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23/08/20


100 London Date Ideas

Chances are 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 date ideas, hidden spots and romantic nooks, we’ve also created this: a humble collection of 100 London date ideas which will help you to not only uncover the very best of the city, 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”.

PS – And since coronavirus has done its best to ensure you’re not allowed to snog anyone you don’t already know well enough to live with, we’ve given the list a huge shake-up to fill it with pandemic-friendly date ideas – none of which involves sitting awkwardly on separate park benches.

Last Updated: 23rd August 2020 | Main image: Rooftop Film Club’s Drive-In


 

1. ATTEND A ONE-ON-ONE CONCERT WITH LIVE MUSICIANS
King’s Cross | Free, donations encouraged

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Intimate 15 minute concerts with musicians who haven’t played to audiences in months. Prepare to get a bit teary. VIEW MORE INFO

2. KAYAK YOUR WAY TO CRATE BREWERY
Hackney | ££

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And quench your thirst when you get there. VIEW MORE INFO

3. STOCK A PICNIC BASKET AT ONE OF LONDON’S FOOD MARKETS
All Over London | ££

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Find all the best ones here: VIEW MORE INFO

4. DRINK COCKTAILS AT NIGHTJAR
Old Street | £££

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They have 100 year-old Pimm’s. VIEW MORE INFO

5. WATCH THE TALKING HEADS MONOLOGUES AT THE BRIDGE THEATRE
Tower Bridge | £££

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It’s like iPlayer, but live. Imagine that… VIEW MORE INFO

6. BRAVE A TAXIDERMY CLASS
Hackney | ££££

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And give each other crabs! VIEW MORE INFO

7. PLAY PETANQUE IN THE MIDDLE OF SLOANE SQUARE
Chelsea | Free

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At this Lillet pop-up bar, obviously, not just wherever the feeling takes you. VIEW MORE INFO

8. GET YOUR PRESCRIPTION AT THE MIDNIGHT APOTHECARY
Rotherhithe | £

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Namely: unlimited marshmallows for toasting, a candlelit garden with firepits, and botanical cocktails. VIEW MORE INFO

9. CELEBRATE THE NEW NORMAL AT THE NEW NORMAL FESTIVAL
Wandsworth | ££

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An outdoor, spaced-out festival of theatre, magic and improvisation (except when it comes to safety measures). VIEW MORE INFO

10. BOOK IN TO THE POP UP BAR IN A VICTORIAN BOTTLE FACTORY
Peckham | ££

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And sample some of the bottles they have there today. VIEW MORE INFO

11. BUILD-A-BOUQUET AT THE COLUMBIA ROAD FLOWER MARKET
Bethnal Green | ££

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It’s one way at the moment – start from the west (near Ravenscroft Street). VIEW MORE INFO

12. GET LOST IN THE BARBICAN CONSERVATORY
Barbican | Free (but reserve ahead)

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Terrapins, carp, and 1,500+ species of plants… VIEW MORE INFO

13. SOAK UP SOME OUTDOOR CIRCUS, THEATRE AND DANCE
Greenwich | Free

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Your date’ll be bowled over. Possibly literally. VIEW MORE INFO

14. GO TO A CONCERT IN A CAR PARK
Peckham | ££

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Then hit the neighbourhood’s newest rooftop ItalianVIEW MORE INFO

15. WATCH SOME COMEDY ON A DRINKS TERRACE WITH A VIEW
Alexandra Palace | £££

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If your date doesn’t make you laugh, at least Ed Gamble will. VIEW MORE INFO

16. EAT ALL THE CHEESE YOU POSSIBLY CAN
Covent Garden | ££

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Yes, it’s bottomless. And this is an important test of your compatibility. VIEW MORE INFO

17. MAKE CANDLES TOGETHER AT EARL OF EAST
London Fields/King’s Cross | £££

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Though obviously, nobody holds a candle to your date… VIEW MORE INFO
NOTE:
You’ll be at separate stations, and you’ll need to wear face masks throughout. Just a heads-up. You can also order a pack to do the workshop at home if you’d prefer.

