Keeping romance alive in any relationship can be challenging. You fall in love, you move in together and everything suddenly becomes routine. Even with the best of intentions, it can be easy to let the little things slip and before long you’re spending every night watching Netflix instead of exploring new places or trying new activities together. Luckily London is a city packed with romance and there are so many ways to rekindle that spark with your partner, even if you’ve been together for a while! This blog post will give you ideas for 10 different dates that are perfect for anyone who wants to spice up their love life, whether it’s your first date or your thousandth! These ideas range from cheap and accessible to more adventurous and expensive but no matter what type of date you’re looking for there’s something here for everyone.
1. A stroll through London’s beautiful gardens
London is a city full of parks and gardens and many of these are part of the world-renowned Royal Parks system, which is said to be the largest urban park system in the world! If you’re looking for a cheap and easy date idea that is perfect for any time of year, then a stroll through one of London’s beautiful Royal Parks will not disappoint. There are 9 Royal Parks throughout London and they each offer something a little different and all have their own unique charm. You can choose a park based on what you want to get out of your stroll. If you want to see some of London’s historic landmarks then head to Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, or St. James Park. If you want to see a beautiful London sunset then head to Regent’s Park or Richmond Park and if you want to experience some of London’s amazing architecture then head to one of the parks near the Thames, such as Greenwich Park or Southwark Park.
2. A picnic in London’s biggest park
If you’re looking for a more adventurous date, then a picnic in London’s biggest park, Hyde Park, might be a better fit. Hyde Park is the largest Royal Park in London and covers over 100 hectares, so there are plenty of perfectly nice places to sit and eat, but why not make it a little more interesting? Head to the Serpentine Swimming Lake or the Lido Beach and spend some time lounging on the beach. If you want to get a little more out of your date, then you can try hiring a rowing boat or a pedal boat and really make the most of the beautiful scenery. Alternatively, you can grab some food and drinks from one of the nearby bars and spend the afternoon exploring the rest of the park.
3. Go on a luxury boat tour of the city
If you want to see the best of London from a unique perspective then a luxury boat tour of the city might be the perfect date for you. Boats such as the London Eye, Tower River Cruise, and Westminster Bridge Cruise are some of the most iconic sights in London and the tour guides will spout out interesting facts about the city as you sail past some of London’s most beautiful landmarks. If you’re looking for a more exclusive experience then you can also book a private boat tour. The London Jet Boat Tour Tour is one of the fastest boats in the world and will take you on an exhilarating ride through London’s iconic landmarks at high speeds, while the London Duck Boat Tour will take you on a more relaxed cruise through the city’s famous landmarks.
4. Watch a live show together
There are plenty of live shows to choose from in London, but if you’re looking for something a little more romantic, then Love, Sex and Relationships at the Freud Museum is a hilarious and informative night out that’s perfect for a couples’ night out. You’ll learn more about the history of sex and relationships in a funny and interactive show that was voted the best show in London by Time Out. Alternatively, you can head to one of London’s many theatre shows and see an award-winning musical or a theatrical performance. There are theatres across London that host amazing shows, so there’s something for every taste and budget. If you’re planning a date that’s a little more extravagant, then you can always head to the West End, which is home to some of London’s most famous theatres and shows.
5. A game of indoor tennis or softball
If you’re both sporty and looking for a fun date, then a game of indoor tennis or softball could be the perfect activity for you. If you head to a sports center you can usually book a court for a couple of hours and play together as a team against other couples. Alternatively, you can always book a private lesson to learn how to play. If you want something a little less competitive you can always book a game of mini golf or go bowling together. Finally, if your date includes children, then you can take them on a game of indoor bowling.
6. An escape room adventure
If you’re both thrill seekers, then an escape room adventure could be the perfect date for you. There are so many escape room adventures to choose from, including escape rooms based on the Sherlock Holmes stories, escape rooms based on the universe of Doctor Who, as well as escape rooms based on the world of Harry Potter. No matter what type of escape room adventure you choose, you and your partner will have to work together to solve puzzles and crack codes in order to escape. If you and your partner are fans of the supernatural, then you can also choose an escape room adventure based on the world of ghosts and ghouls.
7. Or a silent movie date with snacks!
If you’re looking for a more quirky and unusual date idea, then a silent movie date with snacks is an awesome way to experience the past. All over London, you can visit The Cockney Sparrow’s Silent Movie Club, which brings a new silent film to the city every week. After the movie has ended you can even take part in a discussion about the history of silent movies and the cultural significance of the film that you’ve just watched. Alternatively, you can always visit a classic movie theatre and watch an old black and white film.
8. A walking tour of London’s most iconic locations
The best way to see London is on foot and there are plenty of walking tours of London’s most famous landmarks and neighborhoods so you can experience the city like a local. If you’re looking for a romantic date that’s a little more unusual, then consider taking one of these walking tours. Alternatively, if you’d like to learn more about London’s history there are plenty of guided tours of the city’s museums and historic landmarks.
No matter what you’re looking for there’s something for everyone in London. The great thing about the city is that you can take an adventure during the day, and then go out at night to one of the many amazing bars and restaurants that the city has to offer. Whether you’re looking for something exotic or traditional, you’re bound to find a date idea in London that is perfect for you and your partner. So what are you waiting for? Open up a map, pick a few ideas and get planning the most romantic date in London.