The Best Date Night Ideas in London

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Is there anything that screams romance louder than date night in one of Europe’s most historic, dynamic and culturally rich capitals?

Whether you’re feeling a bit nervous about a big first date, want to sweep your partner off their feet after a few months together or need to pull out all the stops for a big anniversary or relationship milestone, London has it all. What’s more, no matter how many times you treat your partner to a weekend break at one of our hotels in Kensington London, we guarantee you’ll find another option for your date night stay.

If you’re here for some inspiration, we have suggestions to suit every time of date, from the traditional to the unexpected, the super romantic to the adrenalin filled. Bookmark this page so you’re never short of ideas!

Church of Sounds, Clapham


If you’ve got a gig-goer on your hands but want to surprise him or her with more of an insider date night in London, Church of Sounds is a movie-worthy date night idea. Held in St James the Great Church on Lower Clapton Rd (E5 8EG), this once-a-month jam session sees the house of worship transformed into a live music venue with guest musicians perform live in the centre of a space. The music is carefully chosen for the venue and performed with gusto; expect sax, trumpets, piano, bass and drums and a buzzing atmosphere that will leave you feeling like you’ve experienced something pretty special.

If you’re heading there from your room at the Park Grand Kensington, get the Piccadilly Line from Earl’s Court to Manor House Station, then swap to the bus from the stop right outside (Stop D) and get off at Clapton Pond.

Pitchblack Playback, Hackney

If you’re searching for romantic hotels in London with romantic packages, this incredible date night suggestion is sure to be the cherry on top – and your other half doesn’t even need to be a music love to be totally blown away by this utterly sensory sensation.

As the name suggests, this date night is one that is conducted in the pitch black, but that just means your other senses are extra stimulated. You’ll sit in a darkened auditorium and give yourself up to the music as you listen to exclusive previews and classic albums, all broadcast over a state-of-the-art sound system. This totally immersive experience is sure to be an unexpected date night but one that your partner is certain to remember. Afterwards, head back to the Park Grand restaurant for a delicious meal to end the evening on a high.

It’s around half an hour on the Tube, using the overground from London Fields and then the District Line from Whitechapel Station – jump off at Earl’s Court.

The Conservatory at the Barbican, Central London

Conservatory at the Barbican

Spirit your beloved away to a tropical oasis, without leaving the convenience of central London with a date night at the Conservatory. This is the second biggest space of its nature in the city and is home to no less than 1500 species of tropical plants and trees, including ginger plants, coffee plants, cacti and orchids, plus three ponds filled with exotic fish such as koi and ghost fish from Asia, all to be found within this architecturally- designed space. This relaxing, lush oasis is the perfect place to unwind and get back to nature – and there’s a bar here too for a drink amongst the foliage. Catch a performance at the Barbican afterwards for a perfect, relaxed date night after booking one of our special offers London hotels deals.

Go for cocktails at the Gherkin

There are lots of spaces in London where you can catch the sun set but, if you’re looking for something extra special, the Gherkin is hard to beat. Head right to the top of this iconic structure and drink in the setting sun with a cocktail and hand and perhaps, a oyster on your plate. From here, you can expect sweeping views of the London skyline, while actually being a part of it standing atop this most unusual and recognisable symbols of London’s cityscape.

Go to an old-school movie night

If either of you is a bit of a movie buff, booking one of our romantic hotels in London with romantic package offers more than just a chance to enjoy a love-filled weekend in the cosmopolitan capital. It’s also an opportunity to see countless movie locations first hand.

After exploring  the city and checking of cinematic landmarks such as the O2 and Notting Hill, have an early dinner at the Park Grand Restaurant and then head to the Rivolli Ballroom in Crofton Park (take the Thames Link to Blackfriars Station and then swap to the District Line, getting off the Tube at Earl’s Court).

Here, you can watch a classic film in an authentic, original 1950s ballroom complete with beautiful chandeliers and ornate decorations. The cinema nights take place three times a month with food and a bar for those all-important date night drinks and snacks.

Take a night flight on the London Eye

London eye

Put the whole city at your date’s feet with a night flight on the London Eye. We highly recommend that you plan ahead when booking our special offers London hotels by reserving a sunset trip on the Eye so you can see the sun go down and the capital light up. A range of packages including private pods and champagne allow you to customise the evening to suit your tastes.

Take a stroll

You don’t have to plan anything special to enjoy a memorable night in London – while you can quite easily book theatre tickets, head to a comedy show, go to a gig or sip on cocktails, there are also lots of low key options. One of the best is to enjoy a dinner at the Park Grand restaurant and then simply set out on foot to stroll around the city. There are multiple neighbourhoods to explore, free museums and galleries you can pop into, quant pubs and coffee shops for a pit stop and some of the most famous landmarks in the world to marvel at; the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Tower of London, London Bridge and Buckingham Palace t