Winter Date Night Spots Sure To Warm Your SO's Heart

The days are getting colder and the nights are drawing in, but that's no reason to let romance go out of your life. Whether you've just swiped right, are trying to turn that Christmas party hookup into something more serious, or are celebrating your two-year anniversary with your SO, life's too short to Netflix and chill every single date night.

London is ranked the sixth best city in the world for dating but deciding where to go can be tricky. Nowadays, a date might involve spending all night at a Colombian rave or splitting a vegan breakfast buffet. (Yes, those are dates we have actually been on. No, we don't want to talk about it.) So how are you supposed to choose?

Well, Londoners, we've got your back. Click through to see our favourite date night spots that are perfect whatever the weather.

Get your skates on

Tower of London Ice Rink

It may not be the most original idea for a date this winter, but what could be more seasonal than ice skating with your SO? Lace up your skates, get out on the rink and hold hands while you glide along – or, if you skate like we do, cling on to matching plastic penguins and focus on not falling over. We can't all be ice queens after all.

A plethora of great London landmarks open up ice rinks for the winter but the Tower of London's is truly special. Not only can you skate in the shadow of one of the capital's most famous castles, you also get stunning views of the river and east London's skyline. Once you've showed off your amazing skating skills, there's a handy bar where you can get cosy with mulled wine and rum punch.

Tower of London Ice Rink
Tower Hill, St Katharine's & Wapping, London EC3N 4AB
Photo: Courtesy of Homeslice
If you're trying to keep it low-key

Homeslice

If your idea of the perfect date night outfit is more beaten up trainers than sky high heels, we know just how you feel. Get together at any of Homeslice's three London locations, crack open a Beavertown beer, or order one of their seasonal spritzes before moving on to the important part of life the evening - PIZZA.

These wood-fired pizzas are famed not only for their deliciousness but also how ideal they are for sharing. For just £20 you and your date can split 20" of thin crust pizza, and if you can't decide on just one topping you can split two right down the middle. Aren't we all just looking for someone we can get a slice with?

Homeslice
Three Locations Across London
Photo: Courtesy of Prince Charles Cinema
Stay warm and cosy at the pictures

Prince Charles Cinema

There's nothing wrong with the traditional dinner and a movie and if you love film you might be looking for something a bit more festive than the latest blockbuster. Prince Charles Cinema is a gem, showing the best of the month's releases all year round, as well as arthouse cinema and classics, from Casablanca to Wayne's World.

If you're after more than just a quick flick, you can both cuddle up at a movie marathons like the complete LOTR trilogy or a Disney pyjama party that runs all night. If your date can't keep quiet at the cinema, why not take them to a singalong screening of A Sound Of Music or Frozen? If you can survive singing "Let It Go" together, you'll know they're a keeper.

Prince Charles Cinema
7 Leicester Place London WC2H 7BY
Photo: Courtesy of Little Bay
Keep up the romance (without splashing the cash)

Little Bay

London is notoriously tough on everyone's wallets. If you've had a sales spending blowout, booked your train home or just had to buy a monthly travel card, how are you supposed to afford to date as well? Fortunately, there's Little Bay, which has been serving up a delicious mix of European dishes, all fairly priced, for over 25 years.

Your table at Little Bay awaits behind plush red curtains, watched over by golden angels. It may even be perched atop a tower, where you can peek out at your fellow diners or cosy up in the glow of the chandelier. And once you're finished, your bill for a three-course meal will set you back just £12.95. Under £15 for a mouthwatering three courses? In London? Grab your coat love, you've pulled.

Little Bay
Locations in Kilburn & Croydon
Photo: Via @lucyg65
Warm up, inside and out, with chocolate

Rabot 1745

Sipping hot chocolate with your SO isn't just an excuse for a cute Insta story, it's also a potential aphrodisiac. Recent studies have shown chocolate contains a powerful dopamine-enhancing chemical, otherwise known as the 'love drug'. But you'll have to do better than Cadbury's to get loved up; cocoa is the active ingredient, so the higher the cocoa content, the greater the romance.

Fortunately, it's easy to find high quality chocolate at Rabot 1745, the Borough Market restaurant run by famed chocolatiers, Hotel Chocolat. The heady aroma of melting chocolate is pervasive – unsurprising, really, as there is cocoa in everything, from the salads to the signature ketchup. Pop in for a steaming hot chocolate, go for a full three courses of choc-inspired dishes or see if a cocoa-infused beer gets you going. Whatever you order, it's practically guaranteed to get you in the mood for love.

Rabot 1745
2-4 Bedale St, London SE1 9AA
Have yourself some culture

Tate Britain

Great art brings out great passion, but pushing through tourists just to catch a glimpse of the latest blockbuster exhibition is less of an aphrodisiac. Get away from the crowds and allow yourself a leisurely stroll around more than 500 years of British art at the original Tate gallery.

