These autumn days out make perfect dates – but they’re great with mates, too.
Longer nights mean more candlelight, and frosty days provide all the more reason to snuggle up with someone. While summer night offers al fresco thrills, and winter guaranteed festive fun, autumn is the season that sharpens the senses, warms the heart, and offers all sorts of adventures. [Photo: Otto Berkeley]
1. Go ice skating together
Hand tightly-in-hand, you can careen around one of London’s gorgeous ice-rinks together. Most start popping up throughout November, but the Natural History Museum ice rink is already open – tickets on sale here.
2. Eat a load of cheese
Much like your love for each other, these cheese feasts are hot and gooey. And as it gets colder, shareable fromage is the order of the day. Try Alpes at Pop Brixton, The Cheese Bar in Camden, the Champagne & Fromage raclette at Mercato Metropolitano or TraTra’s bottomless cheese and charcuterie board in Shoreditch.
3. Watch the fireworks together
Offering big bangs that’ll leave you seeing stars (o-ho) head to one these eleven fireworks displays taking past in the first week of November. Oooohs and ahhhhhs guaranteed. (No promises from your boo later on.)
4. Frolic among the leaves
While trees are turning distinctly golden all over the capital (see our massive list of London parks for inspiration), Hampstead Heath and Richmond Park offer more authentic wilderness vibes, while the steamy greenhouses (greenhice?) of Kew Gardens offer a cold-warm-cold-warm rhythm to a brisk November stroll. (There’s a very cute pub nearby too.)
5. Admire some art (and each other)
There are tons of great art exhibitions on at the moment, but if you’re particularly fond of your own reflections, check out Space Shifters at the Hayward Gallery, which is full of intriguing pieces made out of mirrors. (Or embrace your mutual admiration and head to the Selfie Factory in Shoreditch, where you can get tons of photos of the two of you looking cute together – tickets here.)
6. Go on a romantic cinema date
London is home to some truly luxurious cinemas, usually offering comfy sofas for two, and table service to bring cocktails to your seat. The most famous of the bunch might be Notting Hill’s Electric Cinema, which also boasts six double beds on the front row (£36 to share between two), although please do try and keep things PG-13 down there, people. Here are some of the upcoming movies we’re most excited about.
7. Take a moonlit swim together
The summer heatwave may be receding in our memories, but don’t sleep on London’s outdoor swimming pools, some of which, like the London Fields Lido, are heated all year round. For an invigorating dip with a difference, check out Hampton Pool’s moonlight swimming sessions, coming up on November 2 + 30. (It’s not exactly skinny dipping in a tropical waterfall but we’re doing what we can here, kids.)
8. Stroll through an enchanted woodland
For a schmaltzy evening stroll, head to The Enchanted Woodland in Syon Park, where a mile-long path through the grounds has been illuminated with all manner of twinkly installations. It opens on November 4 – more info here.
9. Sip on some cocktails, somewhere dimly lit…
Autumn means saying bye-bye rooftop bars, hello intriguing basements. Get your subterranean kicks (and powerful cocktails) from one of these quirky London bars, before the Christmas social whirl sweeps you off somewhere wholly less sophisticated. (Alternatively, these cosy library bars are perfect for the bookish lovers among us.)
10. Do battle
A couple that plays together, stays together… or breaks up halfway through the game, because SOMEOBODY always has to get too competitive, DON’T THEY BECKY? From cosy board game cafés to luxury indoor golf courses, there are plenty of places to have fun together / mercilessly prove your dominance – see our list of the best places to play games in London.
11. Have a candlelit dinner together
12. Go on a pub crawl for two
Colder days necessitate any walk is punctuated by frequent drinking, ideally by a fire and possibly with a nice dog nearby. Two obvious routes might be to follow the Thames and pop in at any number of riverside pubs as you go. (If you’re really lazy you could just catch a boat in-between.) Regent’s Canal offers similar opportunities (and a famous brunch to line your stomach.) Alternatively, track down some of London’s oldest pubs for historic vibes. Smashing.
13. Netflix and chill
Oh, go on you two. (There’s even a six-part Coen Brothers anthology appearing any day now!) Here’s what’s new on Netflix this month.