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Hattie Lloyd 14/06/23

54 Wonderful Summer Date Ideas

The Best London Summer Date Ideas

If the pressure of planning a perfect date brings you out in a sweat…

…well you’re going to be having a particularly hard time right now.

Fortunately, however, we’ve just updated our wonderful little collection of summer date ideas, from ice cream crawls to floating hot tubs, films on the canal, al fresco jazz, open air theatre, wild swimming, twilight zoo trips and rooftop croquet…


1.  Watch A Film Alfresco At One Of These Summer Pop-Up Cinemas

outdoor cinemas london

Take your pick from bottomless popcorn, BYO picnics, rooftop cinemas and more… or check out our run-down of every single outdoor film screening this summer.

2.  Enjoy Some Canal-Side Jazz At Grow Hackney

Grow Hackney

It’s nearly as smooth as the bar’s homemade Hackney Spiced Rum.

Details: Various dates throughout summer | Grow, Main Yard, Hackney Wick, E9 5LN | £6 | Book here

3.  Build Each Other Bouquets at Chiswick Flower Market

chiswick flower market

Anna Kunst

Revel in your blossoming romance… then get gelato at Foubert’s.

Details: First Sunday of every month | Old Market Place, Chiswick High Road, W4 2DR | Free entry

4.  Go on a Rooftop Bar Crawl Hike

seabird rooftop terrace

Take your relationship to dizzying new heights.

5. Rent a Hot Tub Boat

Hot Tub boats

It’s a boat, that’s also a hot tub, guaranteeing a pretttty steamy time.

Details: Available daily | Off Hertsmere Road, West India Quay, E14 4AL | £225-250 per trip | Book here

6. Spend All Day at Summer By The River

summer by the river

Flit from acoustic gigs to film screenings to al fresco discos without breaking a sweat…

Details: See what’s on here | The Scoop at More, London SE1 2AA | Free Entry

7. Brush Up On Your Shakespeare At The Globe

shakespeares globe

Bring a blanket and get £5 yard tickets to cuddle up under the stars.

Details: Throughout Summer | Shakespeare’s Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, SE1 9DT | From £5 | Book here

8. Go On A Pub Crawl Around Richmond

riverside pubs in richmond

Or follow our Richmond itinerary to explore the riverside.

9. Toast Marshmallows at the Campfire Club

summer date ideas london

Enjoy some live music around a campfire…

Details: Various dates | Secret London Locations | £16 | Book here

10. See Big Name Acts at One of These London Festivals

Alexandra Palace

Because it’s too soon to inflict your four-day wet-wipe-bath musk on each other.

11. Take A Boat Trip to Greenwich

greenwich park summer view

Before listening to some live jazz at the park bandstand.

Details: Jazz on various dates | Greenwich Park, SE10 8XJ | Free

12. Get Lost In Walthamstow Wetlands

Walthamstow Wetlands

Then (re)discover each other over a cold pint along the Blackhorse Beer Mile.

Details: 2 Forest Road, Walthamstow, N17 9NH | Open daily, 9.30am to 5pm | Free entry

13. Complete the City’s Tiniest Bar Crawl

Cocktails in the City conveniently brings dozens of London’s best bars together in one beautiful, leafy square. And this year, Nudge Members are going for free…

Details: July, August & Sept | Bedford Square, WC1B 3HH | £24/Free for Nudge Members

14. Hire A Go Boat and Sail Through Little Venice

Go Boat things to do outside london

Bring a picnic… and your pooch.

Details: Available daily | Paddington, Kingston & Canary Wharf | £85+ | Book here

15. Grab A Coffee And Take A Stroll Around Stokey’s Clissold Park

Clissold Park

Feeling peckish? The Good Egg‘s got brunch (inc. babka) just down the road.

Details: Green Lanes, Stoke Newington, N16 9HJ

16. Test the Oysters-As-Aphrodisiacs Theory with London Shell Co.

London Shell Co.

Thought the whole candlelight, sparkling wine, and London sailing past your window thing may disrupt the experiment…

Details: Cruises Wed-Sat | The Prince Regent, Sheldon Square, W2 6PY | £75 | Book here

17. Play It Cool With An Ice Cream Crawl Through Central London

ice cream crawl in london

Make sure not to waffle on.

18. Play Croquet on a Rooftop At Skylight

Croquet outside at Skylight

Because the stakes are automatically higher.

