With so many things to choose from in the capital city, I’ve put together a list of fun date ideas in London.
1. Monopoly Lifesized
Printed in 37 different languages and selling over 275 million copies worldwide, everyone loves a game of Monopoly.
Now for Monopoly with a difference! Located in the heart of London, Monopoly Lifesized is exactly what is says and is proving to be very popular.
All the fun elements of the board game, combine with modern technology, to take you around a giant board, completing exciting challenges to buy properties.
With two hosts to show you around and give you some clues with the challenges if you need them, you don’t have to worry about getting stuck.
The hosts, all with Monopoly token names like Dog, Iron and Boot, are amazing and make sure you have lots of fun and laughs as you play this interactive game.
Tickets start at £49 per head and the game lasts about 80 minutes. I would definitely recommend this as one of the best fun date ideas in London.
Also, for all tourists visiting London, I recommend purchasing a Go City London Pass.
These are a great way of saving money when visiting multiple tourist attractions during your stay in London.
2. Immersive Gamebox
Located on the Southbank, Immersive Gamebox is a truly unique and immersive experience.
Stepping inside a large box with a headset and your game of choice playing all around you, it doesn’t take long to start having fun.
With motion tracking, touch screens and surround sound, you feel that you really are right there in the game.
Choose from a variety of games including Squid Game, Psychedelic Mansion, Angry birds, Shaun the Sheep and more. You are sure to find something you both enjoy.
Prices start at £24 per head for an hour game, but prices vary with time of day etc.
Welcomed by friendly and helpful staff, this is a brilliant and unique experience. You are sure to have an amazing time and lots of laughs!
3. Bounce Ping Pong
For the ultimate ping pong experience and a great fun date, Bounce Ping Pong in either Farringdon, Old Street or, recently opened, Battersea Power Station is a great choice.
Catering for couples and groups there are various games to choose from, including Classic Ping Pong, Shuffleboard and Beer Pong.
With a cosy area for drinks and serving tasty pizzas and bar snacks, you could definitely spend some fun time here.
Games start at just £6 per head if booked in advance.
The friendly, fun filled atmosphere is further enhanced by resident DJs playing a selection of music. As well as Games Gurus on hand to provide organised fun if wanted.
If you’re looking for fun date ideas in London this is a must.
4. Crazy Golf
Modern technology, paired with this well loved game, has resulted in a really fun activity in plenty of funky venues across London.
Here are a few of my favourites:
Located in the Bank area of central London, Puttshack has golf balls that track how you are playing, so you can earn or lose points depending on you style!
They also offer a good selection of food and drinks, including shareable dishes, in a bright and funky venue.
With two venues in the city, one in the Bank area and the other in Oxford Circus. Swingers have teamed crazy golf with delicious street food and amazing cocktails in a visually very theatrical space.
(The Go City Explorer Pass for 2 to 7 Attractions includes the choice of either Swingers venues.)
Located in Shoreditch, Junkyard Golf has four very different fun, themed courses to choose from with lots of bright lights and loud music. They also offer a choice of cocktails and pizzas and nachos.
Games usually start at about £11 per adult during off peak and each game has 9 holes.
You can’t help but enjoy yourself playing a game of crazy golf and this has to be one of the best fun date ideas in London.
5. London Shuffle Club
For another game based date, the London Shuffle Club in Shoreditch is a cool place that is home to the fun game of shuffleboard.
This trendy venue gives you the choice to play the smaller version of shuffleboard at a table, or the large version on a lane/court.
There is also an outside terrace with shuffleboard courts for those nice sunny days when you want to be outside.
In addition, there is a choice of cocktails and pizzas, so no need to leave the venue to look for food.
Open Tuesday – Sunday, lanes cost between £25 -£42 for a 1 hour slot, depending on the time of day and whether indoor or outdoor.
If you haven’t played before, you propel disc shapes along a triangular shaped board partitioned into numbered areas.
You don’t want your disc to land on any of the lines and you keep adding up your scores. The first one to reach 75 is the winner.
