In a city as big as London, the opportunities for fun dates are pretty much endless. But where do you go when you’re struggling for inspiration for date choices? Whether it’s a first date with someone you meet on an app, a romantic night with a long-term love, or a friend date, trying something new is always fun. We’ve made a list of slightly quirkier date night alternatives – and if you end up not liking the date idea, at least you’re doing it with someone you’re really into.
At Swingers (yes, the name is a terrible pun, and you might have to explain it to your date in advance), try one of their crazy golf courses to see which one of you has the best putting skills. It’s a fun, unusual date, and the venue has some of London’s best street food names on-site, too – not to mention a huge drink selection, which may or may not improve your game.
Spendthrifts can head up to Primrose Hill or Hampstead Heath. The beautiful parks offer a great view of London; bring your own carefully packed picnic for extra romance. If you’re after a more upmarket culinary experience, choose Aqua Shard or Searcys at The Gherkin to watch dusk fall.
The Parkland Walk in Haringey, north London, is a picturesque four-and-a-half mile walk along an old railway that’s now London’s longest local Nature Reserve. It’s overgrown and beautiful, with old railway structures and graffiti along the way. Start in Finsbury Park and end the walk with a cosy dinner in one of Highgate’s many pretty pubs.
Arcola Theatre, Southwark Playhouse and the Hen & Chickens all have new playwrights and directors cutting their teeth. Bond over that amazing play you can’t wait to tell everyone you know about.
The ‘food theatre’ Arcade at Centre Point in central London is actually a gigantic food court. It’s got seven different kitchens, including cult bakery Popham’s, and three all-day and evening bars. The perfect place for a date when you’re not sure what you want to eat – mix and match!
The beautiful Brutalist exterior of the London culture centre Barbican not only hides art galleries, music venues and a cinema, but also the second largest conservatory in the city. A date and an exotic mini-holiday in one.
At the Electric Cinema in Notting Hill, you can book a sofa (and enjoy the stylish diner with a French-American menu in the same building); meanwhile at Genesis in Stepney Green, you get a sofa, table and wine.
The view from Sky Garden is beautiful – it’s London’s highest public garden. As well as observation decks and an open-air terrace, it’s home to a number of restaurants, which is perfect for when you’re celebrating something special.
The Distillery not only has a 100-strong gin list at its bar, it also offers gin-making classes and has guest rooms, so you don’t have to catch the last train home.