5 ‘Foodie’ Things To Do With Your Date in London

Looking for a date idea that's a little different to just dinner and drinks? Restaurant review site Hot-Dinners.com have recommended the following list of alternative date ideas for London food lovers. Enjoy!

Wine tasting sessions at Vinoteca

Nobody likes a wine bore, but learning a little bit more about wine – especially when you get to try them all – can be a lot of fun and a great way to get to know someone. Central London-based wine store and restaurant Vinoteca holds regular tasting sessions in their Farringdon, Soho and Marylebone restaurants. You get to try up to 20 wines (and no, you don't have to use the spittoon if you don't want to) and best of all there's a discount on any wines you end up buying.
Price: £25

Foraging walks round London's parks

You might have walked through your local park a hundred times and not realised that much of what you’re tramping over could be edible. Book a foraging walk with former gastropub owner John Rensten and over the next two and a half hours he’ll show you which plants you can scoff as well as letting you taste dishes and drinks he’s made from wild food he’s already picked. Pick up tips on herbalism, botany, cookery and history while you wander round, and don’t forget to bring a rug so you can stay on and get to know your date better after the walk finishes.
Price: £25 a person – walks talk place at Clissold, Ravenscourt, Springfield, Battersea, Waterlow, Burgess and Victoria parks.

Tea for two

Maybe not the ideal date for someone whose only brewer is a cup of builders tea so strong your spoon would stand up in it – but every Saturday morning between 10 and 11am Postcard Teas just off Bond Street runs one hour tasting sessions into the finer teas in life. Sessions range from an introduction to teas from all over the world, to ones that focus on green teas from Japan, Korea, and China. Your guide is Timothy d'Offay “one of the foremost tea experts in the world" who’ll take you through teas from plantations he’s visited.
Price: £20

Cheese tasting at Cave à fromage

For the past five years Eric Charriaux and Amnon Paldi have been sharing their wide knowledge and infectious enthusiasm for cheese with the denizens of Kensington. Their shop, Cave à Fromage supplies some of the best restaurants in the country, such as Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons. Almost every Thursday they throw their doors open for a wine and cheese tasting for around 10-15 people where you sit around a communal table to nibble some extraordinary cheeses and wash it all down with some good wine. It’s a less intimidating first date than a restaurant meal – and a lot more fun.
Price: £35 – although look out for wine tastings at just £20.

Street food feast

Forget stuck up Michelin restaurants with hushed dining rooms and stuffy service, for a much cooler London date, head to Dalston where from 12 April Street Feast London will be setting up shop every Friday night. Wander round street trucks, trying the mac ‘n’ cheese or burgers or trying an artisan ice-cream or two. If you’re dating a real foodie, make a beeline for Ben Spalding’s Stripped Back section and pull up a stool to see gourmet food cooked right in front of you. There are also beers and cocktails not to mention live music and screenings to make this a real date to remember.
Price: A Big Apple Hot Dog here starts at £3

For more date ideas, head back to our London dating page.