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15/05/21


101 London Date Ideas

Chances are high that you’re either in a relationship, or single.

And whichever it is, well, you’re going to need date ideas.

And that’s where we come in, because while yes the whole of The Nudge is filled with amazing date ideas, hidden spots and romantic nooks for you to explore, we’ve also just updated this: our humble collection of 101 London Date Ideas which will help you to A) Secure the lifelong devotion of whomever it is you’re trying to impress, and B) Have fun discovering the very best of London while impressing them.

We’d call that a win-win.

 

Last Updated: 3rd May 2022 


 

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

kayak to CRATE Brewery

And quench your thirst when you get there. 

2. HIT UP ONE OF LONDON’S MOST ROMANTIC RESTAURANTS
All Over London | ££

My Neighbours the Dumplings

A little candlelight, a little live music, a lot of love in the air (which here, smells a lot like dumplings).

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

Borough Market

Kyoto Gardens is pretty beautiful if you’re looking for green space.

4. TAKE A CANDLELIT WINE BATH TOGETHER
Strand | £££££

Aire Ancient Baths

It’s how you’ll be living out your retirement years, so test the waters (so to speak) now. 

5. GO TO THE REVAMPED MUSEUM OF THE HOME
Hoxton | Free

Museum of the Home

Talk like you’re in the time period of each room you walk through. 

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

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And give each other crabs! 

7. SPARK OLD-SCHOOL ROMANCE AT A JAZZ BAR
Across London | £

Ronnie Scott's Jazz Bar London

It’s hard to beat.

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

The Midnight Apothecary

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

 

9. EAT CHEESE TOGETHER. ON A BARGE.
Paddington | ££

The Cheese Barge, Paddington

The key to anyone’s heart. Except the lactose intolerant.

10. TIME TRAVEL INTO THE FUTURE OF BINGO
Shoreditch | ££

But get back in time for a nightcap at Black Rock

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

Flowers at Columbia Road Flower Market

And no, a single rose doesn’t count. 

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

Barbican Conservatory

A pop up bar, terrapins, and 1,500+ species of plants…

13. HURL SOME AXES AT A WALL AT SKEETERS
Hackney Wick | £££

Skeeters, Hackney Wick

Because trust is the bedrock of any relationship. 

14. THEN TOAST YOUR NEW TALENT AT BARGE EAST
Hackney Wick | ££

Barge East

Just a really lovely date spot, an axe’s throw away.

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

Copeland Park car park concerts

Then hit this rooftop Italian

16. HIRE A PEDALO AT ALLY PALLY
Alexandra Palace | £

Alexandra Palace boating lake

Then stroll round the outdoor art exhibition (on until 30th Sept), or grab a drink on their panoramic terrace. | SEE MORE PLACES TO GO BOATING IN LONDON

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

Candle workshop at Earl of East

Though obviously, nobody holds a candle to your date… 

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

Champagne at Bob Bob Ricard

Trust us, it’s glorious.

19. WATCH A CULT FILM UNDER THE STARS
Across London | ££

Outdoor Cinema

20. CHECK OUT ONE OF LONDON’S NEWEST RESTAURANTS
Across London | ££

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You can keep up-to-date with the ones about to open here.

21. BOOK IN FOR AFTERNOON TEA
Across London | ££-££££

Wolseley afternoon tea London

These places somehow make egg and cress an aphrodisiac.

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

Aqua Shard

With a view to impressing your date. 

23. SPEND A DAY EXPLORING SPITALFIELDS MARKET
Spitalfields | £

Records at Spitalfields Market

Street food and quirky market stalls… 

24. THEN MOSEY DOWN BRICK LANE
Brick Lane | £

Dark Sugars Brick Lane

Mooch round the vintage stores, go bowling, feast on Indian food and get the city’s best hot chocolate at Dark Sugars.

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

The Bletchley

And give each other codenames for the evening.

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

Battersea Arts Centre

Then debrief over wine at Humble Grape. 

27. TAKE IN AN EXHIBITION
Across London | ££

Real-life culture is back! 

