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Neil Frame 20/09/22


101 London Date Ideas

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

And whichever it is, well, you’re going to need date ideas.

And that’s where we come in, because while yes the whole of The Nudge is filled with amazing date ideas, hidden spots and romantic nooks for you to explore, we’ve also just updated this: our humble collection of 101 London Date Ideas which will help you to A) Secure the lifelong devotion of whomever it is you’re trying to impress, and B) Have fun discovering the very best of London while impressing them.

We’d call that a win-win.

 

Last Updated: 20th September 2022 


1. WATCH FILMS ON THE ORIGINAL 16mm REELS
Hackney | ££

At Ciné Real’s screening nights. 

2. DINE WITH LIVE MUSIC AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL
Piccadilly Circus | ££

Then sip cocktails in their authentic 1930s bar… 

3. FEAST ON DIM SUM IN CHINATOWN
Chinatown | ££

chinatown pedestrianised london

And finish with ice cream in fish-shaped cones from Bake.

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

Borough Market

Kyoto Gardens is pretty beautiful if you’re looking for green space.

5. TAKE A CANDLELIT WINE BATH TOGETHER
Strand | £££££

Aire Ancient Baths

It’s how you’ll be living out your retirement years, so test the waters (so to speak) now. 

6. GO TO THE REVAMPED MUSEUM OF THE HOME
Hoxton | Free

Museum of the Home

Talk like you’re in the time period of each room you walk through. 

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

unusual date ideas

And give each other crabs! 

8. SPARK OLD-SCHOOL ROMANCE AT A JAZZ BAR
Across London | £

Ronnie Scott's Jazz Bar London

It’s hard to beat.

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

The Midnight Apothecary

Namely: unlimited marshmallows for toasting, a candlelit garden with firepits, and botanical cocktails.

10. TOUR LONDON’S UNUSUAL MUSEUMS
Across London | £

Last Tuesday Society Viktor Wynd Museum

First to find UCL’s famous Jar of Moles wins.

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

Flowers at Columbia Road Flower Market

And no, a single rose doesn’t count. 

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

Barbican Conservatory

A pop up bar, terrapins, and 1,500+ species of plants…

13. HURL SOME AXES AT A WALL AT SKEETERS
Hackney Wick | £££

Skeeters, Hackney Wick

Because trust is the bedrock of any relationship. 

14. THEN TOAST YOUR NEW TALENT AT BARGE EAST
Hackney Wick | ££

Barge East

Just a really lovely date spot, an axe’s throw away.

15. WHISK YOUR DATE OFF ON A NUDGE ITINERARY
Across London | £

Our growing collection of neighbourhood strolls, with suggestions of where to eat, where to drink and what to see…

16. EXPLORE THE OCEAN AS A VR WHALE
South Bank | ££

amongst other virtual oddities, at the BFI London Film Festival: Expanded.
^

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

Candle workshop at Earl of East

Though obviously, nobody holds a candle to your date… 

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

Champagne at Bob Bob Ricard

Trust us, it’s glorious.

19. COSY UP AT DANCE UMBRELLA
Across London | £

The city’s biggest contemporary dance festival’s popping up again…
^

20. CHECK OUT ONE OF LONDON’S NEWEST RESTAURANTS
Across London | ££

barrafina borough yards

You can keep up-to-date with the ones about to open here.

21. BOOK IN FOR AFTERNOON TEA
Across London | ££-££££

Wolseley afternoon tea London

These places somehow make egg and cress an aphrodisiac.

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

Aqua Shard

With a view to impressing your date. 

23. SPEND A DAY EXPLORING SPITALFIELDS MARKET
Spitalfields | £

Records at Spitalfields Market

Compete to see who can find the most hilariously old-school record cover.

24. THEN MOSEY DOWN BRICK LANE
Brick Lane | £

Dark Sugars Brick Lane

Mooch round the vintage stores, go bowling, feast on Indian food and get the city’s best hot chocolate at Dark Sugars.

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

The Bletchley

And give each other codenames for the evening.

26. SPEND AN ENTIRE DAY IN VICTORIA PARK
Hackney | £

Start with a Sri Lankan breakfast at Pavilion, take a boat across the lake, peruse the Sunday market and finish with a little light roller blading.

27. TAKE IN AN EXHIBITION
Across London | ££

Fashion! Squashed tubas! Overly intimate sounds of eating!
^

28. ASSIST A 1920s CRIMINAL GANG IN TAKING OVER LONDON
Camden | £££

peaky blinders immersive

Yes, you can now actually be a Peaky Blinder.

