40 CREATIVE DATE NIGHT IDEAS FOR THE MARRIED AND THE COURTING

Enjoy.

1. Outdoor Cinema Picnics

Go to see a film with added romance as this summer will see the return of big screenings at Somerset House. Take a picnic, enjoy the glistening sunshine and watch a classic film like Top Gun on the big screen.

Best outdoor cinema locations

2. Bowling

Wait, bear with us. Places like the Bloomsbury Bowl in London are where all the cool kids bowl these days, with a hip cocktail bar and retro diner inside.

3. Dinner with a view

Why not make the date night one to remember and enjoy a three-course meal overlooking the beautiful London skyline. The Aqua Shard or The Duck and Waffle are some of the best in London.

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Duck and Waffle - London's best restaurants with a view

Duck and Waffle

4. See a Hollywood star in the West End

Take a trip to the West End and enjoy the presence of Bradley Cooper in Elephant Man or Damian Lewis in American Buffalo. A perfect date where Hollywood brings its undeniable glamour to the heart of our West End.

5. Stargazing

Discover the endless beauty of our wonderful night sky and solar system with stargazing at one of the National Trust locations. The Emmett’s Gardens in Kent reveals an array of stars and meteor showers painting one of the most romantic settings for a date.

6. Board Game Night

Whether it is Monopoly, Scrabble or Cluedo, spending the night trying to break out of jail or forming words better than Shakespeare generates an all round fun date night. If staying in is not appealing then why not head to London’s first board game café in Haggerston and let your inner geek side out.

7. Boating in Hyde Park

Relive the famous Darcy and Bridget date and embark on the pedal boats of Hyde Park and row around the famous Serpentine.

8. The drive-in movie

There is something that appeals to everyone at London’s only drive in cinema Brent Cross that in terms of date springs Grease and Danny Zuko to mind. Watch this classic under the stars while having all your favourite snacks delivered to your car.

9. Game, set, match

The best way to enjoy the outdoors and set Wimbledon in your sights. A date at some of London’s free Tennis courts is a perfect way to get active with your partner. Hidden between the trees sits two public tennis courts in Southwark Park whilst Bruce Castle Park in Tottenham features several of the best tennis courts around.

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10. Cheese and wine night

Cheese and wine are one of life’s best combinations and most enjoyed in the company of the people you love.

11. Comedy Nights

Take a trip to Soho Comedy Club or see one of the best nights at The Chapel this month which both feature some of the biggest names in comedy and the presence of some of the finest comical acts on stage.

12. Rock climbing

Be daring and drive each other up the wall another way. The Arch Climbing Wall in Bermondsey, London features rock climbs for all levels of ability with its 11,000 square feet of bouldering wall.

13. Cocktail night

Attempt a Mojito or Daiquiri at home or head to some of London’s finest cocktail bars. Try 69 Colebrooke Row, which is overseen by Tony Conigliaro, who is considered to be one of London’s top cocktail experts so you’ll taste from the best. Set in Islington, this award-winning bar is one not to be missed.

London’s best cocktail bars

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14. Karaoke night

We may not have the voice of Whitney or Mariah but a karaoke night is the perfect night to sing along to favourites and take on a duet with your loved one. Head to Karaoke Box in Mayfair for karaoke with style and sing along whilst sipping the incredible cocktails. It features different rooms each uniquely themed.

15. Pub gardens

With summer around the corner, one favourite outing that springs to mind is the glorified outing of pub gardens. The Albion in Islington makes a good choice, hidden amongst the beautiful Georgian streets and its recognition for traditional pub lunches, it is the perfect way to spend the summer evenings.

10 best pub gardens in London

The Albion Islington - 10 best pub gardens in London

The Albion – Islington

16. Tour of a local brewery or winery

Drink your way through the date and sample the exquisite taste of wines from around the world. Head to Biddenden Vineyards in Kent, one of the oldest vineyards in the UK with a wide range of reds and Kentish ciders. Or try The London Wine Academy that makes a great choice if you wish to strengthen your wine knowledge.

17. Strawberry picking

Head to Crockford Bridge Farm in Surrey to hand pick some of the juiciest planted strawberries in the UK. With your gathered collection why not use them in making an indulgent but healthy Clean and Lean Berry Smoothie packed with rich anti toxicants.

18. Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea never disappoints. From Carberry Tower in Edinburgh to the English tearoom in Brown’s Hotel in London, crowned winner of the Tea Guide’s award, scones, finger sandwiches and exotic tea are something that we always have time for.

