Looking for an unforgettable date? Here’s 14 of the best date ideas in Clapham


Clapham is a popular place to live and socialise amongst young professionals in the capital. It has a vibrant and lively vibe, reflected in the number of great spots for a date in the area. From restaurants and bars to alternative and fun ideas, we’ve got the best selection of date ideas in Clapham.

Whether it’s for a first date or a much-needed date night with your partner, discover our favourite Clapham venues.

1. Tequila Mockingbird

Slip into a booth at Tequila Mockingbird which is, undoubtedly, one of the best bars in Clapham for a date. Come here during the week for a more chilled mood and get to know your date better with 2-4-1 cocktails, or liven things up at the weekend. The exotically atmospheric lounge-style interior will spur you both on to good conversation. 


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2. Lady Chastity’s Reserve Escape Room

Lady Chastity’s Reserve Escape Room at Four Thieves Clapham brings you one of the most unique Clapham date ideas. Inside the pub you’ll find this fabulous escape room which can be solved by two players if you really put your minds to it. Your mission is to win Chastity’s fabled aphrodisiac wine – what better way to see if you’re a good match!

3. Northcote Records

Just down the road in Battersea, Northcote Records is a wonderful date spot. It’s the venue for experiencing fantastic music, hot on the scene. Enjoy a pizza together (from just £6, call it a cheap date!) and be immersed in what’s going on. 


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4. The Black Lab Coffee House

Want to avoid a pub or restaurant for your next date? If you want to switch it up and instead, head to The Black Lab Coffee House. It’s one of our favourite date spots in Clapham because it’s cosy and makes an impressive cuppa. If you’re fed up of trying to talk to your date over a din in a lively club or pub, but aren’t quite ready for a meal out, this option is for you. 

5. Mommi

If you’re looking for one of the best bars in Clapham for a date then you can’t go wrong with Mommi. We heartily recommend their food, but this place is definitely worthy of sampling its cocktails at the bar. Expect vibes of Japan and South America and some seriously impressive mixology. 

6. Clapham Picture House

It’s long been one of the classic date spots in Clapham, and that’s never changing: Clapham Picture House is always up there for local date ideas. We love a modern, independent cinema. Sit back in the plush seats, enjoy drinks from the bar, and enjoy your chosen film. It’s a luxury touch on the classic cinema date night. 

7. Minnow

If you’re looking to impress and win the way to your date’s heart via their stomach, then Minnow is an excellent choice. Minnow is one of the best date restaurants in Clapham because the exclusive atmosphere is paired with a romantic interior. You can spend the evening together in a cosy corner enjoying beautiful looking and tasting plates of food. In the warmer months you can also dine outside on the heated outdoor terrace overlooking the Common. 


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8. Lotus Bar

Start with drinks and then if the mood takes you, move onto dinner before partying late at Lotus Bar. The ambience is sensual and intimate, and the cocktails are sure to get the conversation flowing. 

9. Go vintage shopping

Clapham is famed for its vintage and charity shops, so much so that we recommend making a vintage crawl part of your date ideas in Clapham. You can dip in and out of shops, such as Wandsworth Oasis, and build a wardrobe for each other. You’ll have plenty of talking points and it’ll be a date unlike any other. 

10. The Schoolhouse 

Perfect for a lunch or dinner date, The Schoolhouse in nearby Battersea is cool and retro, ideal for a date. It has a relaxed atmosphere and good quality tasty grub that will make you and your date feel at home and at ease.

11. Walk on the common

We couldn’t not mention Clapham Common. The easiest date spot in Clapham is simply to head to Clapham Common for an amble. You’ve got 220 acres to explore after all! Slip your hand inside your date’s or steal a kiss at the bandstand for a super romantic moment. If the weather allows, find a quiet spot for a picnic. Bring a chilled bottle of Whispering Angel and pack a hamper full of indulgent snacks. For something more lively, a date at the SW4 Festival here in August is a must-do for locals. 


Without a shadow of a doubt, SIXTY FOUR is one of the best bars in Clapham for a date. The DJs bring this place alive, but make sure you come early for happy hour too. This is a stylish drinking den that’s great for a date. 

13. Venn Street Market

If you’re looking for a Saturday day time date venue in Clapham then look no further than a meander through Venn Street Market. Take your pick of the different street food on offer and soak up the atmosphere. Alternatively, pick up fresh ingredients together to create a picnic to enjoy on the common, or to cook up a storm together.

14. Hannah

Hannah is a quirky and fun bar for a date night in Clapham. Close to Clapham Junction, it’s a perfect place to meet. But what’s really wonderful is the ‘pour your own’ approach to enjoying a drink from the wealth of wines and beers on offer. Their plates of food are delicious too. You can even indulge in oysters if you’re looking for the food of love!


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