London date night ideas? I’ve got you covered.
I’ve lived in London for three years now. Once back in 2017-2018 and I’ve been living back here ever since 2021.
I will say that in 2017-2018 I had no interest in dating and was having way too much fun at work and at the weekends to even think about it.
But arriving back in London in 2021, I moved here with my boyfriend – who would have thought?!
We’ve had more than a few date nights in the city as we love to explore and do fun things during the working week and at the weekends.
So I thought I’d put together a list of my favourite date activities in London in case you’re looking for some inspiration.
1. Flight Club
If you want something fun and competitive for a London date night, Flight Club could be a great option.
Not your traditional game of darts, but a dart board tied to different games and rules that aren’t just for the more skilled dart player.
Having been before, I can assure you that Flight Club is a great night out as the darts start going a bit AWOL with the more drinks consumed.
2. West End show
This is one of my favourite date nights, if not my most favourite date night. Download the Today Tix app and take a look at what shows offer Rush Tickets.
Rush Tickets go on sale around 10am on the morning of the show and are usually the final free tickets that no one has purchased for that night.
I’ve bought Rush Tickets quite a few times and always ended up with tickets in the stalls (most often actually front row).
Grab a quick bite to eat in Chinatown before and you have yourself the perfect date night.
3. Fancy dinner
If you feel like treating yourselves, maybe it’s pay day, then head to one of London’s fancier restaurants for a date night meal.
Places like Sketch, The Ned, Sushi Samba and Ivy Asia are high on my list of places to visit for a fancy meal in London.
I just need to save up for a while before I can actually dine there!
4. Comedy club
Spending a night at one of London’s comedy clubs is always a fun date night idea. Often guaranteed laughs (I can’t 100% guarantee) and something a little different from going out for a nice dinner.
The Comedy Club in Covent Garden is a great one to go to and often have surprise high profile comedians that make an appearance to test new material.
5. Pasta making
Another something a little different for a date night, Eataly beside Liverpool Street station offers pasta cooking classes paired with a glass of wine for quite a cheap price.
If you or your partner like to cook, this could be an ideal date night idea – plus you get to eat lots of pasta and can meet other couples and pairs while doing so.
6. Gordon’s Wine Bar
A fancier option of a date night is to head to Gordon’s Wine Bar by Embankment. If you’re after a chilled evening in the summer, this is definitely the place to go.
Order a cheese and meats board to pair with your wine and relax outside in the alleyway with a gorgeous glass of wine or five and enjoy some great conversation.
7. Paint and Sip
A fun activity for a date night is Paint and Sip. This sees couples go to a painting workshop and enjoy some alcohol while doing so.
This could be painting some pottery like a new mug or plate, or could be painting a canvas drawing while getting a little tipsy at the same time.
Think laughing at your partners skills or learning that they’re actually very arty!
8. Sofar Sounds
This is one of my top date night ideas and one that’s very popular in London. Sofar Sounds is a pop-up music gig that happens most nights around the city of London and also in Europe.
You buy a ticket for your desired night and then don’t know the exact location of the gig until the day of the event.
But the magic of it is, you could end up in someone’s living room, a coffee shop or underneath a bridge.
A very cool concept and adds in an element of surprise to your date night as neither of you will know what to expect.
If you or your partner are a little sporty and competitive, then Bounce could be the perfect date night option.
Think rows and rows of ping pong tables – but they’re in a rowdy bar – and you’ve got Bounce.
However, if one of your icks is someone running after a ping pong ball, then this may not be the date night option for you.
10. Dinner in the dark
One of the more whacky date night ideas that I’ve heard of and am quite intrigued to try, is having a meal in pure darkness.
Dans Le Noir restaurant offers this dining experience to really let you try new foods and engage your tastebuds, but it also makes for a great first date or blind date as your personality and voice have to do all the talking for the date to be successful.