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Hattie Lloyd 12/10/23

68 Autumn Date Ideas

Apparently, the traditional name for Autumn in the north of England was backend.

And if that doesn’t get you in the mood for romance…

…then these autumn date ideas will. What follows here is a bumper harvest of date spots, cosy nooks and quirkily romantic experiences to help you seize the season in London, from live soul in an underground crypt to pubs with roaring fires, candlelit theatres, pumpkin picking, cheese markets, a bath of red wine, and the occasional rutting stag…

Go to A Museum Late

museum lates london

Learn about dinosaurs with cocktails instead of coach tour groups.

Play Pétanque, Drink Pastis at Baranis


After all, the French do it best.

Details: Open Tuesday-Friday evenings 115 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1PP

Toast Marshmallows at the Midnight Apothecary

midnight apothecary autumn date idea

It’s a rooftop cocktail bar in a garden. With hot rum toddies and s’more kits. What’s not to love?

Details: Fridays and Saturdays until 4th November Brunel Museum, Railway Avenue, SE16 4LF | Entry from £8

Embrace The Chill on a Crisp Walk Through London

london autumn date ideas


Take in some of these scenic lakes or London’s best parks en route.

Then Warm Up Over A Steaming Bowl of Ramen

Supa Ya Ramen

Here’s our pick of the best ramen spots in London.

Go Browsing in a Second-Hand Bookshop

Hurlingham Books

Then read the first chapters to each other at one of London’s best cafés.

Go for the Perfect Sunday Roast

autumn date ideas sunday roast

Maybe try all of them, just to be sure.

Watch Shakespeare in a Candlelit Theatre

Wanamaker Playhouse autumn date ideas

The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse is the Globe’s closed-roof – and sliightly more autumn-friendly – sibling.

Details: Ibsen’s Ghosts opens 10th November 21 New Globe Walk, SE1 9DTFrom £5

Wander Round An Eccentric Townhouse Stuck in Time

autumn date ideas

Candlelight, wine, and an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus. 

Details: Open Wed-Sun; lates on 27th October & 20th November 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3BP | Free entry, lates £25/15

Go On A Day Trip

Incredibly, this doesn’t require a plane ticket.

Get Steamy in a Sauna

Banya No 1 autumn date ideas

Or enjoy the unusual experience of ‘parenie’ at Banya No. 1.

Details: Open daily | 17 Micawber Street, Hoxton, N1 7TB From £75

Go For Sri Lankan Breakfast at Pavilion

pavilion cafe date spot

Then hit Victoria Park‘s lake on a rowing boat.

Details: Open daily | Victoria Park, E9 7DE

Perfect Your Hot Toddy at a Cocktail Masterclass

TT Liquor

Then drink your homework.

Go For Dinner at London’s Most Romantic Restaurants

romantic cosy restaurants london

And have a nightcap at one of these equally cosy cocktail bars.

Step Into The Kit Kat Club

Rebecca Frecknall’s gloriously stylish production of Cabaret has won rave reviews.

Details: Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5DE From £25

Sip Cocktails in The Standard’s Library Lounge

Then grab a table by the fireside upstairs at Decimo.

Details: 10 Argyle St, London WC1H 8EG

Meet in Leadenhall Market

Nicolas Lysandrou/Unsplash

Before sitting down to chops & Autumn Negronis at Blacklock City.

Details: Open daily Gracechurch St, London EC3V 1LT

Indulge In Omakase at The Aubrey Bar

The Aubrey

It’s basically a theatre, where cocktails are the stars.

Details: Daily | The Aubrey, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LA£198

Spend A Rainy Day Exploring Bloomsbury

All Star Lanes holborn bars autumn date ideas

Featuring Victorian artists’ shops, hearty stews, and a very unusual museum…

…Then Hole Up For Cocktails On A Twinkling Terrace

Bloomsbury Club Bar cosy date spot

The Bloomsbury Club Bar is pretty beautiful… but it’s even lovelier on the outside. And Nudge Members are invited to an exclusive party there this November…

Details: Open Tues-Sat The Bloomsbury Hotel, 16-22 Great Russell St, London WC1B 3NN

Watch Top-Tier Comedians in a Stunning Listed Church

live at the chapel comedy date idea

They’ll have you rolling in the aisles.

Details: 4th November Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, London, N1 2UN £27.50

Take The Craig David Approach To London Cocktail Week

London Cocktail Week

Take your date for a drink on Tuesday… and on Thursday, Friday and Saturday…

Details: 12th – 22nd October | Across London Wristbands £15

Soak Up Art, Cocktails, and Live Jazz in a Church

camberwell date idea

You could literally spend an entire day together with our Camberwell date idea.