28. SING THE PRAISES OF AVE MARIO
Covent Garden | ££

Ave Mario

The newest opening from the people behind OTT, bombastic restaurants Gloria and Circolo Popolare is – dare we say it – even more OTT and bombastic.

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

Chelsea Physic Garden

Supperclubs under the stars and jazz on the lawn.

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

Plonk outdoor crazy golf

Or, you know, Hackney.

31. MESS AROUND IN A MULTI-COLOURED TIDAL WAVE OF FOAM
Greenwich | £

Greenwich Foam

Forget a towel? I’m sure you can share…

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, Coupette and more…

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

34. DO A SWEEP OF THE SOUTHBANK
South Bank | £

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Grab a bite at the Southbank Centre’s food market, take in an exhibition at the Hayward, watch a show at the National, then hole up in Lyaness for a nightcap.

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

Swingers London golf

Remember: in golf, being sub-par is a good thing

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

Helix

Champagne, oysters and 360 views… 

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

hot tug boats london

It’s literally a hot tub. That’s also a boat. 

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

rooftop date spots

We have some suggestions here..

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

flight club date ideas

Use the board to determine what you drink.

40. SEE SOMETHING AT THE THEATRE
Across London | ££

singin in the rain london musicals

Remember this? It’s like Netflix, but 3D. 

41. TRY FRESH VEG TURNED FINE DINING AT TURNIPS
Borough | £££

Turnips, Borough

Ex-City Social chef Tomas Lidakevicius is plucking ingredients right from the market and whipping them into tasting menus on the spot.

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

Horniman unusual date ideas

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.

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

duck & waffle date restaurant

Best order it at 4am. Just because you can. 

44. EXPLORE ABANDONED TUBE TUNNELS BELOW GROUND
Across London | ££££

At these intimate subterranean tours.

45. (ATTEMPT TO) SING KARAOKE
Across London | £

karaoke activity bars london

At two of these spots, you can take a bow, then take a bao

46. NERD OUT AT FOUR QUARTERS
Peckham | ££

Four Quarters

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

47. GO TO AN UNUSUAL RESTAURANT…
Across London | ££

Kebab Queen

For when you feel like wildebeest tonight, like wildebeest tonight. 

48. …THEN GO TO AN UNUSUAL BAR
Across London | ££

Mr Fogg's

A Himalayan refuge hut, a hidden detective agency and half a tree full of whisky… 

49. MAKE EACH OTHER BOTTLES OF GIN AT THE GINSTITUTE
Notting Hill | ££££

Gin at The Ginstitute

Then take them home for a nightcap.

50. WATCH A FILM SOMEWHERE BEAUTIFUL
Across London | ££

Electric Cinema

Cocktails, blankets and cinema beds. 

51. COMMIT THE PERFECT CRIME TOGETHER
Moorgate | £££

The Perfect Crime

Dodge lasers, steal a $250m painting, then go for cocktails.

52. HAVE FIVE DATES IN ONE AT LONDON WONDERGROUND
Earl’s Court | ££

London Wonderground

Start with old-school fairground rides, bop your head to live music as you tuck into street food, catch a show in the two big top tents, and finish up with cocktails… on an urban beach. 

53. WATCH ROMEO & JULIET WITH A LIVE GOSPEL CHOIR
Islington | ££

Romeo & Juliet live

Then get thee to 12:51 for dinner. 

54. DRINK COCKTAILS AT NIGHTJAR
Old Street | ££

Nightjar london date bars

They have 100 year-old Pimm’s. 

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

Campfire Club London

And watch the sparks fly. 

56. LET PHIL WANG CRACK THE JOKES
Peckham | ££

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

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

Tate Modern

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

58. TAKE A STROLL ON HAMPSTEAD HEATH
Hampstead | Free

hampstead heath london date spots

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

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

unusual london date

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

 

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

Cahoots date ideas

Order one of their ‘Dig for Victory’ vegetable cocktails.

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

At the return of Ciné Real’s screening nights. 