18. PRESS FOR CHAMPAGNE AT BOB BOB RICARD
Soho | ££££

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Trust us, it’s glorious. VIEW MORE INFO

19. HIT THE DRIVE-IN
Gunnersbury/Alexandra Palace | £££

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Courtesy of Luna Cinema and the Rooftop Film Club

20. OR HIT THE CYCLE-IN CINEMA INSTEAD
Leyton | £

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Four wheels good, two wheels… also good. VIEW MORE INFO

21. BOOK IN FOR SHUK’S NEW OUTDOOR POP UP
Borough | ££

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The menu promises ‘next level hummus dishes’. VIEW MORE INFO

22. HIT UP A RESTAURANT WITH A VIEW
Across London | £££

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With a view to impressing your date. VIEW MORE INFO

23. SPEND A DAY EXPLORING SPITALFIELDS MARKET
Spitalfields | £

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Street food and quirky market stalls… VIEW MORE INFO

24. BREAK CODES FOR COCKTAILS AT THE BLETCHLEY
Chelsea | £££

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And give each other codenames for the evening. VIEW MORE INFO

25. WATCH COMEDY IN THE COURTYARD AT BATTERSEA ARTS CENTRE
Battersea | £

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Then debrief over wine at Humble Grape. VIEW MORE INFO

26. TAKE A TOUR OF THE FIVE POINTS BREWERY
Hackney | ££

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Then revisit your favourites at their outdoor taproom. VIEW MORE INFO

27. TAKE A TRIP TO THE ANDY WARHOL EXHIBITION
Bankside | £

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Hey, remember art?  VIEW MORE INFO

28. CATCH A FREE GUERILLA BALLET SHOW BY THE CANAL
Hoxton | Free

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Featuring aerialists, circus performers and dancers from the Royal Ballet. Check performance dates here: VIEW MORE INFO

29. GRAB A BITE AT THE NEW NIGHT MARKET IN QUEEN’S PARK
Queen’s Park | £

Then head to Milk Beach for a glass of wine. VIEW MORE INFO

30. EXPLORE AN ANCIENT APOTHECARIES’ GARDEN AFTER HOURS
Chelsea | £

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You can even order a picnic. VIEW MORE INFO

31. GO CRAZY GOLFING IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Across London | £

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Or, you know, Hackney. VIEW MORE INFO

32. MAKE UP FOR LOCKDOWN BY VISITING LONDON’S BEST BARS ALL AT ONCE
Bloomsbury | £

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This year’s Cocktails in the City is bringing together Callooh Callay, Nightjar, Heads + Tails and more… VIEW MORE INFO

33. GET TO KNOW THE BIRDS & THE BEES AT VAUXHALL CITY FARM
Vauxhall | Free, donations encouraged

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Then get to know each other at Brunswick House… VIEW MORE INFO

34. DO A SWEEP OF THE STALLS AT UNDERBELLY’S STREET FOOD FESTIVAL
South Bank, Hackney & Wimbledon | £

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Then soak up some of the free live entertainment. VIEW MORE INFO

35. PLAY THE MOST ROMANTIC ROUND OF CRAZY GOLF EVER AT SWINGERS
Oxford Circus/The City | ££ | Reopens 22nd September

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Remember: in golf, being sub-par is a good thingVIEW MORE INFO

36. THEN WATCH THE SUNSET FROM THE TOP OF THE GHERKIN
Liverpool Street | £££

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Champagne, oysters and 360 views… VIEW MORE INFO

37. RENT A HOT TUG
Canary Wharf | ££££

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It’s literally a hot tub. That’s also a boat. VIEW MORE INFO

38. SIP DRINKS ON A ROOFTOP OVERLOOKING THE CITY
Across London | ££

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We have some suggestions here..VIEW MORE INFO

