Hattie Lloyd 04/04/22

45 Winter Date Ideas

The nights are getting colder.

Which is ironic, because your love life is about to get scorchio.

We’ve collated all the most festive, fur-lined, cold-weather appropriate dates into one handy guide for you, from private igloos with fondue to snow-dusted ballets, rooftop bars, light trails, ice sculptures and more. So next time you pitch date night…

…you won’t get a frosty reception.


Rent A Dining Snowglobe By The River

Feat. fondue and hot apple mojitos.

Details: Open from 5th November By The Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Southbank, South London, SE1 8XX

Watch The Nutcracker

Because nothing says ‘winter’ like sparkly tutus, Christmas trees, and a giant rat king battling a nutcracker brought to life.

Details: 23rd November – 8th January 2022 Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London WC2E 9DD £1-135

Attend A Christmas Extravaganza in An Art Deco Cinema

Festive movies, live soundtracks, dancing and mulled wine. 

Details: 1st – 31st December The Troxy, 490 Commercial Road, E1 0HX £15

Go Ice Skating, Then Warm Up With Cocoa

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Or mulled wine. Or fondue. Or all of the above. SEE THE BEST RINKS IN LONDON

Go Off-Piste At The Montague Ski Lodge

And enjoy hot chocolate cocktails and candied pecans, without any of that pesky pre-après-ski exercise.

Details: Weekends from 10th November – 19th December The Montague, 15 Montague Street, London WC1B 5BJ £50pp (inc. festive platter & 3 drinks)

Sail London’s Waterways, In A Hot Tub

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Yes, the idea of changing into a swimsuit in November is terrifying. But that’ll soon pale into insignificance once you’re enjoying balmy 38ºC water and your own bar… 

Details: Open daily West India Quay, Off Hertsmere Road, Canary Wharf, London E14 4AL | £225-250 for 75 mins (50% off Mon-Wed in Nov)

Go Curling

Learn the mysterious art of curling, and brush off the competition.

Details: Thursday & Friday evenings Queens Skate, Dine & Bowl, 17 Queensway, Bayswater, W2 4QP £10.50pp

Cosy Up In A Ski Lodge By The River


Share a baked camembert… but don’t expect to share your hot brandy cocktail. 

Details: Open Wed-Sun Winterland, Albert Wharf, Wandsworth Bridge Road, SW6 2TY

Catch Dinner & A Snow in Covent Garden

Flurries will be falling every day between 12 and 6pm, on the hour – and as for dinner, we’ve got that sorted HERE.

Details: 2nd December – 3rd January Covent Garden

Dine On The Polar Express (a.k.a. Duck & Waffle)

Spoiler: Duck & Waffle has better views than a real train. 

Details: Open 24/7 Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, Liverpool Street, The City and East London, EC2N 4AY Book here

Scoff Poutine On A Rooftop

Then burn it off again on the rooftop ice rink. 

Details: Open Thurs-Sun from 5th November Skylight, Pennington St. Car Park, Wapping Lane, E1W 2SF | Skating £15pp

Watch Festive Films On A Floating Cinema

Beanbags, mulled wine, and… buoyancy. 

Details: 29th November – 5th December St. Katharine Docks, London E1W 1LA £15, book here

Wander Round A City Made of Gingerbread

Gingerbread City

Then join a workshop to build your own house – and see if your relationship has solid foundations.

Details: 4th December – 9th January 6-7 Motcomb Street, Knightsbridge, SW1X 8JU £8.50

Peruse A Gin Flight Together

The London Gin Club is back, and has hit maximum cosiness.

Details: Open Wed-Sun The London Gin Club, 22 Great Chapel Street, Soho, W1F 8FRBook here

Explore A Time-Warped House By Candlelight

Mulled wine, crackling fires and a no-talking rule: perfect if you want to avoid any awkward first-date silences.

Details: 25th November – 9th JanuaryDennis Severs’ House, 18 Folgate Street, E1 6BX | £20, book here

Watch Festive Flicks in A Frosty Forest

Ok, but it literally does not get more Christmassy than this.

Details: Until 3rd January Backyard Cinema, Capital Studios, Ram Quarter, 13 Wandsworth Plain, London, SW18 1ET From £19.99

Stroll Around A Festive Light Trail


The perfect backdrop to some illuminating conversation. See the best light trails in London

Take A Midnight Dip at Hampton Lido

Yes, it’s heated. And yes, there are cocktails and glowstick bracelets. 

Details: 26th November – 9th January Hampton Pool, Hampton High Street, TW12 2ST £12

Choose Your Own Adventure at Taste of London

This year’s festive edition includes stalls by Hoppers and Heritage, chef demos, live music, seven bars, aaand… crazy golf.

Details: 18th – 21st November Tobacco Quay, Wapping Lane, London E1W 2SF £17

Stock Up Your Stockings at The London Christmas Beer Market

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Then rapidly deplete that stock.

