Does the object of your affections wear loafers with no socks? If you’re dating someone who makes Alexa Chung look like the school nerd, it can be hard to know where to go for that all important date. Hipsters can be notoriously hard to impress, so you need to go that extra mile on your fixie bike to ensure they aren’t yawning their way through your carefully planned date. Here are some ideas to set you straight on the road to hipster heaven.
Get ironic at Brick Lane Market
Brick Lane, London E1 6PU Irony is a must if you’re dating a hipster. Head to one of London’s most famous flea markets and set yourselves a task; to find yourselves the silliest object on sale and each purchase it for your date. From bric-a-brac to trinkets, toys to treasure, there’s oodles of old tat here to enjoy. Want extra hip points? Go for something cringingly retro like an 80s figurine which will look nice and kitsch on their mantelpiece.
Step away from the mojito…
Experimental Cocktail Club, 13A Gerrard Street, London W1D 5PS Hipsters thrive on obscurity, so if all else fails, charm the socks off your date by bringing them for a round of swanky cocktails in one of London’s hidden bars. The Parisian owned Experimental Cocktail Club is located behind a mysterious non-descript door in London’s China Town. Scruffy chic may not cut it in this high end establishment, so be sure your trendy friend puts on their finest frock before heading out. Sip from carefully concocted drinks such as St Germaine, which features a blend of elderflower, cucumber and chilli that will help wipe the cool off your hipster’s face.
Make a meal of it
Inamo, 134-136 Wardour Street, Soho, London, W1F 8ZP Not many restaurants allow you to customise the appearance of your table, or to see the chef make your food from your very own interactive chefcam. Inamo, on London’s famous Wardour Street, does all this and more – select your food from the graphical interface on your table and it will arrive, as if by magic. This is possibly the best first date spot in London; its ingenious concept will have your hipster hankering for more, and you’ll look like you know your stuff when it comes to what’s hot. If the object of your desires turns out to be a bore, there’s always a table top game of battleships to keep you occupied, and the option to call a cab on the sly.
Tea dance the afternoon away
Spitalfields Market, Crispin Place, Spitalfields, London E1 6AA Think dating in London has to be cool? Think again! Taking your beloved hipster to a tea dance might not be their cup of Darjeeling, but it will shake them out of their comfort zone, and it might just appeal to their quirkier side. For an afternoon’s fun you can both take a twirl back in time on the last Friday of the month from April to September at London’s Spitalfields Market for the Spitalfields tea dance. From the foxtrot to the cha cha, a spontaneous frolic on the dance floor could be just what the doctor ordered for that hipster.
You’ll find free evening open air salsa and tango at Spitalfields during the summer months. Check www.spitalfields.co.uk for dates and times.
And now for something completely different…
Dennis Severs’ House, 18 Folgate Street London E1 6BX This house has something all hipsters appreciate, whether they have it in them or not; a little bit of crazy. Denis Severs moved to London in the 70s from California, bought a house, and promptly set about making it into a living artefact. Imaging the lives of a family living through the 18th and 19th centuries, Severs decorated each of the ten rooms in the house like a theatre set to reflect a different period of the fictitious family’s life. For a touch of geek chic and a jolt of the imagination, this is a good dating alternative to London’s bars and restaurants, and can even be toured by candlelight.
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