Just because the weather is colder doesn’t mean all autumn dates have to be spent in the pub, so for some London autumn date ideas that aren’t just drinks, read on…
Cinema – with a twist
The cinema might not sound like the best place to get to know someone but London cinemas don’t just mean your average Cineworld. You can get close to someone at Electric Cinema (Notting Hill and Shoreditch) and Everyman Cinema thanks to their cosy sofas to snuggle together on and they also let you take drinks in from their bars. Plus if you go on a Monday, Electric Cinema offer 50% off at Electric Diner with a valid ticket, meaning you can discuss the film – and more – after the show.
Or if singing is your thing, the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square hosts regular sing-a-longs!
Who said good London views have to cost a lot? 155 metres up, the Sky Garden in the City offers 360 degree views over London and is completely free to visit, as long as you sign up in advance on the website. There are a couple of restaurants in there too if you fancied going for food, although I wasn’t over wowed by my brunch experience at Darwin’s Brasserie there (you can read the full review here).
Bowling, Darts and Ping Pong – But Better
Not the kind that you get in old pubs or run-down youth centres, London has given these activities a makeover. For retro bowling, food and games, All Star Lanes is a popular alley and can be found in both London and Manchester. Flight Club is a newish ‘social darts’ alley that has real-time scoring, games, animation and food & drink on offer, whilst Bounce (Old Street and Farringdon/Holborn) is a club-style bar/restaurant complete with ping pong tables. Just don’t go with anyone too competitive!
Climb the 02
Climbing the 02 is something that I have been wanting to do for ages! There are three climbs to choose from, one daytime, one as the sun goes down and one in the dark where you can look at London twinkle.
A Gig – but not as you know it
There are always cool gigs happening around London, from folk nights around a campfire to live music in restored Victorian halls. One night that I have been wanting to go to is Sofar Sounds, which hold intimate gigs in ‘secret’ locations that often include people’s living rooms! They cherry pick their talent so you can be assured that you will be greeted with good music and not knowing who will be popping up throughout the night is all part of the fun.
‘Boris Bikes’ may sound confusing on the instructions panel but essentially they cost £2 each for half an hour,enough time to have a cycle around somewhere cute. Hyde Park and Victoria Park are my favourite spots (and mean no cycling on a main road either).
Or if drinks ARE more your thing, you can check out my post on the best relaxed and cosy central London bars for autumn/Winter!
Any other activities you can recommend? Let me know!