Great Date Guide: Heist Bank, London


Heist Bank

With its extensive cocktail list, homemade pizzas and laid-back feel, Heist Bank is the perfect choice for a laid-back first date in West London

Finding a great casual date venue that will put you both at ease but still manage to impress is no easy feat; luckily Paddington’s Heist Bank fulfils the brief perfectly. Set in a redeveloped canal basin, just five minutes’ walk from Paddington station, this all-day bar and restaurant specialises in pizza, cocktails and craft beer and is a great choice for a laid-back first date.

The wood-fire pizza oven churns out pizzas that are far from average; the use of local cheeses, cured meats and seasonal toppings elevates this fast food staple to fine cuisine, and the generous portion sizes mean they’re designed for sharing (great for getting up close and personal with your date).

The drinks menu runs the gamut from perfectly-served gin and tonics to Buxton Wild Boar IPA and a smooth Pinot Noir, so you’re sure to find something that suits you and your date’s tastes – we recommend the Scofflaw; an intense blend of Evan Williams bourbon, dry vermouth, lemon and pomegranate syrup. But don’t spoil your appetite; it’s always well-worth saving space for dessert when soft whipped ice cream (Mr. Whippy’s finest) is on the menu!

In summer months, you can take a seat out by the canal and rent bikes to explore the local area, while the space inside offers a relaxed common room chic feel, complete with Nintendo consoles, snooker tables and a karaoke machine, which sets the mood for a chilled evening out.  And, if all goes well, you can treat your date to a bouquet from in-house florist Botanique before you go.

Heist Bank, 5 North Wharf Road, Paddington, London W2 1LA, +44 (0)207 723 8080,

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