Hattie Lloyd 09/03/70

The Best Date Ideas in St James’s

Rumour has it that a tunnel once led from Buckingham Palace straight to the cellars of St James’s wine merchant, Berry Bros & Rudd, thus allowing Charles II to surreptitiously visit his mistresses without being spotted.

Luckily, you won’t need to go to such lengths to impress your paramour; partly because you’re not (presumably) a 17th century king whose infidelity could potentially destabilise the entire monarchy, but also partly because the area’s now home to a fair few date-worthy spots above ground, too – which we happen to have collated into a succinct guide for your delectation.

So behold, the best date ideas in St James’s

Picnic in St James’s Square

st james's date ideas - picnic

Turns out the grass is just literally greener here.

Details: St James’s Square, SW1Y 4LE | Open daily 10am-4.30pm Free Entry

Head to an Exhibition at the Royal Academy

Royal Academy - date ideas in St James's

Even better, see it after hours at one of their immersive, cocktail fuelled Late parties…
Details: Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD | Open daily 10am-6pm (10pm Fridays) Ticketed exhibitions vary

Go Tea Tasting at Whittard’s

Whittard - date ideas in St James's

And finish with their white hot chocolate.
Details: 13 Regent Street St James’s, SW1Y 4LR Open 9am-8pm daily (from 10am Sundays) Free

See If You Can Break the 2 Martini Rule at Dukes

Dukes bar - best date ideas in St James's

Warning: you may leave feeling both shaken and stirred. READ MORE
Details: 35 St James’s Place, SW1A 1NYOpen daily 2-11pm (4-10.30pm Sundays) ££££

Watch the Pelicans’ Feeding Time

Pelicans - date ideas in St James's

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Yes, St James’s park has NATIVE PELICANS.
Details: St James’s Park, SW1A 2BJ Feeding time at 2.30-3pm daily Free Entry

Order Ice Cream Sodas and Caviar at 45 Jermyn St.

45 Jermyn St - best date ideas in St James's

You are nailing this whole adult thing.
Details: 45 Jermyn Street, SW1Y 6DN Open daily £££

Browse the 40kg Cheese Wheels at Paxton & Whitfield

Paxton & Whitfield - best date ideas in St James's

Insist on dropping terrible puns into every sentence.
Details: 93 Jermyn Street, SW1Y 6JE | Open daily 10-6.30pm (11-5pm Sundays) ££

…Then Freshen Up in Floris

Floris - date ideas in St James's

England’s oldest perfumers still hold the enviable title of “Manufacturers of Toilet Preparations to HRH The Prince of Wales.”
Details: 89 Jermyn Street, St James’s, London SW1Y 6JH Open daily 9.30-6.30pm (11.30-5.30pm Sundays) £££

Go Wine Tasting at Pall Mall Fine Wines

Pall Mall Fine Wine - best bars in St James's

For better or for worse, there is also a piano you can play.
Details: 6-8 Royal Opera Arcade, SW1Y 1UY Open Mon-Sat ££

Eat an Old School Pre Theatre Dinner at Rowley’s

Rowley's - Best restaurants in St James's

Their steaks come with unlimited fries. You have been warned.
Details: 113 Jermyn Street, SW1Y 6HJ Open daily | £££

…Before You Catch A Show Across The Road

Jermyn Street Theatre - date ideas in St James's

Michael Gambon and Imogen Stubbs have both trodden the boards of the dinky Jermyn Street Theatre.
Details: 16b Jermyn Street, SW1Y 6ST Show times and prices vary

Sip Cocktails in a Courtyard at The Stafford

Stafford - date ideas in St James's

Or retire into the eclectic American Bar if it rains.
Details: 16-18 St James’s Place, SW1A 1NJ Open daily 8am-11pm ££££

Go For Drinks at The Ritz

Rivoli - best bars in St James's

The True Gentleman comes with its own miniature cane.
Details: The Ritz, 150 Piccadilly, W1J 9BR Open daily 11.30am-11.30pm (12-10.30pm Sundays) £££££

Eat Brunch at The Wolseley

Wolseley - date ideas in St James's

Then, however the date goes, at least you’ve had brunch.
Details: 160 Piccadilly, W1J 9EB Open daily (from 7am weekdays, 8am weekends) ££££

Have Afternoon Tea at the Saddlery Café

Saddlery cafe - date ideas in St James's

It’s a hidden, minimalist oasis beneath the Osprey store.
Details: Osprey London, 27 Regent Street, SW1Y 4NQ Open 10-7pm daily (12-5pm Sundays) ££

Go All Out at Caviar House & Prunier

Caviar House - date ideas in St James's

It’s worth pooling your life savings for. Probably.
Details: 161 Piccadilly, W1J 9EA Open daily 10am-9pm (11-6pm Sundays) ££££

Enrol at Champagne School at Berry Bros & Rudd

Champagne - date ideas in St James's

Nine champagnes. One historic wine merchants. And you.
Details: 2 Pickering Place, SW1A 1EA Regular events £155

Prop Up the Bar at Quaglino’s

Quaglinos - date ideas in St James's

Serving up foolproof date ideas in St James’s since 1929.
Details: 16 Bury Street, SW1Y 6AJ Open daily until 1am (3am Fri-Sat, 5pm Sun) Cocktails from £13


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NOTE: You can find more inspiration for date ideas in St James’s on the area’s official website HERE, and check out our full St James’s guide HERE.

Looking for a good nightcap spot? Check out our guide to the best bars in St James’s

The Best Date Ideas in St James’s

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