100 London Date Ideas
100 London Date Ideas
Chances are fairly high that you're either in a relationship, or single.
Whichever it is, you need date ideas.
And that's where we come in, because while yes our entire website is filled with amazing London date ideas we've also created this: a humble collection of 100 date ideas which will help you to not only uncover the very best of London, but also secure the lifelong devotion of whomever it is you're trying to impress.
Which is known in some all circles as a "win-win".
NOTE: Want to verge a little further off the beaten track? Enter a world of private chef's tables; preview dinners at new restaurants; secret happy hours; VIP tickets; off-menu feasts; exclusive prix-fixe tasting menus; and insider perks at some of the best restaurants and bars in London.... by becoming a member of The Nudge here.
1. SNEAK BOOZE INTO THE LONDON EYE
Westminster | £££
These guys totally managed it. VIEW MORE INFO
2. GO TO THE ZOO. DECIDE WHY THE ANIMALS ARE IN PRISON.
Regents Park | £££
That zebra's wearing a comedy burglar outfit. VIEW MORE INFO
See how long you can speak only in French for. VIEW MORE INFO
Suggest this and you'll get lucky even before the date has begun. VIEW MORE INFO
5. PRETEND TO START A RAP BEEF AT HIP HOP KARAOKE
Fitzrovia | ££
But actually don't. VIEW MORE INFO
And fool people into thinking you're part of it. VIEW MORE INFO
Oh, and have some cocktails too. VIEW MORE INFO
Talk about the signs, doors, and chairs as if they were exhibits. VIEW MORE INFO
9. GO TO CHINATOWN. PLAY RESTAURANT ROULETTE.
Chinatown | ££
And after you've chosen somewhere to eat, play dim sum roulette too.
Order the rack of lamb, it's delicious. VIEW MORE INFO
Use the board to determine what you drink. VIEW MORE INFO
Tell eachother stories from your travels there. VIEW MORE INFO
And make damn sure you win. VIEW MORE INFO
Remember to be a lady/gentleman. VIEW MORE INFO
Then drink cocktails. VIEW MORE INFO
And invent cocktails for eachother. VIEW MORE INFO
17. 'PRESS FOR CHAMPAGNE' AT BOB BOB RICARD
Soho | ££
Trust us, it's glorious. VIEW MORE INFO
And whisper racy things to eachother at gradually increasing volumes. VIEW MORE INFO
Share the T-bone while the sun sets over London. VIEW MORE INFO
20. GO HORSE RIDING IN HYDE PARK
Hyde Park | ££
It's something you can do! VIEW MORE INFO
...And definitely get a cheese sharing platter. VIEW MORE INFO
Come up with new names and backstories for the people in the pictures. VIEW MORE INFO
23. TAKE A TOUR OF WILTON'S MUSIC HALL ON A MONDAY
Whitechapel | ££
Then stay for the performance. VIEW MORE INFO
And spend the savings at The Palomar for dinner. VIEW MORE INFO
Then, um, have a picnic. VIEW MORE INFO
They have truffled eggs. VIEW MORE INFO
He'll have the crocodile. VIEW MORE INFO
Create a backstory for your animals. VIEW MORE INFO
That is, make a serious effort to win the 'Best Pyjamas' prize at Bedtime Story Nights. VIEW MORE INFO
Decide which countries you're going to be in your 'world cup', and only drink booze from there. VIEW MORE INFO
31. BOOK THE PRIVATE ROOM AT QUO VADIS
Soho | ££££
Arrange a bottle of Champagne for your arrival. Bask in the romantic glow. VIEW MORE INFO
... At Studio 5 at Genesis Cinema. VIEW MORE INFO
33. GO TO THE GEFFRYE MUSEUM
Hoxton | £
Talk like it really is whatever era the room is dressed as.
Then break the decency laws when the lights go down. VIEW MORE INFO
Then invent victory dances. VIEW MORE INFO
Do NOT play Monopoly if you want there to be a second date. VIEW MORE INFO
We reccommend including the Monument itself, the view is amazing. VIEW MORE INFO
Beer. Pong. VIEW MORE INFO
And share blowtorch sushi while trapeze artists swing above you. VIEW MORE INFO
And see who can come up with the most puns about balls, pins, and splits. VIEW MORE INFO
See who can ask the most 'Jurassic Park' questions. VIEW MORE INFO
Buy a bottle to share at home. VIEW MORE INFO
You know, if you're into that stuff. VIEW MORE INFO
45. TAKE A COCKTAIL MAKING MASTERCLASS AT 69 COLEBROOKE ROW
Islington | ££
Then drink your homework. VIEW MORE INFO
You're guranteed not to get the blues. VIEW MORE INFO
Best do it at 4am. Because you can. VIEW MORE INFO
48. TAKE A SELF-GUIDED GRAFFITI TOUR OF SHOREDITCH
Shoreditch | £
Maybe add a little of your own, too. Just kidding. But seriously.
