Just because London is seen as being a busy and bustling city, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t romantic things to do or secluded, private options for first dates.
Whether you enjoy something intimate, laid-back or funny, there is something for every type of date and the capital is sure to deliver when it comes to impressing your new love interest.
Read on to get inspired by our varied recommendations for first dates in London.
Snuggle up and enjoy a film at the Electric Cinema
191 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, London W11 2ED
Some say first dates at the cinema are a bad idea because there is less opportunity to talk, but we think this particular spot will be sure to impress your future partner and will definitely get them talking. Be transported back to a golden era with the old-fashioned décor and romantic feel of this venue. Fancy heating things up? Book one of the front row beds before you arrive. Not only will this give you the best view of the film, it also makes cuddling up even easier. You’ll be whispering sweet nothings before the opening scene. There’s also no need to head to a bar beforehand as the cinema has its own, where you and your date can choose from a range of cocktails and beers. Head out onto busy Portobello Road after for drinks and to discuss the film you just saw for the perfect end to a romantic evening.
Ready to wind down and fancy a drink and a chat in a more comfortable setting? Our 4-star hotels in Kensington London are the perfect setting for quiet post-film drinks.
Take a stroll along the South Bank
Dinner and drinks can feel forced and often conversation can be stunted, so why not mix things up and get your first date moving? A walk along South Bank is the perfect opportunity to see some of London’s best sites, including the London Eye and The South Bank Centre. If you’re worried about awkward silences, this date idea is great for you as with everything going on around you, there will be loads to talk about. Fancy a more thrilling sightseeing tour? Hop on a speedboat and whizz along the Thames for spectacular views of the entire city.
All that time outside may have left you feeling chilly, so head back to your room at the Park Grand Kensington Hotel and get warm again.
Enjoy a cultural experience at Sir John Soane’s Museum
13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3BP
For art lovers, a visit to Sir John Soane’s Museum is a perfect idea for a first date. Here you will be able to browse 20,000 architectural drawings and antiques by a range of different artists including Turner and Canaletto. For added romance, visit on the first Tuesday of the month, when the entire museum is lit by candlelight.