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100 London Date Ideas

100 London Date Ideas

100 London Date Ideas

Last Updated: 25th September 2019 | Main image: Helix & Iris at The Gherkin

Chances are high that you’re either in a relationship, or single.

Whichever it is, you need date ideas.

And that’s where we come in… because while yes our entire website is filled with amazing London date ideas we’ve also created this: a humble collection of 100 London date ideas which will help you to not only uncover the very best of the city, but also secure the lifelong devotion of whomever it is you’re trying to impress.

Which is known in some all circles as a “win-win”.

1. GO TO A CANDLELIT, TIME-TRAVELLING BALL
Secret Location | ££

Candlelight Club - 100 London Date Ideas

Live jazz, Charleston dancing, dinner, cocktails, cabaret acts and more. VIEW MORE INFO

2. HOLE UP IN LONDON’S TINIEST BAR
Mansion House | £££

The Brig: just you two, the bartender, and unlimited cocktails… VIEW MORE INFO

3. GET LOST IN THE BARBICAN CONSERVATORY
Barbican | Free (but reserve ahead)

Barbican Conservatory - quirky things to do in London

Terrapins, carp, and 2,000+ species of plants… VIEW MORE INFO

4. GO SWING DANCING IN A HACKNEY THEATRE
Dalston | £

Take the class first, then show off your new moves (with live music) till the wee hours. VIEW MORE INFO

5. JAM AT A CHURCH OF SOUND GIG
Clapton | £

Church Of Sound

Pray for good seats. VIEW MORE INFO

6. SPEND A DAY EXPLORING SPITALFIELDS MARKET
Spitalfields | £

Street food, vintage markets, and al fresco tango in summer… VIEW MORE INFO

7. KAYAK YOUR WAY TO CRATE BREWERY
Hackney | ££

Kayak To Crate Brewery - 100 London Date Ideas

Sing Venetian gondola songs along the way. VIEW MORE INFO

8. VISIT AN AUTHENTIC RUSSIAN SPA, GET THRASHED WITH TREE BRANCHES
Hoxton | £££

Maybe more of a ‘third date’ kind of thing. VIEW MORE INFO

9. GET YOUR PRESCRIPTION AT THE MIDNIGHT APOTHECARY
Rotherhithe | £

Midnight Apothecary - Valentine's Day Date Ideas London 2019

Namely: unlimited marshmallows for toasting, a candlelit garden with firepits, botanical cocktails, and live music. VIEW MORE INFO

