50 Autumn Date Ideas


50 Autumn Date Ideas


It’s the perfect time to ahem, fall for someone.

And as your humble advisors regarding the best of London, allow us to take you on a little whirlwind tour of the most date-worthy events and places to visit in this fair city this season, from candlelit gigs in a bombed-out church to secret bars; campfire parties; hidden cinemas; boat trips; fireworks; and the occasional rutting stags.

So without further ado, behold our Autumn date ideas…

Listen To A Live Orchestra In A Multi-Storey Car Park

Bold Tendencies Autumn date ideas

Then head up for an Autumnal sunset and a spritz at Frank’s.

Details: 14th & 15th September Bold Tendencies, Floors 7-10, 95a Rye Lane, SE15 4TG £10

Go on a Cosy Cruise with Cocktails Ahoy!

THIS is what floats your boat. READ MORE

Details: Saturdays in September & October Alfred Le Roy, Canalside Queen’s Yard, E9 5EN | From £19

Do The Crossword In A Pub With An Open Fire

best London pubs with open fires

These are our favourites.

Explore A Cinema Hidden Behind A Wardrobe

And book the karaoke booth for after the film. READ MORE

Details: Opens 13th September 13 Wandsworth Plain, SW18 1ET

Go Cider Tasting

Alex Palmer

Here’s a decent place to do that.

Details: 2nd November & 7th December The Draft House, 206-208 Tower Bridge Road, SE1 2UP£55

Go Apple Picking!

Tim Mossholder

With the apple of your eye, of course. VIEW DETAILS

Details: Daily Garsons, Winterdown Road, West End, Esher, KT10 8LS Pay per kilo

Or Pumpkins, If It’s That Time Of Year

Maddy Baker

Then have a carve-off. VIEW DETAILS

Details: 26th-31st October Secretts, Hurst Farm, Chapel Lane, Milford, Surrey, GU8 5HU

Go Deer-Spotting in Richmond Park

Richmond park autumn date

Sophie Keen

It’s surprisingly easy to track them down. VIEW DETAILS

Details: Richmond Park, TW10 5HS | Free Entry

Go to an Oktoberfest Wearing Lederhosen/Dirndls

Everyone else will look underdressed. Trust us.

Go to A Museum Late

Natural History Museum lates

Learn how awesome museums are with cocktails instead of coach tour groups. READ MORE

Watch A Film Beneath The Stars (With Blankets)

The Luna Cinema still run past September, amazingly. READ MORE

Attend A Gothic Masked Ball Beneath Waterloo Station

Red Palace autumn date ideas

It involves a ghost orchestra… READ MORE

Details: 24th September – 12th January The Vaults, Leake Street, Lambeth, SE1 7NN £15-70

Toast Marshmallows at the Midnight Apothecary

Midnight Apothecary autumn Date Ideas London 2019

It’s a rooftop cocktail bar in a garden. With unlimited marshmallows for the fire-pits. What’s not to love? READ MORE

Details: Fridays and Saturdays until the end of September Brunel Museum, Railway Avenue, SE16 4LF£5

Before Going Downstairs to Watch A Theremin Concert In A Victorian Tunnel

It’s an instrument you can play without touching it. READ MORE

Details: 13th October The Brunel Museum, Tunnel Road, SE16 4LF | £20

Book In To A Secret Underground Ramen Club

Try it before it goes permanent and becomes an overground ramen club. READ MORE

Pick Out A Book For Each Other At Daunt

autumn dates

Ugur Akdemir

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

Details: Open daily 83 Marylebone High Street, W1U 4QW

Go for the Perfect Roast

The Marksman

Maybe try all of them, just to be sure. READ MORE

See a Play in a Candlelit Theatre

Wanamaker Playhouse autumn date ideas

It’s the Globe’s closed-roof – and sliightly more autumn-friendly – cousin. VIEW DETAILS

Details: 21 New Globe Walk, SE1 9DTFrom £10

Visit One of London’s Cosier Museums

Sir John Soane Museum autumn date ideas

The candlelit tours of Sir John Soane’s house are well worth the queue. READ MORE

Details: Open Wed-Sun; lates on 20th September, 25th October, 8th & 22nd November, 6th December 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3BP | Ticketed free entry, lates £25

Go On A Day Trip

autumn date ideas

Pretty sure two total strangers could end up engaged here. READ MORE

Cosy Up with Campfire Club

Campfire club autumn dates

Music, marshmallows and a crackling fire = peak autumn. READ MORE

Details: Several dates Various (woodland) venues | From £5

Hole Up In A Wine Bar For The Night

Wine Bars autumn dates

Leave with a bottle to take with you on your next date, at a BYOB restaurantREAD MORE

Catch Evita at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

Book a pitch on the grass, bring blankets and order boozy hot chocolates for the interval. READ MORE

Details: Until 21st September Regent’s Park, NW1 4NU From £25

Go Vintage Shopping Down Camden Passage

Buy each other weird antique spoons and Hokusai prints, then stop for brunch at Brother Marcus. READ MORE

Details: Camden Passage, Angel Islington, N1 8EA

Go Watch The Fireworks At Alexandra Palace

Unless you already have enough fireworks of your own… READ MORE

Details: 1st & 2nd November Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY £9.50

