Top 20 Date Ideas In London
Forget Paris, London is the most romantic city in the world. From the natural beauty of the Thames, the opportunity to find a wonder on any street, to the sheer amount of activities to do, if you have someone you care about, London has something for you. And with all the weirdos and cool people packed into our capital, it’s easy to see why we have everything from sophisticated rooftop restaurants to a ball pit with cocktails made of school sweets, making sure there's pretty much a date idea for everyone. So if you’re stuck, here's our list of top 20 date ideas in London.
Last updated on 22nd March 2017
With delicious food formulated by a Michelin star chef and wide plethora of tasty cocktails, it’s easy to see why Urban Coterie is one of the best dating destinations in London. But once you look out that window to see the breathtaking view over Old Street and the rest of the city, it won’t just be your heart that is aflutter.
The Jazz Café is the perfect date idea in London for the partner who loves music. The place has hosted names as famous as Amy Winehouse and continues to be one of the most fun Jazz experiences in the capital. You have the choice of getting down and dirty on the dance floor or sitting down for a meal on their mezzanine restaurant, or make a whole night of it and do both!
Couples that workout together, stay together and that’s the philosophy behind Saints and Sinners Workout Brunch. You’ll start out with a Rumble class, unleashing your pent up aggression (did they leave the toilet seat up? Time to get rid of that passive aggression) followed by a peaceful yoga session. The day ends with either an indulgent snack or a healthy meal, and you are all set for a weekend of love.
Date night in London could use an injection of hilarity, so why not join Shhh Maman le Mot for a hilarious secret agent romp. You’ll be joining the French resistance in World War II to liberate the country but there will be a few problems along the way. This is a lighthearted date for more carefree couples.
Taking your date to Ice Bar London definitely won’t make things frosty between you. Carved out of pure ice and maintained at -5C, you’ll be wrapped up in thermal capes and gloves, as well as it giving you an excuse to get close and personal. The cocktails are great too, so why not visit one of London's coolest bars on your date?
Burdock is already one of the slickest venues in Finsbury Square, with delicious food and even more appetising cocktails, but if you get a bit tired of the dinner-and-drinks date model, they’ve got you covered: Shuffleboard! London’s latest trend is the best way to get competitive on date night while still maintaining the atmosphere from the capital’s amazing nightlife.
Compete against your date in a whole bunch of arcade games at The Four Quarters while drinking their wide selection of fantastic craft beers. The soundtrack is all electro, with the party arriving on Friday and Saturday. There’s also the Confession Box downstairs, a speakeasy bar that serves a wide selection of cocktails, whiskies and beers for when you’re done with the arcade games and ready for more adult conversation.
They say love is magic, so why not bedazzle their heart further at The Magic Hour. Something really different for your date, expert magician Sonic will melt the heart of even the most skeptical non-believer with a variety of shocking tricks, all while you enjoy it in the fabulous St James' Theatre.
If you’re still pushing the illusion of cool with your partner then luckily Dead Dolls House has your back. The venue is a whimsical affair, taking inspiration from the whacky world of Roald Dahl in such a charming way that you’ll be entertained by the aesthetics alone. But its interesting nature extends to the food, with dishes like pigs head croquettes with romesco will keep the conversation flowing all night.
Machine No. 3 is fast creating a reputation for itself as one of Hackney's most relaxed, carefree bars. Open in the site of a former dilapidated laundry, the bar serves its guests a selection of craft beers, organic wines and classic cocktails. Bunker down into a cosy corner with that someone special and enjoy a date night full of great food and drink.
Keep your date thoroughly entertained with Drink Shop Do, a café by day and bar by night, where you’ll never run out of things to do. From the bottomless brunches to a wide range of fun entertainment like ‘Play With Clay 80s Style’ and ‘Dot-To-Dot-To-Disco’, all while sipping on their amazing drinks of speciality teas, cocktail jugs and a huge gin list - it's perfect for big kids and party animals alike.
Hidden away from the bustling streets of Chinatown, Opium is one of the best ways to impress your date by showing off a wonderful hidden bar that serves fantastic cocktails. The interior is oriental themed with a twist of the contemporary London feel and each cocktail is crafted with care from a variety of exciting ingredients. The intimate bar also serves Dim Sum to share when you get a bit peckish.
What’s dating without a trip to the bowling alley? But don’t go to some dodgy place down your road, take a trip to All Star Lanes in Shoreditch and get the full experience. There’s a delicious American diner for food, a wonderful list of cocktails and fantastic beer – all while competing with your date in a fun game of bowling.
For an entertaining date idea, look no further than Proud Cabaret in Camden, who offer exciting burlesque and cabaret performances with a 1920s twist. Hosted in a Grade II listed building, the Stables Market, the show’s 20s theme extends to its prohibition inspired food and delicious cocktails. Once the show’s over, you can party until the early hours with your beau.
For somewhere special to take your date in London, try the Magic Roundabout. Located literally in the middle of Old Street Roundabout, the venue offers beautiful cocktails, craft beers, as well as heating and rain cover. There’s food on offer and spectacular views, which can turn one of the best outdoor spaces in the city into a wonderfully romantic destination.
Hide away into the intimate setting of 68 and Boston and soak up the good time together. The professional mixologists can create a number of drinks for you and your date from a selection of international spirits, spices and fruits, or you can chose to drink one of their many wines. This is the best date idea in London for a relaxed atmosphere, quality drinks and amazing conversation.
The Six Storeys offers, you guessed it, six floors of fun. Open for breakfast and brunches for an early morning date all the way to lunch and dinner, the bar and restaurant also gives you the opportunity to book a private area or table for a much more intimate meal setting. This is perfect to give off that private members' club impression without actually being a member, as well as a bit of fun alone time.
Rather than a painting lesson, Studio Masterpiece is a fun art experience that will show you various styles of paintings and artists. The experience takes place in Southwark and includes materials and the masterpiece which you will create; take nibbles and drinks and get ready for a date-night with a difference.
The cinema is the quintessential date idea, so why not join a fantastic venue with classic films. The Grand plays some great throwbacks in their Victorian-era listed building and, after the flick, the venue hosts amazing DJs playing some great tunes, which makes it an ideal place to spend all night with your date.
What’s better on a summer’s day (or wrapped up on a winter’s day!) than a spot of crazy golf? Not only do the nine holes come packed with fun challenges, the People’s Park Tavern also serve a range of cocktails and craft beers, that are brewed on-site. It's also child-friendly, if you can't get a baby-sitter for the night.