8 Quirky London Date Ideas That Will Make Sparks Fly

It's been a long, cold winter, but the end is almost in sight, and what better way to celebrate the arrival of spring than by inviting a little romance into your life?

Whether you've just swiped right, have finally plucked up the courage to take your office crush out, or are just looking to do something a little extra with your S.O, life's too short to Netflix and chill every single date night.

London is ranked the sixth best city in the world for dating so there's never an excuse for a lousy date. Click through to see our favourite date night spots that are guaranteed to make sparks fly.

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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. 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 delicious food.

This February Drink, Shop, Do is hosting an array of quirky activities including a 3D Jewellery Workshop, a 'Despacito' inspired dance class and a 'Pimp Your Hip Flask' design session. That along with its 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 the dance floor to groove it out to their eclectic DJ lineup.

Drink Shop Do
9 Caledonian Rd, London N1 9DX
Be a player


One thing we've learned from many, many disputed games of Scrabble is that playing board games can tell you a lot about a person (and that 'FAQ' definitely isn't a word). London's first board game café and bar is an ideal date night for any couple who want to get to know each other over more than just drinks.

With over 600 board games to choose, from Risk to Pick A Pig, you are sure to be entertained for the entire evening. If you do fancy that drink after all, they also have a great selection of local craft beers, ales, ciders and wines, meaning every game can technically be a drinking game, if you want it to be.

337 Acton Mews London E8 4EA
Stay warm and cosy at the pictures

Prince Charles Cinema

It may be a cliché, but 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 exciting 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 someone who loves to relive their childhood, this weekend you can cuddle up to the kids classic Muppet Treasure Island (yo ho ho!) or the sing-a-long version of Moana. If you haven't seen all the Oscar nominated films yet they're also showing hot contenders for Best Film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Call Me By Your Name.

Prince Charles Cinema
7 Leicester Place London WC2H 7BY
Shake things up

Henrietta Hotel Bar

Where could be better to raise a glass to the end of winter than at the super chic hotel owned by creative cocktail geniuses, Experimental Cocktail Club? For its first London hotel, ECC has managed to turn a Victorian townhouse into a Parisian-inspired oasis, and installed a cracking bar at the very centre.

Despite the skill of its cocktail shakers, Henrietta Hotel is still one of Covent Garden's best-kept secrets, so you should be sure of an intimate table for two. If you want to take your date even further, you can head over to its critically acclaimed restaurant. And if you're really feeling the date, don't forget it's a hotel. Why not make a night of it?

Henrietta Hotel
14-15 Henrietta St, London WC2E 8QH
Find big love (at small prices)

Flat Iron

We all want to treat our SO to a great date night whilst avoiding getting up to our eyeballs in debt. 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.

None of the five branches takes reservations and can get pretty busy. 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
Five locations across central London
Get in on all that jazz

Dishoom Kensington

Really, you can take your pick of Dishoom's London locations and be sure of a great last-minute date spot. None of Dishoom's outposts take reservations for two at dinner, which is a great save if you happen to have forgotten it was date night. Fortunately, they all serve up amazing food, perfect to split between two, and their stunning design makes them perfect spots for a little romance.

Dishoom's latest opening in Kensington is definitely the place to be. Not only do the '40s-inspired interiors make it a perfect spot for a little old-fashioned romance, every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday it hosts live jazz musicians. Here you're in for a romantic evening of old school elegance, inspired Indian dishes and expertly mixed cocktails -

Dishoom Kensington
4 Derry St, Kensington, London W8 5SE
020 7420 9325
Go and get fried (chicken)

Cult fried chicken purveyors Butchies finally have a permanent space in Shoreditch, which means we've found the perfect date spot for those who like to keep things low key. Serving up their signature sandwiches, award winning wings and new innovations like buffalo halloumi fries, the food here is so good, you're sure to be in the mood for romance.

If you're looking for a love you can share a craft IPA with, or who'll always be up for ordering another order of cheese fries, then this is the date spot for you. After all, aren't we all looking for someone to share our nuggets with?

22 Rivington St, London EC2A 3DY
Start your day with romance

As any true romantic knows, love can strike at any time. So why not start your day off right and treat your SO to a romantic brunch? If you think a date first thing can't be romantic then you clearly have not heard of Soho's newest brunch outpost - Tea Room. This sophisticated, subterranean dining room underneath smash hit street food sellers, Bun House has just started serving their Cantonese inspired version of brunch dishes, perfect for a little love.

From the peanut butter and cheese stuffed french toast to the cumin potato hash, all their dishes are ideal for sharing. Go on, cuddle up under the glow of their custom neon artwork, order another of their signature cocktails and while away the day together.

Bun House & Tea Room
24 Greek St, Soho, London W1D 4DZ
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