25 ROMANTIC THINGS TO DO IN LONDON
By Maya Modha
Chances are, pre-children you took time and made the effort to meticulously plan down to the smallest detail each and every date night; ensuring they were equally exciting and romantic.
If you are lucky enough to have a regular date night post kids, what do they look like now? Cinema? Your local curry house? Falling asleep on the sofa?
Time to shake things up.
Check out our favourite 25 romantic things to do in London.
Head down to Soho to sample some of the best Mexican food in town at La Bodegra Negra. Order Softshell Crab Tacos and spicy Yellowfin Tuna Ceviche and down them with some Frozen Margaritas.
Look for a hidden doorway just past Old Street station and you will find the entrance to Night Jar; one of the best Jazz Bars in London. It’s small, intimate, resembles a 1920’s speakeasy and the cocktails are as extravagant as the acts. Ensure you book in advance as there can be an up to three month waiting list.
Check out the latest exhibitions at The Tate. The playfully subversive artists SUPERFLEX have filled the Tate Modern Turbine Hall with swings, so hop on together and swing yourself into a good night.
Head to Mr Foggs Gin Bar and drink cocktails from all the countries you’ve visited together. Reminisce about all the fab times you have had and perhaps even plan your next adventure.
Buy last minute cheap theatre tickets. London is home to some of the best theatre shows in the world. Whether it’s the Phantom of the Opera, Kinky Boots or The Book of Mormon, the Theatre is always a good date. Use the money you've saved on a pre-show dinner.
Visit the Natural History Museum after hours and with no kids. Go to ‘Museum Lates’ and enjoy exhibitions, large glasses of wine and food on the last Friday of every month.
Have a day date and head to Sketch for the prettiest Afternoon Tea and the rather quirky décor. Don’t forget to take a mandatory pic in the space pod loos.
Enjoy a delicious brunch with the best views of London at The Sky Garden. And be sure to take plenty of selfies!
Get hot under the collar at Salsa! Charing Cross. Go on a Thursday to see and hear Latin Krazy at their evening Salsa Class. Learn some steamy moves while you both make the most of their Happy Hour.
Press for Champagne at Bob Bob Ricard and order the BBR Signature Chocolate Glory. It. Is. To. Die. For.
If you are deep in the trenches of sleep deprivation and struggling to keep your eyes open, go to the Comedy Store and laugh until your belly hurts. There is no other tonic quite like laughter to make you feel better about the (seemingly endless) sleepless nights.
Take a canal ride from Little Venice down to Camden and end up in the Blues Kitchen for some ribs and beers.
If you’re in the mood for the cinema, try the Electric Cinema at Notting Hill or Shoreditch and make out in the back seats in their plush large sofas.
Go get lost in the Maze at Hampton Court Palace and kick back and relax in a deck chair by the fountains. Take a picnic and a few bottles of G+T and take it in turns to feed each other strawberries to make it the ultimate romantic date.
Compete against each other in darts at Flight Club. To make it more fun, go with other couples and hire an area along with a few bottles of prosecco and pizzas for two hours. Play boys vs girls and whoever loses has to buy the other cocktails for the rest of the night.
Pop in to Champagne + Fromage and indulge in beautiful cheese boards and bubbly. They have 30 different hard and soft cheeses to choose from and they even do a cheese based Afternoon Tea if you are feeling extra indulgent.
Take a romantic stroll down the Southbank as the sun sets on London and then watch a Shakespearian classic under the stars at the Globe Theatre.
Book yourself a table at The Box, but ensure it’s not right at the front otherwise you may be subject to some light showers if you know what I mean. And enjoy freaking each other out!
Eat Dim Sum and BYOB to a cheeky Chinese in ChinaTown, you will be spoilt for choice. Once you are nicely merry, head to Sugar Karaoke Club and sing your heart out to Mariah Carey and George Michael classics.
Head to The Vault for some whiskey tasting fun and purchase a bottle to share in bed when you get home.
Go bar hopping in Shoreditch and end up at the Duck + Waffle to watch the sun rise over London while you tuck in to a yummy brunch and some Virgin Marys.
Stroll through Borough Market sampling cheeses and cakes and get yourself a warm salted beef bagel. They are the best
Head over to Richmond Park and hire a couple of Boris bikes to make your way around. Keep an eye out for the deer.
Pop over to The Ginstitute in Notting Hill and make little bottles of gin to take home and make into cocktails for each other.
Go to The Curtain Hotel and book yourself into Red Rooster - an American Dining experience run by the acclaimed New York Chef and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson. Think Southern soul food meets the trendy east end.
If you’re looking for somewhere extra special, check out our list of places to go to celebrate in London.
Where’s your favourite place to go on date night?