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100 London Date Ideas

100 London Date Ideas

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 London date ideas 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”.

 

1. GO TO A CANDLELIT, TIME-TRAVELLING SECRET BALL
Secret Location | ££

Candlelight Club - 100 London Date Ideas

Put on your Gatsby gladrags, and go dancing. VIEW MORE INFO

2. GO HORSE RIDING IN HYDE PARK
Hyde Park | ££££

It’s something you can do!  VIEW MORE INFO

3. ATTEND A WINE TASTING AT HUMBLE GRAPE
Around London | £££

See who can make the most convincing comment about the ‘nose’. VIEW MORE INFO

4. GO TO A SURPRISE GIG IN A SECRET LOCATION
Somewhere Secret | ££

Sofar Sounds - 100 London date ideas

Sofar Sounds organise them in everything from abandoned churches to living rooms. VIEW MORE INFO

5. GO TO A DINNER PARTY WITH THE GREEK GODS
Waterloo | £££

A five-course feast, cabaret, and Bacchanalian raving… VIEW MORE INFO

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

And no, a single rose doesn’t count. VIEW MORE INFO

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

Kayak To Crate Brewery - 100 London Date Ideas

Sing Venetian gondola songs along the way. VIEW MORE INFO

8. PLAY A FEW ROUNDS OF DARTS AT FLIGHT CLUB
Finsbury Square | ££

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

9. CATCH A SHOW AT THE SOHO THEATRE
Soho | £

Then debrief over handmade pasta at Lina Stores. VIEW MORE INFO

10. GO TO MR FOGGS, AND SIT IN THE ORIENT EXPRESS
Covent Garden | ££

Mr. Fogg's Society of Exploration - office Christmas party

Drink only cocktails from countries you’ve been to, and tell each other stories from your travels there. VIEW MORE INFO

11. TAKE A TRIP TO AN ART GALLERY
Across London | £

Find out everything that’s on, everywhere, here: VIEW MORE INFO

12. BRING A BOTTLE TO BYOC
Camden | £££

And invent cocktails for each other. VIEW MORE INFO

13. CLIMB UP TO THE ST. PAUL’S WHISPERING GALLERY
St. Paul’s | £

St Pauls Cathedral - 100 London Date Ideas

Credit: Jack Pease Photography/Flickr

And whisper racy things to each other at gradually increasing volumes. VIEW MORE INFO

14. STOCK A WICKER PICNIC BASKET AT BOROUGH MARKET
Southwark | ££

And, um, have a picnic. VIEW MORE INFO

15. THEN LEARN TO BAKE DOUGHNUTS WITH BREAD AHEAD
Borough | ££££

Food fights optional. VIEW MORE INFO

16. DRESS UP PROPERLY FOR A BLITZ PARTY
Secret Locations | ££

Blitz Party - 100 London Date Ideas

Down a couple of B-52s. VIEW MORE INFO

17. GO TO A TAXIDERMY WORKSHOP
Crouch End | ££

Create a backstory for your animals. VIEW MORE INFO

18. DRINK COCKTAILS INSIDE A BAR HIDDEN BEHIND AN OLD APOTHECARY STORE
Chiswick | ££

Pick prescriptions for each other… VIEW MORE INFO

19. GO TO AQUA SHARD
London Bridge | ££££

Aqua Shard - romantic restaurants in London

Share the T-bone while the sun sets over London. VIEW MORE INFO

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

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

21. TRY THE WYLD AFTERNOON TEA AT DANDELYAN
Southbank | £££

It involves 70s party food, and botanical cocktails. VIEW MORE INFO

22. GO TO GORDON’S WINE BAR
Embankment | ££

Gordons Wine bar - 100 London Date Ideas

Credit: Olga Pavlovsky/Flickr

…And definitely get a cheese sharing platter. VIEW MORE INFO

23. SPEND FAKE CHRISTMAS TOGETHER
Clapham | £

By doing everything (ice skating, fairground rides with mulled wine, Mexican wrestling…) at Winterville. VIEW MORE INFO

24. OVERINDULGE AT CHOCCYWOCCYDOODAH
Covent Garden | ££

Whoever looks the least like Bruce Bogtrotter at the end, wins. VIEW MORE INFO

25. FIND THIS POP UP CINEMA INSIDE A MAZE
Clapham | £££

Backyard Cinema The Christmas Labyrinth

 And try to find the hidden bar, too… VIEW MORE INFO

26. PLAY TABLE FOOTBALL AT BAR KICK
Shoreditch | £ 

Decide which countries you’re going to be in your ‘world cup’, and only drink booze from there. VIEW MORE INFO

27. RENT A HOT TUG
London’s Canals | ££££

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

28. HAVE DRINKS ON A ROOFTOP OVERLOOKING THE CITY
Various Locations | ££

Rooftop bars - 100 London Date Ideas

We have some suggestions here..VIEW MORE INFO

29. TAKE A TOUR OF WILTON’S MUSIC HALL ON A MONDAY
Whitechapel | ££

Then stay for the performance. VIEW MORE INFO

30. GET REALLY GOOD AT SOMETHING WEIRD TOGETHER
Across London | ££

Whether it’s Morris dancing, screen printing or just plain old fire writing, London has a class for it. Find our recommendations here: VIEW MORE INFO

