London is a great place to date! Here are a few ideas for all budgets:
Thrifty Dates (students, it’s almost pay-dayers and frugal folk alike)
- Visit a park. Hyde, Green, Greenwich, Crystal Palace – the choice is endless.
- Visit a museum. Science, Natural History and Tate Modern are all free!
- Get breakfast and the Breakfast Club.
- Sample some street food at Camden or Borough Market.
- Grab some 2-4-1 happy hour cocktails at Be At One bars (most venues until 7pm).
- Get a gig for free at an open mic night – Camden Lock 17 on a Monday night is excellent.
- Laugh until you cry! Sunday nights at the Up the Creek comedy club, Greenwich are cheap tickets with newly discovered comedians.
- Go for a walk. The southbank makes a lovely stroll and theirs always something to see.
- Watch street artists in Covent Garden. You can get lucky and see some really good acrobats and magicians doing their thing in the square.
- Sit and watch the world go by. There are some lovely cafes tucked away in some busy parts of London where you can sit and people watch – it’s the best! My favourite places are London Bridge, Canary Wharf and Westminister.
Middle of the road dates (also known as pay check is in, want to impress, something a bit different dates)
11. Watch a movie in style. The Electric Cinemas charge £30 for a ‘double bed’ for two at the front of their vintage movie theatres. They show the latest films and also some more off beat ones so something for all tastes.
12. Lady and the Tramp style share a MASSIVE PIZZA between 2 in the Italian restaurant district near Notting Hill.
13. Go boating on the Serpentine in Hyde Park. It will set you back 20 odd quid but it’s hella romantic.
14. Like cheese?? Who doesn’t. Gordon’s Wine Bar in Charing Cross like cheese and wine. You can’t book so get their early – it’s tiny.
15. Ronnie Scott’s jazz bar is pretty famous for its jazz music and buzzy vibe. Booking is essential but you can find other jazz clubs in the area for varying prices.
16. I maybe biased because I went here recently for my birthday treat but if you, like me, resent the fact that you can’t keep a cat of your own in a tiny flat, then visit Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium, Shoreditch and borrow someone’s else’s cat for a bit! You can get a yummy afternoon tea for around £35 per head and it’s so worth it for the amazing cakes and cute kitties!
17. Visit the London Aquarium! I don’t usually go for the overly touristy things in London but I do love fishies. The London aquarium is great for big kids.
18. Go salsa dancing. Impress with your best moves at one of London’s many salsa clubs – I like Tito’s London Bridge.
19. Eat authentic Chinese food in Chinatown. You can’t beat it.
20. Eat, drink and play darts! The flight club Shoreditch allows you to have fun and concentrate on your date while the computers take care of the scoring! I would recommend this for a double date as it’s more fun with a group.
Push-the-boat-out Dates (date with Prince Harry/Taylor Swift?? Look no further)
21. See a west end show. There are SO MANY amazing shows in London if you’ve got a big budget. My favourites are Aladdin the Musical, Mamma Mia and Wicked.
22. Sample the best steak in London at Hawksmoor restaurant.
23. Get high at the View at the Shard. It will set you back 40 odd quid but the view is stunning.
24. Go to a concert at the biggest venue in London – the o2 arena hosts all the best tours and music stars.
25. This one is kind of seasonal but Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park is a super cute date. It may be free to get in but TRUST ME you need disposable cash for the stalls, food and rides.
26. Drink champagne and try oysters at J Sheekey! Because your classy like that.
27. What could be more quintessentially British than afternoon tea at the Savoy?? £50 per person, but maybe worth it for he experience.
28. Book a treatment or spa day at the Champney’s city spa, Enfield. Mmmm.
29. Go to a ballet at the London Coliseum. We actually did this and it was brilliant! Even if you find it a bit boring you sound super cultured.
30. And finally – see the evening out in style on a dinner/ party Thames boat cruise. How fab is that??
What’s your favourite date night in London?