29. ENTRUST THE BARTENDER WITH AN OMAKASE COCKTAIL EXPERIENCE
Knightsbridge | ££££

The Aubrey Omakase

And leave with a bottle of your favourite to take… somewhere else.

30. GO CRAZY GOLFING IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Across London | £

Or, you know, Barnet.

31. EXPLORE AN ART EXHIBITION WITHOUT FRAMES
Marble Arch | £££

Frameless

Tell your date they’re a work of art.

32. MAKE YOUR OWN BESPOKE PERFUMES
Covent Garden | £££££

Now you’re making scents.

33. GET TO KNOW THE BIRDS & THE BEES AT VAUXHALL CITY FARM
Vauxhall | Free, donations encouraged

cute date idea

Then get to know each other at Brunswick House

34. DO A SWEEP OF THE SOUTHBANK
South Bank | £

summer date ideas london

Grab a bite at the Southbank Centre’s food market, take in an exhibition at the Hayward, watch a show at the National, then hole up in Lyaness for a nightcap.

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

Swingers London golf

Remember: in golf, being sub-par is a good thing

36. LISTEN TO LIVE MUSIC IN A CHURCH CRYPT
Charing Cross | ££

It’s surprisingly lively down there…

37. RENT A HOT TUG
Canary Wharf | ££££

hot tug boats london

It’s literally a hot tub. That’s also a boat. 

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

100 Shoreditch

We have some suggestions here..

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

flight club date ideas

Use the board to determine what you drink.

40. SEE SOMETHING AMAZING AT THE THEATRE
Across London | ££

Remember this? It’s like Netflix, but 3D. 

41. TRY FRESH VEG-TURNED-FINE DINING AT TURNIPS
Borough | £££

turnips borough market

Ex-City Social chef Tomas Lidakevicius is plucking ingredients right from Borough Market and whipping them into tasting menus on the spot.

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

Horniman unusual date ideas

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.

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

duck & waffle date restaurant

Best order it at 4am. Just because you can. 

44. EXPLORE ABANDONED TUBE TUNNELS BELOW GROUND
Across London | ££££

At these intimate subterranean tours.

45. (ATTEMPT TO) SING KARAOKE
Across London | £

karaoke activity bars london

At two of these spots, you can take a bow, then take a bao

46. NERD OUT AT FOUR QUARTERS
Peckham | ££

Four Quarters

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

47. GO TO AN UNUSUAL RESTAURANT…
Across London | ££

Kebab Queen

For when you feel like wildebeest tonight, like wildebeest tonight. 

48. STEP INTO ANCIENT TROY
Woolwich | £££

punchdrunk the burnt city

At Punchdrunk’s latest immersive show, The Burnt City

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

Gin at The Ginstitute

Then take them home for a nightcap.

50. WATCH A FILM SOMEWHERE BEAUTIFUL
Across London | ££

gate picturehouse

Cocktails, blankets and cinema beds. 

51. INVITE YOUR DATE TO PLAY SQUID GAME
Southwark | £

Squid Game 3

It’s probably not exactly like the show. Probably.

52. GO TO THE THURSDAY LATE AT NOVELTY AUTOMATION
Holborn | £

Novelty Automation

Play a friendly game of Divorce, then make up over a glass of wine.

53. WATCH COMEDY IN A HISTORIC CHURCH
Highbury | ££

Union Chapel

They’ll have you rolling down the aisles.

54. DRINK COCKTAILS AT NIGHTJAR
Old Street | ££

Nightjar london date bars

They have 100 year-old Pimm’s. 

55. SEE A MOVIE BENEATH THE NORTHERN LIGHTS
Wandsworth | ££

Backyard Cinema’s unveiling a breathtaking new set this October…
^

56. GIVE CUPID A RUN FOR HIS MONEY
The City | ££

Practise your aim with virtual clay pigeon shooting at Clays.

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

Tate Modern

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

58. TAKE A STROLL ON HAMPSTEAD HEATH
Hampstead | Free

hampstead heath london date spots

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

59. VISIT LONDON’S MOST BEAUTIFUL SEWAGE PLANT
Abbey Wood | £

unusual london date

If your date turns up, you’re on to a winner.

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

Cahoots date ideas

Order one of their ‘Dig for Victory’ vegetable cocktails.

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

kayak to CRATE Brewery

And quench your thirst when you get there. 

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

All Star Lanes fun date ideas

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

63. HIT UP ONE OF LONDON’S MOST ROMANTIC RESTAURANTS
All Over London | ££

Sucre

Carol Sachs

A little candlelight, a little live music, a lot of love in the air (which here, smells a lot like steak).

64. EAT CHEESE TOGETHER. ON A BARGE.
Paddington | ££

The Cheese Barge, Paddington

The key to anyone’s heart. Except the lactose intolerant.

