You may have come across my date ideas post from a few months back which focused on date spots in London and includes some great suggestions from parks and bars to a prison museum. The post went down well, so I have decided to make a post on alternative date ideas in London a regular feature on the blog.
Whether you’re looking for somewhere to go on a first date or if you’ve been together for years, it’s tough to think of new date ideas that suit both of you. So rather than go to the same bar or restaurant you always go to, I have put together a list of different date ideas to inspire you to do something different.
Outdoor Cinema. Cinemas are famed for being a date spot. You might not be able to do much talking but who doesn’t love watching the latest blockbuster on the big screen? However, the rise of the outdoor cinema has meant that the experience can be made that little bit more special, which is exactly what you want from a date location. I recently went to watch Pretty Woman in Battersea Park with Luna Cinema and apart from a small downpour it was an amazing experience.
I do love myself a cinema hotdog and a Tango Ice Blast but at the Luna Cinema, there was far more date-appropriate food and drink on offer, including delicious pizzas and a Gordon’s Gin bar. We had premium seats which were director-like chairs and our ticket included a free drink which is perfect for making your date feel special but cosying up on a blanket on the floor would have been super romantic. They still have showings throughout October including Halloween specials held at The Natural History Museum.
Comedy Festival. I am a sucker for a good comedian and Clint and I have spent many a date night watching stand-up. Seeing comedians and being in that environment is a great way to blossom a relationship because being able to laugh and have fun with someone is, in my opinion, one of the most important parts of being in a relationship. Watching stand up is also really inexpensive, it doesn’t matter what your budget is you can still have a great time.
For our four year anniversary, I got Clint and I tickets to go to the Greenwich Comedy Festival where we saw acts such as Russell Howard, Milton Jones, Sara Pascoe and Shappi Khorsandi. For both of us for the whole weekend, it cost about £80 in total and was the most fun we’ve had in ages. Not only were the acts brilliant but there were also food and drink stands so you could really make a day of it.
Go Karting. If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you will know how much I love motor racing, so I was super excited when we were given a go-karting experience for Christmas. I was super nervous beforehand, in male-dominated situations like this I never want to be the one to let the side down and do a rubbish job but I didn’t come last which was a relief.
It’s pretty intense and you spend most of the time on your own so probably not the best date for when you’re just getting to know someone but it’s an awesome experience to share with someone you’ve been with for a while. The adrenaline really pumps through you and once you get the hang of it, it’s so much fun! We went with TeamSport which has a great track but if you’re a little of the short side like me make sure you get a booster seat, I struggled to reach the pedals which made it really uncomfortable.
The Theatre. People quite often assume the theatre is really expensive and are therefore put off go there on a date and prefer saving it for big occasions. If you want good seats at The Lion King then you might have to get them on finance they are so expensive but if you search around you can get some really good deals on other shows. Dreamgirls do £25 Tuesdays for under 25s and it’s not just limited to rubbish seats, you can sit anywhere for that price.
If you’re looking to wow a date while being on a fairly tight budget, the theatre could a surprisingly good option.
What alternative date ideas in London have you come across? Let me know, I would love to give them a try.