Our friends at the city dating site, lovestruck.com, have hand-picked a selection of romance-inducing date ideas, all designed to maximise your chances of, well, love actually.
Date Like They Do In The Movies
Who doesn't love a movie? London has proudly hosted some of the best romantic films around. Why not a suggest one of the Brit Movie Tours which enable you choose between various packages and spot familiar film locations from Bridget Jones, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Atonement and the fabulous Notting Hill – cue: “I'm just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her."
Romance Up High
We love balmy summer evenings and what could be more romantic than heading up to the best rooftop bars in London.
London hosts a plethora of rooftop romantic opportunities involving grand vistas across the iconic London skyline. The most romantic bars and romantic restaurants in London all boast stunning views of the city.
Notch has a ‘secret' entrance located (look for the astro-turf) at the Marble Arch end of Oxford Street, and combines a peaceful, relaxing retreat for daters who love a park life. There's no need to book, so just head up to this tranquil oasis and order yummy picnic style food with cocktails. It's open from 10am to 10pm, perfect for brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and evening dates!
Romantic Secret Gardens
Founded in 1673, the Chelsea Physic Garden is said to be the second oldest botanical garden in England and has no doubt seen a few romances bloom in its time!
This fragrant, romantic park is perfect for a little peace and quiet. It's home to 500 different herbs and plants, many of which are rare or endangered. Make sure you head to the Tangerine Dream Café for tea and cake; you might rub shoulders with a few Chelsea celebrity regulars, if that sort of thing floats your boat.
Romantic Outdoor Cinema
Lovers of the outdoors and classic movies alike will really enjoy a travelling pop-up cinema date. Nomad Cinema screen some heart-warming nostalgic classics such as Breakfast at Tiffany's, Stand By Me, and The Breakfast Club.
Great news for daters in London, it stops at a host of venues in the capital over the summer; Grosvenor Square, Coram Secret Garden, Brompton Cemetery, Hyde Park Lido, among others. There's on-site catering but you can take your own picnic, drinks and oh, don't forget a snuggle-rug…
The Champagne Dinner
An obvious choice, perhaps, but you can't ignore a classic. At Indigo restaurant in the West End you and your loved one can enjoy three-courses after a glass of bubbles in the private guest lounge all for only £47. Put on your poshest frock, freshen up your make-up and strut your way to romance.
Wish to make great strides with a great date? How about a long romantic walk in “the countryside"? Don your comfy shoes and hoof it over to Richmond Park, the largest of the London's parks.
The most romantic spot here is the 40-acre Isabella Plantation, a woodland plantation which dates back to the 1930s and boasts beautiful lawns, gardens streams and ponds as well as a stunning display of colour throughout the year.
On The Same Page
Nestled amongst the coffee and tourist gift shops of Piccadilly sits a book lovers dream: Hatchards.
First opened in 1797, it has proudly collected three royal warrants meaning that The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and The Prince of Wales have been purchasing their books here for over 5 years – an impressive date-fact.
Daters can enjoy getting their hands on the old romantic classics, reciting their favourite bits and inhaling the calming aroma of old pages and rows upon rows of undiscovered titles. Lose yourself with a date and find your own peaceful chapter of bookish heaven.
Do you have any other romantic date ideas for single people in London? Share them @Lovestruck.
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