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18 Unusual Date Ideas to Try in London

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Updated: 14 June 2017

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. You might like it. Or even better, you might like the person you’re with.

Crank up the crazy golf scores

At Swingers in the City 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.

8 Brown’s Buildings, London EC3A 8AL020 3846 3222

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Book a ping pong table at Bounce

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.

121 Holborn, London EC1N 2TD020 3657 6525

Dine in the dark

At Dans Le Noir in Clerkenwell everything is pitch black. You can’t see eachother or the food. Time to fall for the sound of a voice?

30-31 Clerkenwell Green, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 0DU020 7253 1100

Watch the sunset over London

Spendthrifts can head up to Primrose Hill or Hampstead Heath, flash Harrys can book a table at Aqua Shard or at Searcy’s in the Gherkin to watch dusk fall.

The Gherkin

Find love at the Gherkin | © Pixabay

Dress up at Beyond Retro

Give yourselves a twenty quid limit to get a new outfit at Beyond Retro for drinks that evening and see what bargains you can get.

58-59 Great Marlborough Street, Soho, London W1F 7JY, 020 7729 9001

Petanque madam?

Ramp up the va va voom at Baranis where you can play petanque 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).

115 Chancery Ln, London WC2A 1PP, 020 7242 8373

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.

8 Northumberland Ave, Westminster, London WC2N 50844 567 8666

Ghost Bus Tour

Hopefully not too creepy | © Matt Brown / Flickr

Kayak down the Thames

London’s huge winding river isn’t just for strolls and selfie backdrops. Adventurous couples should get on a kayak tour that takes you past Westminster.

Cremorne Riverside Cremorne Gardens, Lots Road, London SW10 0QH, 020 8968 4500

Have a posh picnic in Hyde Park with a butler

Dukes in Mayfair will pack you up a picnic that will make M&S look shoddy and it comes with rugs, gazebos if it rains and a butler to serve you – you’ll be the envy of the park.

35 St James’s Pl, St. James’s, London SW1A 1NY020 7491 4840

Hyde Park

Picnic in the park | © Pixabay

Take out any frustration on table football

Had a misunderstanding? Take it out on the tiny players at Bar Kick in Shoreditch. Winner takes all.

127 Shoreditch High St, London, E1 6JE

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.

Broadway Market, London, E8 4QJ

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.

Borough Market, Borough High St, London, SE1 9AH

Borough Market

Theme your foodie tour | © Pixabay

See a really off the wall play

Arcola Theatre, Southwark Playhouse and the Hen & Chickens all have new playwrights and directors testing out their chops.

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.

191 Portobello Rd, Notting Hill, London W11 2ED020 7908 9696

Try and get seats in Hoppers

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.

49 Frith St, Soho, London W1D 4SG

Push the boat out with cheap comedy

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.

170a Drury Ln, London WC2B 5PD07956 539784

Go to a daytime rave

Printworks 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.

Surrey Quays Rd, London SE16 7PJ, 020 8498 4934

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 it has sultry rooms so you don’t have to catch the last train home.

A gin and tonic

Drink gin. Make love | © Pixabay