Details: 19th & 20th November Truman Brewery, 83 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QR £20

Go Curling in King’s Cross

And show off your sporting prowess… if you’ve got the stones.

Details: 11th November – 30th December Coal Drops Yard, London N1C 4DQ £5

Brave Winter Wonderland

And carve out some time to see the Magical Ice Kingdom.

Details: 19th November – 3rd January Hyde Park From £5-7.50, book ahead

Book In To A Ludicrously Christmassy Bar

And enjoy a Miracle on Henrietta Street.

Details: 15th November – 23rd December Da Henrietta, 14-15 Henrietta Street, WC2E 8QH Book here

Build-Your-Own Hot Toddies

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Bespoke whisky warmers made at your table in a pop up country house…

Details: Open Tues-Sat evenings | Rosewood London, 252 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7EN | Book here

Feast On A Huge Thanksgiving Meal

And give thanks for Joe Allen, where they’ll be serving roast turkey with all the trimmings, and PB & jelly ice cream sandwiches…

Details: 25th November Joe Allen, 2 Burleigh Street, WC2E 7PX£65 for 3 courses, book here

Learn To Make Cocktails by Candlelight

Then learn to make the candle, too…

Details: 11th November – 31st December 15 Shorts Gardens, Seven Dials, London, WC2H 9AT£60

Pull Off A Mixed Reality Heist

Then enjoy some mixed drinks at The Natural Philosopher

Details: 21st November – 4th December Hoxton Docks, 55 Laburnum Street, E2 8BD £30

Book In To Gunpowder Soho

Deliciously warming Indian dishes in seriously date-worthy surrounds.

Details: Open for lunch & dinner, Mon-Sat 20 Greek Street, W1D 4EF Book here

Stroll Around A Christmas Market

See who can buy the most unusual bauble for the other person. See London’s best Christmas markets

Sip From 30,000 Vintages at This New Wine Bar

Seeing red here is definitely a good thing. 

Details: Open Tues-Sat The Red Room, The Connaught Hotel, Carlos Place, W1K 2AL No bookings

Feast on Flatbread at The Barbary Next Door

One of Covent Garden’s best restaurants has coupled up… and it’s a great spot for you to do the same. 

Details: Open for dinner Tues-Sat 16a Neal’s Yard, London WC2H 9DP Book here

Listen To The Horne Section

They’re not completely terrible.

Details: 26th November Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX £25

Bunker Down in A Cocktail Bar Below A Church

Don’t worry – they don’t only accept cryptocurrency. 

Details: Open Wed-Sat Below Stone Nest, 136 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 5EZ | No bookings

Run Away To The Circus

Contortionists, high-wire acts and life-sized elephant puppets. 

Details: 16th December – 2nd January 2022 Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX £25-115

Grab Cocktails in Gotham

Specifically, the Iceberg Lounge, complete with frozen penguin. 

Details: Open Tues-Sun Park Row, 77 Brewer St, W1F 9ZN Book here

Take A Dinner Cruise Along London’s Canals

With live jazz on Wednesday evenings.

Details: 17th & 24th November The Prince Regent, Sheldon Square, London W2 6PY | £80, book here

Crack The Mystery of Consciousness at The Science Museum’s Late

Then space out at the boozy milkshake bar.

Details: 24th November Science Museum, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD | Free, book ahead

Eat Street Food & Dance to Brass Bands

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At the winter incarnation of this sprawling pop-up. 

Details: Tues-Sun, 18th November – 23rd December | Queen’s Walk, South Bank SE1 Free entry except for Sat after 5pm: £3

Dress in Tweed, Go Virtual Clay Shooting

The couple that clay together, stay together. 

Details: Open daily Clays, 55 Moorgate, EC2R 6LL £40 per booth (off-peak only for groups of 2)

Float The Idea of Dinner at Hawksmoor

Then have dinner at this floating Hawksmoor. 

Details: Opens 25th November 1 Water Street (really), E14 5GX Book here

Commandeer A Rooftop Igloo

Aviary Rooftop Igloos

You know, by booking ahead then politely turning up at the agreed time and place.

Details: Open daily Aviary, 22-25 Finsbury Square, EC2A 1DX Book here

Watch Burlesque at Soho’s Illicit New Drinking Den

A three-storey townhouse to explore, with cocktails in hand.

Details: Open Mon-Sat | Louche, 5 Greek Street, W1D 4DD Book here

Sip Rum Cocktails & Listen To Live Cuban Music

Including an authentic recreation of the world’s first daiquiri. 

Details: Open Tues-Sun Bar La Rampa, 7-8 Market Place, W1W 8AG Book here

Visit An Alice In Wonderland-Themed Rooftop Bar

Perfect for a very important date.

Details: Open daily from 5th November | Queen of Hoxton, 1 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3JX | Book here

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