50 Autumn Date Ideas | From Candlelit Concerts to Hidden Bars

Your Autumn Date Guide

50 Autumn Date Ideas

Autumn Date Ideas | London’s Cosiest Date Spots


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 orchestral performances and hidden bars, to bookshops on barges and the chance to admire the gently colour-shifting treetops as you hurtle over them at 30mph on London’s biggest zip wire…

That’s one for the speed daters.

So without further ado, behold our Autumn date ideas…


Go to the Little Orchestra’s Twilight Transitions

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It only sounds a teeny bit romantic.

Details: 22nd & 23rd September Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval, E2 9DT £20-35

Go to the Prohibition Party

Pretend your love is forbidden.

Details: 30th September Secret location From £30

Get Locked Up Together in Alcotraz

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Plan what you’ll do when you get out.

Details: 28th September – 17th December 212 Brick Lane, E1 6RL £30

Pretend It’s Still Warm at Backyard Cinema

Sink your feet into actual sand for the last time this year.

Details: Until 6th October Mercato Metropolitano, 42 Newington Causeway, SE1 6DR From £16.50

Go on a Cosy Cruise with Cocktails Ahoy!

THIS is what floats your boat.

Details: October weekends Alfred Le Roy, Canalside Queen’s Yard, E9 5EN | From £26

Go to a Pub with an Open Fire

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These are our favourites.

Go Cider Tasting

Here’s a decent place to do that.

Details: Throughout Autumn The Draft House, 206-208 Tower Bridge Road, SE1 2UP£45

Drink Hot Toddies Together

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They’ll make you feel better, even if you already feel fine.

Go Apple Picking!

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With the apple of your eye, of course.

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

Carve Pumpkins Together

Or maybe just hollow them out and fill them with lattes.

Go to a Costume Shop, and Choose Halloween Outfits for Each Other

They can make ANYTHING sexy these days.

Go Conker Hunting…

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…then battle each other.

Go to a Fireworks Display

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Unless you already have enough fireworks of your own…

Go Star-Gazing

Not the Leicester Square kind, the Greenwich Observatory kind…

Details: Royal Observatory, Blackheath Avenue, Greenwich SE10 8XJ

Go Deer-Spotting in Richmond Park

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It’s surprisingly easy to track them down.

Details: Richmond Park, TW10 5HS

Go to an Oktoberfest Wearing Lederhosen/Dirndls

Everyone else will look underdressed. Trust us.

Go to Some Museum Lates

Learn how awesome museums are without all the other people.

Go on a Ramen Crawl

Share a single hearty, warming bowl of goodness at each stop. Start here

Go to a Popup Cinema (With Blankets)

They still run past September, amazingly.

Book One of the Igloos at Coppa Club

They’re back! And you can find more of them here

Details: Available now, book here Coppa Club, 3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames Street, EC3R 6AH

Check out Beauty and the Feast

And argue over who gets to be ‘beauty’.

Details: From 6th October The Vaults, Leake Street, SE1 7NN From £45

Go to the Harry Potter Supperclub

Expecto a magical evening.

Details: Until 24th February | LIBRARY112 St. Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4BD £75

Toast Marshmallows at the Midnight Apothecary

It’s a rooftop cocktail bar in a garden. What’s not to love?

Details: Fridays and Saturdays Brunel Museum, Railway Avenue, SE16 4LF£5

Before Going Downstairs to See an Adventure Film, Under the Thames


Details: 19th & 26th September, 5th & 12th October The Brunel Museum, Tunnel Road, SE16 4LF | £20

Go to the Underground Knees Up

Dress, and talk, like it’s the 1940’s.

Details: 6th October The Vaults, Leake Street, SE1 7NN £95

Go to a Rollerdiso on a Rooftop

It’s not quiiiite ice skating season yet…

Details: Thurs-Sat until end of September Roof East, Level 8 Car park, Great Eastern Way, E15 1XE £10

Go Vintage Shopping Down Camden Passage

Buy each other weird antique spoons and Hokusai prints.

Visit One of London’s Cosier Museums

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

Details: First Tuesday of every month 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3BP Free

Go Horse Riding in Hyde Park

Crunching leaves is so much more satisfying when you have hooves.

Details: Daily Hyde Park Stables, 63 Bathurst Mews, W2 2SB From £99

Feel Intellectual at the London Literature Festival

This year, they’ve got Tom Hanks, Hillary Clinton and Philip Pullman in the line-up.

Details: 13th October – 1st November Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX

Go for the Perfect Roast

Maybe try all of them, just to be sure.

See a Play in a Candlelit Theatre

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

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

Go on a Day Trip

Pretty sure two total strangers could end up engaged here.

Curl Up with Books in a Barge

Yes, of course they also have live music nights.

Details: Open 12-7pm daily York Way, Granary Square, N1C 4AA

…Then Curl Up with Books in a Bar

BYOC East was basically invented for autumn evenings.

Details: Monday – Saturday 19 Bevis Marks, EC3A 7JA£30

Take in the changing Autumn colours from the world’s biggest city zip wire

You’re literally falling for each other.

Details: Until 1st OctoberZip World, Lambeth Palace Road, SE1 7JY £22.50

Cosy Up with Campfire Club

Ludicrously autumnal.

Details: 15th & 22nd September Various (woodland) venues £10

Take Blankets to the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

And get boozy hot chocolates if you’re still feeling chilly…

Details: Until 23rd September Regent’s Park, NW1 4NU From £25

Play all the board games in Draughts

Loser gets the drinks in. READ MORE

Details: Open daily | 337 Acton Mews, E8 4EA

Have your own Ghost moment in a pottery class

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

Details: Various dates Ceramics Studio Co-op, Juno Way, SE14 5RW From £55

Go to an immersive performance with storytellers and a live orchestra

Oh, and it has a bottomless mead-laden, Masterchef-led feast, too.

Details: 19th – 22nd OctoberSecret location From £29

Take a leisurely dinner cruise along London’s canals

London Shell Co are serving game feasts every Tuesday.

Details: Game menu available every Tuesday in October/November The Prince Regent, Sheldon Square, W2 6DS

Go for a dip (in a heated pool)

It’s basically like a giant jacuzzi.

Details: Reopens 30th September London Fields West Side, E8 3EU

See the Rachel Whiteread exhibition at the Tate Britain

Then discuss over brunch with live jazz in their restaurant.

Details: Until 21st January Tate Britain, Millbank, SW1P 4RG £15

Eat warming Scottish scran at Mac & Wild

And then head to their virtual game shooting room after.

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

Head to a TT liquor cocktail masterclass

Because gin jackets are cosier than beer jackets.

Details: Regular dates TT Liquor, 17b Kingsland Road, E2 8AA £70

Hibernate in one of London’s hidden bars

Any of these should do quite nicely.

Make sweet sweet chocolate together

If it doesn’t work out, at least you can now make chocolate martinis.

Details: Regular dates | My Chocolate, 10c Branch Place, N1 5PH £75

Go on a Basquiat bonanza

Credit: Edo Bertoglio courtesy of Maripol

See the mind-blowing exhibition at the Barbican before heading to this jazz gig inspired by his work.

Details: From 21st September Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS £16

Hole up at Humble Grape for the evening

Their third instalment in Islington has a wine library.

Details: Open daily Humble Grape Islington, 11-13 Theberton Street, N1 0QY

Treat each other to Ichibuns

Because that’s what true love’s all about.

Details: Open daily 22 Wardour Street, W1D 6QH


Autumn Date Ideas | Main image: Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

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