There are few pubs in London that you can take someone to for date night without them thinking that you intended to take them somewhere nicer around the corner, but forgot to make a booking. Unless, of course, you’re at a pub like The Queen Adelaide. It’s a retro pub on Uxbridge Road, with wood-panelled walls, a domed fireplace, 20s chandeliers, a giant painting of Queen Adelaide herself, and the kind of atmosphere that’s far more ‘charming date night’ than ‘hardcore boozer’. They serve proper gastropub fare with small plates like shin of beef croquette, but you really want one of their pies on your table.
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Master Bao is a Taiwanese spot inside Westfield London that’s perfect for cheap, quick eats, and excellent bao.
Swallow Coffee Shop
Swallow Coffee Shop is a comfortable and welcoming coffee shop on the Goldhawk Road near Shepherd's Bush
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The Compton Arms
The Compton Arms is a little pub in Islington serving some tasty small plates and one of the best burgers in town.
Hobbs Roast Meat
Pork loin, apple sauce, and stuffing - if you don’t like the sound of that you probably won’t like Hobbs at Borough Market.
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