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 28th June 2017
Headed to North London and looking for a unique idea for a date in the city? If you're partial to dinner with a difference, join Inamo Camden not only for their interactive tables where gaming and touch-point ordering comes as standard, their Pan Asian dining is heralded.
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?
Even if you are the conversationalist of the year, sometimes you need a bit of assistance from a venue like Inamo Soho. The interactive ordering system is beamed onto the table, where you can choose your meal, see the chefs at work and even play battleships, which helps make it one of the best places to take your date in London whether it's your first date or your fiftieth.
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.
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.
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.
The Six Storeys offers, you guessed it, six floors of fun. Serving bottomless brunch on the weekend, with lunch and dinner throughout the week, the bar's many different faces caters for a variety of different moods. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.