Sometimes it feels like the whole of London is on a date. Art dates, dinner dates, romantic dates, mate dates… you get the picture. Break out of your date rut (the Tate, bowling, brunch… sound familiar?) and try something new with one of these fun date ideas in London. You might have a fun date and like it. Or even better, you might like the person you’re with.
Crank up the crazy golf scores
Bar, Restaurant, American, $$$
At Swingers you can pick one of three crazy courses, waitresses bring you cocktails as you putt and there’s plenty of food in the clubhouse afterwards.
Book a ping pong table at Bounce
Bar, Pizzaria, Restaurant, American, $$$
See who’s best at table tennis and who’s more likely to hit someone else with the ball at Bounce
. Loser has to pay for the next date.
Dine in the dark at Dans Le Noir ?
Restaurant, Contemporary, $$$
At Dans Le Noir in Clerkenwell, everything is pitch black. You can’t see each other or the food. Time to fall for the sound of a voice?
Watch the sunset over London
Spendthrifts can head up to Primrose Hill or Hampstead Heath, while flash Harrys can book a table at Aqua Shard or at Searcys at The Gherkin to watch dusk fall.
Dress up at Beyond Retro
Give yourselves a £20 limit to get a new outfit at Beyond Retro for drinks that evening and see what bargains you can get.
Bar, Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, French, $$$
Ramp up the va-va-voom at Baranis, where you can play pétanque or, if it’s a nice day, head to Cleaver Square in Kennington to watch locals play in deadly serious matches (while you sip pints from the square’s posh pub).
Go on a ghost tour
Climb aboard The Ghost Bus Tour and use any frightening facts as an excuse to get closer and hold hands.
Kayak down the Thames
London’s huge winding river isn’t just for strolls and selfie backdrops. Adventurous couples should go on a kayak tour that takes you past Westminster
Have a posh picnic in Hyde Park with a butler
DUKES Hotel in Mayfair will pack you up a picnic that will make M&S look shoddy. It comes with rugs, gazebos and even a butler to serve you – you’ll be the envy of the park.
Take out any frustration on table football at Bar Kick
Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
Had a misunderstanding? Take it out on the tiny players at Bar Kick in Shoreditch. Winner takes all.
Hang out at Broadway Market
Make like the A-listers and spend an afternoon hanging out at London Fields and Broadway Market
. Sitting outside The Dove pub, see how many famous faces you can spot.
Go on a foodie tour of London
And only buy foods beginning with B at Borough Market. Bread, burrata, beer, beefburgers… before wandering down to the Italian market Mercato Metropolitano opposite Southwark Playhouse for negronis and wine.
See a really off-the-wall play
Arcola Theatre, Southwark Playhouse and the Hen & Chickens all have new playwrights and directors cutting their teeth.
Cuddle up in the cinema
At the Electric in Notting Hill you can book a sofa, while at Genesis in Stepney Green you get a sofa, table and wine.
Try and get seats at Hoppers
Restaurant, Asian, $$$
It’s the best Sri Lankan food in town. A two-hour queue will be the making or breaking of your relationship. Give up after 10 minutes and end up in Byron Burger.
Push the boat out with cheap comedy at Top Secret
does comedy nights in Soho for a pound. Yup, a whole pound. Make sure your funny bones are aligned before you spend the big bucks.
Go to a daytime rave at Printworks
Nightclub, Pub Grub
in Surrey Quays is London’s best new club, but its raves are daytime affairs. Emerge blinking at 10pm and be home cuddled up on the sofa by midnight.
Book into the gin hotel in Portobello
The Distillery not only has a 100-strong gin list at its bar, it also offers gin-making classes and has sultry rooms, so you don’t have to catch the last train home.
Looking for some quirky bars to take your date to? Then check out these unusual and cool bars in London.