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Great London date ideas

Great London Date Ideas

A city steeped in history and culture, London is filled to the brim with dating potential. With foreign foods, exquisite art forms and a ceaseless buzz of British pride and excitement, dating in London is a wonderful thing. More often than not, first dates take place in a bar, pub or restaurant.

While these are all fine as dating venues, we’ve come up with a few out-of-the-box ideas to make your first date a truly memorable one.

Camden Market

Oozing punk attitude and city chic at the same time, Camden Market is filled to the brim with quirky shops, stalls and eateries. Sample foods from around the globe while you soak up the unique atmosphere of London’s most popular open air market. And, if it all gets a bit hectic, Camden market is ideally located on the canal, providing the perfect opportunity for a romantic stroll along to Regent’s Park.

ZSL London Zoo

Home to 750 species, London Zoo provides many a talking point and photo opportunity for any date. Going to the zoo takes dating to a whole new level. A subtle blend of education and fun, London Zoo is a unique place to spend time with your new love interest while admiring and learning about all sorts of exotic animals.

The National Portrait Gallery

For the culture vultures amongst you, taking a trip to a gallery is a good way of uncovering your date’s creative side. Whether you’re appreciating art or educating yourselves, dating at a gallery will allow you to share your opinions and get a real feel for each other’s interests.

Greenwich Park

The stunning Greenwich Park boasts breath-taking panoramic views of the city. Enjoy the great outdoors with your date. Soak up the stunning scenery as you explore its rolling acres, dotted with ancient chestnut trees and beautiful rose gardens. Pack up a picnic too; not only will this provide you with a sneaky insight into your date's culinary skills and preferences, but you’ll also be able to enjoy each other’s company while basking in the great British sunshine.

London Eye

Teetering on the brink of London’s beautiful South Bank, The London Eye makes for a truly romantic date. With spectacular views across the London skyline and along the River Thames, this London icon is a brilliant place to enjoy the City together. If you’re looking to truly impress your sweetheart, capsules are available to privately hire for a cosier, more special, dating experience.

Free Festival

A free music festival is a fresh idea that really shakes up the laws of dating. Discover new local talent together and figure out if your music tastes are similar. A single song can define a moment and create a lasting memory of your first date for you both, or indeed become “your song”. From the world famous Notting Hill Carnival to smaller local events, there are plenty of festivals in London to enjoy, for free!

Guest post by match.com – read more London dating articles from match.com on their dating advice site.

Henning Wiechers
has been observing the UK dating market since 2007. He is among the top opinion leaders in the industry.

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