31. BUY CHEAP THEATRE TICKETS
Soho | £££

Palomar - 100 London Date Ideas

And spend the savings on front row seats at The Palomar for dinnerVIEW MORE INFO

32. HIT THE FRIDAY LATES AT THE V&A
South Kensington | £

Get jazz, red wine, and culture. And a second date. VIEW MORE INFO

33. LISTEN TO SOME LIVE JAZZ AT RONNIE SCOTT’S
Soho | ££

They serve it with roast on Sundays. VIEW MORE INFO

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

Bob Bob Ricard - 100 London Date Ideas

Trust us, it’s glorious. VIEW MORE INFO

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

Remember: in golf, being sub-par is a good thing. VIEW MORE INFO

36. 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

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

Cahoots - London date ideas

Speak to each other like you’re in a black & white film. VIEW MORE INFO

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

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

39. SLEEP TOGETHER
Stepney Green | £££

That is, make a serious effort to win the ‘Best Pyjamas’ prize at Bedtime Story Nights. VIEW MORE INFO

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

All Star Lanes

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

41. GO ON A JOURNEY TO THE UNDERWORLD
Bethnal Green | £££

It’s a (pretend) train journey. With a three course feast. And a hellishly good immersive experience… VIEW MORE INFO

42. GET A SOFA AT THE ELECTRIC CINEMA
Notting Hill / Shoreditch | ££

Then break the decency laws when the lights go down. VIEW MORE INFO

43. LEARN TO MAKE MAGIC COCKTAILS TOGETHER
Dalston | ££

Cauldron - 100 London Date Ideas

And see if the sparks fly. VIEW MORE INFO

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

They’ve even built in a couple of drinking spots. VIEW MORE INFO

45. SINK A FEW DRINKS AT THE VERY TOP OF THE GHERKIN
Liverpool Street | £££

Helix and Iris - 100 London Date Ideas

It’s only recently opened to the public, and you can look right up at the sky. VIEW MORE INFO

46. PRETEND TO START A RAP BEEF AT HIP HOP KARAOKE
Fitzrovia | ££

But actually don’t. VIEW MORE INFO

47. GO TO CIRCUS
Covent Garden | ££££

Circus - London date ideas

And share blowtorched sushi while trapeze artists swing above you. VIEW MORE INFO

48. FEED EACH OTHER OYSTERS AT J SHEEKEY
Covent Garden | £££

They’re true heroes in a half shell. VIEW MORE INFO

49. PLAY BOARDGAMES TOGETHER AT DRAUGHTS
Haggerston/Waterloo | ££

Draughts - 100 London Date Ideas

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

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

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

51. GO TO CHINATOWN. PLAY RESTAURANT ROULETTE.
Chinatown | ££

And after you’ve chosen somewhere to eat, play dim sum roulette too.

52. GET DINNER AND A MOVIE LIKE IT’S THE ’20s
Hackney | ££

Castle Cinema - 100 London Date Ideas

At the recently restored Castle Cinema…  VIEW MORE INFO

53. SHOUT SUGGESTIONS AT THE COMEDY STORE.
Soho | ££

Then attempt to ‘volunteer’ your date to go on stage. VIEW MORE INFO

54. GO GLASSBLOWING
London Bridge | £££££

Then go glass-drinking at Tanner and Co.  VIEW MORE INFO

55. TOUR LONDON’S STREET FOOD MARKETS
All Over London| ££

Street Food - London date ideas

Get starters, mains and dessert at different ones. VIEW MORE INFO

56. GO FOR A WHISKEY TASTING AT MILROY’S
Soho | £££

Then sneak behind the bookcase to find their basement speakeasy. VIEW MORE INFO

57. BOOK A TABLE AT PROUD EMBANKMENT
Embankment | £££

And watch award-winning cabaret as you dine. VIEW MORE INFO

58. TAKE A CANDLELIT TOUR ROUND SIR JOHN SOANE’S HOUSE
Holborn | £££

Sir John Soanes - 100 London Date Ideas

He was one of London’s greatest architects – so it’s not hiiiiideous in there… VIEW MORE INFO

59. ORDER ONLY COCKTAILS INVENTED IN THE AMERICAN BAR AT THE SAVOY
Covent Garden | £££

They include the Hanky Panky, White Lady, Corpse Reviver #2, etc. Ask your bartender. VIEW MORE INFO

