Dating in London: 50 First Dates

Dating in London 50 First Dates

Should you be so lucky to go on 50 first dates, whilst in London, I’m sure this list will provide you with plenty of ideas and lots of inspiration to make each one unique and memorable. Who says dates only have to be on Friday nights? Shake it up with a Saturday matinee in London’s west end, a bike trip outside of London, or a mid week dining experience that leaves you and your partner completely in the dark.

And for all you lads and ladies who are lucky in love, you could even use this as a personal checklist of 50 places to go out on a date, whilst making each one feel just as special as the very first date.

In no particular order, you’ll find these dates vary from restaurants to try to activities to do and things to see.

  1. Hanging out at Hampton Court Palace – Spruce up the typical day trip with a bike trip, starting from the center of London all the way to Hampton Court Palace, once one of the favorite royal residences of Henry VIII and his many wives.
  2. Waiting for the Waffle and Duck – Grab that late night cocktail and sumptuous bit size sharing snack at the Waffle and Duck located in London’s iconic Heron Tower for fantastic views as late (or as early) as 4 am!
  3. Wine tasting at Vinopolis – Share a love of wine? Then head to Vinopolis for a tasting that includes more than 100 options to choose from of carefully selected wines, champagnes, and spirits.
  4. Stroll along Southbank – One of the best strolls couples can take, as there are plenty of cozy benches lined up along the Thames and picturesque views of London’s most famous landmarks to stop and sigh over.
  5. Buzz through Borough Market – The hustle and bustle found in this outdoor food market is like none other in London, with fresh fish, fruit, and free samples of cheese, chocolate, and more.
  6. Catch a Comedy Show – Whether it’s a good show or a bad show, you’ll have something to talk about afterwards, that is, if you’re not still laughing from some of London’s newest upcoming comedians.
  7. Buddha Bar London – Eclectic music, an opulent interior design and an exciting menu of Pan Asian cuisine, try some sexy sushi at Buddha Bar in Knightsbridge.
  8. Pictures from Primrose Hill – Overlooking the city of London, watch the sunset or sunrise from the top of Primrose Hill.
  9. Afternoon Tea –Relax with some bubbly and take time for tea. Try the Royal Garden Hotel or the Athenaeum for more of the traditional takes on the favorite English past time.
  10. Tennis for two – A game for two, this sport is simple and fun. Head to Regent Park for available courts and be sure to book in advance.
  11. Tate Modern – Late afternoon or early evening, if you fancy art or even if you don’t understand it at all, head to the Tate and talk it out. If art’s not so much your thing, then take in the view of Millennium Bridge or grab a bite to eat in the renowned restaurant overlooking the Thames and St. Paul’s.
  12. See Shakespeare’s Globe – Re-enact history the way you want at Shakespeare’s glorious Globe. Stand as groundlings or sit like courtiers, rain or shine, the show must go on.
  13. Look at London from a Ghost Bus Tour – Hop aboard the London ghost bus tour for a chilling experience full of ghost tales and supernatural sightings at places like the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey or Houses of Parliament.
  14. Meet famous figures at Madame Tussauds – Completely silly and undoubtedly for tourists, here at Madame Tussauds anybody can have a date with a celebrity or royal wax figure of their choice. Don’t leave without meeting the Queen!
  15. Best brunch at The Breakfast Club – Breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner, skip the English style breakfast and opt for the All American, stacked with puffy pancakes, crispy bacon, eggs, and perfectly seasoned home fries.
  16. Kensington Gardens – The garden of earthly delights, this ritzy rooftop venue is simply magical and full of fabulous personalities.
  17. Rent a rowboat – Head to Hyde Park and row out into the middle of the lake with your partner. Pretend like nothing else matters in the moment but yourselves with only each other’s company.
  18. Dinner date in the dark – Everything is better in the dark, or is it? Dare to take a date out in the dark? Head to Dans le Noir near London’s Holborn neighborhood.
  19. Notting Hill – Trace the footsteps of famous celebrities Julia Roberts and Hugh grant in the rom-com film named after this cute and quaint London borough.
  20. China Town – Takeout or table for two whichever you prefer, there’s certainly no shortage of delicious duck or dim sum!
  21. Brick Lane – London is the closest you’re going to get to curry capital, so why not follow your way down Brick Lane in search of spices and mixed meats.
  22. Catch a circus show  – Wine and dine with your partner whilst performers prance and pole dance on the tables and stands.
  23. Indoor ice Skate – Ice skaters don’t have to wait for the Winter. Rain or shine, head to several of London’s indoor skating rinks for a free skate session and show off with a twirl or two (Lee Valley Ice Center or Alexandra Palace Ice Rink).
  24. IMAX Movie Center – Make the movie even more magical with the BFI London IMAX cinema center located just round the corner from Waterloo. Just sit back and share the popcorn while you let yourself be whisked away.
