The city of London is many things. Gigantic. Dynamic. Manic. Wonderfully multicultural. And as it turns out, it’s pretty darn romantic, too. Whilst Paris is considered by many as the most romantic city in the world, good old London town sure does put up a good fight. “Why?” you ask? London does a lot of things well, so it’s no surprise that it doesn’t fall short when it comes to date night ideas. With its majestic architecture, abundance of world-class restaurants and enough cultural attractions to keep you occupied until the cows come home, London is certainly not lacking in places to explore with that special someone (move over, Paris!). And in its true multifaceted style, when it comes to date nights in London, the options are as endless as they are unique.
But we get it - “Where should I go on a date night in London?” Who has the time to search the internet, sifting through the seemingly infinite list of places in London to pick the perfect date night? Luckily for you, we’re here to give you all the info about some of the best places to go in London for a romantic date night so you don’t have to pull your hair out during that dreaded Google search.
The only thing you have to do? Clear your weekend schedule, text that special someone, and get ready for a romantic night in London that you won’t forget.
We’re starting our list of date ideas by going down the classic route. A.K.A - the “date night” road most travelled. We’re talking about a dinner date, of course. Look, it’s no secret that London is home to some of the world’s most exceptional restaurants. And in this grand city, there’s as many romantic restaurants as there are big red buses. And enough diversity to satisfy every culinary craving you and your partner have.
Take Union Social in Stratford, for example. With an international food menu, mood lighting and warm, tasteful interiors, this cosy cocktail bar is a prime spot for gazing into your loved one’s eyes whilst you graze on delicious food. Oh and how could we forget? It’s got a wraparound terrace with awesome views and two large fire pits - so you finish your date with a cheeky snuggle. City views, cuddles, blankets and wine? What a lovely date-night combo, hey?
But hold on. We could not be talking about romantic restaurants without chucking Proud City into the mix! With low ceilings, ambient mood lighting and cosy tables perfect for two, our intimate East London venue is perfect for a date night. Fancy cosying up in a corner booth and whispering sweet nothings whilst watching a sensual cabaret? How about sampling some gourmet food by candlelight? Look, are we tooting our own horn? Just a little. But is our horn worth tooting? When it concerns date nights in London, absolutely yes. Whether romantic vibes or otherwise, we at Proud are masters at setting the scene. So if you’re looking for romantic date night in London ideas, we can’t recommend Proud City enough.
Like any great city on Earth, London has a plethora of sites worth seeing. So if you’re looking for a more unique date idea, why not explore one of London’s many cultural attractions? We’ve got a few ideas.
Take a hand-in-hand stroll along the Embankment as the sun goes down. Picnic in the iconic Primrose Hill Park and feel like the main characters in your very own rom-com.
Or, if you really want life to feel like a movie, stroll around The Tate or the The Victoria & Albert Museum and channel your inner Ferris and Sloane as you gaze at amazing artworks together. When it comes to date night, some like extravagance whilst others prefer a simple outing that allows lots of time for talking. So if you’ve got a special someone you want to get to know better, exploring some cultural attractions together make the perfect solution.
Live Music Venues
William Shakespeare once said - “if music be the food of love, play on.” The world’s most famous playwright was right about many things, and this is one of them. Music is a sure-fire way to bind people together. So why not hit up a live music venue for your next date night in London?
You can find live music in all 4 corners of this epic city, and with a little looking, you’re bound to find something to suit you and your date’s musical tastes.
Check out Oriole, a speakeasy-style bar below Smithfield Market that hosts 2 sets of live jazz each week and late-night jam sessions on the weekends. Or The Piano Works, where you submit your song choices to the pianists via napkin and they play it for you. Fancy a duet of “It Must Be Love” with your partner? The Piano Works will do exactly what it says on the tin.
Or if you’re both rock n rollers, head to Islington where you can enjoy live Rock music at The Lexington pub. Music is the world’s universal language, but it can also be a language of love, too. So check out some live music venues on your next date night in London. Thankfully for you, London’s got a bunch of them.
Who said date nights were just dinners and movies? What about a dance instead? If you’re looking to take a walk on the livelier side, London’s got plenty of clubs that’ll help you take your date night up a notch. XOYO in Shoreditch or KoKos in Camden are great places for this. But if you want to throw some shapes with your significant other, we’d recommend Proud Late. Our opulent Embankment venue has expanded into a nightclub and is already garnering a reputation for being one of London’ best superclubs. With talented mixologists, elite sound systems and sets from some of the world’s biggest DJ’s, Proud Late is the top choice if you want to go nightclubbing for your next date night in London. And you know what they say - couples who rave together stay together!
Whether you want a romantic dinner, a singalong to live music, a stroll in the park or a boogie on a packed dance floor, London has a date night to suit whatever you and your partner’s needs may be. And this humongous variety of date night ideas proves that indeed, London is a very romantic city. Got a date night coming up? Why not take that special person for a night in the city? You’ll be falling in love before you know it.