10. BRAVE A TAXIDERMY CLASS
Hackney | ££££

And give each other crabs! VIEW MORE INFO

11. DRESS UP PROPERLY FOR A BLITZ PARTY
Secret Locations | ££

Blitz Party 100 London Date Ideas

Down a couple of B-52s. VIEW MORE INFO

12. BUILD-A-BOUQUET AT THE COLUMBIA ROAD FLOWER MARKET
Bethnal Green | ££

And no, a single rose doesn’t count. VIEW MORE INFO

13. DRINK COCKTAILS, LISTEN TO MUSIC AT NIGHTJAR
Old Street | £££

Nightjar - 100 London Date Ideas

They have 100 year-old Pimm’s. VIEW MORE INFO

14. WATCH THE SUNSET FROM THE TOP OF THE GHERKIN
Liverpool Street | £££

Champagne, oysters and 360 views… VIEW MORE INFO

15. TAKE A TOUR OF WILTON’S MUSIC HALL ON A MONDAY
Whitechapel | ££

WIlton's - 100 London Date Ideas

Then stay for the performance. VIEW MORE INFO

16. WATCH AN ORCHESTRA IN A CAR PARK
Peckham | £

Then hit the neighbourhood’s newest rooftop ItalianVIEW MORE INFO

17. CATCH A FILM IN AN ORIGINAL 1950s BALLROOM
Brockley | £

Rivoli Ballroom Cinema - 100 London Date Ideas 2019

Or put on your dancing shoes at their monthly jive nights. VIEW MORE INFO

18. HEAD TO A BLINDFOLDED LISTENING PARTY
Across London | £

Perfect if you happen to be having a terrible hair day. VIEW MORE INFO

19. HIT AN OUTDOOR CINEMA
Across London | £

rooftop cinema date ideas

Here be the best… VIEW MORE INFO

20. GO TO A STAR-GAZING CLASS ON THE CULPEPER ROOFTOP
Spitalfields | £££

And moon over each other. VIEW MORE INFO

21. STOCK A PICNIC BASKET AT ONE OF LONDON’S FOOD MARKETS
All Over London| ££

Maltby Street - food market London

And serve it in a blanket fort in your living room. VIEW MORE INFO

22. HAVE COCKTAILS AFTER-HOURS IN A PIE & MASH SHOP
Walthamstow | ££

And save a little space for the croquetas. VIEW MORE INFO

23. GO TO A SURPRISE GIG IN A SECRET LOCATION
Somewhere Secret | £ | Throughout February

Sofar Sounds - 100 London date ideas

Sofar Sounds organise them everywhere from abandoned churches to living rooms. VIEW MORE INFO

24. BREAK CODES FOR COCKTAILS AT THE BLETCHLEY
Chelsea | £££

And give each other codenames for the evening. VIEW MORE INFO

25. GET A SOFA AT THE ELECTRIC CINEMA
Notting Hill | ££

Electric Cinema date ideas

Then break the decency laws when the lights go down. VIEW MORE INFO

26. MAKE CANDLES TOGETHER AT EARL OF EAST
London Fields/King’s Cross | £££

Though obviously, nobody holds a candle to your date… VIEW MORE INFO

27. GO TO MR FOGG’S, SIT IN THE VICTORIAN TRAIN CARRIAGE 
Charing Cross | ££

Mr. Fogg's Society of Exploration 100 London Date Ideas

Drink only cocktails from countries you’ve been to, and tell each other stories from your travels there. VIEW MORE INFO

28. CATCH A SHOW AT THE SOHO THEATRE
Soho | £

And debrief over handmade pasta at Lina Stores. VIEW MORE INFO

29. PLAY THE MOST ROMANTIC ROUND OF CRAZY GOLF EVER AT SWINGERS
Oxford Circus/The City | ££

Swingers - London activity bars

Remember: in golf, being sub-par is a good thingVIEW MORE INFO

30. GET TO KNOW THE BIRDS & THE BEES AT HACKNEY CITY FARM
Hackney | ££

Then get to know each other at The Laughing Heart… VIEW MORE INFO

31. RENT A HOT TUG
Islington/Canary Wharf | ££££

Hot Tug 100 London Date Ideas

It’s literally a hot tub. That’s also a boat. VIEW MORE INFO

32. LISTEN TO SOME LIVE JAZZ AT RONNIE SCOTT’S
Soho | ££

They serve it with roast on Sundays. VIEW MORE INFO

33. SIP DRINKS ON A ROOFTOP OVERLOOKING THE CITY
Across London | ££

Radio Rooftop Bar London

We have some suggestions here..VIEW MORE INFO

34. GO GLASSBLOWING
London Bridge | £££££

Then go glass-drinking at Tanner and Co.  VIEW MORE INFO

35. CLIMB UP TO THE ST. PAUL’S WHISPERING GALLERY
St. Paul’s | £

St. Paul's 100 London Date Ideas

Credit: Jack Pease Photography/Flickr

And whisper racy things to each other at gradually increasing volumes. VIEW MORE INFO

36. PLAY A FEW ROUNDS OF DARTS AT FLIGHT CLUB
Finsbury Square/Bloomsbury/Victoria | ££

Use the board to determine what you drink. VIEW MORE INFO

37. TAKE A TRIP TO AN ART GALLERY
Across London | £

Royal Academy - Valentine's Day date ideas

Find out everything that’s on, everywhere, here: VIEW MORE INFO

38. COSY UP IN GORDON’S WINE BAR
Embankment | ££

…And definitely get a cheese sharing platter. VIEW MORE INFO

39. HIT UP A RESTAURANT WITH A VIEW
Across London | £££

romantic restaurants in London

With a view to impressing your date. VIEW MORE INFO

40. SHOUT SUGGESTIONS AT THE COMEDY STORE
Soho | ££

Then attempt to “volunteer” your date to go on stage. VIEW MORE INFO

41. GET IN COSTUME, GO TO SECRET CINEMA
Secret Location | £££

If you’re looking for the Mike to your Elle, the Max to your Lucas, the Will to your Mindflayer… then you should take your date to Secret Cinema Presents Stranger Things. VIEW MORE INFO

