Whether you’re on your first date or have been with your partner for years, there are lots of fun things to do in London for couples. The capital of Great Britain has many unique attractions that are perfect for romantic dates.
Fun Things to Do in London for Couples
From foodie delights to outdoor activities, luxury outings and cultural sights, couples in London are spoilt for choice. Consider your loved one’s interests when planning a date.
Make a bucket list of all the places you’d like to go in the capital. To get you started, here are 50 of the best things for couples to do in London.
Active Things to Do in London for Couples
Crazy Golf – at Puttshack, electronic scoring technology means that there’s strictly no cheating allowed ;-). There are locations at Bank and White City, which both have food and drink options as well as several fun crazy golf courses.
London Cable Car – soar above the river Thames and London skyline in the Emirates Air Line. The cable car runs between Greenwich Peninsula near to the O2 and the Royal Docks. It’s open until 9 pm daily and 11 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. You can even book a private cabin, with fast-track entry, champagne and an in-flight souvenir guide.
Pedalo Boats – what could be more fun in Summer than to take a boat out on the water. Some of the best London boating lakes are in Alexandra Palace, Hyde Park and Regent’s Park.
Greenwich Park – one of the most beautiful places in London, Greenwich is ideal for a date. Go stargazing in the Royal Observatory, contemplate the passing of time at the Prime Meridian Line, admire the Painted Hall or wander around Greenwich Market.
Ultraviolet Table Tennis – at Bounce you can challenge your partner to a game of ping pong and enjoy the lively atmosphere. There are two London locations at Holborn and Old Street.
Escape Room – for a fun day out, why not book the Runaway Groom Escape Room. Your mission is to find a runaway groom and to get him to the church on time. Solve the clues in one hour to succeed!
Explore Spitalfields – this area of East London boasts a great craft market and lots of interesting restaurants. Brick Lane is the place to go for a curry or for the Sunday market.
Up at The 02 – take a guided climb up and over the 02 arena roof for a different perspective of London. It’s possible to see landmarks that are up to 15 miles away. There are daytime, sunset and twilight climbs available.
Ice Skating – In Wintertime, London has a huge range of ice skating venues. Some of the best include the Natural History Museum in South Kensington, Somerset House in Central London and the Tower of London in the City.
Hampstead Heath – a great place for a date in London. There’s the charming Hill Garden and Pergola in Summertime, and Kenwood House to explore in colder weather. You’ll also find some cute pubs such as The Holly Bush on Holly Mount and the 16th century Spaniards Inn.
Columbia Road Flower Market – an ideal Sunday activity, this popular street market is a great place to come for flowers or simply to browse the artisan shops and cafes. Some of our faves are Cake Hole Cafe @ Vintage Heaven, Laxeiro for tapas and Campania for Italian dishes at nearby Ezra Street.
Silent Disco – party with your partner on the Dutch Master, a two storey disco boat. Float past famous riverside attractions and pick your preferred music style, from disco to pop, house. or rock. The Science Museum also has monthly free silent disco events on the last Wednesday of every month which must be booked in advance.
Stroll around Notting Hill – there are quite a few Notting Hill hidden gems as well as the famous places such as Portobello Road antiques market. Enjoy a film at the Electric Cinema or a meal at 2 Michelin starred The Ledbury. There are also some very cute Notting Hill cafes including Farm Girl and Daylesford.
Speedboat Ride along the Thames – adrenaline seekers will love this thrilling experience.
Cultural Things to Do for Couples in London
The Wallace Collection – perhaps we’re biased as we spent part of our first date in this stunning London museum. The collection is housed within beautiful Hertford House and spread over several floors. There are some stunning artworks and a lovely courtyard restaurant for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea.
Performance at the Royal Opera House – enjoy an opera performance at this historic building that dates from 1858. The Floral Hall is a striking glass and iron structure where you can dine before or in between the performances. From Spring onwards, you can enjoy a drink and panoramic views at the Piazza Terrace Bar.
The Meeting Place Statue – this gigantic sculpture of a couple embracing can be found on the upper concourse of St Pancras Station near the Eurostar terminal. Measuring 9 metres and weighing 20 tonnes, the bronze statue was designed by Paul Day.
Sadler’s Wells Ballet – tucked away on Rosebery Avenue in Clerkenwell, you’ll find Sadler’s Wells, one of the best ballet venues in London. The home of the English National Ballet, they also showcase dancing such as flamenco and hip hop. One of their most spectacular show’s is Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker. It’s ballet re imagined with a contemporary twist.
