30 London date ideas 

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)

  1. Visit a park. Hyde, Green, Greenwich, Crystal Palace – the choice is endless.
  2. Visit a museum. Science, Natural History and Tate Modern are all free!
  3. Get breakfast and the Breakfast Club.
  4. Sample some street food at Camden or Borough Market.
  5. Grab some 2-4-1 happy hour cocktails at Be At One bars (most venues until 7pm).
  6. Get a gig for free at an open mic night – Camden Lock 17 on a Monday night is excellent.
  7. Laugh until you cry! Sunday nights at the Up the Creek comedy club, Greenwich are cheap tickets with newly discovered comedians.
  8. Go for a walk. The southbank makes a lovely stroll and theirs always something to see.
  9. Watch street artists in Covent Garden. You can get lucky and see some really good acrobats and magicians doing their thing in the square.
  10. 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?



  1. jadelsia September 25, 2016 / 7:06 pm

    Great post! I’ve only been to London once, so I’ll have to revisit and do some of the stuff you mentioned! I do love the natural history museum though 💞

    – Jade x

    • Jessica Emily September 25, 2016 / 7:27 pm

      Yes there are some great things to do here for sure! Thanks for reading x

  2. itsbeccajayne September 25, 2016 / 7:09 pm

    London would be so perfect for a date night- I especially love the point about just watching the world go by. Great post lovely. X

    • Jessica Emily September 25, 2016 / 7:28 pm

      Hehe that’s what we do on most date nights! Terrible people watchers! Haven’t done many things from the bottom section to be honest!! Thanks for reading x

  3. PixieOX September 25, 2016 / 7:10 pm

    Love this post I live in London reading posts like this reminds me of how great it is. A beautiful date I went on was I went to the shard the view here is amazing. Pixie http://www.pixieox.co

    • Jessica Emily September 25, 2016 / 7:28 pm

      I loveeeee living here so much! Yes, we went to the shard for my husbands birthday for a meal and the view is crazzzzzt beautiful ✨ x

    • Jessica Emily September 25, 2016 / 7:29 pm

      Great! Glad you found it useful! Thanks for reading x

  4. Em September 25, 2016 / 7:20 pm

    This post is adorable! I love London and these ideas are just so London and lovely! xx

    • Jessica Emily September 25, 2016 / 7:29 pm

      Awh thanks hun! Thanks for reading 💞

  5. Steph . Hannam September 25, 2016 / 7:26 pm

    I love these ideas, might need to hint a few to my Fiancé when he next wants to take me out on a date x

    • Jessica Emily September 25, 2016 / 7:30 pm

      Hehe yep start dropping hints now! Thanks for reading lovely x

    • Jessica Emily September 25, 2016 / 7:58 pm

      Yes it’s brilliant! A real one – off experience. Thanks for reading ! X

  6. Lauren February 16, 2017 / 2:47 pm

    This is great, I’m always looking for cute new things to do in London! x

    • Jessica Emily February 16, 2017 / 7:50 pm

      Thanks for your comment lovely xx

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