London dating doesn’t have to cost the earth; the good news about living in the capital is that there are literally dozens of things to do for free and some great places to spend time with someone special. Below are some ideas for fabulous, low-cost dates around London that won’t break the bank.
Parks and Gardens
Dates can be more fun when you escape the crowds and the stuffy indoor bars which can often be a staple of the London dating scene. The beautiful parks and gardens around the capital are ideal for a romantic stroll whilst getting to know one another. Greenwich Park is great for vistas of the meandering Thames whilst Hyde Park is popular for its trees, lakes and fountains. For a rare glimpse of wildlife close to the heart of the city, try Richmond Park where you can see the awe-inspiring deer herds which have grazed there for centuries.
London boasts some great free museums for the culture vultures out there, which make for some handy dating locations. The British Museum has a fascinating Ancient Egyptian collection and is home to the famous Rosetta Stone. The Natural History Museum, meanwhile, is a long-held favourite among Londoners and features real specimens of animals and plants, as well as the famous dinosaur exhibition. Other free museums include:
– The Victoria and Albert Museum – The Science Museum – The National Maritime Museum – The Museum of London
One of London’s best-kept secrets is that many museums are now open late into the evening, allowing you and your date to combine a bit of culture with a sociable night out.
A guide to London dating locations wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the fantastic free art galleries the city has to offer. To start, why not visit the renowned Tate Modern, which sits on the banks of the Thames in a converted power station, and is the most-visited modern art gallery in the world with over 4 million visitors each year.
For another gallery bursting with modern and contemporary art, try the Saatchi gallery on the Kings Road in Chelsea, where you’ll find a range of intriguing images and installations. If you and your date prefer classical art then the National Gallery has hundreds of paintings spread over several key periods in art history whichwill keep you interested for hours and are sure to give you and your date something to talk about.
Your London dating repertoire should, of courseinclude some of the famous sights of London which are free to simply go and gawk at. Buckingham Palace is among the most well-known, and is worth a visit to watch the Changing of the Guard outside the palace entrance. St Paul’s Cathedral is not only an impressive piece of religious architecture but its whispering gallery is a must with its vast dome ceiling. Along the Thames, Big Ben and the London Eye offer the chance to take in the iconic skyline of the city with your date.
Lastly, low-cost dating in London doesn’t mean you can’t window shop as you go. The markets dotted around the city are free to visit if you fancy a wander through the stalls to browse some colourful wares with your London dating partner.
Camden is one of the biggest and most bustling markets in the capital and is situated by the Regent’s Canal, a great place to sit if you need to rest your feet afterwards. Portobello Market will appeal to fashionistas and bargain-hunters alike. If you’re looking for something a little more picturesque, Columbia Road flower market could be the romantic option for you.
Wherever you end up on your date, remember that dating in London doesn’t have to mean digging deep; there’s plenty to do that’s free and entertaining in the fabulous capital that you and your date can both enjoy.
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