Order the omokase. Make slightly orgasm-ey noises as you eat. VIEW MORE INFO
And don't tell them what they're getting. VIEW MORE INFO
They're right under yours. VIEW MORE INFO
They're true heroes in a half shell. VIEW MORE INFO
It's craaaazy romantic there. If you book a table in the right room (this one). VIEW MORE INFO
Because if you're the sort of person who would enjoy that, and they're not... well that's the sort of thing you need to find out ASAP. VIEW MORE INFO
Try to work out what secrets your fellow guests are keeping from their partners.. VIEW MORE INFO
Then buy each-other a bottle. VIEW MORE INFO
Then attempt to 'volunteer' your date to go on stage. VIEW MORE INFO
They include the Hanky Panky, White Lady, Corpse Reviver #2, etc. Ask your bartender. VIEW MORE INFO
You won't be disappointed. VIEW MORE INFO
61. TRY ON ROLEXES FROM THE YEAR YOU WERE BORN AT BURLINGTON ARCADE
Mayfair | £ (£££££££££££)
Actually buying them however is more of a 'thrid date' kind of thing.
Nothing fires up the passions like some Harold Lloyd. VIEW MORE INFO
63. DELIBERATLY GET LOST IN THE HAMPTON COURT PALACE MAZE
Richmond | £
Then try to find eachother. If you do, it's fate!
Take notes for your own burlesque show later. VIEW MORE INFO
Sing Venitian gondola songs along the way. VIEW MORE INFO
66. GO ALL OUT FOR TROUSERLESS TUESDAYS AT NOLA
Various Locations | ££
Only do it on a Wednesday.... VIEW MORE INFO
We have a couple of suggestions. VIEW MORE INFO
Then take them home for a nightcap. VIEW MORE INFO
69. SEE WHO CAN HAGGLE THE BEST DEAL AT PORTOBELLO MARKET
Notting Hill | ££
While buying eachother gifts, of course.VIEW MORE INFO
Titus Andronicus, perhaps? VIEW MORE INFO
Show off your disturbingly good video game skills at Four Quarters. Loser buys a round of craft beers. VIEW MORE INFO
At the Everyman Cinema. VIEW MORE INFO
Here are some good spots to check out. VIEW MORE INFO
And win together. VIEW MORE INFO
Refuse to spit. VIEW MORE INFO
Down a couple of B-52s. VIEW MORE INFO
Invent revenge backstories, then say cool payoff lines before you hit them. VIEW MORE INFO
Take a picnic, a bottle of wine, and a riverboat trip at the Greenwich Observatory. VIEW MORE INFO
(And maybe wrestle a little later yourselves). VIEW MORE INFO
81. DO A LITTLE FLAMENCO DANCING AT BRADLEY'S SPANISH BAR
Oxford Street | ££
Split a jug of Sangria first, of course.
No matter who loses, the crowd wins. VIEW MORE INFO
Then go for a French meal after. VIEW MORE INFO
Whichever way you go, make sure you end up at The Rumpus Room. VIEW MORE INFO
Get Jazz, red wine, and culture. And a second date. VIEW MORE INFO
And no, a single rose doesn't count. VIEW MORE INFO
Cheesily spoon it into eachother's mouths. VIEW MORE INFO
Best save it until after the first date, though. Bit creepy otherwise. VIEW MORE INFO
Of course, bring a picnic to have on the stunningly well-manicured lawn. VIEW MORE INFO
And terrify eachother with scary stories. VIEW MORE INFO
Wine? Whiskey? Forgotten can of Tennents? VIEW MORE INFO
Challenge your date to tell if it's Keat's or yours. VIEW MORE INFO
It works for the Germans, and they're very romantic people. VIEW MORE INFO
96. GO UPSTAIRS AT THE BRIDGE, LIE ON THE CHAISE LONGUES AND PSYCHOANALYZE EACHOTHER.
Shoreditch | ££
Just don't mention your mother.
Consider changing your commute. VIEW MORE INFO
98. TRY THE MAZE AT CRYSTAL PALACE
Crystal Palace | £
They have a sphynx!
It's a long climb. Perfect for checking out, or improving, your date's stamina. VIEW MORE INFO
It hasn't opened yet, but A) It's at the end of the list, so you have time. And B) Booking lines are now open. VIEW MORE INFO
(Main Image: Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch Street)
Enjoy unusual experiences? Check out our guide to the best of what's on in London.
Dates are better with more than one person. Share this on Facebook, and get someone else involved.