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18 Unusual Date Ideas to Try in London
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18 Unusual Date Ideas to Try in London

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Updated: 17 April 2018
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
Bar, Restaurant, American, $$$
Swingers | Courtesy of Swingers
At Swingers – 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.
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12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Wed - Sat:
12:00 pm - 1:00 am

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Lunch, Dinner


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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.

Find love at the Gherkin
Find love at the Gherkin | © luxstorm / Pixabay

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 and it comes with rugs, gazebos if it rains and a butler to serve you – you’ll be the envy of the park.

Picnic in the park
Picnic in the park | © 627389 / Pixabay

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.

Entrance to Borough Market
Entrance to Borough Market | © AC Manley / Shutterstock

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.