This is an entertaining, easy to follow game that anyone can play and enjoy. Perfect as one of the fun date ideas in London.
6. Take A Cooking Class
For something a little different why not try a cookery class together. A fun activity for everyone, even if you are not a Gordon Ramsey wannabe.
The Avenue Cookery School in Wandsworth is a family run affair run by a team of three partners – Mum Diana, daughter Sophie and son Richard.
They say their mission is ‘to teach people of all ages and abilities an understanding of food while having a blast’, so you know it’s going to be fun!
There are over 70 different classes to choose from with an impressive selection of recipes from around the world. All dietary requirements are catered for including vegan, gluten free etc.
Classes last between 2-3 hours and start at around £75 per person depending on which course you choose.
This friendly team make this a really great experience and a good choice of fun date ideas in London.
7. Backyard Cinema
Also located in Wandsworth, Backyard Cinema takes the more traditional of date choices to another level!
This is an awesome place to watch a movie. Set in a big top tent with a buzzing communal space, street food and the Big Top Bar serving cocktails and snacks.
In addition, they offer a themed, pre-movie experience that changes on a regular basis.
A example could be a train journey on an old steam train to a forest of snow topped trees lit by twinkling stars and the glow of the Northern Lights.
When you arrive at this destination you are actually in the cinema. Here you get to sit in super comfortable bean-bag chairs, kick back, relax and enjoy your movie of choice.
As fun date ideas in London go, this is a pretty special place with a good vibe. All you have to do is choose a movie you both will enjoy!
8. DNA VR
Located in Hammersmith DNA VR is an amazing Virtual Reality Arcade. Offering a great choice of interactive games to play as well as various escape rooms.
From zombie apocalypse, mystery of the ocean deep, guitar hero or the secrets of outer space, you just need to find something you both fancy.
It has single and multiplayer experiences with different levels of difficulty for gamers and non-gamers alike So you can work together or play against each other.
The staff are really friendly and helpful and will communicate with you throughout. As well as helping when needed.
Prices start at approximately £30 per person, depending on time of day and what experience you are booking.
For a very different but real fun date activity, DNA VR London is a great choice.
9. The Alchemist
If you’re thinking cocktails and a meal for a date, but you want something a little different to the norm, you have to try The Alchemist.
With five different venues across London to choose from, these cocktail bar/restaurants are definitely unlike any other.
Boasting ‘theatre served’, molecular cocktail madness and delicious, mixology prepared cuisine, a visit to The Alchemist is a unique and exciting experience.
Open all day and serving breakfast through to dinner, you can go along at any time of the day and try the delicious food, all served up with a twist of alchemy!
Each venue is beautifully designed and laid out to give you the ultimate experience. So just sit back and watch the molecular magic unfold before your very eyes.
In addition, if visiting on Thursday, Friday or Saturday evening, each venue has its own ‘top notch’ DJ creating some feel-good energy to go along with the theatrical vibe.
For a fun date in London with the ‘WOW’ factor then this is a really great choice.
10. Watch A West End Show
With lots of iconic West End theatres offering some great musicals to choose from, this is a popular date choice.
Just find a show that you both fancy and get your tickets booked. From Mama Mia to Jersey Boys there are always some amazing shows to choose from.
A few of my favourites are the long running Lion King, Wicked and Disney’s Aladdin! All guaranteed to give that feel-good vibe that makes for an enjoyable date.
Ticket prices vary for shows and you need to book your tickets in advance, as most of the best shows get booked up pretty quickly.
All the theatres have a bar, so you can enjoy a drink before the show as well as during the interval. You will also find plenty of bars and restaurants located in the West End for a pre or post show drink/meal.
11. Stranger Things Experience
If you enjoyed the iconic Stranger Things Netflix show, then you will love this immersive adventure.
Located at Troubadour Brent Cross Studios in London, tickets start at £52 per adult. With a VIP experience costing £84.
For 45 minutes you get to explore the mysterious Hawkins Laboratory, overcome obstacles and hunt for hidden secrets. All with the help of brilliant actors who stay in character throughout.