  25. Salsa Dance – Show ‘em that you’re hot and shake what you got with some sexy salsa dancing. Take lessons together or salsa in style at any one of London’s dancing discos.
  26. Sit in a spa – Relax with a tempting hot stone massage, steam room, and/or facial and enjoy a spa trip right in London for two at any specialized hotel or wellbeing and health center, like Agua Spa or 58 South Molton Street.
  27. Happy shopping from Harvey Nichols to Harrods – Shop ‘til you drop or simply dare to wear by decking yourself out in designer duds. Do something different, like visit the Dodi and Diana memorial in Harrods or take a trip to the Puppy center, right through Animal Kingdom.
  28. Brighton Beach – Take a day trip to Brighton and check out the pebbles and pier.
  29. London Eye – Take a smooth skyline tour of London and see it through a clear window capsule, wine and champagne optional.
  30. Botanist and Bluebird – See and be seen at The Botanist or Bluebird Chelsea, a hot hangout and favourite of London’s society of Sloane Rangers.
  31. Gelatorino or Amorino – Taste the best Italian gelato in London at these two gelatorias and decide whether it will be a cone or cup?
  32. Karaoke Crazy at Bunga Bunga – Can’t hold a tune but know all the words? Carry on with your karaoke at Bunga Bunga, London’s only raucous and rowdy Italian themed restaurant/bar near Chelsea.
  33. Camden Lock Market – Packed with rising musicians and indie artists, this tourist lover’s market is full of fluff, yet still fabulous for stuff.
  34. Kiss under Cupid – Piccadilly, of all places, is where you’ll find this cute cupid known as the Statue of Eros. If PDA is your thing, then Piccadilly is your place.
  35. Ping pong at Bounce – Pint with your ping pong or whistle and watch for who will win, this ping pong venue, along with others like Ping and the Book Club, is sure to be curiously entertaining.
  36. Bowling – See how you roll when faced with pins and bowling balls. Will you be the all star at All Star Lanes or the bad bowler at Bloomsbury Bowling?
  37. Chocolate Tour – Sign up for a guided chocolate tour or take your own, frequenting chocolatiers such as Prestat, Fortnum & Mason, Artisan du Chocolat, and more.
  38. Hookah Bar – Claim your corner or cozy couch, whilst unwinding and trying out hookah at lounges and bars that are ideal for people watching or just living in the moment.
  39. Get it on at Gaucho – Make sure your date is not a vegetarian because the juicy rare steaks at this place are for real meat lovers only. From presenting different raw cuts of steak in front of you to the cow skinned walls, this Argentinean chain is one you must try.
  40. Harry Potter Tour – Pay homage to Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling by touring London by visiting it’s famous film sites, like King Cross’s platform 9 and ¾ or take the day trip to the magical Harry Potter studios
  41. Electric Cinema – Cinema with class; plush armchairs, cashmere blankets or beds, sumptuous sofas; just a glimpse of the electrifying glamour that waits for you at this cinema in Notting Hill.
  42. London Zoo – Animals are a safe topic of conversation for first or reoccurring dates, so head to ZSL London Zoo in Regents Park for a walk on the wild side alongst some of Mother Nature’s furriest and fearsome creatures. Lions, and tigers, and bears oh my!
  43. Kettners – Dress to impress in this cozy chic place. Located in the heart of Soho, step in for a refreshing cocktail, delicious dinner or dessert.
  44. Cooking Class – Calling all cooks and chefs! Make or create a culinary concoction at places like La Cucina Caldesi or L’atelier des Chefs that will leave your date dreaming and screaming for more.
  45. St. Katharine Docks – Admire the many boats, elegant yachts, and pirate-like ships stationed in this marina. Tucked away from tourists and giving off a cool and serene atmosphere, take a walk around the water or dine al fresco at one of the many restaurants surrounding this hidden hideaway.
  46. Paramount –Perched high above the shopping centers of central London, Paramount restaurant and bar offers breathtaking 360-degree views of the city.
  47. Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese – Historians and literary lovers will certainly remember this pub as you will find very few as old as this one. Dimly lit and smelling of oak and ale, this traditional pub will take you back to the literary time period of Dickens and Yeats.
  48. Greenwich – Get to Greenwich by boat for a quick trip up/down the Thames before landing and setting foot in front of the famous Cutty Sark ship. Hike up the hill in Greenwich Park to the Old Royal Observatory and stand together at the Prime Meridian of the World.
  49. Blueprint Café –Whilst walking underneath the riverside cobblestone street of Shad Thames around Butler’s Wharf, slip into Blueprint Café for a romantic dinner date overlooking Tower Bridge.
  50. Bubbles and Brunch – After a week of work your date will love the idea of bubbles and brunch. London’s Intercontinental Hotel has a Cookbook Café that is savvy and chic for the classiest early bird couples looking to do a bit of breakfast and/or lunch with unlimited options of tasty bellinis.


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