50 Summer Date Ideas


50 Summer Date Ideas

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

…you’re going to have an especially hard time in summer.

Luckily, we’ve gathered a fair few summer date ideas over the years involving the most romantic, blue-skied, ice-cream liquefying destinations for the days when London temporarily benefits from some actual sun. And so, read on for our guide to London’s best summer date ideas…

Get to know the Birds and the Bees

… aaand the lions, the tigers, and the naked mole rats at an after-hours Zoo Night.

Details: Fridays until 14th JulyLondon Zoo, Regent’s Park, NW1 4RY | £17.50

Head Off On A Rum Cruise

and see what’s better; sea legs, or land legs after a few daiquiris.

Details: Daily Ladies & Gentlemen Kings Cross Boat, Goods Way, N1C | £18

Go on a Rooftop Crawl Hike

We have some suggestions riiight here

Toast Marshmallows at the Campfire Club

Play ‘fluffy bunnies’ between songs.

Details: Various datesSecret London LocationsFrom £10

Rent a Hot Tub Boat


Details: From 11th July | Old Street | £220 per trip

Sip on Personalised Cocktails at The Bletchley

If you like each others’ too, that has to be a good sign.

Details: Wed-Sun Secret Chelsea Location £29.99

Spend all day at the London Riviera

And flit from film screening, to reggae gig, to riverside salsa (literally) without breaking a sweat…

Details: Open daily 10-10pm Queen’s Walk, SE1 2DP Free Entry

…Before Catching a Show at The Globe

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

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

Hire Electric Boats at Paddington’s Floating Garden

And ruthlessly speed past everyone else, including small children. READ MORE

Details: Daily | Paddington Pocket Park, Paddington Basin, W2 1JX

Stroll Through the Gardens at Dulwich Picture Gallery’s Lates

Pretend you’re part of the interpretative dance tours they’re running.

Details: Every Friday Night Gallery Road, SE21 7AD Free

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

If calcified saltwater bivalves be the food of love…

DetailsVarious Dates | The Prince Regent, Sheldon Square, W2 6DS | From £45

Go on an Ice Cream Crawl

Brain freeze at your own risk. READ MORE

Play Croquet on a Rooftop

Because the stakes are automatically higher.

Details: Daily | Penning Street Car Park, Wapping Lane, E1W 2SFFrom £15/hour

Go for Brunch in a Romantic AF, Wisteria-Laden Cabana

And then maybe lunch. And dinner.

Details: Coppa Club, 3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames Street, EC3R 6AH

Make Your own Gin in Camden Market

…then swig it on the lock like fancy pirates.

Details: Classes Mon-Fri 53 Camden Lock Place, NW1 £50pp

Go to the RA’s Summer Late

Because watching holographic Egyptian fairy tales in a yurt can’t not be amazing.

Details: 19th AugustRoyal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, W1J 0BD  £45

Make a Picnic Hamper at Brockley Market

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

Details: Saturdays, 10am-2pmLewisham College Car Park, Lewisham Way, SE4 1UT Cash Only

Steal Summer Date Ideas From La La Land

Listen to live jazz in Greenwich park then run around the observatory at the top of the hill.

Details: Various afternoon dates Greenwich Park, SE10 8XJFree

Buy Each Other The Ugliest Thing Possible at Flat Iron Square’s Flea Market

Or fine, something nice, if you’re into that.

Details: Every Sunday, 10-5pmFlat Iron Square, SE1 1TD 

Challenge Each Other To a Quadrathlon on Roof East

There’s a roller disco, cage batting, petanque and crazy golf. All on a roof. Obviously.

Details: Daily | Floors 7 & 8, Stratford Multi-Storey Car Park, Great Eastern Way, E15 1XE

…Then Watch some Outdoor Cinema

Either thanks to RFC, also on Roof East, or any of these fine establishments.

Grab a Picnic, Then Learn How to Dance Al Fresco in Regents Park

All that’s left is …both your feet.

Details: Every summer, dates TBA Regent’s Park, NW1 4NR£10

Eat Fresco In Boulestin’s Hidden Courtyard

In fact, eat al fresco for EVERY MEAL. READ MORE.

Stretch Brunch out Until Evening

Start your date at 11, and finish it at 11. READ MORE.

Make Bets With Each Other on Dragon Boats & Rubber Duck Races

The 20th of July will be an interesting day in Merchant square.

