DATE IDEAS

The best things to do in London on date night

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BAR TERMINI

If anyone knows romance it's the Italians and Bar Termini is sure to woo your special one. The tiny Italian coffee shop come cocktail bar is pretty swish inside and will take you back to 1950s Italy with proper table service, a short but sweet coffee menu based around an espresso and a cocktail menu that does some of the best negronis in town - and they come straight from a bottle!

7 Old Compton Street, London W1D 5JE, United Kingdom -

bar-termini.com

Tottenham Court Road

SWINGERS

Balls will be flying on a date at Swingers, crazy golf course. With 2x 9-hole golf courses and lots of booze to keep you lubricated, the good times will just keep on flowing at Swingers and once you're done there's plenty of street food to chow down. So take our advice and take your date swinging!

8 Brown's Buildings, London EC3A 8AL -

swingersldn.com

Liverpool Street

HIGHGATE CEMETRY

Going to a graveyard on a first date might not be the best idea, but Highgate Cemetry is the perfect place to wander with someone you haven't just met on Tinder. With everyone from Karl Marx to George Michael buried here there's lots to explore and it's just so peaceful!

Swain's Ln, Highgate, London N6 6PJ, United Kingdom -

highgatecemetery.org

Archway

ORIOLE

If you're out to impress, head over to Oriole for cocktails. It's weird, it's wonderful and has one of the most interesting cocktail menus in town. Yes, you could be drinking from a mushroom or a pasta shell here. With 1920s vibes and lots of jazz, Oriole will make sure your date night goes off with a swing.

East Poultry Avenue, London Central Markets, London, EC1A 9LH -

oriolebar.com

Farringdon

EVENING AT SIR JOHN SOANE’S MUSEUM

If dinner ain't your thing, you can't get more romantic than a candlelit tour of Sire John Soane's Museum. Open the first Tuesday of every month, the evening will give you the chance to see the museum in a whole new light and sip a few cocktails - how classy!

13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3BP, United Kingdom -

soane.org

Holborn

PITCH BLACK BAR

Drinking usually helps a date flow, but what about if you didn't have to see each other too. Yes, Pitch Black Bar have just made things interesting and will guide you through a 90-minute blind tasting in a blacked-out room, but just cos it's dark no hanky panky please, it's not that kinda bar...

No Such Place, 68A Neal Street, London WC2H 9PA, United Kingdom -

pitchblackbar.com

Covent Garden

ALL STAR LANES

Bowl your date over with a trip to All Star Lanes. Not only will you be able to knock over those pins, but make a proper night of it with cocktails and a bangin' food menu. It's got a proper American theme and the perfect place for a laid-back date night.

6 Porchester Gardens, London W2 4DB, United Kingdom -

allstarlanes.co.uk

Bayswater

PEDALO IN HYDE PARK

Love a bit of old skool romance? Get down to Hyde Park and hire a pedalo. You can't beat a bit of watery action to get those sparks flying - and if it all goes tits up you can always push them in...but if things go to plan it's cheap, fun and the perfect date idea for a sunny afternoon.

April - October, 10.30am- 8pm

Hyde Park, London W2 2UH, United Kingdom -

royalparks.org.uk

Hyde Park Corner Knightsbridge

ELECTRIC CINEMA

For those who think a cinema date is too generic have clearly never been to Electric Cinema. With two seater sofas, blankets and a bar shaking up cocktails, there's even more of an excuse to cuddle up in front of the big screen. And if you're a bit strapped for cash, they do cheap tickets on Sunday afternoons.

64-66 Redchurch St, Shoreditch London E2 7DP -

electriccinema.co.uk

Shoreditch High Street

PRESS FOR CHAMPAGNE AT BOB BOB RICARD

If you wanna show off and be mr & mrs fancy pants, Bob Bob Ricard should be at the top of your list. The iconic Soho restaurant is dripping in gold and even has a 'press for champagne' button at each table. Dinner might not be cheap, but what do you expect from somewhere where you ring for champagne...

1 Upper James Street, London W1F 9DF, United Kingdom -

bobbobricard.com

Piccadilly Circus Oxford Circus

PETERSHAM NURSERIES

Petersham Nurseries is pretty damn romantic, as well as being able to browse the plants you can enjoy lunch in their insta-worthy greenhouse restaurant. Whether you're up for a healthy lunch or a huge slab of cake and coffee, Petersham Nurseries is sure to impress.

Petersham Nurseries, Church Lane, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 7AB -

petershamnurseries.com

Richmond

SCIENCE MUSEUM LATES

Bring out your inner nerd on a date at the science museum. On the last Wednesday of every month, the museum opens after hours for an adult-only night of fun. Each night is centred on a different theme from gaming and sex to food & drink. With a silent disco, live music and lots of hands-on workshops, there's lots to do and entry is completely free.

Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD -

sciencemuseum.org.uk

South Kensington

LONDON SHELL CO.

Getting a dinner date right can be tricky, but London Shell Co. is sure to impress. The floating seafood restaurant is docked in Paddington, but cruises down the canal for dinner. It's like a sophisticated booze cruise with food that will knock your kippers off. Perfect for an extra special date night.

Sheldon Square, London W2 6EP, United Kingdom -

londonshellco.com

Paddington

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KEW GARDENS

Kew Gardens is a BLOOMIN' great date idea. You can walk among the treetops, explore the glasshouses and wander through the wild meadows, and even if you get bored of all the plants there's plenty of art to see with sculptures from Henry Moore and Eduardo Paolozzi, alongside two galleries. Not too bad for a 250-year-old botanic garden.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Greater London TW9 3AB, United Kingdom -

kew.org

Kew Gardens

BOUNCE

It will either be make it or break it on a date at Bounce. The ping pong club will let you battle it out to funky tunes while feasting on pizza and sipping on beer. It's super fun and a great night out, but could cause a domestic for some couples -you know who you are!

121 Holborn, London EC1N 2TD, United Kingdom -

bouncepingpong.com

Farringdon Chancery Lane

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