Top 20 Amazing London First Date Ideas

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Whether you’re a serial dater or you’ve finally plucked up the courage to ask that special someone, first dates are a daunting – especially when you’re the one who has to make the plans! If you need a little bit of inspiration for a date in the city, Our Top 20 London first date ideas will have you cruising down the Thames, taking in a few rooftop views and boogying into each other’s arms. There has never been a better time to ask out the special someone for a first date in London.


1. An evening at Gordon’s Wine Bar

Situated a stone’s throw away from the river, this little gem is the perfect candle-lit place to get to know your date over a glass of wine.

Gordon’s Wine Bar
47 Villiers St, London
020 7930 1408

Tube: Embankment


2. Drive-In Film Club

Indulge your Grease movie fantasy and take your date to Alexandra Palace where you can watch classic movies at an American-style drive-in, complete with popcorn and candy delivered straight to your car.
Tickets £22 until April 2014

Drive-In Film Club
Alexandra Palace
Alexandra Palace Way
N22 7AY


3. Cycling through Hyde Park

Take advantage of being in one of the most beautiful cities in the world in spring and cycle around Hyde Park with your date, stopping at the café overlooking the Serpentine to take in the view. Then, if you’re feeling brave and the weather is set fair, coax him or her onto a pedalo.

Hyde Park
W2 2UH

Tube: Hyde Park Corner


4. Roller disco in Vauxhall

For a retro-cool first date, ditch dinner and go to the Renaissance Rooms in Vauxhall where ‘80s garb is an absolute must. Falling over is part of the deal, so prepare for some enforced handholding to steady you on your feet…

The Renaissance Rooms
Miles St
020 7720 9140

Tube: Vauxhall


5. Borough Market

Dating a foodie? Explore Borough Market and hop between the amazing stalls, sneaking a few tasters and sweet treats as you go. There’s always the selection of local pubs to head into if the weather changes and the date is going well.

Borough Market
8 Southwark St

Tube: Borough or London Bridge


6. Cocktails at London Cocktail Club

This tiny bar has a great atmosphere and plays ‘90s classics mixed in with crowd pleasers. Perfect if you’re looking for a Central London date night.

London Cocktail Club
4 Great Portland St

Tube: Oxford Circus


7. Portobello Road Market

Stroll down one of London’s most loved streets on market day, and trawl through the hundreds of antiques on offer.

Portobello Road
Notting Hill
W11 1LJ

Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri & Sat 8am-6.30pm, Thu half day until 1pm

Tube: Notting Hill Gate


8. Afternoon Tea at Cannizaro House

Have a traditional afternoon tea at Cannizaro House, Tucked away in Wimbledon, before exploring the extensive grounds, spotting a statue or two on your way.

Cannizaro House
W Side Common
SW19 4UE
020 8879 1464

Tube: Wimbledon


9. Tate Modern

Keen to impress a cerebral first date? Revise the night before and exercise your arts knowledge artsy at Tate Modern. Coffee by the river is a must afterwards.

Tate Modern

Tube: Southwark


10. Thames Clipper

Not into walking? Why not take your new date around London on the water? The Thames Clipper covers all the major sights including Big Ben, St Paul’s and the LOndon Eye. A great first date especially by moonlight.

Route: Woolwich – Putney


11. Cocktails at Radio Rooftop Bar

Looking for the wow factor on your first date in London? We love this rooftop bar. Take a lift to the top of the ME Hotel and enjoy an evening sipping cocktails, with the added benefit of a breathtaking view of the city below.

Radio Rooftop Bar
336-337 Strand

Tube: Temple


12. Tapas at La Mancha

Compatibility relies on being able to share food. Go for tapas at this sweet restaurant and test whether he or she is really okay with you taking some fritas.

La Mancha
142 Chiswick High Road
W4 1PU

Train: Chiswick


13. Breakfast at The Breakfast Club

If you can face queuing in the name of bacon or pancakes, hit The Breakfast Club for a delicious morning meeting. Enjoy juices and full English plates in a suitably cool establishment.

The Breakfast Club
31 Camden Passage
N1 8EA

Tube: Angel


14. Soho Comedy Club

If you want a laugh a minute on your first date but you don’t want the pressure (we don’t blame you) sit back and let some of London’s best standups do the work for you.

Soho Comedy CLub
Empire Casino
5-6 Leicester Square

Tube: Oxford Circus


15. Late Nights at London Zoo

Assess whether your first date is an animal lover by heading to London Zoo on a Friday night for an evening with tigers, monkeys and the like. Pop-up bars, performances and the carousel are a must. Animal-themed onesies at your discretion.

London Zoo
Regent’s Park
Outer Circle

Tube: Camden Town


16. Picnic on Parliament Hill

Why not take your date to one of London’s top romantic spots (weather permitting)? Sit on Parliament Hill in Hampstead and look out over the city with your tipple of choice.

Train: Hampstead


17. Natural History Museum

Get nostalgic and share your first date with the scariest animals to walk the planet – remember the days when the dinosaurs really did seem terrifying? Release your inner child and geek out amongst the other treasures and exhibitions at the Natural History Museum.

Natural History Museum
Cromwell Rd

020 7942 5000

Open Monday to Sunday from 10.00-17.50, except 24-26 December. Last admission 17.30.

Tube: South Kensington


18. Walk over the O2

If you want an adventurous first date in London, UP at the O2 is a good move. Scaling the roof of an iconic building to 360-degree views of the city is bound to get the conversation started.

Tube: North Greenwich


19. Coffee at Fernandez and Wells

Go for a classic first date at this charming coffee bar – it offers great food and smooth flat whites. Pick the Somerset House branch for an idyllic setting for those getting-to-know-you chats.

Fernandez and Wells at Somerset House

Weekdays – 8am-10pm
Saturday – 10am-10pm
Sunday – 10am-8pm

Tube: Temple


20. Ping Pong at Bounce

Expose your competitive streak at Bounce, London’s popular Ping Pong club. Think along the lines of bowling but without the smelly shoes, and a lot of beer.

121 Holborn
020 3657 6525

Tube: Holborn


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