42. GO FOR A WHISKEY TASTING AT MILROY’S
Soho | £££

Sneak behind the bookcase to find their basement speakeasy… VIEW MORE INFO

43. BUY CHEAP THEATRE TICKETS
Soho | £££

Palomar - 100 London Date Ideas

And spend the savings on front row seats at The Palomar for dinnerVIEW MORE INFO

44. DO EVERYTHING AT THE HORNIMAN MUSEUM
Forest Hill | £

They’ve got a butterfly house, a farmers’ market, an outdoor musical garden, a pygmy goat enclosure, an aquarium, a functioning bandstand, a Dutch barn, 16 acres of gardens… and a giant overstuffed walrus. VIEW MORE INFO

45. PRESS FOR CHAMPAGNE AT BOB BOB RICARD
Soho | ££££

Bob Bob Ricard - 100 London Date Ideas

Trust us, it’s glorious. VIEW MORE INFO

46. NERD OUT AT FOUR QUARTERS
Peckham | ££

Show off your video game skills at Four Quarters. Loser buys a round of craft beers. VIEW MORE INFO

47. DRESS UP ’40s STYLE AND GO TO CAHOOTS
Soho | £££

Cahoots - London date ideas

Order one of their ‘Dig for Victory’ vegetable cocktails… VIEW MORE INFO

48. GO FOR BRUNCH AT THE WOLSELEY
Piccadilly | £££

They have fried haggis, duck eggs and whisky. VIEW MORE INFO

49. MAKE EACH OTHER BOTTLES OF GIN AT THE GINSTITUTE
Notting Hill | ££££

The Ginstitute Valentine's Day Date Ideas

Will Pryce

Then take them home for a nightcap. VIEW MORE INFO

50SERENADE YOUR DATE, BACKED BY UKELELES, ON A BATTERSEA BARGE
Vauxhall | £

…after getting dinner at The Garden CaféVIEW MORE INFO

51. OVERINDULGE IN CHOCCYWOCCYDOODAH’S SECRET CAKE ROOM
Covent Garden | ££££

Whoever looks the least like Bruce Bogtrotter at the end, wins. VIEW MORE INFO

52. GO ON A CRYPTIC TEXT HUNT AROUND LONDON’S BACKSTREETS
Across London | ££

It’s like a scavenger hunt, with wine. VIEW MORE INFO

53. COSY UP AT THE CAMPFIRE CLUB
Across London | ££

Campfire Club London date ideas

And watch the sparks fly. VIEW MORE INFO

54. VISIT DENNIS SEVERS’ HOUSE AFTER DARK
Bishopsgate | £

The whole place is a candlelit ‘still life’ installation of a Georgian house… VIEW MORE INFO

55. SHOOT VIRTUAL GAME IN A VIRTUAL GAME
Liverpool Street | £££

Mac & Wild London date ideas

Then sample their vast whisky collection. VIEW MORE INFO

56. TAKE A STROLL ON HAMPSTEAD HEATH
Hampstead | Free

Take in the Pergola, Kenwood House, and a pub. Or two. VIEW MORE INFO

57.BOOK A TABLE AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL
Piccadilly Circus | ££

Crazy Coqs jazz bar London date ideas

Then sip cocktails with live jazz in their cabaret bar… VIEW MORE INFO

58. TAKE THE BOAT FROM TATE BRITAIN TO THE TATE MODERN
Bankside | £

Then talk about the signs, doors, and chairs as if they were exhibits. VIEW MORE INFO

