March 4, 2009
You really are spoilt for choice when it comes to finding great dating spots in London. You may have to line yourself up a few more dates just to fit them all in!
London - Dining out
There are a multitude of fabulous restaurants for you and your date to choose from in and around London, so here are a few suggestions to help you on your way.
Riverside & Views
If you'd like to impress your date with riverside London views then the Blueprint Café located in Tower Bridge, is a great place to start. With a menu that changes to reflect the best seasonal produce you'll be sure to have a unique experience every time. If you'd like to experience a fresh fish and seafood menu whilst dining along the river, the Curve restaurant and bar located within West India Quays Marriot, is a great find. For more great London views, the Oxo Tower (Waterloo), Skylon (Royal Festival Hall), Plateau (Docklands) and Galvin at Windows (Mayfair) are a few of many other hidden treats that are worth a look.
If dining alfresco takes your fancy, there are some great London venues for you and your date to enjoy. Inn The Park (St James) is a beautiful little find with a relaxed environment for you and your date to enjoy. At Lola Rojo (Clapham), you can treat your date to authentic Spanish Tapas and flirt the night away in true Spanish style. Or how about The River Café (Hammersmith)? Reopening in September, this venue boasts unbeatable views and menus that never fail to impress.
Theatre Deals in London
For restaurants that are known to offer pre-theatre deals in London, try Arbutus (Soho), Christopher's (Covent Garden), J Sheeky (Leicester square), Lindsay House (Soho) or Orso (Covent Garden). Theatre accompanied by fine dining is a great idea to impress any date.
Dining After Hours
If your date has been going well and neither of you are ready for it to end, there are a number of late night London eateries scattered all around the city. At Automat (Mayfair), you can continue your date in true American diner style, just like some of your favourite movies. You may spot the odd celebrity or two just to add to the fun. In keeping with the American diner theme, Electric Brasserie - Notting Hill is another great find, serving food until 1am from Thursday to Saturday.
London - Theatre Dates
Let's move on to one of London's favourite treats: the theatre. Whether you want to impress your date with an all out singing and dancing spectacular, or an intellectual mind grabber, you'll find something in London to suit your dating needs.
If musical theatre is your thing then the West End is the place to be. For the more well-known or celebrity-filled stage hits, find yourself in the vicinity of Shaftsbury Avenue/Charing Cross Rd and you can't go far wrong. With over 30 of London's major theatres just a walk away, showing all of your favourite shows old and new, you'll be in musical heaven
If you have an ever so slightly more sophisticated approach to Theatre but still want to see popular and well know performances, then London's South Bank would be a perfect spot for you and your date. Here you'll find venues such as Shakespeare's Globe, the National Theatre and the Old Vic are just a walk away. Picture it now, as the evening sets and the city lights begin to glimmer in reflection along the river Thames, you and your date stroll hand in hand soaking up the beauty of one of the most famous city skylines in the world.
For a more laid back and diverse approach to theatre there, are many hidden gems scattered all around the city. The Soho, The Bush, Barbican, Unicorn, Sadlers Wells and The Roundhouse are a few of many that shouldn't be missed.
London is littered with hundreds of unique and exciting places for you and your date to enjoy. So if you fancy deviating slightly from more traditional dates, here are a few suggestions to help you on your way.
Camden's Jazz Cafe - Enjoy your date to the backdrop of live music at this iconic venue.
Vinopolis Wine Tasting Museum (London Bridge) - Get to know more about each other while sampling the wines of the world.
Everyman Cinema (Hampstead) - Enjoy a movie in style. Snuggle up on the sofa with a nice bottle of wine and your choice of classic films or new releases.
The London Eye - Get to know all about each other from a new perspective. Breathtaking views and stimulating conversation make for a great date.
London Galleries -There are a whole host of Galleries and exhibitions all around the city so enjoy a sample of culture and conversation on your date.
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