The 15 best first date ideas in London for autumn and winter

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Nicola Rachel Colyer

Whether you found each other on Tinder or you’re hoping for an old fashioned romance, the challenge of planning the perfect first date applies all the same. It has to be exciting enough to impress without being over-the-top, it needs to allow the conversation to flow without being intense, and it should definitely give the opportunity to get to know one another without being too intimate. And, of course, it should secure that second date - if you want it. No pressure. 

But if the mere thought of a first date leaves you hot under the collar, never fear - help is at hand. We’ve scoured London for some of the best date options the city has to offer, from the classic dinner and drinks formula to the “you’ll never guess what we did last night” axe throwing…

Simply scroll down to see some of our favourite first date ideas.

  • Pair up at London Zoo

    The animals went two-by-two, so what better place to pair up than London Zoo? With plenty of conversation starters (and distractions if necessary), this is one to opt for if you find first dates a little intimidating.

    Cost: entrance for two, from £48.60

    Image: ZSL London Zoo/REX Shutterstock

  • Go for glamour at the Savoy’s American Bar

    Voted 2017’s Best Bar in the World, you couldn’t pick a better spot for an evening libation than the Savoy’s iconic cocktail bar.  The ‘Hanky Panky’ is a popular choice – order if you dare. 

    Cost: cocktails for two, from £36


  • Discover new skills at Whistle Punks

    If you’re looking for something outside of the box, we suggest trying your hand at axe throwing. Yes, you heard that right. Apparently it’s all about technique, not strength, so you’ll start on a even playing field -  and it’s a surefire way the break the ice. 

    Cost: 1.5 hour session for two, from £44


  • Wrap up for a romantic stroll in Hyde Park

    Whether among the autumn foliage or the first frost of winter, there’s little more romantic than a stroll around London’s Hyde Park. Head to the Serpentine Bar & Kitchen for a waterside rest-stop complete with wood-fired pizza to re-fuel.

    Cost: pizza and wine for two, from around £40


  • Take a swing at crazy golf with a side of street food

    Combining crazy golf, street food and cocktails, a night at Swingers will ensure that any first date nerves go straight out of the window. Food options include Pizza Pilgrims, Patty & Bun and DF / Mexico, while a DJ sets the right tone.

    Cost: one round of golf for two people, from £20


  • Sit back and relax at the Soho Theatre

    Let others do the hard work for you with an evening of comedy or cabaret at the Soho Theatre. With late shows and a lively bar, it’s perfect for a laid-back date. 

    Cost: tickets for two from around £18


  • Roam the streets with a self-guided foodie tour

    Choose from ‘coffee’, ‘chocolate’ or ‘craft beer’, or even mix-and-match all three, to create a personalised foodie tour of London. You will receive an envelope with all the places you’ll be visiting together with fun facts, a map, recipes and a tasting wheel.  Take it as fast (or as slow!) as you please. 

    Cost: explorer pack for two, £35 + P&P

    Image: Taste Tripper

  • Take notes from the French at Brasserie Zédel

    Add some Parisian flair to your evening with dinner at Brasserie Zédel. The grand, bustling room will make an instant impression, while the cocktail bar and live performances just next door provide an entire evening of entertainment under one roof.

    Cost: three-course dinner and wine for two, from around £90


  • Unleash your creativity with pottery painting

    Show off your artistic talents (or lack of, nobody’s judging here) with an evening of pottery painting in West Hampstead. Open until 10pm on Friday nights, Art 4 Fun allows you to bring along your tipple of choice to get those creative juices flowing. 

    Cost: one item each from £28, for two people



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Nicola Rachel Colyer

Nicola Colyer is a freelance writer and ex-corporate girl. A francophile and relapsing sugar-free graduate, she'll often be found seeking out the best places for brunch or struggling to choose between a green juice and a G&T.

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