39. PLAY A FEW ROUNDS OF DARTS AT FLIGHT CLUB
Finsbury Square/Bloomsbury/Victoria | ££

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Use the board to determine what you drink. VIEW MORE INFO

40. BOOK IN TO MILK & HONEY FOR THE LAST TIME
Soho | ££

Milk & Honey

They’re closing in September – and if you haven’t been, you really ought to. VIEW MORE INFO

41. TRY FINE DINING IN THE MIDDLE OF A MARKET
Borough | £££

Ex-City Social chef Tomas Lidakevicius is plucking ingredients right from the market and whipping them into tasting menus there and then. VIEW MORE INFO

42. DO EVERYTHING AT THE HORNIMAN MUSEUM
Forest Hill | £

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They’ve got a butterfly house, a farmers’ market, an outdoor musical garden, a pygmy goat enclosure, an aquarium, a functioning bandstand, a Dutch barn, 16 acres of gardens… and a giant overstuffed walrus. VIEW MORE INFO

43. ORDER THE DUCK AND WAFFLE AT DUCK AND WAFFLE
Bishopsgate | £££

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Best order it at 4am. Just because you can. VIEW MORE INFO

44. GO TO SECRET CINEMA’S MYSTERIOUS NEW ‘ACTIVIST’ FILM SCREENING
Secret Location | £££

First up is Ladj Ly’s directorial debut, ‘Les Misérables’. VIEW MORE INFO

45. STROLL THROUGH KALEIDOSCOPIC ARTWORK
Greenwich | Free

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It’s back in a big way. VIEW MORE INFO

46. NERD OUT AT FOUR QUARTERS
Peckham | ££

Show off your video game skills at Four Quarters. Loser buys a round of craft beers. VIEW MORE INFO

47. UNCOVER THE HISTORY OF ELECTRONICA AT THE DESIGN MUSEUM
Kensington | ££

It looks as good as it sounds. VIEW MORE INFO

48. WATCH A FILM IN YOUR OWN PRIVATE BOAT
Paddington | £££££

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And get pasta delivered directly to you. VIEW MORE INFO

49. MAKE EACH OTHER BOTTLES OF GIN AT THE GINSTITUTE
Notting Hill | ££££ | Booking from 1st September

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Then take them home for a nightcap. VIEW MORE INFO

50. PRETEND YOU’RE ON FIRST DATES AT FRED SIRIEIX’S POP UP RESTAURANT
Clapton | ££

What’s more, the inimitable Andi Oliver’s in charge of food. VIEW MORE INFO

51. GO ON A CRYPTIC TEXT HUNT AROUND LONDON’S BACKSTREETS
Across London | ££

It’s like a scavenger hunt, with wine. VIEW MORE INFO

52. COSY UP AT THE CAMPFIRE CLUB
Across London | ££

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And watch the sparks fly. VIEW MORE INFO

53. LET SIMON AMSTELL CRACK THE JOKES
Peckham | £££

While you enjoy the scenery at this rooftop comedy gig. VIEW MORE INFO

54. HEAD TO THE SOUTHBANK’S NEW KERB MARKET
Southbank | £

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Then take your street food for a stroll along the river. VIEW MORE INFO

55. TAKE THE BOAT FROM TATE BRITAIN TO THE TATE MODERN
Bankside | £

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Then talk about the signs, doors, and chairs as if they were exhibits. VIEW MORE INFO

56. SHOOT VIRTUAL GAME IN A VIRTUAL GAME
Liverpool Street | £££

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Then sample the bar’s vast whisky collection. VIEW MORE INFO

57. TAKE A STROLL ON HAMPSTEAD HEATH
Hampstead | Free

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Take in the Pergola, Kenwood House, and a pub. Or two. VIEW MORE INFO

58. VISIT LONDON’S MOST BEAUTIFUL SEWAGE PLANT
Abbey Wood | £

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If your date turns up, you’re on to a winner. VIEW MORE INFO

