Going for a drink in a rammed, noisy pub isn’t ideal for when you want to get to know someone so what better idea than to do something a bit different?
Even if the date is bad, at least they won’t forget you in a hurry!
1 – Go a tour around Highgate Cemetery.
One for the more open minded (and slightly morbid) is the hugely fascinating Highgate Cemetary where you can explore the 170,000 residents and beautiful architecture, book a tour in advance to get the full experience and to make sure you don’t miss anything.
2 – Visit a gin distillery.
If you still feel like you need a little alcohol to get the date going, then visiting a gin distillery is the classiest way of getting a little tipsy. We highly recommend the Sipsmith tour (the first of its kind in London!) where you can discover how gin is made and obviously, sample their award winning spirits.
3 – Dance the night away at a salsa class.
One for the more adventurous but a sure fire way of getting up, close and personal with your date whilst having fun in the process (and checking their rhythm!). There’s many bars that hold salsa nights but for a true samba atmosphere check out Salsa! on Charing Cross Road where you can relax with a cocktail or bite to eat after.
4 – Play ping pong.
An easy ice breaker and something for a more casual date is a fun game of ping pong at buzzing bar Bounce. Grab a few drinks and get your game face on!
5 – Stuff some animals at a taxidermy workshop.
This is definately something your date won’t forget in a hurry, just make sure they’re not squemish beforehand! You can preserve a variety of animals from mice to moles and whilst gore will be at a minimum, taxidermy isn’t for everyone.
6 – Go kayaking down the Thames.
What’s more romantic than watching the sun set over one of the world’s most iconic stretches of water? Kayaking down it! See London as you’ve never seen it before on a guided tour of the Thames in a 2 person kayak, the perfect activity for sportier types although the tours are for paddlers of all abilities.
7 – Get creative at a graffiti art class.
Art is one of the greatest forms of expression so what greater way of showing what you’re all about than with a graffiti art class? The patient and knowledgable teachers will help guide your ideas into reality and you get to take your creations home at the end.
8 – Watch a burlesque dance show.
Burlesque is fun, entertaining and just the right amount of sexy for a wild night out on the cocktails. Watch beautiful girls and guys put on a fantastic show and slurp on delicious cocktails into the early hours, and if you’re feeling particularly raunchy you can even take a burlesque dance class!
9 – Dine in a prison.
The Clink is a one of a kind dining experience housed in HMP Brixton and staffed by prisoners working towards their qualifications in the catering industry. Fresh, seasonal produce make up the delicious menu which is all reasonably priced and helps fund the Clink Charity.
10 – Visit a museum at night.
Once a month, some of London’s most popular museums put on a ‘lates’ evening where you can browse the latest exhibitions after hours and with an alcoholic drink in your hand! It’s a perfect way to explore the space without the crowds and best of all it’s completely free.
11 – Put your zombie escape plan into action.
Everyone has a zombie apocalypse plan, right? RIGHT? To see if you and your date are truly compatible try this zombie-themed escape game where you’ll have to run and hide to really get the blood pumping.
12 – Sing along to your favourite film.
If karaoke isn’t your thing but you still love to sing your heart out, the Prince Charles Cinema hosts sing-a-long versions of your favourite films with subtitles and a host to really get the party started.
13 – Learn to make sushi.
Want to show off your culinary skills? A sushi class is a fun way of learning how to prepare your favourite fishy treats in a cosy, restaurant environment and you get to devour your creations at the end of the class.
14 – Release your inner child at a city farm.
Far cheaper than the zoo and with more options to actually pet the animals, a city farm can be a fun filled afternoon of tractor rides, pig racing and if you’re really lucky, a roll in the hay!
15 – Learn to play the ukulele.
Even those who are tone deaf will have fun at the Queen Of Hoxton’s Ukulele Hootenanny, a free weekly event that’s open to all leves of uke players, and if you haven’t got your own instrument you can rent one for a refundable £20 deposit.