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Deciding where to go on a first date in London is tricky.Like picking a song on Spotify, sometimes having so much choice can have a paralysing effect.But in the same way you shouldn't just cave and listen to Rihanna because it's the first thing you think of, resisting Leciester Square or Covent Garden is the smart choice when it comes to wooing in the capital.Instead, pick from these Zone 1 locations and our tailored guide to each, whether you're after an expensive dinner, a night of culture or just a fun area where anything can happen. *** 1 | Soho Nearest tubes: Tottenham Court Road / Oxford Circus Perfect for: Dinner The Palomar London's most famous playground can still be a bit bewildering if you're new to it, but many of the finest restaurants in the country – scrap that, the world – are here, meaning if you're going for dinner and want to impress, Soho is still the place to go.You might want a cocktail or a glass of wine before dining.If so we recommend the Blind Pig on Poland Street (above the Social Eating House), which pairs a luxurious but informal setting with genuinely inventive drinks menu, or Mark's Bar on Brewer Street which is cool, relaxed and makes the best negronis around.



Or if tucking into a perfect steak is more you and your partner's idea of good dining, pop over the road to unpretentious Argentinian eatery Gaucho. Technically in Mayfair but a mere hop, skip and a jump away from Soho is Blades at Hush, a small, 60's inspired dining room that aims to be a 'private member's club without the membership'.It's certainly one of cosiest nooks in town, and the specialities - steak and lobster - are both refined and a safe bet for a first date.Finish things off with something from whisky cocktail list to seal the good impression After dinner drinks in Soho is a real adventure, so step out, be bold and try anywhere that takes your fancy. 2 | Fitzrovia Nearest tubes: Warren Street / Goodge Street / Tottenham Court Road Perfect for: A date with options Charlotte Street Hotel A lively (and generally cheaper) alternative to Soho, Fitzrovia has plenty of great bars, restaurants and pubs all concentrated around one or two main streets, making it perfect for a date that could go in a few different directions.A glass of plonk in Dean Street Townhouse, a margarita in El Camion (Brewer Street) or some late night jazz at Ain't Nothin But… Make a great first impression by meeting at the Charlotte Street Hotel, where you can sit on a cozy sofa in the back room and get to know each other in peace (the front dining area near the street gets a little noisy).