59. DRESS UP ’40s STYLE AND GO TO CAHOOTS
Soho | £££

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Order one of their ‘Dig for Victory’ vegetable cocktails… VIEW MORE INFO

60. WATCH FILMS ON THE ORIGINAL 16mm REELS
Hackney | ££

At the return of Ciné Real’s screening nights. VIEW MORE INFO

61. GO BOWLING AT ALL STAR LANES
Holborn / Westfield / Brick Lane | ££ | Reopens 28th August

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And see who can come up with the most puns about balls, pins, and splits. VIEW MORE INFO

62. BOOK A TABLE AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL
Piccadilly Circus | ££

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Then sip cocktails in their authentic 1930s bar… VIEW MORE INFO

63. FEAST ON DIM SUM ON CHINATOWN’S NEW AL FRESCO TERRACE
Chinatown | ££

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And finish with ice cream in fish-shaped cones from Bake. VIEW MORE INFO

64. TAKE A BOAT TRIP TO GREENWICH
Greenwich | ££

Fas Khan

And take a picnic for the parkVIEW MORE INFO

65. THEN CLIMB THE O2 BY TWILIGHT, DRINK CHAMPAGNE AT THE TOP
Greenwich | £££

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It’s a long climb. Perfect for checking out, or improving, your date’s stamina. VIEW MORE INFO

66. STROLL THE GLASS WALKWAY ABOVE TOWER BRIDGE
Tower Bridge | ££

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And finish up with dinner in a Coppa Club iglooVIEW MORE INFO

67. HIT THE OLYMPIC PING PONG TABLE AT BOUNCE
Farringdon / Shoreditch | ££

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Invent victory dances. VIEW MORE INFO

68. SEE A MUSICAL AT THE REGENT’S PARK OPEN AIR THEATRE
Regent’s Park | £££

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Pick up hot chocolates at the bar before you go in. VIEW MORE INFO

69. TAKE EACH OTHER ON AT DABBERS
The City | ££ | Reopens 11th September

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Looking for a new competitive date activity? Bingo. VIEW MORE INFO

70. VISIT ANOTHER WORLD TOGETHER
Haggerston | ££

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Courtesy of the ‘Otherworld’ virtual reality bar… VIEW MORE INFO

71. MAKE MOLECULAR COCKTAILS IN THE BREAKING BAD RV
Hackney | £££

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And see if there’s good chemistry. VIEW MORE INFO

72. TOP UP A TAB CARD AT VAGABOND WINES, DRINK DOZENS OF SAMPLES.
Various Locations | ££

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Then buy a bottle of your favourite for your next date. VIEW MORE INFO

73. WATCH UN FILM ROMANTIQUE AT THE INSTITUT FRANÇAIS
South Kensington | £

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That’s French for ‘a romantic film’… VIEW MORE INFO

74. SMUGGLE BOOZE ONTO THE LONDON EYE
Westminster | £££

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These guys totally managed it. VIEW MORE INFO

75. TAKE A CANDLELIT TOUR ROUND SIR JOHN SOANE’S HOUSE
Holborn | £££ (Free by day) | Reopens 1st October

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Feat. salvaged architecture, an imaginary monk, and moving walls… VIEW MORE INFO

76. GO TO LONDON COCKTAIL WEEK
Across London | ££

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It’s actually happening! VIEW MORE INFO

77. PICK OUT A BOOK FOR EACH OTHER AT DAUNT BOOKS
Marylebone | £

Then read the first chapters to each other over strudel at Fischer’s. VIEW MORE INFO

78. PIT YOUR WITS AGAINST THE OFFICIAL SHERLOCK ESCAPE ROOM
Shepherd’s Bush | ££££

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And don’t get Sherlocked in. VIEW MORE INFO

79. WATCH A PLAY IN YOUR BACK GARDEN
Your House | ££££

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Thanks to the roving performers behind Bard In The Yard. VIEW MORE INFO