Details: 20th July Merchant Square, Harbet Road, W2 1BF Donations encouraged

Go from Tate to Tate by Boat

It runs between the Tate Britain and the Tate Modern. Sneak wine onboard.

Details: Every 40 minutes, daily Tate Britain – Tate Modern £8.10 (Oyster accepted)

Get out of London

You can get to the mind-bogglingly quaint little town of Amersham BY TUBE.

Details: Whenever you feel like it.

Play Dinosaur Mini Golf 

What are you doing still reading? It’s DINOSAUR MINI GOLF.

Details: World of Golf London, Beverley Way, New Malden, Surrey, KT3 4PHFrom £9

Cool Down in an Ice Climbing Wall

If your date tells you to ‘chill out’, dump them.

Details: Tuesday – Sunday Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports, Tower House, 10-12 Southampton Street, WC2E 7HA | £25pp

Hire a Rowboat at Epping Forest

Credit: Abi Skipp

Try to recreate the Titanic pose while you’re at it.

Details: 10-8pm daily | Whipps Cross Road, E11 1NP | From £10

Go Stargazing at the Culpeper

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Perfect for mooning over each other.

Details: Various dates The Culpeper, 40 Commercial Street, E1 6LP £35

Go Geocaching Together

Credit: Andy Rogers


Details: Whenever, wherever.

Listen to Mozart… in a Car Park

Then head upstairs for negronis at Frank’s.

Details: Various Dates Bold Tendencies, Floors 7-10, 95a Rye Lane, SE15 4TG £5

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

Then crush the competition at quiz night.

Details: Daily, quiz night on Monday 19 Perth Road, N4 3HB

Listen to Live Jazz as the Sun Sets Over London

Or make something tuneful yourselves from the giant garden xylophones.

Details: Various Dates | The Horniman Gardens, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, SE23 3PQ Free

Pick a Picnic at Garson’s PYO Farm

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

Details: Daily from 9am Winterdown Road, Esher, KT10 8LSPriced on weight

Get Boozy Hot Chocolates at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

And perform your own dance number in the park afterwards.

Details: Throughout summer Regent’s Park, Inner Circle, NW1 4NUFrom £25

Hit the Lido at Tooting Bec

Credit: Fresh on the Net

Do you need reasons?

Details: Daily until end of September Tooting Bec Lido, Tooting Bec Road, SW16 1RU £6

Go Dinosaur Spotting at Crystal Palace

Decide why this one is soooo lazy.

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

Take a Stroll Round The Kyoto Garden

Write a haiku about your date’s face.

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

Brave the Waters at Hampstead Ponds

They’re open all year round, but seriously, pick a hot day.

Details: Open daily from 7am Hampstead Heath, NW5 1QR  £2

Go Kayaking Down the Thames

Double kayak gets double points. YOU GUYS.

Details: Saturdays | 3-4 Shadwell Pierhead, Glamis Road, E1W 3TD £30

Bask in the Azaleas at the Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park

Well hellooo, super romantic picnic nook.

Details: Richmond Park, KT2 7NAFree


Get Crazy Romantic in the Gardens of Southside House

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They have a shell grotto and everything.

Details: Weekends and Wednesdays until end of SeptemberSouthside House, 3-4 Woodhayes Road, SW19 4RJ£9

Hang Out in Crate Microbrewery’s Back Yard

summer date ideas

Share a pizza and design your imaginary houseboat together.

Details: Open daily from noon | 7, The White Building, Queen’s Yard, E9 5EN

Head to the Midnight Apothecary

Midnight Apothecary - summer date ideas

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

Details: Friday & Saturday nights until end of SeptemberBrunel Museum Rooftop Garden, Railway Avenue, London, SE16 4LF | From £5

Take a Food Tour of Italy at Mercato Metropolitano

…or DIY with their cookery classes.

Details: Open Tues-Sun, 11-11pm 42 Newington Causeway, SE1 6DR Free Entry

Volunteer Together at Dalston Eastern Curve Garden

And learn how to plant seedlings…of love.

Details: Saturdays 2-5pm 13 Dalston Lane, E8 3DF Free Entry

Take in Some Jazz at Cable Cafe-Bar

You should probably wear matching polo necks, or something.

Details: Open daily 8 Brixton Road, SW9 6BU


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