Details: Open Thurs-Sun | Penning Street Car Park, Wapping Lane, E1W 2SF | From £25 for 45 mins | Book here

19. Make a Picnic Hamper at One of London’s Best Food Markets

Tacos Padre

Or just cheat and get some street food hot out the kitchen.

20. Listen To Live Music in Dalston Eastern Curve Garden

Dalston East Curve Garden

And learn how to plant seedlings…of love.

Details: Open daily | 13 Dalston Lane, E8 3DF | Free entry

21. Learn About The Birds & The Bees at Zoo Nights

zoo nights

Champagne by the penguin pool and (actual) sleeping lions…

Details: Friday evenings from 9th June – 28th July | ZSL London Zoo, Outer Circle, Regent’s Park, NW1 4RY | £21.50

22. Sip Cocktails From Coconuts At Limin Southbank

limin southbank

Tyler Zielinski

Soaked up by a little Trinidadian grill food…

Details: Open daily | Gabriel’s Wharf, 56 Upper Ground, South Bank, SE1 9PP | Book here

23. Compete To Buy Each Other The Most Unusual Object at Spitalfields Vintage Market

Spitalfields market

Victorian anatomical lung print? No really, you shouldn’t have.

Details: Every Thursday, 8am-5pm | Old Spitalfields Market, 16 Horner Square, London E1 6EW | Free entry

24. Take A BBQ Boat Trip Around The City

Skuna Boats summer date ideas

Good at cooking and sailing? Who knew.

Details: Available daily | Off Hertsmere Road, West India Quay, E14 4AL | £150-250 | Book here

25. Challenge Each Other To a Mini Olympics on Roof East

Rooft East At Night

There’s batting cages, disco lawn bowls, crazy golf and more…

Details: Open Tues-Sun, and bank holidays | Floors 7 & 8, Stratford Multi-Storey Car Park, Great Eastern Way, E15 1XE | Free entry – games from £12pp | Book here

26. Eat Al Fresco In Circolo Popolare’s Hidden Courtyard

Circolo Popolare

In fact….eat al fresco for EVERY MEAL, thanks to our al fresco dining guide.

27. Plan A Day Trip Out Of London

whitstable beach day trip from London

This beach is 90 minutes away….

28. Play Dinosaur Mini Golf 

dinosaur crazy golf course

But if that’s too terrifying a prospect, maybe one of these other crazy golf courses will do the trick.

Details: Dinosaur Safari Adventure Golf, A1 Golf Driving Range, Rowley Lane, Barnet, EN5 3HW | £8.25pp| Book here

29. Row A Boat On One Of London’s Many Lakes

Alexandra Palace boating lake

Or a pedalo, if you want a calf workout/the ability to eat ice cream while you’re at it.

30. Go Geocaching Together

They’re literally all over the city… meaning you can tie it in with a visit to the best restaurant in whichever neighbourhood you end up in.

31. Listen To Mozart In A Car Park At Bold Tendencies

bold tendencies car park concerts

Then head upstairs for negronis at Frank’s.

Details: Various Dates | Bold Tendencies, Floors 7-10, 95a Rye Lane, SE15 4TG | £6+ | Book here

32. Decide, Once and For All, Who Makes The Best Margarita

margarita rumble

Kimberly Mufferi

At the prestigious, and entirely bottomless, Margarita Rumble.

Details: 22nd July | Two More Years, 7 Roach Road, Fish Island, E3 2PA | £37.50+

33. Browse the Stalls at Hackney Night Market

bohemia place market

And stop off for drinks at Night Tales

Details: Friday nights, 6-10pm Bohemia Place, Hackney Central, E8 1DU | Free entry

34. Take a Board Game to The Faltering Fullback’s Roof Garden

The Faltering Fullback

Then crush the competition at quiz night.

Details: Quiz night on Monday | 19 Perth Road, N4 3HB

35. Pick a Picnic at these PYO Farms near London

pyo farms near london

It’s totally ok to just get five punnets of strawberries.

36. Show Off Your Knowledge of the Italian Futurist Art Movement…

estorick collection

…just as soon as you’ve enjoyed a Campari spritz in the Estorick Collection‘s secluded courtyard garden.

Details: Open Wed-Sun | 39A Canonbury Square, Islington, N1 2AN | £7.50 gallery entry

37. Watch Stand-Up or a Musical at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

And pre-book a Champagne picnic for two.