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

Fas Khan

And drink like sailors at one of Greenwich’s best pubs.

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

unusual date ideas london

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

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

coppa club igloos

And finish up with dinner in a Coppa Club igloo

68. HIT THE OLYMPIC PING PONG TABLE AT BOUNCE
Farringdon / Shoreditch | ££

Bounce active date ideas

Invent victory dances. 

69. GO FOR A PALM READING AND SIP ABSINTHE AT THE LAST TUESDAY SOCIETY
Hackney | £

Last Tuesday Society

Hopefully they can read the room, too, and say you’re destined to be together…

70. FEEL OUTRAGEOUSLY ROMANTIC AT NOMAD
Covent Garden | ££££

Save room for the chocolate ganache with malt ice cream.

71. ATTEND A CONCERT IN A SUBTERRANEAN, VICTORIAN CAVERN
Rotherhithe | ££

debut at the brunel museum

They say Brunel was building a tunnel… but really, he was creating a Grade A date spot.

72. TAKE A CROSSWORD TO ONE OF LONDON’S COSIEST PUBS

Once you’ve got one answer, take a break and have a well-deserved whisky.

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

ABQ cool dates London

And see if there’s good chemistry. 

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

cool date ideas london

Then buy a bottle of your favourite for your next date.

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

Cine Lumiere date ideas

That’s French for ‘a romantic film’… 

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

London eye date

These guys totally managed it. 

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

unusual date ideas

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

78. WANDER ACROSS ACRES OF URBAN WETLANDS
Walthamstow | Free

Then hole up in Tottenham’s tiniest pub

79. BROWSE THE STALLS AT LONDON’S FLEA MARKETS

Buy each other an obnoxious piece of bric-a-brac, and insist they display it in pride of place at home.

80. PICK OUT A BOOK FOR EACH OTHER AT DAUNT BOOKS
Marylebone | £

Then read the first chapters to each other over strudel at Fischer’s.

81. PIT YOUR WITS AGAINST AN ESCAPE ROOM
Across London | ££

Modern Fables London escape rooms

If you can survive an hour of high-intensity puzzling while locked in a room together, it probably bodes well. 

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

Portobello road london date spots

Paul Hudson/Flickr

The most quintessential of London dates. 

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

view from the monument

Mike Peel

We recommend including the Monument itself, the view up there is amazing.

84. HAVE A SHUFFLEBOARD CONTEST
Shoreditch | ££

fun dates london

Then toast your victory with cocktails.

85. GO FOR A MOONLIT SWIM IN A HEATED LIDO
Hampton | ££

london date ideas

They’ll supply the drinks and glow-sticks.

86. PLAY BOARDGAMES TOGETHER AT DRAUGHTS
Dalston/Waterloo | ££

Draughts date ideas

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

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

romantic spots london

It’s craaaazy romantic there. If you book a table in the right room (this one)

88. CATCH A SHOW AT WILTON’S
Wapping | ££

Then go for post-show drinks at the 300-year old Mahogany Bar.

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

london date ideas

Those zebras are wearing comedy burglar outfits. 

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

Go Boats

And speak like pirates all day. 

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

secret date spots london

And finish up at Petersham Nurseries for dinner. 

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

london date ideas

Bring a picnic to have on the stunningly well-manicured lawn.

93. GO FOR BRUNCH
Across London | ££

london date restaurants

Because if the date doesn’t go well, at least you’ve had brunch.

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

These lovely places are all reachable in 2 hours, but we’ve included some hotel suggestions if you wanted to stay…

95. TOUR THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN EVERY LONDON NEIGHBOURHOOD
Across London

Jikoni

Your first 44 dates? Sorted.

96. WANDER THROUGH A SPITALFIELDS HOUSE TRAPPED IN TIME
Spitalfields | £

dennis severs house

The candlelit evening tours are silent – so you can save all your best jokes for dinner at Brat afterwards.

97. TAKE A DAY TRIP TO A VINEYARD NEAR LONDON

Tillingham Winery

Resist the urge to sing I Heard It On The Grapevine over and over.

98. OR STAY PUT, AND VISIT LONDON CRU
Fulham | ££

london cru wine tastings

You can literally squeeze grapes with your squeeze.

99. TACKLE THE BERMONDSEY BEER MILE
Bermondsey | ££

bermondsey beer mile

For some pint-sized fun.

100. SIP PITCH-PERFECT COCKTAILS IN A RETRO BASEMENT
Shoreditch | ££

We’d believe that romance was invented at Seed Library.

101. BREW YOUR OWN SAKE IN PECKHAM
Peckham | £££££

And toast the future.

 


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