63 Wonderful 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 rooftop bar crawls, marshmallow toasting, floating hot tubs and films on the beach, to alfresco jazz, open air theatre, wild swimming and rooftop croquet…

Enjoy Some Canalside Jazz

As smooth as the bar’s homemade Hackney Spiced Rum. VIEW DETAILS

Details: Various dates throughout summer Grow, Main Yard, Hackney Wick, E9 5LN £5/6 – book here

Go on a Rooftop Crawl Hike

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We have some suggestions riiight here

Toast Marshmallows at the Campfire Club

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Play ‘fluffy bunnies’ between songs. READ MORE

Details: Various datesSecret London Locations£13

Take a Lunchbreak Trip To Watch A Rubber Duck Race

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And if you’ve got time to spare, take lunch on the roof of The Cheese Barge, too.

Details: Thursday 29th July, 12.30-1.30pm Merchant Square, Paddington, W2 Free, or sponsor a duck for £3 in aid of COSMIC charity

Rent a Hot Tub Boat

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It’s a boat. That’s also a hot tub. READ MORE

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

Spend all day at Summer By The River

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

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

…Before Catching a Show at The Globe

watch Shakespeare at home

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

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

See The Northern Lights (in Greenwich)

Plus fragrant installations, dancers on a conveyor belt and immersive theatre in the middle of nowhere. VIEW DETAILS

Details: 27th August – 11th September Across Greenwich Some free events, others ticketed

Watch Films With Your Toes In The Sand

Since holidays are still looking a bit wobbly this year, Backyard Cinema have kindly brought 56 tonnes of sand… to you. READ MORE

Details: Screenings daily Capital Studios, 13 Wandsworth Plain, Wandsworth, SW18 1ET | From £15.99

See Big Name Acts at All Points East

All Points East

London’s day festival is back, and it’s bringing London Grammar, Loyle Carner and Bombay Bicycle Club with it… READ MORE

Details: 27th-30th August Victoria Park, E3 5TG £78.95+

Chill Out on the Beach… At Earl’s Court

Then get giddy on fairground rides, catch comedy, cabaret and circus shows, and load up on street food. READ MORE

Details: Until September 26th Empress Place, Earls Court, SW6 1TT Free entry, book shows here

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: 22nd & 23rd July | London Zoo, Regent’s Park, NW1 4RY | £19.95

Eat Outrageous Pizza On A Central London Rooftop

Gizzi Erskine, Professor Green and Night Tales come to John Lewis… READ MORE

Details: Opens 22nd July John Lewis Rooftop, 300 Oxford Street, W1C 1DX Book here

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. Oh, and Nudge Members get a couple of drinks on the house, too. READ MORE

Details: 23rd & 24th July Bedford Square, WC1B 3HH £20

Listen to Live Jazz on the Lawns at Fulham Palace

And bring your own picnic – or fish & chips from FishersVIEW DETAILS

Details: 13th & 15th August Fulham Palace, Bishop’s Avenue, London SW6 6EA £75 for two, with Champagne

Hire Your Own Electric Boat and Sail Through Little Venice

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

Details: Available daily | Paddington, Kingston & Canary Wharf £89+

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

Of course it could be the candlelight, sparkling wine, and London sailing past your window… READ MORE

DetailsCruises Wed-Sat The Prince Regent, Sheldon Square, W2 6PY | £65

Go on an Ice Cream Crawl Through Central London

Brain freeze at your own risk. TAKE OUR TOUR

Play Croquet on a Rooftop

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Because the stakes are automatically higher. READ MORE

Details: Open Thurs-Sun | Penning Street Car Park, Wapping Lane, E1W 2SFFrom £15 for 45 mins

Make a Picnic Hamper at One of London’s Markets

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

Take In The Views From Greenwich Park

And listen to live jazz from the bandstand.

Details: Various weekend dates from 3pm Greenwich Park, SE10 8XJFree

If you like Piña Coladas… Go Here

A little pocket of Trinidad on the Southbank… READ MORE

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

Watch Films on a Farm by Firelight

Secret Adventures

Hot toddies, adventure films and a herd of llamas… VIEW MORE DETAILS

Details: 27th August Mudchute Farm, Pier Street, Isle of Dogs, London E14 3HP£20

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

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Victorian print of the anatomy of the lungs? No really, you shouldn’t have. READ MORE

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

Take A BBQ Boat Trip

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Show off your cooking skills AND your sailing skills. READ MORE

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

Learn To Play Tejo, Colombia’s Explosive Throwing Game 

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Before watching drag acts, belting your lungs out at Massaoke, bopping to brass bands and playing crazy golf at Between The Bridges. READ MORE

Details: Open daily Queen’s Walk South Bank SE1 See what’s on here

Watch A Midsummer Night’s Dream in an Actual Forest

Just you, your date, and one talented Bottom. VIEW DETAILS

Details: Tues-Sun, 28th July – 29th August Kew Gardens, Richmond, London, TW9 3AE£30

Challenge Each Other To a Triathlon on Roof East

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There’s batting cages, lawn bowls and crazy golf. All on a roof. Obviously. READ 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 £10

…Then Watch some Outdoor Cinema

Conveniently also on Roof East… or at any of these fine establishments.