Then spend some time exploring the 80s-drenched Mix Tape Area where there is themed food and drink, Stranger Things inspired photo opportunities and of course special merchandise for the memories.
If you are looking for a fun date in London with a supernatural feel this will hit the spot!
12. Drinks At The Savoy
For an upmarket date in London, visiting The Savoy Hotel for a drink is certainly up there.
Situated on the Strand in the heart of the city, this is the only luxury hotel on the River Thames and it exudes glamour and opulence.
Opened in 1889, it is often called London’s most famous hotel and was certainly the first truly high-end hotel in Britain.
Walk through its iconic revolving doors and you are walking in the footsteps of the likes of Sir Winston Churchill, Frank Sinatra and Christian Dior.
So, for a taste of luxury, have a drink in The Savoy Hotel and soak up some history whilst admiring the beautiful surroundings!
13. Live Music Gig
There’s always plenty of live music happening in different venues across London. So for a fun date just find some thing you like and enjoy.
I can recommend the Roundhouse Camden as one of the best places for live music. In the past, this world famous venue has seen the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Ramones, The Stranglers all perform here.
Following a major redevelopment in 2006, it has also played host to some big names like Amy Winehouse, Jay-Z and the Gorillaz. However, it is also passionate about promoting emerging new artists.
Originally a steam engine repair shed, this atmospheric venue in Camden always has something good going on and is a great place to catch some live music.
14. Plane Spotting
For a fun date in London with a difference, plane spotting at Heathrow ticks the box!
Myrtle Avenue near London Heathrow is one of the most popular places to set up and enjoy this activity.
At the end of the Avenue is where you will find a large patch of grass where plane spotters sit and observe.
Heathrow is one of the busiest airports in Europe, so every few minutes you have the pleasure of the roaring engines flying over head, getting ready to set down on the Southern runway.
So, whether you’re a seasoned aviation geek or a beginner who doesn’t know a 777 from a 747, why not take a picnic, relax and enjoy this date with a difference.
15. NQ64 Arcade Bar
With two locations in Soho and Shoreditch, NQ64 is a gaming arcade with a difference.
Full of retro arcade games and classic consoles, from Donkey Kong to Mortal Combat, you are sure to find an old favourite that you can’t resist playing again.
Admission is free and you purchase tokens for the games. The consoles are free to play but they do ask that you purchase a drink when playing these.
Selling game-themed cocktails along with craft beers and with a smart/casual dress code of no jogging bottoms or tracksuits, NQ64 attracts a grown-up crowd that just want some fun.
So, grab a cocktail, choose your game and just enjoy yourself in this neon lit gaming room full of like-minded people.
I would definitely recommend this as one of my favourite fun date ideas in London.
16. Coppa Club
Coppa Clubs are like the old ‘members-only’ clubs except here everyone is welcome and there are no fees!
Their ethos is that their clubs are ‘a place to just be, with friends or on your own, to work or to socialise’.
These welcoming and comfortable clubs with their chic interiors offer everything from coffee to cocktails and breakfast to dinner. Their riverside terraces also benefit from private igloos, so they can be enjoyed all year round.
London has two Coppa Clubs to choose from –
Coppa Between Bridges is between Putney and Fulham Railway Bridges. It has a snug library area for working, reading or relaxing, a restaurant with a riverside terrace and a central bar and lounge.
Coppa By The Tower is just around the corner from the Tower of London. It has a relaxing lounge area, a restaurant, a terrace that offers great views of the Southbank skyline and a bar.
So you can choose exactly how to spend your time on your fun date at one of the cool Coppa Clubs.
17. Attend A Supper Club
With a variety of themed Supper Clubs taking place all across London, on regular nights each month, you’re sure to find something to your suit your taste.
Along with great cuisine, some of the Supper Clubs also offer entertainment or activities such as burlesque shows, live music, art classes etc all in a small, intimate venue.