Immersive Theatre Show – a fun activity where you get actively involved, immersive theatre is increasingly popular. One of the most entertaining London immersive theatre nights is Faulty Towers the Dining Experience. This event at the
Meet at the Eros statue – this famous London statue is a great meeting spot for first dates. Located at Piccadilly Circus, the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain was created by sculptor Alfred Gilbert.
Tower Bridge Glass Floor Walkway – For a really unique experience, book tickets to Tower Bridge and its glass bottomed walkway. 42 metres high, the panoramic walkway gives you great views of the Thames and surrounding area. The Victorian Engine Rooms are another fascinating sight within Tower Bridge.
Shakespeare’s Globe – this reconstruction of William Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is a brilliant place to see the bard’s plays. Located on the south bank of the Thames, it has an open air roof so performances take place from mid May to October. However there are regular guided tours throughout the year.
Dennis Severs’ House by Candlelight – this 18th century house in Spitalfields has been lovingly restored to portray the life of a Huguenot silk weaver family. There are weekly silent tours, where you are instructed to turn your phone off and to immerse yourself fully into the candlelit ambiance.
The Whispering Gallery at St Paul’s Cathedral – this masterpiece was created by Sir Christopher Wren in the English Baroque style. Climb 259 steps to the dome of The Whispering Gallery, known for its acoustics. If one of you stands at one end and one at the other, you’ll hear everything the other whispers to you clearly.
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre – this award winning theatre is located in the heart of Regent’s Park. There’s a magical ambiance, with fairy lights festooned around the venue and the longest bar in the West End. Plays take place from mid May to mid September and are a lovely London Summer activity.
Tate Modern – whether you’re both into modern art or not, this collection will certainly spark a discussion. Take the lift to the top floor viewing platform and admire the Thames panorama together.
Foodie Things to Do in London for Couples
Caribbean Music Brunch – every Saturday at Antillean on Blackfriars Road, you can enjoy high end Pan-Caribbean cuisine and live music with DJ sets or musicians. The first restaurant from Michael Hanbury, previously of Asia de Cuba, Antillean boasts a fantastic food and drink menu in a light and airy dining room.
The bar has more than 100 types of rum and the cocktails are fantastic – we recommend Water is for Fish, Man and Smuggler Beach. You can feast on starter sharing platters of grilled prawn, chicken skewers, mackerel escovitch and watermelon and heritage beetroot salad, with vegetarian options available. There are some delicious main courses such as barracuda fish, jerk chicken and ribeye steak with plantain fries, and a lovely selection of sharing desserts with the carrot cake being our fave!
Quirky Dining Experience – imagine eating your food in complete darkness! This is the ethos of Dans le Noir, where the dining room is pitch black. Blind waiters will guide you to your table and to the restrooms. Your other senses will be enhanced as you taste fresh produce sourced from nearby Smithfield Market.
Chocolate Workshop – if you and your partner have a sweet tooth, a London chocolate workshop is great fun. You’ll learn about the history of chocolate and taste many delicious varieties before making truffles which you can take home with you.
London Food Markets – for a relaxing weekend date, why not visit a London food market. Borough Market in South London is one of the most famous. There are some lesser known ones such as Maltby Street in Bermondsey that are also worth a trip.
Ice Cream Tour – you don’t have to go to Italy to find great ice cream. Take a London gelateria tour to discover the best ice cream in the capital. You’ll taste 20 or more sweet treats including ice cream, sorbets and chocolate milkshakes and visit 5 gelaterias in Covent Garden and Soho with an expert guide.
Traditional Pub Lunch – there are lots of picturesque London pubs, and here are some of the best for couples. Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese on Fleet Street has several little nooks and crannies where you can sit with your loved one, Mr Fogg’s Tavern is a quirky pub in Covent Garden, while Crocker’s Folly is a spectacular Victorian pub in St John’s Wood.
Themed Afternoon Tea – one of the best London experiences is afternoon tea, and there are many great themed ones to enjoy. We’ve rounded up 21 top teas, so take your pick from Alice in Wonderland, Mary Poppins, Saint and Sinner and more.
Rooftop Bar – There are some fantastic rooftop bars in London, including Aqua Spirit and Radio Rooftop in Central London.
East London also has many bars with panoramic views such as Aviary, Savage Garden and the Sky Garden.
South of the river, the Oxo Tower and the new Hoxton Southwark bar are sure to delight.
