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.
2. Immersive Gamebox
Located in 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 or Old Street, 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 £6 per head if booked in advance but be aware that the prices double if not booked ahead.
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 funky venues with cool vibes. There are a choice of venues in London including:
Puttshack, located in the Bank area of central London, 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.
Swingers have two venues in the city, one in the Bank area and the other in Oxford Circus. They 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.)
Junkyard Golf in Shoreditch 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. West End Musical
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. Drink 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. Ride The Uber Boat
For a fun date that gives you spectacular and different views of some of London’s main attractions, a cruise along the River Thames is perfect.
The Uber Boats by Thames Clippers run every day, from early in the morning until late at night. Evening rides are particularly magical when the City of London lights up in a mass of colour.
Stopping at 24 different piers along the River Thames, you can choose which parts of London you would like to see. Or, travel the whole route between Barking Riverside Pier in the East and Putney Pier in the West.
There are plenty of ticket options including Uber Boat by Thames Clippers Single River Ticket.
Or if you really want to ‘push the boat out’ you could combine two activities – Uber Boat by Thames Clippers and Cable Car Ticket.
14. Visit A Viewpoint
You really are spoilt for choice for great viewpoints in London. Here are a couple of the traditional ones:
The Shard, having the highest and probably most popular viewpoint across the city. Access to the 244m high observatories costs about £32 per adult.
The Sky Garden, also known as the Walkie Talkie, is free of charge on weekdays 10am-6pm and weekends 11am-9pm, although you do need to book a time-slot in advance.
Alternatively, if you prefer to be in the great outdoors, a couple of really good, free viewpoints are:
Greenwich Park in Greenwich is situated on top of a hill, from where you can enjoy sweeping views across the River Thames to St Paul’s Cathedral and beyond.
Primrose Hill in the Borough of Camden is a pretty park that offers spectacular London skyline views from the 64m high, natural hill at its centre. From east London, through Canary Wharf and the City of London, to Westminster and the West End you can literally see for miles.
15. Visit A Food Market
If you are looking for an inexpensive and fun date in London that includes eating, then a visit to a food market is a great option.
There are absolutely loads of food markets in London but here are a few of my favourites:
Camden has probably one of the best food markets in the city, with an array of street food traders selling a variety of dishes originating from all corners of the world. For a great selection of delicious foods in a vibrant and interesting area, Camden is a great spot.
For something a little quirky, Mercato Mayfair is a food market housed in the beautiful surroundings of an old (St Mark’s) church. It boasts two floors of worldwide cuisine, a rooftop terrace and a community space with a friendly vibe. Its ethos of ‘ingredients are fresh, artisanal and sustainably sourced as far as possible’ tells you it should be good!
For a bit of ‘everything’ the various Market Halls Oxford Street won’t disappoint. Offering cuisine from around the world, along with music played by DJs, live sport feeds and much more, you are sure to find some tasty food as well as some great entertainment.
If you like everything arranged in advance, there are tours of food markets like Great British Food Tour: South Bank and Borough Market .
16. 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.
17. Ride The London Cable Cars
The London cable cars are officially known as ‘The Emirates Air Line‘ and one of the top things to do in Greenwich.
They cross a 1km distance over the River Thames in East London, between The Royal Docks near Canning Town and the Greenwich Peninsula in North Greenwich.
For a fun date, I would recommend taking an evening ride to so that you can view the beautiful London skyline all lit up.
Tickets start at £4 per adult for a single crossing. However, the Emirate Air Line offer a wide range of packages, from champagne filled flights, to discovery experiences.
You can find out more info on the fares and flights experiences on the Emirates Airline website.
18. Heathrow 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.
19. Notting Hill Colourful Houses
Notting Hill is one of the most vibrant and trendy areas of London. As well as one of the most photographed neighbourhoods in the capital.
This West London neighbourhood was immortalised in the 1999 romantic comedy of the same name and is home to many celebrities and several film locations, as well as the very pretty, Notting Hill colourful houses.
The most famous Notting Hill colourful houses are located in Hillgate Place, just a short walk from Notting Hill Gate Underground Station.
The most photographed spot when it comes to pastel walls and ‘future home’ goals is Hillgate Place. As well as the side streets surrounding it, such as Farm Place and Callcott Street.
So, for a free and fun date in London that will give you some amazing photo opportunities, the colourful houses in Notting Hill are the place to visit.
20. NQ64 Arcade Bar
Located in the Soho area of London, 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.
21. 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.
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.
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