Details: Throughout summer | Regent’s Park, Inner Circle, NW1 4NU | Tickets from £25, picnic £55.95 for two | Book here

38. Attend a Seasonal Supperclub in an Ancient Apothecaries’ Garden

chelsea physic garden supperclubs

Here’s hoping they can cure your lovesickness, wheeey….

Details: Various dates until September | Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4HS | £60-80 | Book here

39. See How Far You Can Get Along the Bermondsey Beer Mile

Bermondsey Beer Mile

Remember, in these summer months it’s important to stay hydrated.

Details: Saturdays 11am-5pm | See the route here

40. Listen To Live Music In An 18th Century Mansion Courtyard

Somerset House

Somerset House‘s summer gigs cover everything from pop, to rock, to grime, with artists like Goldfrapp and Greentea Peng.

Details: 6th-16th July | Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA | £31.25+ | Book here

41. Follow A Cryptic Text Trail Around Hidden Parts of the City

Hidden City

And stop in at tiny, off-the-beaten-track pubs en route.

Details: Daily | Across London | £25pp | Book here

42. Play a Little Al Fresco Shuffleboard

On weekends they do bottomless prosecco, beer, and stone-baked pizzas too.

Details: Open daily | London Shuffle Club, 4 Ebor Street, E1 6AW | £25-52 per lane | Book here

43. Go Wild Swimming At One Of These Outdoor London Swim Spots

beckenham outdoor swimming london

Work on your butterflies…

44. Go Dinosaur Spotting at Crystal Palace Park

crystal palace dinosaurs

Decide why this one is soooo lazy.

Details: Crystal Palace Park, 13 Orchard Grove, SE20 8DN | Free

45. Take a Stroll Round Holland Park’s Kyoto Garden

Kyoto Garden

Then go for a drink at the equally floral Churchill Arms.

Details: Open daily | Holland Park, Ilchester Place, W8 | Free

46. Absolutely Thrash Each Other at Boules

kerb southbank

Then grab lunch by the river at KERB’s street food market by the National Theatre.

Details: Open all summer | 101 Upper Ground, Southbank, South London, SE1 9PP | £25-42 (50% off for Nudge Members) | Book here

47. Go Kayaking Down the Thames By Twilight

Prepare for renting in London together by squeezing into a double kayak.

Details: Various dates | The Beach Next to St Mary’s Church Battersea, SW11 3LX | £79.95 | Book here

48. Enjoy Portuguese BBQ by the River from the Moro Team

autumn yard piri piri

At their annual Summer Piri Piri pop-up.

Details: Friday – Sunday until September | Autumn Yard, Unit 2A, 39 Autumn Yard Street, E3 2TT | Walk-ins only

49. Eat Australian-Greek Fusion on a Rooftop

esti at tt liquor

They’re calling it Graustralian esti.

Details: Sundays throughout summer | TT Liquor, 17B Kingsland Rd, E2 8AA | Book here

50. Hang Out Canalside At Crate Brewery

Crate Brewery

Share a pizza and design your imaginary houseboat together.

Details: Open daily from noon | The White Building, Queen’s Yard, E9 5EN

51. Skate, Dine and Bowl at Skate, Dine and Bowl

queens ice rink

Keep cool while everyone else is sweltering above ground, at their DJ-fuelled ice skating nights.

Details: Open daily, DJ nights from 7pm | 17 Queensway, Bayswater, W2 4QP | £16 | Book here

52. Head to the Midnight Apothecary

midnight apothecary

Because: botanical cocktails, subterranean live music, and bottomless, toastable marshmallows.

Details: Fridays & Saturdays | Brunel Museum Rooftop Garden, Railway Avenue, London, SE16 4LF | £8 | Book here

53. Take a Food Tour of the World at Mercato Metropolitano

Mercato Metropolitano

…and bop your head to live music.

Details: Open daily from 11am – late | 42 Newington Causeway, SE1 6DR | Free entry

54. Celebrate Bastille Day at Maison Francois

maison francois

Unsurprisingly, this very French restaurant is throwing a very French party, with magnums of rosé, mime artists, and ‘escargot-related entertainment.’

Details: 14th July | Maison Francois, 34 Duke Street, London, SW1Y 6DF | £60 | Book here


Need even more inspiration? Luckily there’s 101 year-round London date ideas right here

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