I chose the Friday night ‘Dine and Draw Supper Club’, run by the Dulwich Art Group and School, which combined an hour of life drawing and cocktails, followed by a delicious dinner around one large table.
With everyone taking part in the life drawing activity, there was lots of laughter and a friendly ambience throughout the evening. Some finding this drawing challenge easier than others!
Attending a Supper Club in London is definitely a fun date idea. Along with being a great way to try a new activity, enjoy some delicious food and make some new friends.
18. Immersive Art Experience
If you’re looking for something a little different to a normal art exhibition, an immersive art experience is a great London date idea.
Here are a couple of my favourites:
A unique exhibition of one of the world’s first digital led art exhibitions using VR.
Taking place in the Boiler House at 152 Brick Lane, this is a must for all art lovers. Especially fans of the famous surrealist artist – Salvador Dali.
The artworks by this surrealist artist are given a 360° digital treatment. Using virtual reality, floor to ceiling projections and music to make this a totally immersive experience.
Along with the VR experience, there is a an interactive art display as well as a room using 2D and 3D elements to allow you to immerse yourself in Dali’s extraordinary art.
Adult tickets start at £24.90 and the visit takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Situated in Marble Arch, this is the largest permanent multi-sensory experience in the UK.
Spread over four galleries, it showcases some of the world’s greatest works of art in ways never seen before. Including artwork by Van Gogh, Monet, Rembrandt, Cezanne, Dali and many more.
The different rooms celebrate different types of art and artists. Furthermore, the experience they have created makes you feel as if you are stepping inside the paintings.
Along with the visuals there is music playing that compliments each piece of artwork and adds to the sensory experience.
Tickets start at £29 per adult on the door (£25 if purchased online) and most people stay for approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
19. Jazz Cafe
One of London’s most iconic live music venues, the award winning Jazz Cafe in Camden is a good choice for a fun date in London.
The Jazz Cafe has regular live gigs with a variety of music genres including jazz, hip hop, soul and reggae. As well as club nights every Friday and Saturday.
With a reputation for booking some of the world’s biggest acts, along with local talent and up and coming stars, you are sure to find something that suits your taste.
You can choose between general admission tickets for standing on the ground floor or tickets that include a table in the mezzanine restaurant that overlooks the stage.
We picked up tickets to Jocelyn Brown for just £30 each.
With a capacity of 450 people, this intimate venue allows you to get pretty close to whichever artist you have chosen to see and the acoustics are excellent.
In addition, all the staff are friendly and professional, helping to create a great vibe for an enjoyable night out.
Jazz Cafe Camden is open every day from 7pm and until 3am at weekends.
20. Draughts Waterloo
Draughts Waterloo is a Board Game Cafe that has been welcoming keen board gamers, as well as complete beginners, for 7 years.
Located in the Leake Street Graffiti tunnel, inside a repurposed railway arch, Draughts Waterloo actually sits under Waterloo Station.
With a really extensive array of board games to choose from, a warm and welcoming ambience and friendly helpful staff, you can’t help but have a good time here.
Moreover, with craft beers, an array of cocktails and a good selection of food/snacks on offer, you could spend a while here, playing old favourites or trying out some new ones.
Open from 12am Monday, 11am Tuesday – Friday and 10am Saturday and Sunday.( Draughts closes at Midnight every night.) Admission fee is £7 per person.
There’s nothing like playing a board game to get the conversation flowing as well as the laughs. That’s why Draughts Waterloo rates as a great fun date in London.
21. Enjoy An Afternoon Tea
This quintessentially British tradition makes for a great fun date, especially in London as the capital city has hundreds of different venues to choose from.
From luxurious hotels to boats on the river thames, Afternoon Teas are on offer everywhere. Therefore, it shouldn’t be too difficult to find surroundings that suit you and your pocket!
Afternoon tea traditionally consists of a selection of light sandwiches, cakes and scones served with a pot of tea. However, you usually have the option to add champagne as well.
If you’re looking to really ‘push the boat out’ and enjoy Afternoon Tea in style, I can highly recommend The Savoy Hotel in central London.