Run Around London On A Cryptic Treasure Hunt

quirky autumn date idea

Solve clues sent to your phone (with perfectly timed pub stops built in)…

Details: Daily Across London £25pp

Hole Up In A Wine Bar For The Night

The Drop King's Cross

Leave with a bottle to take with you on your next date, at Hawksmoor on BYOB Mondays.

Show You Don’t Have A One Track Mind…

One Track Minds

by getting tickets to One Track Minds.

Details: 24th & 25th November Wilton’s Music Hall, Graces Alley, London E1 8JB £9-17

Take A Candlelit Bath In Red Wine

autumn date ideas Aire Ancient Baths

Yes, IN, not with.

Details: Open daily | 2-3 Robert Street, WC2N 6RL | £450

Go To A Listening Party In The Dark

autumn date ideas pitch black playback

A spine-tinglingly atmospheric way to listen to music. 

Details: Regular events Across London | £11+

Watch Some Comedy Together

autumn date ideas comedy

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

Take A Stroll Through Battersea Park

battersea park autumn

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Then stroll over the insanely romantic Albert Bridge before ending up at 606 Club for a little live jazz.

Check Out An Exhibition at Victoria Miro Gallery

Yayoi Kusama at Victoria Miro Gallery

Then walk along the canal to enjoy a floating dinner at Caravel.

Details: Closed 12th-21st November | 16 Wharf Road, London N1 7RW | Free entry

Go Deer-Spotting in Richmond Park

Richmond park autumn date idea

Sophie Keen

Then go beer-spotting at one of these cosy Richmond pubs.

Details: Open daily | Richmond Park, TW10 5HS | Free

Sketch Sharks At The Aquarium with Wild Life Drawing

quirky date idea for autumn

Then recover with cocktails at Lost Property Office.

Details: 8th November SEA Life London Aquarium, SE1 7PB | £35

Do Your Best Impressions of The Dinos of Crystal Palace Park

crystal palace park autumn

Get street food from the Sunday market first, then hole up at The Sourcing Table wine bar after. In fact, we’ve put together the perfect Crystal Palace date here

Details: Thicket Rd, Crystal Palace, SE19 2GA | Free

Leave The Smooth Talking to George The Poet

george the poet

Credit: Feruza Afewerki

He’s one of the many great speakers taking to the stage for this year’s London Literature Festival.

Details: 18th-29th October Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX

Go Pumpkin Picking

pumpkin farms london

It’s worth carving out time for. See the best pick-your-own farms near London

Admire Japan’s Famous Autumnal Foliage… in Kew Gardens

kew gardens autumn

Then escape the chill in their Victorian hot houses.

Details: Open daily | Kew Gardens, TW9 3AE £12+

Do The Crossword In One of these Pubs With An Open Fire

pubs with open fires

The perfect spot to take a new flame.

Go On A Woodland Pumpkin Trail

dalston curve garden pumpkin trail

Dalston Curve Garden‘s annual illuminated extravaganza returns. And so does their after-hours bar.

Details: Open until 10pm 25th – 31st October Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, 13 Dalston Lane, London, E8 3DFFree entry

Attend A Hidden Concert

debut concert romantic autumn date

If music be the food of love… go and listen to some, in a twinkling fairy-lit attic. With BYOB.

Details: 12th October, 3rd November, 14th & 15th December £28-35

Enjoy A Cosy Day of Culture in Marylebone

From a free art-filled mansion to a pub with a toasty fireplace, via Viennese coffee with whipped cream. See the itinerary

Eat Your Weight in Cheese at Chiswick Cheese Market

cheese market autumn date idea

Then sleep it off in front of a black & white movie at the Chiswick Cinema.

Details: 3rd Sunday of the month Old Market Place, Chiswick High Road, Chiswick, W4 2DR Free entry

Watch The Witches at the National Theatre

forza wine national theatre autumn date spot

Then check out the wizardry of the Custardo (hot ice cream & coffee) at the new Forza Wine outpost.

Details: From 7th November Upper Ground, London SE1 9PX £20+

Go Climbing Inside A Castle

castle climbing centre quirky date

Ok, it’s an old Victorian water pumping station. But somehow that doesn’t sound quite as romantic.

Details: Open daily | Green Lanes, Stoke Newington, N4 2HA £14

Spend The Day at The Zoo

cheese barge autumn date spot

Then stroll along Regent’s Canal to The Cheese Barge for a floating fondue dinner.

Details: Open daily | Sheldon Square, Paddington Central, London, W2 6HY | Book here

Hold A Board Game Tournament At Draughts

draughts autumn date spot

Loser gets the drinks in.

