The summer season is the perfect time to get outside and impress your significant other on an oh so romantic date.
Whether you’re meeting up with a Tinder potential or are finally going on that date night you’ve both promised each other for the past two months, this roundup of summer date ideas will be sure to give you some ideas. We’ve got something for the activity-lover, the foodie and the person-who-loves-a-bit-of-everything so get wooing.
1. Stroll along London’s own riviera
Pretend you’re on holiday at the capital’s very own riviera complete with tropical cocktails, street food, sun loungersand lots of free entertainment.
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2. Get in the mood with the Summer of Love season at Shakespeare’s Globe
A selection of Shakespeare’s finest plays have been put on at the Globe for all of us Londoners to sit and enjoy (or stand, if that’s more your thing). For standing tickets only costing a fiver, this is sure to be a date that doesn’t break the bank.
To book your tickets, visit their website.
3. Have an impressive brunch at sketch
If you want to wine and dine your other half, make sure you take a trip to the famous sketch for a dining experience unlike any other. Grab an afternoon tea in the fluffy pink interiors of The Gallery or dine on scrambled eggs with caviar in The Glade room. Be sure sure to book a table.
9 Conduit Street, Mayfair, near Oxford Circus station, W1S 2XG.
4. Grab a drink on a London rooftop
Obviously summer in London is all about our selection of rooftops but why not venture over to Hackney and get some unbeatable views at Netil360? As a licensed bar, café, garden and workspace, this venue is perfect for a pre-dinner drink or a laid-back destination for your evening.
1 Westgate Street, Hackney, near London Fields station, E8 3RL.
5. Get a pedalo at one of London’s prettiest parks
Many impressive London parks offer the option of renting a pedalo and for good reason, they’re ridiculously fun and a perfect way to bond on a date. Victoria Park and Hyde Park are both great options so get yourself down there on a sunny day for some summertime romancin’.
6. Experience the seaside … in east London
Beach East has popped up again in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and it’s just as fun as the last time. With funfair rides, a bar and even real life sand, you can both release your inner child and enjoy the seaside.
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7. Take in some art in a park
Assume the stance of a strategically placed finger on the chin and suddenly you look like you’re deeply understanding art, right? Well if the art world scares you, why not go and visit the Frieze Sculpture in Regent’s Park. It’s on until October 8th, is completely free and allows you to discover 23 leading artists from around the world.
Check out their website for more information.
8. Gaze out at a romantic sunset at St. Paul’s
One New Change is a great date destination as it has lots of lovely restaurants, including Bread Street Kitchen which we loved, and is home to a very impressive roof terrace that’s free and open to the public. Offering great views with St. Paul’s cathedral as the focal point, this rooftop is crying out for some of those cliché romantic movie moments.
1 New Change, near St. Paul’s station, EC4M 9AF.
9. Experience dizzying new heights of romance at Zipworld
There’s nothing like crying with fear and jumping off of a 100ft tall platform to get you in the mood, am I right? If you’re the thrill-seeking kind of couple then this one’s for you as it’s 700ft long and hurtles you down at a speedy 50mph.
Book your place here.
10. Binge watch Black Mirror and then pretend you’re in an episode of it
If you’re a sci-fi fan (or just a good old fashioned Black Mirror boffin) then the Into The Unknown exhibition is the one for you. On at The Barbican, this new feature will showcase everything scientific from movie props to film screenings and of course, an entire installation from the creators of Black Mirror.
For more information and ticket bookings, visit their website.
11. Get to know each other in a heated atmosphere, a.k.a a HotTug
We wrote about them, went on them and they’re amazing. If you’ve been looking for a cross between a hot tub and boat all your life, then the HotTug is going to answer your prayers. And as a date venue, it’s pretty damn romantic cruising along Regent’s Canal in your swimsuit right?
For more information, visit their website.
12. Reveal your competitive side over a board game or two at a boardgame café
Draughts is a super cool café (so it’s obviously in east London) with over 600 board games to play and some banging food to match. Reveal your competitive side over a game of Frustration and make it rain in Monopoly.
337 Acton Mews, Hackney, near Haggerston station, E8 4EA.
13. Take a stroll (and maybe a picnic) to some of London’s hidden gardens
Who knew London had so much greenery? Well there’s a selection of fabulously floral gardens or secret urban ones we’ve written about for you to flick through, love and take a picnic along to. We’d recommend going on a sunny day because mud prints on your new jeans is really not the best look.
14. And if all else fails, leave London (but just for the day though)
Okay, maybe you’ve both tired of the capital and want to get away for a little alone time. We’ve rounded up some of the best getaways close to London, magical woodland escapes and if that’s not far enough away, how about a flight to America for as little as £179?
Feature Image: James Padolsey.
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