Served in the opulent Thames Foyer at the heart of the hotel, with its beautiful glass domed atrium and ornate gazebo with live pianist, you can’t help but be impressed with the surroundings.
However, add a range of teas served in delicate bone china, accompanied by classic finger sandwiches, homemade scones with cream, jam/lemon curd, plus a selection of pastries and it’s a match made in heaven!
22. Twist Museum
If you are looking for something a little different, Twist Museum on Oxford Street, is pretty cool. Advertised as a ‘Playground For Your Perceptions’, it certainly is this.
Featuring more than 60 fascinating exhibits it will test your perception of colour, shape, sound, perspective and more. Your reality with a twist!
Developed with the input of artists, psychologists, mathematicians and neuroscientists you will be amazed by the mind altering immersive rooms and interactive illusions.
So for a fun date that will literally blow your mind and test how your brain interprets reality, the Twist Museum is a must.
Twist Museum is open every day from 10am – 8pm (9pm Saturday/7.30pm Sunday), with last entry an hour before closing. Timed-entry tickets cost from £19.50 per adult.
23. Visit A Rooftop Bar
Spread across London from Shoreditch to Leicester Square you’ll find an amazing selection of different rooftop bars.
From luxurious lounges to trendy rooftop gardens, you’re sure to find a rooftop bar to suit your taste and what better way to view the spectacular London skyline.
Sushi Samba, located on the 38th and 39th floors of the Heron Tower in Bishopsgate, is presently one of the most popular and impressive rooftop bars.
Offering the highest outdoor dining terraces in Europe, along with incredible 360 degree views of the city, this is definitely the place for a fun date in London.
With its floor to ceiling windows, an open bamboo ceiling, artistically placed lighting and lush greenery Sushi Samba has the ‘wow’ factor.
Add to this a delicious selection of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine and what’s not to like!
24. Social Pottery
Located in Kentish Town Road, a session at Social Pottery is a great, fun date idea for anyone.
With two separate studios, you can choose to either have a go at making your own pottery or paint pottery that is custom made.
With ambient lighting, music and refreshments this is like a really relaxed pottery lesson. Undoubtedly helping you to explore your creative and artistic side in an enjoyable way.
With support from friendly experts, we had a great time painting our custom pottery pieces.
Offering various experiences, the sessions last roughly 2 hours and are available to anyone, regardless of ability.
For a date night you might like the Boozy Pottery Painting, where you can ‘bring your own bubbles’.
Where To Stay In London
Luxury – The London EDITION
The London EDITION is located in central London’s Fitzrovia district, with Oxford Street, Theatreland and Piccadilly Circus all within a 10-minute walk.
Inside, there is a Michelin star restaurant, 2 cocktail bars, a 24-hour front desk, free WiFi and free use of the on-site fitness centre for all guests.
With a view of the vibrant city, each en suite room come with a flat-screen TV and air-conditioning. An iPod docking station, bathrobes and a mini-bar are also provided.
Each evening, the restaurant offers a contemporary British menu using fresh, British produce.
Mid-Budget – Corus Hotel Hyde Park
Set within a 20-minute walk fromand boasting a stylish, lounge , Corus Hotel Hyde Park features modern rooms with free WiFi.
The hotel is just a 10-minute walk from Paddington Station, offering a direct train link to Heathrow Airport.
The cosy, air-conditioned bedrooms at Corus Hotel have private en-suite bathrooms and satellite TVs with on-demand movies. Rooms also feature work desks, tea/coffee facilities, iron and ironing boards.
The conservatory brasserie serves a modern European menu using seasonal produce.
Olio Bar offers light snacks and beverages, and overlooks Hyde Park.
Budget – The Queens Hostel
Featuring free WiFi, The Queens Hostel offers accommodation in London, just a 2-minute walk to Queens Park Rangers football stadium.
Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Rooms come with a shared bathroom.
You can play tennis at this hostel, and the area is popular for golfing.
For more places to stay in London, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.