62. GO BOWLING AT ALL STAR LANES
Holborn / Westfield / Brick Lane | ££

All Star Lanes fun date ideas

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

63. DINE WITH LIVE MUSIC AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL
Piccadilly Circus | ££

Then sip cocktails in their authentic 1930s bar… 

64. FEAST ON DIM SUM AL FRESCO
Chinatown | ££

chinatown pedestrianised london

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

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

Fas Khan

And take a picnic for the park.

66. 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. 

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

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And finish up with dinner in a Coppa Club igloo

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

Bounce active date ideas

Invent victory dances. 

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

regents park theatre date ideas

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

70. FEEL OUTRAGEOUSLY ROMANTIC AT NOMAD
Covent Garden | ££££

Save room for the chocolate ganache with malt ice cream.

71. VISIT ANOTHER WORLD TOGETHER
Haggerston | ££

otherworld unusual date ideas

Courtesy of the ‘Otherworld‘ virtual reality bar…

72. GO FOR DINNER AT LA BODEGA NEGRA
Soho | £££

Ungry Young Man/Flickr

Where getting the wrong address could make the date even more interesting… 

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

ABQ cool dates London

And see if there’s good chemistry. 

74. 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.

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

Cine Lumiere date ideas

That’s French for ‘a romantic film’… 

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

London eye date

These guys totally managed it. 

77. TAKE A CANDLELIT TOUR ROUND SIR JOHN SOANE’S HOUSE
Holborn | £££ (Free by day)

unusual date ideas

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

78. WANDER ACROSS ACRES OF URBAN WETLANDS
Walthamstow | Free

Then hole up in Tottenham’s tiniest pub

79. TAKE THE PLUNGE WITH AN OUTDOOR SWIM
Across London | £

beckenham outdoor swimming london

Find the finest wild swimming spots and retro lidos.

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

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

81. PIT YOUR WITS AGAINST AN ESCAPE ROOM
Across London | ££

Modern Fables London escape rooms

If you can survive an hour of high-intensity puzzling while locked in a room together, it probably bodes well. 

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

Portobello road london date spots

Paul Hudson/Flickr

The most quintessential of London dates. 

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

We recommend including the Monument itself once it reopens, the view up there is amazing.

84. HAVE A SHUFFLEBOARD CONTEST
Shoreditch | ££

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Then toast your victory with cocktails.

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

london date ideas

They’ll supply the drinks and glow-sticks.

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

Draughts date ideas

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

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

romantic spots london

It’s craaaazy romantic there. If you book a table in the right room (this one)

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

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

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

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Those zebras are wearing comedy burglar outfits. 

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

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And speak like pirates all day. 

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

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And finish up at Petersham Nurseries for dinner. 

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

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Bring a picnic to have on the stunningly well-manicured lawn.

93. GO FOR BRUNCH
Across London | ££

london date restaurants

Because if the date doesn’t go well, at least you’ve had brunch.

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

These lovely places are all reachable in 2 hours, but we’ve included some hotel suggestions if you wanted to stay…

95. TOUR THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN EVERY LONDON NEIGHBOURHOOD
Across London

Jikoni

Your first 44 dates? Sorted.

96. WANDER THROUGH A SPITALFIELDS HOUSE TRAPPED IN TIME
Spitalfields | £

dennis severs house

The candlelit evening tours are silent – so you can save all your best jokes for dinner at Brat afterwards. 

97. GUARANTEE YOURSELF SOME SUGAR AT LONDON DESSERT FESTIVAL
Bethnal Green | ££

Trader Hershey’s kisses for real ones.

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

london date ideas

Turns out breaking the law is pretty fun….

99. TAKE AFTERNOON TEA AT THE CORAL ROOM
Bloomsbury | ££

And try not to scoff all the white chocolate and blood orange profiteroles. 

100. …BEFORE HEADING DOWNSTAIRS TO SIP COCKTAILS IN A FAIRY-LIT CAVERN
Bloomsbury | ££

Grade A date territory.

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

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And get thrashed by tree branches together. 

 


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