Don’t be fooled by its grey skies and gloomy tube journeys – London can be a city of luuuuuurve. And as Christmas looms there are ample opportunities for couples to race off, hand in hand into that wintery sunset. While a spot of Christmas ice skating may be the ideal winter date for some, we feel it involves a lot of wobbling, a lot of shuffling and is never as romantic as it looks in the movies. So we’ve found some other things you can do with your loverrr (that don’t involve being dragged across a rink).
1. The Backyard Cinema at Winterville
Make your way to Victoria Park’s answer to Winter Wonderland. Walk through the enchanted forest, grab yourself a pillow and get cosy in front of the big screen. Backyard are rolling out a mixture of Christmas films, including The Muppets Christmas Carol and Nightmare Before Christmas, as well as other Disney favourites (obviously Frozen made the cut!) and all time classics. There’s a bar serving food and drinks, but if you’re really splashing out (and a little crazy) you can get the ‘The Red Carpet’ Package for £99. This includes cinema tickets for two, Cava, popcorn, ice-cream and blankets…. Or you could go to Tesco beforehand?
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2. Queen of Hoxton’s Wigwam.
No, you haven’t fallen asleep at work and dreamt up this Shoreditch fairytale land. There is actually a decked-out magical wigwam on top of the Queen of Hoxton. Along with the glorious tent, they’ve set up winter market stalls outside, where you can grab yourself a glass of warming mulled wine and some food if you’re peckish. Then find a cosy corner in the wigwam, where you and your other half can whisper sweet nothings to each other. Unless, of course, you’re there on a knitting club night… but don’t worry there are plenty of places to sit outside if you want to avoid the yarn.
3. Share a Sunday Roast at Jones and Sons, Dalston
Head east this Sunday for the perfect romantic roast. Jones & Sons, located in an old Victorian textile factory in Dalston, serve up an extensive selection of the favourites (with all the trimmings). What we’d recommend is getting the whole roast chicken for two to share. What’s more romantic than getting stuck into a huge, heart-warming meal and making food-babies together?! ?
4. The Nutcracker by The English National Ballet
There’s nothing quite so moving as a Tchaikovsky score, 100 exquisite dancers and a romantic Christmas tale. If you’ve never been to a ballet before, The Nutcracker is the perfect performance to start with. Make your way over to the London Coliseum between 16th December 2015 – 20th January 2016, for an evening of fun, magic and a touch of evil (in the form of the Mouse King and his army of rats)… Full-priced tickets start at £69.
5. Make a Wish at Kapataru: The Wishing Tree, V&A Museum
According to Indian mythology, the Kapatura tree fulfils wishes. This installation, created by Sarthak and Sahil using handcrafted beaten brass, a mural of paintings and lights, intends to embody the spirit of both Diwali and Christmas and celebrate the diverse cultural symbolism. See it in its full glory at the Victoria and Albert Museum until 6th January 2016. And don’t forget to make a wish… (See more of the best museums in London.)
6. Imagine Your Future Together… at the Geffrye Museum
One of London’s lesser known museums, the Geffrye, captures the history of British period homes from the 17th Century up to the 20th Century. It’s not often we’re able to be transported back in time to get a glimpse of the everyday, lived past. You may want to drag your other half around the museum, looking longingly between the rooms as you imagine making a home together… (Although we wouldn’t recommend doing this on your first date – it’s a little creepy). There are also some beautifully designed historical gardens to potter around. Entry is £4, so it’s definitely something interesting and different to do if you’re counting your pennies.
7. Visit The Spitalfields City Farm
Animal lovers, get down to Spitalfields City Farm to get a glimpse of country wildlife in the heart of the city. Entry to visit these much-loved animals and the farm’s gardens is free every day. (We’d definitely recommend saying hello to the Bayleaf the ever-so-cute donkey). The farm is closing for Christmas on 21st December and won’t re-open until the new year. So hurry along now.
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