh Dusty Knuckle sourdough. There’s a huge selection of wines, with plenty of affordable options too.
Delivery Status: Delivering locally from Fitzrovia. Also from Mayfair and Canary Wharf branches
Roka is a glam restaurant. There’s no two ways around it. It’s shiny, it’s in Fitzrovia, and black cod features on the menu. So if you’ve unexpectedly ended up quarantining with someone who still thinks you wake up smelling of honey and mystery, then you’ll need to order in from their Charlotte Street location to keep this high-class charade going. Because ordering in tuna tataki, black cod marinated in yuzu miso, and something fizzy is definitely a huge (and completely unsustainable) move.
Delivery Status: Delivering locally from Notting Hill.
Date nights are exponentially improved by margaritas. That’s just science. Have a big night in together with tacos, quesadillas, and tostadas from one of our favourite spots in Notting Hill, Taqueria. You should know that they have great set menu options for two, churros, and several margaritas to choose from as well.
Delivery Status: Collection only from Stoke Newington.
Turns out that you didn’t realise how much you loved the education system until now. That, and booze. Let yourselves have a night off by picking up an adult amount of small plates and wine from Rubedo in Stoke Newington. There are things like burrata, salt cod brandade, homemade cavatelli, and a chocolate and almond torte for after you put the kids to bed.
Delivery Status: Delivering locally from Peckham and their other branches in White City and Tooting.
Right, having described a pigeon you saw on the way to the shop in graphic detail, you’ve officially run out of things to say to each other. Rather than taking another four hour bath, order Mr Bao instead. This cool and casual Taiwanese spot in Peckham is delivering their seriously good bao, fried chicken, and dumplings. Trust us, the shiitake mushroom bao and wasabi mayo will give you something to talk about.
Delivery Status: Delivering within 6km of Farringdon, Thursday to Saturday, 5 - 7.30pm.
Quality Wines and quality time sounds like a strapline Bill Murray should drawl, eyebrow raised, but it’s the way things are with this Farringdon wine bar. There are few better places to sit in London, share a few small plates and a bottle of natural wine, and look through the candlelight, past your loved ones eyes, to the blackboard and the words ‘lardo crostini’. You can do your best at recreating this though, with the new QW at home menu that’s available for collection or delivery.
Delivery Status: Delivering locally from Shoreditch, Wandsworth, Fitzrovia, Kentish Town, and Bethnal Green.
Gloria is a loud and proud Shoreditch trattoria that is usually peak go-to date night material. They’re now offering click and collect and delivery on many of their signature dishes like their truffle pasta, extra cheesy carbonara, fresh pizzas, and XXL desserts. Hit them up on their Napoli Gang microsite to place your order, then light a couple of candles. Job done.
Delivery Status: Delivering to SW4, SW11, SW12, SW2, SW8, SW9, SE21, SE22, SE24, SE5, SE15, SE17, and SE11 from Wednesday to Saturday between 10am and 1pm.
Date night doesn’t have to be delicate and dainty. Let’s be honest, you didn’t need quarantine to get to know the ‘eating-a-bit-of-cheddar-at-4pm-in-underwear-whilst-grunting’ side of each other. So you’ll be more than comfortable having some classy comfort food from Darby’s. Think dexter beef and bone marrow pies topped with croissant pastry, or chicken liver mousse with sourdough from their bakery. You’ll can also pick it up via their hatch, so it’s a must if you’re close to Vauxhall.
Delivery Status: Delivering locally from Bermondsey. Tapas at home is available nationwide.
The bad news is that your Spanish getaway is very much cancelled. The good news is that you won’t have to hear the Ryanair jingle, or get into a Wild West standoff in the priority queue. But you will miss the food. That’s where José Pizarro in Bermondsey comes in. The tapas bar is delivering within 5 miles of SE1, or you swing by and collect, or finish at home kits can be dispatched nationwide. There are boquerones, presa iberica, Spanish tortilla, and jamon. Lots of jamon.
Delivery Status: Delivering locally from Camden.
Namaaste Kitchen is an upmarket Indian in Camden that has a cool 90s feel. And so will your date night if you watch Pulp Fiction and order in their butter chicken and zardaloo kofte. As well as plenty of house specialities, you’ll also find things like their stupidly moreish toki chatat, big biryanis, grilled tandoori dishes, and plenty of dips worth stocking up on.
Delivery Status: Delivering within 6 miles of Elephant & Castle.
It’s a big night for the two of you. For starters, you’re both wearing underwear and something that isn’t made exclusively of fleece. And if you live within six miles of this charming wine bar in Elephant & Castle, you can keep that whole sophisticated feel going by ordering in from Diogenes The Dog. There’s charcuterie, there’s a huge selection of wines, and yes, there’s cannolo too.
Delivery Status: Delivering locally from Clapton.
If you’re coupled up around Clapton, then you’re more than likely missing date night at Uchi - where a solid amount of sushi and sake is very standard behaviour. Fear not, because their takeaway menu has everything you need for a romantic night of raw fish, and you can get it delivered too.
Delivery Status: Collection from Shepherd’s Bush and nationwide delivery.
This whole thing has made lots of people take a minute and reconsider what’s really important, and what’s really necessary to them. You’ve probably done the same if you’re in a relationship. And you’ve probably, and quite quickly, realised that cheese and wine is very, very important. To both of you. It’s important to Albertine too, and the Shepherd’s Bush wine bar has got you covered for comté, gruyére, and lots more. Plus bottles and bottles of wine.
Delivery Status: Delivering within 7 miles of Mayfair.
Repeat after us: Sorry that I accused you of eating the last Jaffa Cake, that I in fact ate last night, here is a cute video of a sloth and I’ve ordered dinner from Hide. Household peace, sorted. For the first time ever, this Mayfair fine dining spot is delivering some of their exceptional menu headliners to your home, including their soft shell crab tempura, 50-day-aged short horn beef rib, and truffled eggs.
Delivery Status: Collection only from Hackney.
The two of you have probably started to refer to every spider that appears as Count Octo and asking if it would like to join your game of Uno. Time for Pidgin - not a formal name for that bird that just flew past your window - but a Hackney fine dining restaurant you can now collect a three-course meal from or arrange a cab to deliver. Expect things like crispy fried pork pavé, burrata with smoked butternut squash, and fermented black bean sticky toffee pudding.