59. PLAY BOARDGAMES TOGETHER AT DRAUGHTS
Haggerston/Waterloo | ££

Draughts - 100 London Date Ideas

Do NOT play Monopoly if you want there to be a second date. VIEW MORE INFO

60. ATTEND A WINE TASTING AT HUMBLE GRAPE
Around London | £££

See who can make the most convincing comment about the ‘nose’. VIEW MORE INFO

61. VISIT ANOTHER WORLD TOGETHER
Haggerston | £££

London date ideas

Courtesy of the ‘Otherworld’ virtual reality bar… VIEW MORE INFO

62. PRETEND TO START A RAP BEEF AT HIP HOP KARAOKE
Fitzrovia | ££

But actually don’t. VIEW MORE INFO

63. GO BOWLING AT ALL STAR LANES
Holborn / Westfield / Brick Lane | ££

All Star Lanes

And see who can come up with the most puns about balls, pins, and splits. VIEW MORE INFO

64. TAKE A COCKTAIL MAKING MASTERCLASS AT TT LIQUOR
Shoreditch | ££££

Then drink your homework. VIEW MORE INFO

65. GO TO CIRCUS
Covent Garden | ££££

Circus - London date ideas

And share blowtorched sushi while trapeze artists swing above you. VIEW MORE INFO

66. TAKE A BOAT TRIP TO GREENWICH
Greenwich | ££

Take a picnic for the park, before stargazing at the Greenwich Observatory planetariumVIEW MORE INFO

67. THEN CLIMB THE O2 BY TWILIGHT, DRINK CHAMPAGNE AT THE TOP
Greenwich | £££

O2 climb - London date ideas

It’s a long climb. Perfect for checking out, or improving, your date’s stamina. VIEW MORE INFO

68. SEE WHO CAN HAGGLE THE BEST DEAL AT PORTOBELLO MARKET
Notting Hill | ££

The most quintessential of London dates. VIEW MORE INFO

69. WATCH A PLAY UNDER THE STARS AT SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE
Bankside | £

Shakespeares Globe - 100 London Date Ideas

Then warm up with a drink at LyanessVIEW MORE INFO

70. STROLL THE GLASS WALKWAY ABOVE TOWER BRIDGE
Tower Bridge | ££

And finish up with dinner in a Coppa Club iglooVIEW MORE INFO

71. HIT THE OLYMPIC PING PONG TABLE AT BOUNCE
Holborn / Shoreditch | ££

Bounce - London date ideas

Invent victory dances. VIEW MORE INFO

72. TOP UP A TAB CARD AT VAGABOND WINES, DRINK DOZENS OF SAMPLES.
Various Locations | ££

Then buy each other a bottle. VIEW MORE INFO

73. MAKE MOLECULAR COCKTAILS IN THE BREAKING BAD RV
Hackney | £££

ABQ - Sinner - 100 London Date Ideas

And see if there’s good chemistry. VIEW MORE INFO

74. GO ROLLER-SKIING IN HYDE PARK
Hyde Park | £££

And let Dickie’s Bar take care of the après ski. VIEW MORE INFO

75. WATCH A FILM AT THE INSTITUT FRANÇAIS
South Kensington | £

Cinema Institut Francais - London date ideas

Then go for a French meal after… VIEW MORE INFO

76. CELEBRATE LIFE, DAY OF THE DEAD STYLE
Soho | ££

Patron

With the help of some tequila cocktails, of course. VIEW MORE INFO

77. TEAM UP WITH ANOTHER COUPLE FOR THE OFFICIAL SHERLOCK ESCAPE ROOM
Shepherd’s Bush | £££

Sherlock Game Is Now Valentine's Day Date Ideas

And don’t get Sherlocked in. VIEW MORE INFO

78. GET DINNER AND A MOVIE
Hackney | ££

At one of London’s unique, independent cinemas…  VIEW MORE INFO

79. SMUGGLE BOOZE ONTO THE LONDON EYE
Westminster | £££

London Eye - 100 London Date Ideas

These guys totally managed it. VIEW MORE INFO

80. HAVE A CHEESE TASTING AT LA CAVE
South Kensington | £££

Then hit Piano Kensington nearby. VIEW MORE INFO

81. TAKE A CANDLELIT TOUR ROUND SIR JOHN SOANE’S HOUSE
Holborn | £££ (Free by day)

Sir John Soanes - 100 London Date Ideas

Feat. salvaged architecture, an imaginary monk, and moving walls… VIEW MORE INFO

82. ORDER ONLY COCKTAILS INVENTED IN THE AMERICAN BAR AT THE SAVOY
Covent Garden | £££

They include the Hanky Panky, White Lady, Corpse Reviver #2, etc. Ask your bartender. VIEW MORE INFO

