3 August 2015

20 date ideas for Londoners

We all need to do this more. Grab your calendar and call someone you love - boy, girl, date, friend, Mom, co-worker - and plan something something slightly out of the ordinary. Make time to spend a few hours just hanging out and enjoying their company.

The Mister and I have been making an effort to do this lately, scheduling in a date night every fortnight where we just take a little time to catch up undisturbed by chores, try something new and laugh together. And yes, I put down the Twitter. Mostly...


Of course it became a blog post eventually... #bloglife. Our fun seemed to fall into 4 categories; in sunshine, out of the rain, quite foodie and a little bit boozy. I've also enlisted a few of my favourite suggestions from a few fellow blog addicts friends...

In the Sunshine...

- Picnic away. Pop into your nearest supermarket or deli, grab a friend's picnic blanket and wander to the nearest glade of greenery. Naughty treats entirely optional, but highly recommended.

London Regents Park and why I love it

- Pirate row around Regents Park (puns not necessary but very much appreciated)


- Become a tourist for the evening & hop on a London cruise or Cable car at sunset


- Take in a few steps and get the bird's eye view over a busy city


- Wander beautifully

Out of the Rain...

- Try something a little old-fashioned and set up a Movie night. Put down the Twitter, pop some corn and pull up a couch.

- Forget the commuter rage and go back in time to Cahoots for a ration or two

Cahoots, an Underground London Cocktail bar

- Discover some of the East End's history with a visit to the Whitechapel Bell Foundry (needs to be booked quite far in advance)


- Take some pamper time with a nail & coffee date
- Visit the theatre or a musical in the West End

 Heartbreak Hotel Immersive Theatre Greenwich


 Get a little Foodie...

- Visit a different country via your knife, fork & plate; perhaps try Vietnamese Pho, Belgium Moules Frites, Hungarian goulash or Russian desserts.

- Take a cooking class & learn to bake something new.

- Book a dinner somewhere special that's on your luxury list

- Explore a new corner of London with a tour guide who has a penchant for the sweeter things in life (my favourite is my friend Yannick, an Art Deco addicted Luxemburg native who will even take walkers who insist on calling Macaron, Macaroons...)



- Try a combination of flavours that you would never think to pair, or a new dish at one of the many Street Food markets


A little bit boozy...

- Learn to shake cocktails like a pro (I can highly recommend the cocktail Masterclass* I recently attended in the Kings Cross Pullman hotel - I've already got plans to re-visit and try a different spirit...)
Discovering the Pullman Accor Hotel in Kings Cross

- Sneak into the Shard for breathtaking views (just queue early in the evening to the right of the Shangra-La hotel entrance, dressed nicely) for a few nibbles and cocktails at Aqua Shard.

The Shard overlooking Tower Bridge London

- Find a new pub/beach/bar to settle into

- Visit Vinopolis* before it closes at the end of the year to taste one of their extensive range of tipples. They hold a variety of Masterclasses as well, the most recent a guide to tasting Turkish wines... 



- Dance the night away in an underground club such as Fifty9* on the southern end of Berkeley Square.


What are your favourite evenings in London? There are so many...!

* I was invited to the Accor Cocktail Masterclass, to check out the newly relaunched Fifty9 and revisit Vinopolis for the purposes of review, but as ever my (very many) opinions are only ever my own, and I would never recommend anywhere that I wouldn't happily revisit.

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