80. TRAVEL AROUND THE GLOBE IN ONE NIGHT
Greenwich | Free at night

Salisbury Cathedral

At the evening viewings of Luke Jerram’s jaw-dropping artwork. VIEW MORE INFO

81. SEE WHO CAN HAGGLE THE BEST DEAL AT PORTOBELLO MARKET
Notting Hill | ££

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The most quintessential of London dates. VIEW MORE INFO

82. BOOK A MASH-UP DINNER AT KRICKET
White City | ££££

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Featuring chefs Andrew Wong, Vivek Singh and Nuno Mendes. VIEW MORE INFO

83. GET ON YER BIKES, AND GO ON A MONUMENT CRAWL
Around London | £

We recommend including the Monument itself, the view up there is amazingVIEW MORE INFO

84. TUCK INTO SEAFOOD ON A FLOATING POP UP RESTAURANT
Wapping | £££

The Melusine

Then go window-shopping for boats around the marina. VIEW MORE INFO

85. HAVE A SHUFFLEBOARD CONTEST
Shoreditch | ££

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Then toast your victory with cocktails. VIEW MORE INFO

86. GO FOR A MOONLIT SWIM IN A HEATED LIDO
Hampton | ££

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They’ll supply the drinks and glow-sticks. VIEW MORE INFO

87. CURATE YOUR OWN STREET ART CRAWL
Across London | Free

At the inaugural London Mural Festival. VIEW MORE INFO

88. PLAY BOARDGAMES TOGETHER AT DRAUGHTS
Dalston/Waterloo | ££

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Do NOT play Monopoly if you want there to be a second date. VIEW MORE INFO

89. TRY NOT TO PROPOSE AT CLOS MAGGIORE
Covent Garden | £££

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It’s craaaazy romantic there. If you book a table in the right room (this one)VIEW MORE INFO | SEE MORE ROMANTIC RESTAURANTS IN LONDON

90. VISIT KEATS HOUSE, READ YOUR DATE POETRY
Hampstead | £

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Challenge them to tell if it’s Keats’ or yours. VIEW MORE INFO

91. GO TO THE ZOO. DECIDE WHY THE ANIMALS ARE IN PRISON.
Regents Park | £££

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Those zebras are wearing comedy burglar outfits. VIEW MORE INFO

92. HIRE YOUR OWN BOAT FOR THE DAY
Paddington | £££

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And speak in pirate voices all day. VIEW MORE INFO

93. TAKE A TOUR OF LONDON’S SECRET GARDENS
Around London | Free

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And finish up at Petersham Nurseries for dinner. VIEW MORE INFO

94. GO TO ELTHAM PLACE, PRETEND TO BE ROYALTY
Greenwich | £

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Bring a picnic to have on the stunningly well-manicured lawnVIEW MORE INFO

95. GO FOR BRUNCH AT THE WOLSELEY
Piccadilly | £££

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They have fried haggis, duck eggs and whisky. VIEW MORE INFO

96. BE ART COLLECTORS FOR THE DAY AT THE OTHER ART FAIR
Brick Lane | ££

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Pool your cash and try to hunt out the next Picasso. VIEW MORE INFO

97. RUN AWAY FOR THE DAY
Not London | ££

These lovely places are all reachable in 2 hours… VIEW MORE INFO

AND IF YOU’RE IN A BUBBLE TOGETHER…

98. TAKE A DIVE INTO A 1920s CRIMINAL UNDERWORLD
Elephant & Castle | £££

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At this immersive (but suitably distanced) theatre show… VIEW MORE INFO

99. HAVE A PRIVATE PARTY IN A LISTENING BOOTH
Shoreditch | Free

For a spellbinding music experience in the pitch dark…VIEW MORE INFO

100. BOOK A RUSSIAN LOG CABIN FOR A PRIVATE SPA DAY
Hoxton | £££££

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And get thrashed by tree branches together. VIEW MORE INFO

 


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