To celebrate the hotly-anticipated release of steamy movie Fifty Shades of Grey, we’ve rounded up five of London’s sexiest bars and restaurants in which to get hot under the collar.
Dukes Hotel Bar
Pull up a bar stool at the legendary Dukes Hotel Bar where James Bond author Ian Fleming famously used to drink.
Said to have been the inspiration behind the spy’s “shaken, not stirred” expression, this Mayfair-based cocktail bar serves up a huge choice of show-stopping martinis in a quintessentially-British setting.
Tucked away down a cobbled alleyway near Buckingham Palace, this hotel bar is the perfect spot to wow a loved-one, especially if they happen to be a wannabe Bond babe or 007 fan.
Brilliantly decadent and kitsch, this cocktail bar in trendy Shoreditch is a mish-mash of disco balls, taxidermy, oriental vases and showy sofas.
The extensive cocktail list is designed with lovers in mind: choose from Egg Snogg to Golden Shower, Bit on the Side to Pillow Talk.
There’s also a short food menu with favourites like pulled pork buns in case you get peckish. Arrive before 8pm to enjoy two cocktails for £12.
Bob Bob Ricard
Like something out of a David Lynch movie with its velvet drapes and period features, this opulent 1930s-style all-booth dining room serves up English and Russian fare, with plenty of seductive, high-end treats on the menu, including oysters, foie gras, steak and caviar.
Booth seating makes it the ideal venue for romantic trysts.
But the restaurant’s major selling point has to be its “call for Champagne” buzzer, fitted at every table. Cheers!
Electric Cinema Notting Hill
Boasting a reputation as London’s sexiest cinema, this decadent filmhouse has sumptuous leather armchairs with footstools, cosy cashmere blankets, and two-seater sofas on the back row.
But the cinema’s best feature is its velvet-lined double beds that are dotted along the front row seats and are perfect for snuggling.
One of the capital’s oldest cinemas, the programme is a mix of classic, mainstream and arthouse films. There’s also a bar that serves up saucy delights like chocolate brownies, bottles of wine and cocktails.
Fancy an aphrodisiac? Gorge on oysters at this celeb favourite restaurant in London’s Theatreland.
With its ambient lighting and discreet booths, this eatery is ideal for loved-up couples in search of privacy.
Photos of theatre stars adorn the walls, while the art deco interior blends marble, mosaic and wood panelling to fine effect.
Don’t leave without tasting the restaurant’s famous fish pies. Puddings worth plumping for include the rhubarb and toffee crumble, and the chocolate pudding souffle.
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