Dine in a Space Pod – at Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen near St Paul’s, you can eat in your very own space pod. Bookable as a private space for 2 people or more, it’s available for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Picnic in a London Park – whether you bring your own picnic or book a London butler champagne picnic, there are lots of green spaces to choose from. We particularly like Green Park in St James’s and the secret garden in Regent’s Park, a great London hidden gem. Battersea Park and Holland Park are other great options, while the London panoramic view from Primrose Hill is fantastic.
Oldest Wine Bar in London – Gordon’s Wine Bar was established in 1890 and is a very intimate place. Enjoy delicious cheese and wine by candlelight in one of the bar’s nooks and crannies. In Summer, people spill out into the courtyard until the wee hours.
Eat Oysters on board a Narrowboat – The London Shell Co sails from Paddington 3 nights a week. Feast on delicious seafood as you cruise along the Regent’s Canal. Signature dishes include Morecambe Bay oysters and queen scallops with pea puree and there are signature cocktails too.
Coffee and Cake at Peggy Porschen – one of the most Instagrammable London cafes, Peggy Porschen has a very romantic vibe. Decorated in pink from the outside to the inside, it’s known for its tasty cakes and other sweet treats. Go in the morning to avoid the crowds.
Luxurious Things to Do for Couples in London
AIRE Ancient Baths London are located in the former home of J.M. Barrie, creator of Peter Pan. These subterranean baths offer a unique and magical atmosphere that will transport you to another world!
You can also book a unique couples experience in the Wine Bath, soaking up the antioxidant goodness of Spanish Tempranillo grapes. Add cava or juice and truffles after your massage in the luxurious lounge for a truly memorable occasion.
Spa Day – some of the best spas in London include The Corinthia, The May Fair Hotel and The Athenaeum. Treat yourself to a couples’ massage or a luxury facial.
Fine Dining in Mayfair – we highly recommend the chef’s table experience at Muse by Tom Aikens in Belgravia, as well as the delicious Japanese food in Tokimeite. Other highlights include eccentric Sketch and vibrant Sexy Fish.
Personal Shopping and strolling around Knightsbridge – from the opulence of the Egyptian Staircase in Harrods to the quiet charm of secret London mews, Knightsbridge is a delight. There are quite a few cultural attractions here too including Apsley House, the Victoria and Albert Museum and Wellington Arch.
View from The Shard – you can see for over 40 miles from the top of The Shard. At 800 feet high, there are incredible views of the Tower of London, the River Thames and the Houses of Parliament. Combine your visit to The View from The Shard with afternoon tea at Browns Butlers Wharf for a fun day out.
Press for Champagne – at Bob Bob Ricard who have restaurants in Soho and the City. The modern British and Russian menu is a treat, but it’s the champagne buttons on each table that really draw the diners here.
Romantic Things to Do for Couples in London
Kew Gardens – the iconic Palm House and Temperate House conservatories have a very romantic vibe, but there’s lots more to see at Kew Gardens. Stroll along the Treetop Walkway and admire The Hive, which stands 17 metres tall.
Stay in a Romantic Boutique Hotel – take your pick from Batty Langley’s, with its bookcase door leading to a bathroom, The Berkeley with its rooftop pool and spa or The Langham with its beautiful Palm Court. The Treehouse Hotel in Marylebone is a cool new arrival on the London hotel scene, with fantastic views of the capital and a stylish rooftop bar.
Hot Tub Boat Ride – for something completely different, take a ride in a floating hot tub! One of the best things to do in London for couples, the hot tub is heated to a pleasant 38 degrees so you won’t feel cold. The self-drive, electric hot tub is wood-fired and there are heated changing rooms with lockers available. You can also opt for a BBQ boat, without the hot tub.
The London Eye – if you really want to impress your date, book a Cupid’s Capsule on the London Eye. You’ll enjoy champagne and chocolates served by your own waiter in your private capsule, with panoramic views of London. Alternatively, try the Champagne Experience in a regular pod.
London Helicopter Tour – what better way to see the city together than with an exhilarating London helicopter ride? Soar above the River Thames and admire iconic sights as Trafalgar Square and The Shard. This is the only helicopter tour taking off from central London.
Jewelry Shopping in Hatton Garden – this prestigious street in Holborn has a great selection of luxury jewelry stores. Whether you’re looking for a watch, bespoke eternity ring or vintage gemstones, this is the place to come.
Luxury London Cinema – book a sofa or reclining seat at one of the top luxury cinemas in London. Many of them have food service at your seat and Dolby surround sound.
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