See the light in a Turner sunset or slouch next to Tracey Emin's unmade bed. Whatever your artistic taste, you're sure to find something to please. Wander through centuries of British art, sign up for one of their many workshops or take a tour to see Tate Britains' most valued treasures. Fortunately, it's all completely free.

Tate Britain
Millbank, London SW1P 4RG
Photo: Via @69colebrookerow
Get merry (and bright)

69 Colebrooke Row

If you prefer your cocktail shaken, stirred and served in a martini glass, then it's important you find someone who shares your passion. If you can tell the brand of gin from the first sip of your Tom Collins and exactly how many drops of bitters are in your Old Fashioned, then you need to take your date to 69 Colebrooke Row.

Complete with red leather seats, white-jacketed bartenders and even a piano, this is the kind of cocktail bar a connoisseur dreams of. Treat your date to a Rose Bellini or a Silver Neon Flower, which is served straight from the bottle. This month you and your other half can even indulge in a Cocktail Masterclass and bring your new cocktail skills home with you.

69 Colebrooke Row
69 Colebrooke Row, London N1 8AA
Photo: @peekaboooblog
Be a big kid

Drink, Shop, Do

Just because dating is an adult activity doesn't mean you have to always act like a grown-up, and the festive season is the perfect time to indulge in some childhood fun. Drink, Shop, Do offers an ever-changing calendar of events to bring out you and your date's creativity, through free crafting workshops, dance classes and festive food.

From penguin piñata making to sculpting models of Dolly Parton, this bar and café lets you and your date play like the big kids that you are. Their signature cocktails and range of craft beers might just remind you to act your age (or not). If the "do" section of the date goes well, it doesn't have to end. You can head downstairs to their dance floor to groove it out to their eclectic DJ lineup.

Drink Shop Do
9 Caledonian Rd, London N1 9DX
If you're after all that jazz

Blakes Below

If you're idea of romance is a dark corner somewhere, where you can snuggle up with your SO, a killer cocktail and a little soft jazz, then we have just the place for you. There's this little subterranean bar we know, where the drinks are served cold and the music hot, called Blakes Below.

A great date spot any night of the week when you're looking to impress, without going too OTT, every other Thursday they host live jazz evenings. Find a place at one of the many love seats in their candlelit lounge, begin with a cocktail and see where the night takes you. For a first date, anniversary or just an extra special Thursday, it's sure to impress.

Blakes Below
Blakes Hotel, 33 Roland Gardens, Kensington, London SW7 3PF
020 7370 6701
Photo: @jasminelenthall
If you want to stay on budget

Flat Iron

We all want to treat our date to a great night out but that doesn't mean we want to break the bank. Enter Flat Iron, offering butcher-cut, perfectly cooked steaks for only £10. Don't forget the delicious steakhouse sides – but do leave room for an utterly exquisite dessert.

Unfortunately, none of the four branches takes reservations. But if you head to the Beak Street flagship, you can happily while away the waiting time over some handcrafted cocktails in the hidden basement bar. Ka-ching.

Flat Iron
Four locations across central London
Photo: @thehospitalclub
If You Want To Sweep Them Off Their Feet

The Hospital Club

Some dates are really special - hit the town, damn the expense, last all night, five star special. For those kinds of dates you absolutely cannot do better than The Hospital Club. Rather than a standard hotel, these rooms are inside one of London's best private member's clubs, so you and your date can have access to their rooftop bars, private screening room and recording studios without having to sign up for a year. Best of all you can try their world class restaurant, which sources it's ingredients ethically from British farmers and suppliers.

If you don't feel like leaving your room (and as every room has its own private art collection why would you?) you still have plenty to do. Each room comes with pre-mixed classic cocktails, as well as a full cocktail set if you would like to get creative. Sip them in your king sized tub or, if you're lucky enough, on your own private terrace. You cannot fail to feel the romance at The Hospital Club, your only problem may be getting out of bed the next morning.

thehospitalclub.com
24 Endell St, London WC2H 9HQ
020 7170 9100
If you are looking for sparks

45 Jermyn St.

If you are looking for sparks with your S.O. this restaurant hidden behind Fortnum & Mason, is a great place for a date. It has intimate interiors (ask for a booth table), and theatrical fired flambé dishes cooked at your table, we recommend the Baked Hazelnut Alaska.

If you're wanting comfort food they also have a very famous toasted cheese sandwich. Melted cheese is the way to our hearts, we're gooey over this dining spot.

45 Jermyn St. 45 Jermyn St, St. James's, London SW1Y 6JD

020 7205 4545