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100 London Date Ideas

100 London Date Ideas

Last Updated: 3rd June 2019 | Main image: Multi-Story Orchestra/Ambra Vernuccio

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. 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

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

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

7. GET YOUR PRESCRIPTION AT THE MIDNIGHT APOTHECARY | NUDGE MEMBER PERK
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

8. BRAVE A TAXIDERMY CLASS AT THE LAST TUESDAY SOCIETY
Hackney | ££££

And give each other crabs! VIEW MORE INFO

9. DRESS UP PROPERLY FOR A BLITZ PARTY | NUDGE MEMBER PERK
Secret Locations | ££

Blitz Party 100 London Date Ideas

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

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

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

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

Nightjar - 100 London Date Ideas

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

12. GET A SOFA AT THE ELECTRIC CINEMA
Notting Hill / Shoreditch | ££

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

13. 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

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

Then head up to Frank’s for rooftop negronis. VIEW MORE INFO

15. 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

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

And moon over each other. VIEW MORE INFO

17. HAVE DINNER WHILE SAILING THROUGH THE SKY | NUDGE MEMBER PERK
Docklands | ££££

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Then head for a nightcap at The Midnight Apothecary. VIEW MORE INFO

18. HIT AN OUTDOOR CINEMA
Across London | £

Here be the best… VIEW MORE INFO

19. 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

20. HAVE DESSERT FOR DINNER | NUDGE MEMBER PERK
Islington | £

Specifically, an all-dessert tasting menu… VIEW MORE INFO

21. 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

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

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

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

100 London Date Ideas - Helix and Iris

Champagne, oysters and 360 views… VIEW MORE INFO

24. BECOME PIRATES FOR THE DAY
Bankside | £££

This regards cocktails, an actual ship, and silly hats. VIEW MORE INFO

25. GO TO MR FOGG’S, SIT IN THE VICTORIAN TRAIN CARRIAGE | NUDGE MEMBER PERK
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

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

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

27. 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

28. GET TO KNOW THE BIRDS & THE BEES
Regent’s Park | ££

At the after-hours Zoo Nights… VIEW MORE INFO

29. VISIT ANOTHER WORLD TOGETHER
Haggerston | £££

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

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

Use the board to determine what you drink. 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. 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

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

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

35. GO TO AQUA SHARD
London Bridge | ££££

Aqua Shard - romantic restaurants in London

Share oysters served on dry ice while the sun sets over London. VIEW MORE INFO

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

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

37. HAVE A BBQ… ON A PRIVATE BOAT | NUDGE MEMBER PERK
Canary Wharf | ££££

london date ideas bbq boats

And hope the right kind of sparks fly. VIEW MORE INFO

38. SPEND A DAY EXPLORING SPITALFIELDS MARKET
Spitalfields | £

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

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

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

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

They’ve even built in a couple of spots for liquid refreshment… VIEW MORE INFO

41. 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

42. ATTEND A WINE TASTING AT HUMBLE GRAPE | NUDGE MEMBER PERK
Around London | £££

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

43. 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

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

But actually don’t. VIEW MORE INFO

45. GET IN COSTUME, GO TO SECRET CINEMA
Various Locations | ££££

Secret Cinema - 100 London date ideas

And fool people into thinking you’re part of it. VIEW MORE INFO

46. GO GLASSBLOWING
London Bridge | £££££

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

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

Roof East things to do in London

We have some suggestions here..VIEW MORE INFO

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

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

49. 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

50. 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

 

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

Bob Bob Ricard - 100 London Date Ideas

Trust us, it’s glorious. VIEW MORE INFO

52. 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

53. 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

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

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

55. 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

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

Then drink your homework. VIEW MORE INFO

57. GO TO CIRCUS
Covent Garden | ££££

Circus - London date ideas

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

58. FEED EACH OTHER OYSTERS AT J SHEEKEY
Covent Garden | £££

They’re true heroes in a half shell. VIEW MORE INFO

59. 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

60. 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

61.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

62. GET DINNER AND A MOVIE
Hackney | ££

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

63. 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

64. 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

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

Then hit Piano Kensington nearby. VIEW MORE INFO

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

London Eye - 100 London Date Ideas

These guys totally managed it. VIEW MORE INFO

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

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

68. 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

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

The most quintessential of London date ideas. VIEW MORE INFO

70. 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

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

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

72. 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

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

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

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

ABQ - Sinner - 100 London Date Ideas

Then head upstairs and play video games for shots. VIEW MORE INFO

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

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

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

The Ginstitute Valentine's Day Date Ideas

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Then take them home for a nightcap. VIEW MORE INFO

77SERENADE YOUR DATE, BACKED BY UKELELES, ON A BATTERSEA BARGE
Vauxhall | £

…after getting dinner at The Garden CaféVIEW MORE INFO

78. 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

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

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

80. 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

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

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

82. GET ON BORIS 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

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

Then toast your victory with cocktails. VIEW MORE INFO

84. TAKE A TRIP TO THE FLOATING RUM BAR
Camden | ££

Test if your rum legs are better than your sea legs. VIEW MORE INFO

85. GO ON AN ICE CREAM CRAWL THROUGH CENTRAL LONDON
Soho | £

It involves ice cream macaron sandwiches… VIEW MORE INFO

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

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

87. 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

88. 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

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

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

90. 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

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

Then buy each other a bottle. VIEW MORE INFO

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

Bounce - London date ideas

Then invent victory dances. VIEW MORE INFO

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

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

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

Secret Gardens - London date ideas

Credit: Brian Adamson/Flickr

And finish up at The Ivy Chelsea GardenVIEW MORE INFO

95. SLEEP TOGETHER
Stepney Green | £££

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

96. 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

97. SEE HOW MANY AFTERNOON TEAS YOU CAN HAVE IN A DAY

We have many, many suggestions here. VIEW MORE INFO

98. SHOOT VIRTUAL GAME IN A VIRTUAL GAME | NUDGE MEMBER PERK
Liverpool Street | £££

Mac & Wild London date ideas

Then sample the prodigious whisky collection. VIEW MORE INFO

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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