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

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

61. RIDE THE SLIDE AT THE OLYMPIC PARK
Stratford | ££

Barge East - 100 London Date Ideas

Then go for cocktails on this fairylit barge. VIEW MORE INFO

62. TAKE A COCKTAIL MAKING MASTERCLASS AT TT LIQUOR
Shoreditch | ££££

Then drink your homework. VIEW MORE INFO

63. GO STAR-GAZING ON THE CULPEPER ROOFTOP
Spitalfields | £££

And moon over each other. VIEW MORE INFO

64. SNEAK BOOZE INTO THE LONDON EYE
Westminster | £££

London Eye - 100 London Date Ideas

These guys totally managed it. VIEW MORE INFO

65. DELIBERATELY GET LOST IN THE HAMPTON COURT PALACE MAZE
Richmond | £

Then try to find each other. If you do, it’s fate! VIEW MORE INFO

66. ORDER FOR EACH OTHER AT THE DALSTON JAZZ CLUB
Dalston | £

They’ll have the white shark. VIEW MORE INFO

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

London Zoo - 100 London Date Ideas

Credit: Karen Datangel/Flickr

That zebra’s wearing a comedy burglar outfit. VIEW MORE INFO

68. TRY ON ROLEXES FROM THE YEAR YOU WERE BORN AT BURLINGTON ARCADE
Mayfair | £ (£££££££££££)

Actually buying them however is more of a ‘third date’ kind of thing.

69. PLAY PETANQUE AT BARANIS
Holborn | £

See how long you can speak only in French for. VIEW MORE INFO

70. WATCH A PLAY UNDER THE STARS AT SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE
Bankside | £

Shakespeares Globe - 100 London Date Ideas

Titus Andronicus is a cheery, romantic oneVIEW MORE INFO

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

Take a picnic and a bottle of wine for the park, before heading up to the Greenwich ObservatoryVIEW MORE INFO

72. SEE IF YOU CAN WIN A LIVE GAME OF ‘HUNTED’
Across London | £££

Solve clues, outwit the hunters, and feel smug about what a good team you make. VIEW MORE INFO

73. WATCH FRENCH FILMS TOGETHER AT THE INSTITUT FRANÇAIS
South Kensington | £££

Cinema Institut Francais - London date ideas

Then go for a French meal after. VIEW MORE INFO

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

Then buy each other a bottle. VIEW MORE INFO

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

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

76. GET IN COSTUME, GO TO SECRET CINEMA
Various Locations | £££

Secret Cinema - 100 London date ideas

And fool people into thinking you’re part of it. VIEW MORE INFO

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

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

78. DRINK BOTANICAL COCKTAILS BY A FIREPIT, IN A ROOF GARDEN
Rotherhithe | ££

They have all-you-can-toast marshmallows… VIEW MORE INFO

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

O2 climb - London date ideas

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

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

While buying each other gifts, of course. VIEW MORE INFO

81. HIT THE OLYMPIC PING PONG TABLE AT BOUNCE
Holborn / Shoreditch | ££

Then invent victory dances. VIEW MORE INFO

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

Mac and Wild - London date ideas

With complimentary Nudge Members’ cocktails, of course. VIEW MORE INFO

83. GO FOR A SING-A-LONG AT THE PRINCE CHARLES CINEMA.
Leicester Square | ££

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

84. GO TO DANS LE NOIR. ORDER FOR YOUR PARTNER.
Clerkenwell | £££

And don’t tell them what they’re getting. VIEW MORE INFO

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

ABQ - Sinner - 100 London Date Ideas

Then head upstairs and play video games for shots. VIEW MORE INFO

86. GET STARTERS, MAINS, AND DESSERTS FROM THREE DIFFERENT SOHO RESTAURANTS
Soho | ££

We’ve picked out the best on every street… VIEW MORE INFO

87. GO TO PORKY’S FOR BEER PONG
Bankside | ££

Beer. Pong. VIEW MORE INFO

88. GO TO KEATS HOUSE, RECITE POETRY TO EACH OTHER
Hampstead | £

Keats House - London date ideas

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

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

Best do it at 4am. Because you can. VIEW MORE INFO

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

Then take them home for a nightcap. VIEW MORE INFO

91. GET ON BORIS BIKES, AND GO ON A MONUMENT CRAWL
Around London | £

Monument crawl - London date ideas

Credit: Martin Hesketh/Flickr

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

92. GO ROLLER-SKIING IN HYDE PARK
Hyde Park | £££

And let Dickie’s Bar take care of the après ski. VIEW MORE INFO

93. GO FOR A DINOSAUR SLEEPOVER AT THE NHM
South Kensington | £

See who can ask the most ‘Jurassic Park’ questions. VIEW MORE INFO

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

Clos Maggiore romantic restaurant - London date ideas

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

95. WATCH MEXICAN WRESTLING, CREATE YOUR OWN CHARACTERS
Bethnal Green | ££

(And maybe wrestle a little later yourselves). VIEW MORE INFO

96. HAVE A CHEESE TASTING AT LA CAVE
South Kensington | £££

Then hit Piano Kensington nearby. VIEW MORE INFO

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

Secret Gardens - London date ideas

Credit: Brian Adamson/Flickr

Eat a different course of your picnic in each one. VIEW MORE INFO

98. SERENADE YOUR DATE, BACKED BY UKELELES, ON A BATTERSEA BARGE
Vauxhall | £

…after getting dinner at The Garden CaféVIEW MORE INFO

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

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

100. GO FOR THE PERFECT ROAST
All Over London | ££

Sunday Roasts - London date ideas

Maybe try all of them, just to be sure. VIEW MORE INFO

 

Main image: Coppa Club


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