6 imaginative romantic London dates for falling in love

Jun 29 2017

If Paris is the "City of Love," then London is its much cooler, edgier English cousin. No question, if you want to impress the girl of your dreams, take her to London and wow her with one of these quirky romantic date ideas.

1. A Night at the Museum

Who says museums are only open during daytime visiting hours? If you want to combine your love of art or history with your love for a special someone, why not take them to a late night museum event? Many of London’s top museums host regular evening events.

For a romantic after-hours culture fix, head to the Natural History Museum for one of their monthly late openings, many of which have open mic music performances along with a pop-up restaurant for extra entertainment. The National Portrait Gallery has drawing classes, talks and discussions as well as films, live music and a late bar. Who knew museums could be such fun out of hours?

2. Classic Afternoon Tea

Nothing beats old-school romance than an invitation to Afternoon Tea at one of London’s premier venues. Whether you take her for tea at The Ritz or The Savoy, at Fortnum & Mason or the top of The Shard, this is your chance to sweep your girl off her feet with perfect gentlemanly charm, making her the centre of your attention.

Enjoy an oh-so-civilised afternoon with dainty finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and bite sized cakes and sweet treats, all accompanied by proper English Tea in fine china cups. Why not go the extra mile and opt for the champagne upgrade, to add some extra sparkle to the occasion?

3. Ghost Bus Tour

What do you get when you combine the delicious thrill of a horror film with a ghost train ride, all set in the grandeur of the UK capital? The London Ghost Bus Tour is a theatrical sightseeing tour and a truly wild piece of comedy horror theatre performed on board a classic 1960s red double-decker Routemaster bus.

If you’re looking to explore London together, tapping into your shared sense of the macabre, why not discover the city’s grisly sites of murder, torture, and execution rather than the usual tourist attractions? As dates go, this one will have you laugh and scream, probably at the same time.

4. "I Love London" Couples Photoshoot

Make romantic memories with a bespoke couples photoshoot taken in a unique selection of some of London’s best locations. Whether you choose to pose on Westminster Bridge with the Houses of Parliament in the background, in one of the capital’s lush green parks, at iconic railway stations, or historic landmarks, these professionally shot images will capture your love against the backdrop of one of the coolest cities on the planet.

In terms of style and attitude, this is a chance to think outside the box and lark around in front of the camera. Want to incorporate colourful street art, urban wastelands, or everyday London scenes into your "I Love London" photo album? For romantic couples looking for a different kind of photo shoot, this is a sure winner.

5. Dine in complete darkness at Dans le Noir

Take your date on an exciting sensory journey at Dans le Noir in London’s trendy Clerkenwell. A restaurant like no other, you are plunged into pitch black darkness, leaving your vanity and preconceptions at the door.The cuisine is superb, of course, but your culinary experience will be enhanced by the absence of sight which leaves your remaining senses in a state of heightened awareness.

In the darkness, your inhibitions are freed as the two of you surrender to smell, taste, touch, and hearing to guide you through the evening. Whether you try to guess the ingredients of your surprise cocktails or feed each other seafood hors d’oeuvres, a more intimate, spine tingling date is hard to imagine!

6.Highgate Cemetery Tour

If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city but not venture too far, you could have a day out in one of London’s eight Royal Parks and you’d have a fabulous time. Or you could make it a bit more imaginative and arrange for a visit to London’s most beautiful and high-profile cemetery and nature reserve, and popular visitor attraction.

Highgate Cemetery is a rare place of silence, with grounds full of trees and wild flowers. Here you’ll find many enchanting architectural features including mausoleums and memorials, chapels, catacombs and colonnades, particularly in the overgrown West Cemetery that’s only accessible via a guided tour.

Many famous names can be found among the 170,000 "residents" of the East and West Cemeteries – why not spend a leisurely afternoon stroll spotting the resting places of Karl Marx, Douglas Adams, Christina Rosetti, George Eliot, Michael Faraday, Beryl Bainbridge, Malcolm McLaren, and many others?

Looking for more dating ideas in London? You're in luck, London has plenty of dating events to offer.