Best champagne afternoon teas in London

Fortnum and Mason afternoon tea - best afternoon teas in London

Fortnum & Mason

19. Visit a Castle

There is nothing that represents England more than its timeless history of beautiful medieval castles throughout the UK. Take a trip to Scotney Castle in Kent and take a walk in the exquisite grounds. Or head to Hever castle for its delicious afternoon tea and its challenging mazes.

20. Visit the Zoo

Bring out your wild side and make your way to London Zoo, the world’s oldest scientific zoo. With history tours coming up and a jungle full of adorable animals, this date is hard to beat. The aquarium is the world’s first public aquarium with some of the most exquisite fish in the world.

21. Go skiing

Head to The Snow Centre, London’s real indoor snow slope and put your skiing into practice. Here you’ll find a 160m main slope where you can embark on one of their intense ski lessons.

22. Learn a romantic language together

Spanish is renowned as the language of love so why not challenge each other and learn a new language. The University of Westminster offers evening language courses throughout the summer for cheap and affordable prices. Tell your partner Te Amo to convince them.

23. Chocolate shop tasting

William Curley is one of the largest chocolate shops in the UK and is the perfect place for a sweet date. Scoff your way through these outstanding tasting chocolates.

24. Pottery and creative evenings

Head to Hackney City Farm for their evening pottery classes. It is a great way to spend an evening and regardless of your pottery ability, you can walk away with a deformed wonky vase for your coffee table.

25. Market trip

Take a trip to the gourmet paradise of London with a trip to Borough market where you can sample together anything from street food to an array of delicious baked treats and desserts. Also head to Broadway market for a spot of lunch and wandering, and on Sundays, fight the crowds at Columbia Road flower market.

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26. Visit London’s quirkiest café’s

For all you cat lovers, a coffee shop has been designed just for you and a perfect place to unwind. Visit Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium where you can sit back with coffee and cake and enjoy the company of twelve beautiful fur cats. You may not even need to bring your date then.

London’s best concept cafés

27. Hiking

Both free and healthy. Not all dates have to come at a price and often the simpler things in life are what pleasure us the most.

28. Spa Days

Escape the hustle and bustle of every day life and visit some of London’s most tranquil spa locations for the mother of all luxury and relaxation.

K-West Hotel Spa features a unique snow room which stimulates body circulation and offers the ultimate private spa experience. Or why not unwind with a hot stone massage at the Four Seasons hotel in Canary Wharf, which offers unbeatable views of the city.

Best spas for relaxation

Bamford Hay Barn Spa – The Berkeley Hotel

30. Ice Skating

Enjoy a date all year round at the iconic Ice Skating Rink of Alexander Palace. This stunning landmark is the perfect romantic excuse to hold hands and skate the evening away. Then why not top it off with a glass of wine at the Bar and Kitchen that has breathtaking views overlooking London.

31. Get inspired at an art gallery

A trip to the finest art galleries make a great date idea. Why not visit the famous Tate and see the most exquisite collections of British artwork or tag along at the upcoming exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts.

32. Sightseeing in your home town

Get your tourist hat on and go sightseeing around London. We often forget to take a moment to explore our own beautiful capital but with sixty years experience, the open bus tour allows you to really explore each landmark, building or monument central to our London skyline.

33. Cookery Classes

Book you and your partner into Kitchen Table Cookery Classes in Somerset to make simple or highly skilled bread and pastry recipes. Or head to the Caldesi cooking school in central London to master the finer art of Italian cooking.

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34. Get on your bike

Energetic and fun, why not take a bike ride around London’s famous Hyde Park or explore the fairytale Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire and attempt the many challenging trails.

35. Add some magic

Regardless of age, we all dream to ride a broomstick so make the date for everyone and head down with the family or partner to the Harry Potter World in Warner Brother Studios. You will see how the magic was made and encounter a tour that allows you to walk in the footsteps of a wizard.

36. Movie night with a difference

Head to The Electric cinema on Portobello Road or the Hampstead Everyman in North London for cinemas with sofas, wine coolers and waiter service that deliver delicious gourmet food right to your seat.

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37. Visit the beach

As long as Britain’s weather plays ball, why not escape the city for the day?  Botany Bay in Broadstairs, Camber Sand in Rye and Bournemouth beach are all within two hours train journey from London.

Best beaches in the UK

39. Outdoor Concert

Head to Kew gardens this summer and embrace the magical and relaxed atmosphere of its famous concert Kew the Music 2015 which features a fantastic line up of artists and many artisan bars to drink and dance the day away.

40. Love is in the air

See London in a whole new unique way and jump aboard The Cable Cars of North Greenwich. Take to the air as you whisk through the sky from Greenwich to the Royal Docks capturing the breathtaking views along the way.

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