Summer in the capital, what could be better? Stray off the beaten path and venture out of your comfort zone with these fun date ideas for the summer season. Sun is shining, the weather is sweet…
1. Hampstead Heath
Hampstead Heath, stomping ground for Marx and Engels and inspiration for numerous poets and novelists. Chill out with a picnic and savour the best views in the city, or for more structured visit, why not take the walk from Primrose Hill to Hampstead Heath? You’ll be surprised what gems you’ll find along the way including the past homes of Marx and Engels, rustic pubs and Roundhouse theatre.
2. Outdoor Cinema
Quintessentially romantic: a movie under the stars. Watch the romance unfold on and off the screen with The Luna cinema’s summer season of film at enviable locations: Kew Gardens, Kensington Palace and Hampton Court Palace. The Luna Cinema blows all other movie nights out of the water and creates an utterly magical atmosphere for you to enjoy cult classics and recent award winners. Book now to avoid disappointment.
3. ChistleHurst Caves
OK, we may be pushing the boundaries a little by saying this one’s in London, however when we heard that we could explore caves where The Rolling Stones, David Bowie and Pink Floyd played in the 60s, we had to include it in our list! For £6 you can visit Chistlehurst Cave‘s 22 miles of caves, which were also used as air raid shelters in WWII. Save the sun cream and explore the cool allure of subterranean exploration. This one will be a date to remember.
4. Brick Lane Street Art
Thanks to the Labour government of 2001 we have enjoyed free national museums for nearly 15 years. With all the free art in London, you’d be forgiven for not noticing the growing number of generous free spirits along Brick Lane who have contributed beauty to the streets of East London. Take some time to soak up some wild culture, by meeting at Aldgate and strolling for art, in the city’s outdoor museum. If the date is going well, why not try out the numerous cafes and eateries on offer?
5. Crystal Palace Maze
Excited for the new Jurassic Park? Why not play with the prehistoric at Crystal Palace Park where full sized dinosaur sculptures lurk between the trees. Built by the Victorians and recently restored, these nonsensical gems add some drama to the usual picnic date. After a stroll in the gardens why not enjoy the beautiful lake, maze, and sporting facilities. Or if it gets chilly, why not curl up in a local cinema playing a dinosaur favourite?