Go Star-Gazing

Not the Leicester Square kind, the Greenwich Observatory kind… READ MORE

Details: Daily, 10am-5pm Royal Observatory, Blackheath Avenue, Greenwich SE10 8XJ | £9-10

Go To Emerge Festival

autumn date ideas

And go to a 60s house party in Jimi Hendrix’s flat, hear lectures beneath a giant moon, listen to music in a Victorian ice cellar, and more… READ MORE

Details: 27th & 28th September Across London From £15

Feel Intellectual At A Talk

Rebel Lectures autumn date ideas

Don’t make any jokes about mass debating. READ MORE

Hold A Board Game Tournament At Draughts

Draughts - autumn Date Ideas

Loser gets the drinks in. READ MORE

Details: Open daily | 337 Acton Mews, E8 4EA | £5pp cover charge

Test Your Sunday Compatibility At Sunday Papers Live

Sunday Papers Live - autumn date ideas

Comfy sofas, roasts, Bloody Maries and fascinating speakers. It’s not the worst place to start a tradition… READ MORE

Details: 29th September Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road, NW1 7AY From £20

See The New William Blake Exhibition at Tate Britain

William Blake date ideas

If ‘Satan Smiting Job With Sore Boils’ doesn’t set the mood for romance, we don’t know what will. VIEW DETAILS

Details: Daily until 2nd February 2020 Tate Britain, Millbank, SW1P 4RG £18

Book For London’s Hottest New Restaurant Opening

Decimo standard hotel

Accessible, naturally, by its own outdoor lift. READ MORE

Details: Opens 10th October 10th Floor, The Standard London, 10 Argyle Street, WC1H 8EG

Have Your Own Ghost Moment In A Pottery Class

Then sip smugly from your slightly off-centre mugs by the fireside later. READ MORE

Take A Leisurely Dinner Cruise Along London’s Canals

London Shell Co date ideas autumn

Candlelight, oysters and wine. You literally cannot go wrong. READ MORE

Details: Cruises Tuesday-Sunday The Prince Regent, Sheldon Square, W2 6DS | £50

Go For A Midnight Swim (in a heated pool)

Hampton Pool

They’ll switch on the Christmas lights on the 29th November, too. READ MORE

Details: 13th September, 1st & 29th November, 21st & 27th December Hampton Pool, High Street, TW12 2ST

Don Your Tweeds at Mac & Wild

Mac & Wild London date ideas

And go on a virtual game hunt through the Highlands in their underground whisky bar. READ MORE

Details: Monday-Saturday 9a Devonshire Square, EC2M 4YN | £70

Eat Enough Cheese To Last You Till Christmas

The Cheese Wheel

Here are the best places in London to get it. READ MORE

Head To A TT Liquor Cocktail Masterclass

T T Liquor Masterclasses autumn Date Ideas

Then drink your homework. READ MORE

Details: Fridays & Saturdays TT Liquor, 17b Kingsland Road, E2 8AA £70

Hibernate In One Of London’s Hidden Bars

hidden bar autumn date ideas

Any of these should do quite nicely. READ MORE

See The Leaves Changing Colour From Peckham’s New Rooftop Restaurant

Forza Wine autumn dates

And order some negronis and Garibaldis to match. READ MORE

Go To A Listening Party In The Dark

pitch black playback date ideas

A spine-tinglingly atmospheric way to listen to music. READ MORE

Details: Throughout Autumn Across London From £8

Attend A Philosophy Festival On Hampstead Heath

Howthelightgetsin - autumn date ideas

Music, comedy, banquets and talks in a set of cosy yurts. READ MORE

Details: 21st & 22nd September Kenwood House, Hampstead Lane, Highgate, NW3 7JR£52-114

Run Around London On A Cryptic Hunt

Solve clues sent to your phone (with pub stops built in)… READ MORE

Watch Some Comedy Together

Comedy autumn date ideas

Even if the acts are terrible, at least you’ll seem hilarious by comparison. READ MORE

Watch Acoustic Musicians Play In A Candlelit, Bombed-Out Church

Candlelit concerts autumn date ideas

And yes, there’s mulled wine. READ MORE

Details: October 22nd, November 19th, December 10th | The Asylum Chapel, Caroline Gardens, Peckham, SE15 2SQ £20

Watch A Shakespearean Romance Beneath Alexandra Palace

A promenade performance in 150 year old basements… READ MORE

Details: Until 28th September Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7SS £28.50

Sip Cocktails In A Victorian Pie & Mash Shop

Jellied Eel autumn date ideas

By night, it becomes a low-lit drinking den with beautiful time-warped surroundings. READ MORE

Details: Fridays & Saturdays from 20th September L. Manze’s Pie & Mash Shop, 76 High Street, E17 7LD

Eat Floating Yorkshire Puddings On An Aeroplane

Gastronomic autumn date ideas

At the immersive dining experience currently taking place in Shoreditch Town Hall… READ MORE

Details: 23rd September – 12th October Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, EC1V 9LT From £27.50

Explore The Barbican Conservatory By Night

Barbican Conservatory date ideas

Max Colson

It’s free, and there’s a wine bar. You’re welcome. READ MORE

Details: Saturday nights Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS Free entry, but book ahead

Go For Dinner With A View

restaurants london date ideas

One of these ought to fit the bill. READ MORE


Last Updated: 11th September 2019 | Main image: London Shell Co.


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