100 Date Ideas In London

Not sure where to begin looking for things to do in London? Here are 100 date ideas to inspire you!

1. Roast marshmallows over an open fire at Midnight Apothecary

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2. Have a riverside lunch in a 1940s American diner – housed in a shipping container at Trinity Buoy Wharf

3. … Then stick around at Trinity Buoy Wharf to check out the sculpture park and a teeny-tiny museum dedicated to Michael Faraday

4. Stargaze at one of Greenwich’s Royal Observatory’s astronomy workshops, or relax under the stars in one of the planetarium shows

5. Have a picnic in one of London’s picturesque parks

6. Have a CBD-infused afternoon tea at Farmacy

7. Take a walk down Regent’s Canal to check out Word On The Water – relax by the open fireplace and see if you can meet a friendly dog

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8. Get crafty at Drink, Shop & Do – practice calligraphy, carve a pumpkin or get knitting

9. Play board games at Draughts

10. Take a parkour class at Parkour Generations

11. Play retro video games at The Four Quarters

12. Enjoy classy cocktails at Lyaness and then take a sunset walk along Southbank

13. Build the ultimate pancakes at My Old Dutch

14. Go wild swimming in the summertime at the Hampstead Heath Swimming Ponds

15. Visit Little Venice and take a boat trip to Camden

16. … Then check out unique vintage at the stables market and satisfy your carb cravings at the Cereal Killer Cafe

17. Get the freshest coffee in London (roasted in store!) at The Roasting Plant

18. Or enjoy a slice of Japanese coffee culture at Omotesando Koffee

19. Explore the written word at The Poetry Society Cafe

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20. Go for free comedy at Angel Comedy (or spend a little and go to Up The Creek Comedy Club

21. Enjoy a glass of wine in Mayfair’s beautiful Lancashire Court

22. Explore Greenwich Market – and then race each other through the Greenwich Foot Tunnel

23. Take a ferry trip down the Thames, and enjoy a glass of wine onboard

24. Grab a drink 40 floors up at Duck And Waffle – London’s highest restaurant

25. Visit Mudchute City Farm and feed the animals

26. Fire a canon (or practice your archery and sword-fighting skills) during at the Tower of London

27. Browse the beautiful Leadenhall Market early in the morning, before it gets crowded

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28. Climb the O2

29. Go trampolining at Oxygen Freejumping

30. Get nostalgic at the Museum of Brands and Packaging

31. … Or the VA Museum Of Childhood

32. Go for an all night movie marathon or quotealong showing at the Prince Charles Cinema 

33. Visit the Japanese Gardens in Notting Hill’s Holland Park

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34. Go to a free classical music concert

35. Enjoy social dining at a supper club

36. Soar above London in a cable car

37. Take a guided walking tour

38. … Or a tasting tour

39. Check out London’s Roman Ampitheatre and hold ancient artefacts at an object handling session

40. Go ice skating at Alexandra Palace

41. Enjoy free open air theatre at London Bridge 

42. Play a round of crazy golf at Swingers and enjoy comfort foods from their indoor seaside stalls

43. Explore a virtual island at Otherworld

The interior of Virtual Reality Arcade Otherworld located in London, with a central bar and virtual reality rooms
Image courtesy of the Dream Corporation

44. Go to a cabaret show at Brasserie Zedel

45. Kayak down the Thames

46. Visit The Bletchley bar and win cocktails by breaking codes

47. Meet the famous overstuffed walrus at the Horniman Museum

48. Or check out extinct species at the Grant Museum of Zoology

49. Take a cooking class together at Underground Cookery School

50. Tour the Sipsmith gin distillery – and then enjoy a ‘gin-themed dinner’ with their Sipper Club

51. Sign up for a Hidden City scavenger hunt

52. Donate a fiver to charity to attend Majestic Wine’s Introduction To Wine session – or spend £20 to take their Fine Wines Experience (you’ll also get a £20 voucher to spend in store)

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53. Watch Shakespeare at the Globe Theatre

54. Put your sleuthing skills to the test at an escape room

55. Spy on the otters, ducks and geese from the observatory at London Wetland Centre

56. Go to London Zoo

57. Learn how to make Instagram-quality lattes together at a latte art class 

58. Go to a morning rave at Morning Gloryville

59. Take a calligraphy class at Quill London or London Calligraphy

60. Or a life drawing class

61. Find out if you’re funny at a free comedy writing workshop 

62. Go to a free yoga class

63. Visit the world’s largest antiques market on Portobello Road and take some snaps of Notting Hill’s colourful houses

64. Get divorced at Novelty Automation

65. Go for a murder mystery dinner in a 1920s train car

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66. Play darts at Flight Club

67. Dabble in urban beekeeping with Hiver – or go to one of the London Honey Company’s honey tasting mornings

68. Spend a penny at The Attendant Fitzrovia – possibly one of London’s most strangely-located cafes, housed in an old Victorian public toilet 

69. Take an enchanting walk through Epping Forest

70. Visit Winter Wonderland on a less busy day (you’ll save money, too!) 

71. Take part in the late-night Absinthe Ritual at Balans

72. Attend a chic bedtime story session at 40 Winks

73. Step into an oil painting by visiting Dennis Severs’ House

74. Eat in the dark at Dans Le Noir

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75. Explore Highgate Cemetery and find famous icons

76. Relive the roaring Twenties at a speakeasy bar (popular spots include Nightjar and The Bar With No Name)

77. Take a workshop or tour to learn about medicinal plants at Chelsea Physic Garden

78. Bask in the greenery at Barbican Conservatory

79. Sing along with folk songs by the fire at Campfire Club

80. Visit Leighton House Museum, the former studio-home and ‘private palace of art’ of Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton

81. Visit the Old Operating Theatre to explore the history of surgery

82. Ditch the trailers and spend pre-movie time talking to other cinema-goers at Whirled Cinema

83. Go to Biscuiteers and ice your own biscuits

84. Check out retro fashion at Brick Lane Vintage Market

85. Go to a close-up Magic Show at The Magic Hour

86. Go to a traditional Russian banya (sauna) at Banya No. 1

87. Go bowling at All Star Lanes

88. Visit God’s Own Junkyard and be mesmerised by the neon lights

89. Stay up all night and eat a midnight breakfast at The Polo Bar

90. Enjoy country music at Buck’ N Bull Saloon

91. Enjoy the silence at St Paul’s Whispering Gallery

92. Learn how to make sushi together at Yo!Sushi, Sozai or Atsuko’s Kitchen

93. Request your favourites at The Piano Works

94. Watch a movie in the open air at Rooftop Film Club

95. Climb aboard the Cutty Sark

96. Gaze at strange objects at the Viktor Wynd Museum Of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History

97. Learn to dance the salsa

98. Enjoy free jazz at the Troubadour

99. Visit Columbia Road Flower Market just before it closes (around 2:30 – 3 p.m.) and grab a bargain

100. Eat dinner in a tube train carriage at Supperclub.tube