83. GET ON YER BIKES, AND GO ON A MONUMENT CRAWL
Around London | £

Monument crawl - London date ideas

Credit: Martin Hesketh/Flickr

We recommend including the Monument itself, the view is amazingVIEW MORE INFO

84. HAVE A SHUFFLEBOARD CONTEST
Shoreditch | ££££

Then toast your victory with cocktails. VIEW MORE INFO

85. ORDER THE DUCK AND WAFFLE AT DUCK AND WAFFLE
Bishopsgate | £££

Duck and Waffle London date ideas

Best order it at 4am. Because you can. VIEW MORE INFO

86. GO FOR A DINOSAUR SLEEPOVER AT THE NHM
South Kensington | ££££

See who can ask the most ‘Jurassic Park’ questions. VIEW MORE INFO

87. GO FOR A MIDNIGHT SWIM IN A HEATED LIDO
Hampton | ££

Hampton Pool London date ideas

They’ll supply the drinks and glow-sticks. VIEW MORE INFO

88. GO TO DANS LE NOIR. ORDER FOR YOUR PARTNER.
Clerkenwell | £££

And don’t tell them what they’re getting. VIEW MORE INFO

89. VISIT KEATS HOUSE, READ YOUR DATE POETRY
Hampstead | £

Keats House - London date ideas

Challenge them to tell if it’s Keats’ or yours. VIEW MORE INFO

90. GO FOR A SING-A-LONG AT THE PRINCE CHARLES CINEMA
Leicester Square | ££

Because if you’re the sort of person who would enjoy that, and they’re not; well, that’s the sort of thing you need to find out ASAP. VIEW MORE INFO

91. GO TO THE ZOO. DECIDE WHY THE ANIMALS ARE IN PRISON.
Regents Park | £££

Zoo - London date ideas

Credit: Karen Datangel/Flickr

That zebra’s wearing a comedy burglar outfit. VIEW MORE INFO

92. HIRE YOUR OWN BOAT FOR THE DAY
Paddington | £££

Then have dinner on a boat too, at newly-opened The Grand Duchess… VIEW MORE INFO

93. TAKE A TOUR OF LONDON’S SECRET GARDENS
Around London | Free

Secret Gardens - London date ideas

Credit: Brian Adamson/Flickr

And finish up at Petersham Nurseries for dinner. VIEW MORE INFO

94. GO TO CHINATOWN. PLAY RESTAURANT ROULETTE.
Chinatown | ££

And after you’ve chosen somewhere to eat, play dim sum roulette too. VIEW MORE INFO

95. GO TO ELTHAM PLACE, PRETEND TO BE ROYALTY
Greenwich | £

Eltham Palace Valentine's Day Date Ideas

Bring a picnic to have on the stunningly well-manicured lawnVIEW MORE INFO

96. GET STARTERS, MAINS, AND DESSERTS FROM THREE DIFFERENT SOHO RESTAURANTS
Soho | ££

We’ve picked out the best on every street… VIEW MORE INFO

97. SLEEP TOGETHER
Stepney Green | £££

That is, make a serious effort to win the “Best Pyjamas” prize at Bedtime Story Nights. VIEW MORE INFO

98. TRY NOT TO PROPOSE AT CLOS MAGGIORE
Covent Garden | £££

Clos Maggiore romantic restaurant - London date ideas

It’s craaaazy romantic there. If you book a table in the right room (this one)VIEW MORE INFO | SEE MORE ROMANTIC RESTAURANTS IN LONDON

99. GO TO PORKY’S FOR BEER PONG
Bankside/Camden | ££

Beer. Pong. VIEW MORE INFO

100. RUN AWAY FOR THE DAY
Not London | ££

Day trips - 100 London date ideas

These lovely places are all reachable in 2 hours… VIEW MORE INFO


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