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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.



For the sake of your wallet (and to find somewhere a bit livelier), you may want to head over the road next to cocktail bar Bourne & Hollingsworth (Rathbone Place).

Situated down some metal steps, it's one of those places that serve drinks in jam jars but don't let that put you off – it's comfortable, fun and the drinks are great.