Details: Open daily | 41 Kingsland High Street, Dalston, E8 2JS | Arch 16 Leake St, London SE1 7NN | £7pp cover charge

Go Rummaging For Gold at Hackney Flea Market

hackney flea market

Buy each other the weirdest thing you can find.

Details: 14th & 22nd Oct, 5th, 11th, 26th Nov, 16th December | £1 entry

Take A Leisurely Dinner Cruise Along London’s Canals

london shell co autumn date ideas

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

Details: Cruises Wednesday-Sunday | London Shell Co, The Prince Regent, Sheldon Square, W2 6DS | £75

Soak Up Some Beautiful Artwork at the William Morris Gallery

William Morris Gallery

Then soak up something delicious at the Lloyd Park market.

Details: Market on Saturdays 10am-4pm Lloyd Park, Forest Road, London E17 4PP | Free

Listen to Poetry in a Candlelit, Carpet-Strewn Bar

coronet theatre autumn date

Then write your own over dinner at Akub.

Details: 19th October | Coronet Theatre, 103 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3LB | £16

Do It Like They Do On The Discovery Channel

and see the wonder of nature at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition.

Details: 13th October – 30th June 2024 Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD £15

Enjoy An Evening of Wine, Drunken Noodles & Cinema in Shoreditch

passione vino shoreditch bar

With our perfect Shoreditch date night.

See Something Quirky at the BFI London Film Festival

Then take things into a whole new dimension at LFF: Expanded, a festival of 360° and immersive film…

Fancy something less experimental? See something in one of London’s cosy independent cinemas

Details: 4th-15th October Across the Southbank Some events free

Do Some Midcentury Window Shopping at 2 Willow Road

burgh house autumn date spot

Then sip hot chocolates in the fairy-lit gardens of Burgh House.

Details: 2 Willow Road, London NW3 1TH | Open Thurs & Sun | Burgh House, New End Square, London NW3 1LT

Listen to Jazz In A 300 Year-Old Crypt

And find out if you’re soul mates.

Details: Various dates St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ£8-25

Go Vintage Shopping Down Camden Passage

camden passage antiques

Ungry Young Man

Buy each other antique spoons and vintage prints, before settling in for a Viennese pastry… See your chilled Islington Sunday itinerary

Details: Camden Passage, Angel Islington, N1 8EA

Test Your Weekend Compatibility At Sunday Papers Live

sunday papers live autumn

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

Details: 19th November | Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Rd, London NW1 7AY | £20-39.50

Go Star-Gazing

autumn date ideas stargazing

Not the Leicester Square kind, the Greenwich Observatory kind… 

Details: Daily, 10am-5pm Royal Observatory, Blackheath Avenue, Greenwich SE10 8XJ | £10-12

Go Watch The Fireworks At Alexandra Palace

autumn date ideas alexandra palace

Because if your date doesn’t like the sound of a massive bonfire; a fireworks display; a ton of street food; a funfair; a German bier festival; a disco on ice; Kylie & Elton John tribute acts and something called ‘lightning magic’… there’s going to be fireworks.

Details: 3rd & 4th November Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY £17+

Go To A Chef’s Table In A Railway Arch

autumn date ideas chef's table

If you love seafood but hate decision-making, this is for you.

Details: Wednesday to Saturday The Sea, The Sea, Hackney, 337 Acton Mews, E8 4EA £95pp

Go For A Crisp Sunday Stroll On Hampstead Heath

autumn date ideas hampstead heath

Julian Simpson

We’ve prepared the perfect day out for you, featuring hot chocolates, yakitori and live jazz… See our Hampstead Heath itinerary

…Then Listen To Live Music and Sip Cider at The Southampton Arms

southampton arms

When the weather turns really cold, they serve it mulled. 

Details: Open daily 139 Highgate Road, London NW5 1LE

Don’t Go Hunting

clays bar autumn date idea

And instead practise a little humane virtual clay pigeon shooting at Clays. With humane cocktails and snacks.

Details: Open daily55 Moorgate, EC2R 6LL | Clays Canary Wharf: West India North Dockside, 1 Cabot Square, E14 4QJ £10+

Go Leaf-Peeping in Epping Forest

Epping Forest

Martin VMorris/Flickr

It looks alright in the autumn.

Have Your Own Ghost Moment In A Pottery Class

autumn date ideas pottery

Then sip smugly from your slightly off-centre mugs by the fireside (four to six weeks) later. 

Go For A Dip In A Heated Lido

brat climpsons arch

Then refuel over Michelin star level fare at Brat x Climpson’s Arch.

Details: Open dailyLondon Fields Lido, Hackney E8 3EU £5.70

Hibernate In One Of London’s Hidden Bars

Below Stone Nest hidden bar date spot

Any of these should do quite nicely.


Want more inspiration? Check out our bumper crop of year-round London Date Ideas