Bored of visiting the same Instagram restaurants and bars? If you’re looking for new London date ideas, here are my favourite romantic and fun spots.
1. Release your inner child at Fairgame
As a kid at heart, I love the idea of an adults-only place with fairground games. Fairgame has nine different games you can play, including my favourite ‘Roll-a-ball Derby’. Each game can only be played once, but you get two rounds.
There are three street food options at the venue, a candy stand and a bar with fun cocktails. I chose candy floss and prosecco cocktail.
It’s £15 per person to play the games and the food and drink is affordable for London. Just be sure to book early as it gets filled up super-fast.
Location: Canary Wharf
2. Watch the world go by at Amelie’s Wine House
This is a charming wine bar in Fitzrovia. It has the cutest outdoor setting where you can huddle, drink wine and eat cheese while watching people walk by. The prices are affordable and the wine is delicious. There was no sharp aftertaste in the glasses I tried.
While here, you can walk 12 minutes to The Wellcome Collection for free exhibitions. You’re also near unique museums like the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology and the Grant Museum of Zoology.
3. Track your putting at Puttshack
If you follow me on Insta, you’ll know my boyfriend and I like mini-golf. Ever since I reviewed Puttshack for my blog, I keep coming back. Unlike some courses, you don’t have to be an expert — it’s more fun than serious.
This is because Puttshack has ‘Supertubes’ and ‘Hazard Traps’ that you can earn or lose points on. Your scores are automatically tracked and shown on a screen so you don’t need pencil and paper.
Each course has a fun twist, with a Beer Pong hole, a Puttman hole, and a pop quiz one. Plus, there is the opportunity to win a prize — Dan won a free pizza for us last time.
A round costs £14 for 9 holes.
Location: Bank, Watford and White City
4. Explore Paddington
One of my favourite London locations. Dan and I went to Paddington for his birthday and strolled along the canal — known as ‘Little Venice’. If you’re on TikTok, you’ll likely know about ‘Cafe Laville’ — a beautiful cafe overlooking the water. It’s idyllic and intimate so ideal for a date.
But Paddington has lots of cute places to visit. Vagabond wine bar, for instance, has a custom by the glass system where you can walk round and sample all sorts of different wines in bottles. There is also ‘Darcie & May Green’ for a boat date, and ‘Smiths Bar and Grill’ for a pretty aesthetic.
In the summer, it’s nice to walk ten minutes to The Italian Gardens or visit Regent’s Park.
5. Sip cocktails at GNH Bar & Terrace
I was invited to review GNH Bar last summer. The place is stunning both inside and out on the terrace. The interior is beautiful (even the bathroom is a photo-taking spot), and the DJ creates a great vibe. The ‘Selection of Cheeses board’ was delicious and comes with a tasty jelly.
If you’d rather have a meal, go to GNH Bar for drinks and then book the restaurant upstairs at Rails.
Location: King’s Cross
6. Enjoy the arts at Barons Court Theatre
West End shows sell out fast and cost a lot. Instead, why not choose a smaller location such as Barons Court Theatre. When you visit, you’ll see a classic London pub. Head downstairs however, and you’ll be taken to a dark theatre room. It’s small and intimate yet packed with fantastic emerging talent.
I thoroughly enjoyed watching a play here. The place is about a 30 minute walk from High Street Kensington but a 2 minute walk from West Kensington Station. High Street Kensington is filled with famous restaurants such as ‘Jacuzzi’ (can’t say I’m the biggest fan), ‘Como Garden’ and ‘Zaika’.
There is also Holland Park nearby, which is a romantic place to walk around at any time of the year.
7. Take in the skyline at Jin Bo Law
On the pricier side, this is a lively rooftop bar offering a panoramic view of London’s skyline. This includes iconic buildings like The Shard and the Gherkin. On the 14th floor of Hotel Saint, this is where to go if you want a fun atmosphere and no awkward silences. Cocktails cost around £17 with a glass of wine costing £11.
It’s one of those wonderful final night places — you’ve had a great date and now you want somewhere for the final wow factor. I’d recommend booking in advance to ensure you can get in.
8. Visit Spitalfields Market
The ultimate date market. While Borough Market is packed with people queing to try the famous TikTok food and Notting Hill is quick to pass, Spitalfields has everything. For a London date night, you can capture cute pics in a vintage style photobooth and do arts and crafts together. From silver ring making to pottery and candle making.
You can dine on market food, head to Funky Cellar for a cheese galore or taste Tofu Pudding at Sweet Hill for a vegan treat. The place is packed with the prettiest restaurants and bars — sometimes 2 for 1 on cocktails.
When I last visited, I took a short walk to the Monet Immersive Experience on Brick Lane.
9. Try your hand at batting at Sixes Cricket Club
I have no interest in cricket but can happily bat in Sixes simulator cricket. Perfect for a group date, you take turns hitting the ball towards the screen which has different areas to gain points. I’ve not reached the highest number yet — here’s hoping someday.
Be sure to sit down for food afterward. They serve indulgent street food such as burgers, pizzas and sharing plates.
Off-peak prices start at £7.
Location: Fitzrovia, Shepherd’s Bush and Fulham.
For more fun and romantic date ideas in London, read my date night reviews.
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