Cruise Along The Thames

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While sampling some of the city’s finest craft brews. READ MORE

Details: 14th, 28th August & 11th September The River Princess, Lambeth Pier, Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7SG £44+

Eat Al Fresco In Circolo Popolare’s Hidden Courtyard

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

Get out of London

This beach is 90 minutes away. SEE 20 GREAT DAY TRIPS FROM LONDON

Play Dinosaur Mini Golf 

What are you doing still reading? It’s DINOSAUR MINI GOLF. See more places to play crazy golf in London

Details: Dinosaur Safari Adventure GolfA1 Golf Driving RangeRowley LaneBarnet, EN5 3HW | £20 for 2

Hire a Rowboat

Alexandra Palace

Or a pedalo, if you want a calf workout while you’re at it. See the best places to go boating in London

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.

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 £5-10

Cool Down with Shaved Ice Cocktails and Karaoke

Bao Noodle Shop

Bao’s new basement booths put the noodles in canoodles. READ MORE

Details: Open daily 1 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, E2 7DJ

Crack Codes for Personalised Cocktails at The Bletchley

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

Details: Wed-Sun | 459 King’s Road, SW10 0LR £36

Browse the Stalls at Hackney Night Market

And stop off for drinks at Night TalesVIEW DETAILS

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

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

Then crush the competition at quiz night.

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

Pick a Picnic at Garson’s PYO Farm

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

Details: Daily from 9am-4pm (10am Sun) Winterdown Road, Esher, KT10 8LS | £4pp, book ahead

Go For Dinner At This Romantic Churchyard Restaurant

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Just get to the church on time. READ MORE

Details: Open Wed-Sun 1 Marylebone Road, NW1 4AQ Book here

Listen to Live Funk and Soul as the Sun Sets Over London

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After meeting the goats in the Horniman Museum’s gardens.

Details: Thursday evenings in August | The Horniman Gardens, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, SE23 3PQ Tickets on sale soon

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

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You can even ask them to set up a picnic for you (with champers). READ MORE

Details: Throughout summer Regent’s Park, Inner Circle, NW1 4NU | Tickets from £25, picnic £55 for two

Attend a Seasonal Supperclub in an Ancient Apothecaries’ Garden

Then explore the fragrant gardens by twilight…

Details: Various dates until September Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4HS £50-75

See How Far You Can Get Along the Bermondsey Beer Mile

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

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

Ride Musical Dodgems at Somerset House

Then tuck into street food and cocktails as DJs serenade the sunset. READ MORE

Details: Until 22nd August Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA £5-10

Follow A Cryptic Text Trail Around Hidden Parts of the City

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

Details: Daily Across London £19pp

Play a Little Al Fresco Shuffleboard

Then go for post-match Thai at Smoking GoatREAD MORE

Details: Open daily London Shuffle Club, 4 Ebor Street, E1 6AW £25-52/lane

Hit the Lido

Do you need reasons? See the best places for outdoor swimming in London

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

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

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

Brave the Waters at Hampstead Ponds

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They’re open all year round, but seriously, pick a hot day. Then get ice creams at Kenwood HousePlan a day on Hampstead Heath

Details: Open daily from 7am Hampstead Heath, NW5 1QR  | Book ahead

Go Kayaking Down the Thames By Twilight

Double kayak gets double points. YOU GUYS.

Details: Various datesThe Beach Next to St Mary’s Church Battersea, SW11 3LX £67

Bask in the Azaleas at the Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park

Well hellooo, super romantic picnic nook.

Details: Open daily Richmond Park, KT2 7NAFree

Get Crazy Romantic in the Gardens of Southside House

Then listen to live musicians in the stunning rooms inside.

Details: 28th August, 25th SeptemberSouthside House, 3-4 Woodhayes Road, SW19 4RJ£25-30

Hang Out in Crate Microbrewery’s Back Yard

Share a pizza and design your imaginary houseboat together. READ MORE

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

Skate, Dine and Bowl at Skate, Dine and Bowl

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Keep cool while everyone else is sweltering above ground. READ MORE

Details: Open daily 17 Queensway, Bayswater, West London, W2 4QP £11.95-13

Head to the Midnight Apothecary

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

Details: Thursday-Sunday | Brunel Museum Rooftop Garden, Railway Avenue, London, SE16 4LF | From £6, book ahead

Take a Food Tour of the World at Mercato Metropolitano

…and bop your head to live musicREAD MORE

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

Play Beach Badminton… In Paddington

Loser buys the Champagne slushies at Pergola Paddington.

Details: Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays 10am-6pm until 6th September Merchant Square, Paddington W2 | Free, book ahead here

Get Steamy in a Rooftop Sauna

Then cool down under the waterfall and kick back with a cocktail by firelight. VIEW DETAILS

Details: Open daily Netil 360, 1 Westgate Street, Hackney, London E8 3RL From £22.50

Take A Stroll Through Dalston Eastern Curve Garden

And learn how to plant seedlings…of love. READ MORE

Details: Open daily from 2pm 13 Dalston Lane, E8 3DF Free entry


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