London dating sets itself apart from dating in other regions; not only is the dating population in the UK’s capital significantly bigger than most other cities around the country, it’s also one of the most vibrant cities in which to socialise. The unique cosmopolitan vibe of this city often allows Londoners to put a ‘London’ stamp on conventional date venues such as cinemas and restaurants making dating an extra special experience. With this in mind, we’ve come up with some examples to show you how to do dating with a London twist.
Conventional dating: a trip to the Odeon
London dating: Boutique cinemas, pop up cinemas, and alternative cinemas
Fed up with the usual cinemas chains? Looking for something with a bit more personality? Why not try taking your date to one of London’s intimate boutique cinemas. The Electric Cinema on Portobello Road is one of the best-known; with comfy leather armchairs and couches, lavish decor, and great service. Tables next to your seat allow for your nibbles or glass of wine to be close by throughout the film – which could be anything from world cinema to an art house production. If the location doesn’t suit, there are dozens of other independent cinemas which are ideal for dating in London; the Tricycle Theatre, for example, is a gallery space, theatre and cinema all in one; the Phoenix Cinema, built in 1910, shows screenings of live opera direct via satellite from the New York Metropolitan Opera House.
Conventional dating: pub lunch
London dating: lunch amidst the celebrities
The Punchbowl in Mayfair is a listed Georgian building dating from 1750, owned by none other than film maker Guy Ritchie. Serving ‘British fusion cuisine’, this is a great place to take someone for an afternoon lunch date in London. A host of celebrities have been seen drinking here, including Justin Timberlake, Robert DeNiro, and even princes William and Harry. Other celebrity spotting pubs in London include Camden’s Hawley Arms – the haunt of some of Britain’s coolest musicians – and Mahiki, a Polynesian themed bar where Jay-Z and Girls Aloud have been spotted.
Conventional dating: Visiting a museum
London dating: The literary trail
One for the capital’s bookworms. London has been the home of many a literary genius; walking around you may notice plaques where infamous writers once lived and worked. Virginia Woolf, T.S. Elliot and Charles Dickens are amongst some of the writers who lived in the capital at some stage in their lives. Ideal for summer time when London dating can be taken from dating sites to the magical outdoors, if you plan your route in advance you could really impress a date with a customised tour of their favourite writers’ old haunts. For the real romantics, Poet’s Corner in Westminster Abbey has memorials to Milton, Keats and Shelley to name a few, and is the burial place of Chaucer and Tennyson.
Conventional dating: dinner date
London dating: Dinner on the Thames
Taking the object of your affections out for a meal? To add a London twist, why not dine on the Thames? London Showboat cruises, for example, combine dinner with some of the best cabaret show tunes and dancing, for 3 ½ hours of floating entertainment. Other cruises on offer include champagne cruises for those decadent dates, and glass bottomed cruises for day time dates. For something picturesque, The Boat restaurant at Richmond Bridge offers dining on a moored boat where you can watch the world go by from its open air deck, whilst soaking up the atmosphere and charm of this London suburb.