Victoria’s a great spot for bringing people together…
…and then sending them away again, on a number of well-connected transport routes.
But despite its reputation as a mere commuters’ hub, there’s a number of secret nooks and excellent date ideas in Victoria that only the few know about.
Which will make it even more impressive when you suggest meeting there to…
Go For a Six Hour Brunch at Timmy Green
They serve it till 3pm. Do your worst.
Details: Open daily | Nova Food, 11 Buckingham Palace Road, SW1E 5DJ
Pour Each Other Wine Samples at Vagabond
Playing “guess the wine” = world’s most effective ice breaker.
Details: Open daily | Nova Food, 77 Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W 0AJ
See Wacky Art in the Tate Britain
Decide definitively whether it is, or isn’t art.
Details: Open daily | Tate Britain, Millbank, SW1P 4RG
Dress Entirely in Green, See Wicked
And make all the other couples emerald with envy.
Details: Performances Monday – Saturday | Apollo Victoria Theatre, 17 Wilton Road, SW1V 1LG
Make the World’s Fanciest Picnic at Sourced Market
Get a bottle of organic wine to help you browse.
Details: Open daily | Nova Food, 85 Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W 0AJ
… Then Take It To St. James’s Park
Bonus points for finding a spot by this ridiculously romantic cottage.
Details: Open daily | St. James’s Park, SW1A 2BJ
Watch the Pelicans’ Feeding Time
Pelicans. IN A PARK.
Details: Daily between 2.30pm and 3pm | St. James’s Park, SW1A 2BJ
Drink Film-Themed Cocktails at Clarendon Cocktail Cellar
Order for each other, then try to guess the film.
Details: Open daily | 52 Cambridge Street, SW1V 4QQ
Go and See Hamilton
Not just because it’s great, but your unerring dedication to scoring tickets will score major date points.
Details: Lottery tickets released daily | Victoria Palace Theatre, 126 Victoria Street, SW1E 5EA
Be Tourists For the Day
Flickr: Travel Junction
Play high-stakes bogies in the state rooms.
Details: 21st July – 30th September, plus selected winter dates | Buckingham Palace, London, SW1A 1AA | £24
Have a 3am Date at the Goring Bar
…Start with espresso martinis.
Details: Open 24 hours | 15 Beeston Place, SW1W 0JW
Walk Through the Rafters of Westminster Abbey
They’ve been closed to the public for 700 years… and reopen this summer.
Details: Opening June 2018 | Westminster Abbey, SW1P 3PA
Go For a Drink in Full Tartan at Boisdale
See how many euphemisms you can make about your sgian-dubh.
Details: Open daily | 15 Eccleston Street, SW1W 9LX
Climb the Tower at Westminster Cathedral
You can only see like, ALL OF LONDON.
Details: Open daily from 9th March | Westminster Cathedral, 42 Francis Street, SW1P 1QW | £6
Catch a Show at The Other Palace
And discuss it over dinner and wine at The Other Naughty Piglet.
Details: 12 Palace Street, SW1E 5JA
Have a Mooch around the Queen’s Gallery
Featuring a castle-shaped salt shaker encrusted with emeralds, a slightly terrifying bust of Henry VIII as a young boy, and van Miereveld’s classic “A Bearded Old Man with a Shell”.
Details: Open daily | Buckingham Palace, Buckingham Palace Road, SW1A 1AA | £11
Take a Boat to Greenwich
Well… you just can’t ignore those transport routes.
Details: Every 40 minutes | Westminster Pier, SW1A 2JH | £12.50
Main image: Westminster Cathedral Triforium
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