Ideas for Date Night in London

24 March 2017

You don’t get a pass on date night just because you’re spending an extended trip in London. In fact, for many couples, the opposite is true: A long term stay gives you more opportunities to experience the city, especially when you don’t know if or when you’ll be back. London is a lively, world-class destination, so there are tons of activities that appeal to a wide array of interests. Plus, there’s something for you and your partner – no matter what your budget.

Rooftop Dining: Every seat is the best on in the house when you’re dining at one of the city’s rooftop terraces. Perch on the banks of the Thames at Rumpus Room in Central London, or take in The Tower Bridge and London Eye from the Radio Rooftop Bar in Covent Garden. If you want to do rooftop on the cheap, head to Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden at Southbank Centre. This popular spot is an actual green space with native plants, fruit trees, a flower tunnel – and picnic garden, where you can spread a blanket for free. Bring your own picnic or buy refreshments from the onsite café.

Play Billiards: Get in the competitive spirit by challenging your date to a game of billiards – a fitting activity considering the first mention of the game in literature was Shakespeare in Anthony and Cleopatra. At Pembury Tavern, you can play billiards while you enjoy excellent pub food and a rotating menu of craft beers. The table at Mark’s Bar in SoHo is also the real thing, and the speakeasy-vibe is a fun setting to enjoy one of the unique cocktails. And while the rules are slightly different for pool, the game itself is free at Original Sin in Stoke Newington.

Cruise on the Thames: If you’re looking to splurge on an unforgettable experience, book a cruise on the Symphony or Harmony through Bateaux London. There are excellent restaurants on board, a full bar, and open air reception area for the best views of The Thames and London skyline.

Design My Night: Can’t come up with a memorable idea to impress your date? Check out Design My Night, a site that provides options depending on what you’re looking to do and your interests. Categories for London include comedy, food, “quirky,” and theater, so you can narrow down activities or just browse the listings for inspiration. There’s also an events calendar so you can see what’s going on when you’re planning date night.