If you’ve got an unexpected date on the cards during your visit to London, or want to impress a significant other with something special during your stay, then you’re in the best place for it.
London is packed with fantastic date ideas, and there’s something for everyone to enjoy – from wonderful places for a romantic dinner, to a fun spot for a light-hearted and relaxed night out. And with great deals on double room accommodation in the city, you can make the most of your date, to turn it into a blissful long weekend.
Read on for some great ideas for dates in the city.
Pack a picnic and head outdoors
When the sun is shining, there’s nowhere better to be than in the great outdoors. And London has plenty of spaces to escape the noise and smells of the city, with thousands of acres of beautiful greenery to enjoy a romantic day out together.
If pretty flower gardens and charming little pathways, fragrant with herbs, sounds like the dream date destination, head to the Chelsea Physic Garden. As a bonus, you won’t even need to pack a picnic, as the garden café is well stocked with delicious floral-flavoured treats.
For something a little more wild and romantic, head out to the sprawling expanse of Hampstead Heath, where you might just feel like you’ve stepped into a historic romantic novel. With vast ambling trees and beautiful meadows all around you, all you need is a well stocked picnic hamper and a quiet, shady spot beneath the trees, to enjoy some serious canoodling.
Book the perfect dinner
If getting bits of grass stuck in your hair doesn’t quite appeal to you, take a more upmarket approach to romance in the big city, by booking a table at one of London’s most impressive dining spots.
For the ultimate in grand, romantic gestures, it has to be the Aqua Shard, perched high above the city in the tallest building in London. You’ll also be dining in pristine luxury, with the sophisticated ambience of this exclusive restaurant.
You don’t need to go up 31 stories to impress, however, as you’ll still find plenty of romantic eateries closer down to the ground. For guests staying in the Park Grand London Paddington Hotel, the nearby Satay House restaurant offers tantalising Malaysian cuisine in a gorgeously styled space.
Finish the night with cocktails and live music
For the perfect end to the night, there’s little better than enjoy a delicious cocktail or two, while being serenaded by some fantastic live music. Over in trendy East London, you’ll find plenty of bars offering live music in fantastic locations – with the Queen of Hoxton being one of the hottest spots around. Get a great spot in the rooftop bar, where you can enjoy the stars and wonderful views over the city, while enjoying some of their signature cocktails.
What are your favourite places to head to for a date in London?