The loud sigh from your girlfriend after you suggest the cinema for the fifth date night in a row might be a sign that it’s time to find something a little different this week. But don’t fear, London is filled with loads of different date nights your girlfriend will love.
From terrarium making masterclasses to bottomless afternoon teas, London has so much to offer, do something a little different and she’s sure to be pleased with the date upgrade. And as an added bonus, you’ll find yourself in all her friend’s good books with your creativity and unique date nights.
After all, there are no excuses for boring dates in London. With events, new restaurants, and incredible experiences popping up all over the place, there’s more to do than Sunday brunches and stuffy restaurants.
Explore our suggestions of alternative dates we think your girlfriend will love, and spice up your date nights.
You'll get to sit down in their quirky bar and enjoy this luxury tapas-style afternoon tea alongside bottomless gin cocktails from their incredibly innovative menu.
Tuck into their delicious savoury snacks and sweet treats with bottomless cocktails such as their signature Jasmin Gin Collins, Southside, G&T...
You'll have certainly picked a winner with this date!
View on AVA Let her create her very own perfume A signature date with a signature scent Bermondsey, ££ Spend a day with Token Studio for their perfume making masterclass and leave smelling better than ever.
Learn how scents are blended to create perfumes with their expert perfumers and incredible staff.
You'll learn how to blend your ingredients as well as how to make your very own essential oil and how to curl your oils to make your perfume.
Whether you want to replicate your favourite scent or choose something completely different, this fun and relaxed class allows you to get creative... and don't forget your drinks too!
View on AVA Limitless pasta at Palatino Brunch done right Shoreditch, ££ This is not your average brunch. Palatino offers a bite (or 10) of Italy, with their unlimited pasta brunch.
With endless handmade plates of pasta and an accompanying Aperol Spritz, it’s the brunch that won’t leave you wanting more.
Feast with your girlfriend on everything from Borage & Ricotta Ravioli to Gnocchi Alla Romana. It’s a pasta lovers heaven it truly is.
And if you’re going to do brunch, you might as well do it well. And what’s better than a constant stream of your Italian classics?
View on AVA Enjoy cocktails at the Dreamy Doña Bar Mezcal Cocktails in a hidden basement bar Stoke Newington, £ Spend your evening with some badass female bosses at the dreamy Doña (obviously the cooler feminine form of Don).
You'll get to enjoy a romantic date night at this dreamy bar sinking your way through their cocktail menu.
As a pair, you'll receive their 5 unique cocktails plus an extra nip of Mezcal. You'll get to enjoy 3 drinks each or mix and match as you please!
This fun, female-led bar has live music every night and their vibe and interior creates a fun and quirky atmosphere and with sweet jazz tunes playing all evening... This really is the perfect post-work hangout. View on AVA Become a cocktail master at Bugie Bar A bar located underneath a sex shop. What could possibly go wrong? Shoreditch, ££ Imagine if you didn’t have to pay London cocktail prices for your girlfriend's favourite cocktail, a simple margarita, and could make them just as well, if not better, than the pros.
Bugie Bar is here to help with a cocktail masterclass with their finest bartender, you’ll learn how to shake, mix, and pour stunning cocktails that are worthy of London’s most popular bars.
With over 50 cocktails to choose from, you’ll be a master, and everyone’s favourite edition to any party.
Wow your girlfriend with your incredible cocktail making skills, and make your favourite cocktails together in an incredible underground bar (oh that's beneath a sex shop...we'll just leave that there).
Check Them Out Keep things sweet with a chocolate making masterclass Chocolate is a girl’s best friend Notting Hill, ££ Anyone who says they don’t like chocolate must be lying because it’s bloody delicious.
Melt will take your (and your girlfriend's) love of chocolate and personalise it with their chocolate bar making class. From bean to bar, they show you the entire process from roasting beans to tempering and molding into a bar.
The hour and a half long course will help you understand the journey of all those chocolate bars on the supermarket shelves. Oh, and you get to taste plenty of the dark stuff too!
The class is the perfect date, and better than the box of chocolates from the supermarket you were planning on getting your girlfriend.
View on AVA Make it traditional with dinner at Moio For the sophisticated date night Stoke Newington, ££ If you’re a sucker for traditional restaurant date nights, Moio will fulfil all those needs and more.
Featuring modern European cuisine, the chefs at Moio will personalise a two course sharing menu to your tastes, making it your dream dinner date.
Rotating their ingredients and dishes seasonally, they take pride in great food and excellent service. Treat your girlfriend to a classy evening with dishes prepared by expert chefs.
Check them out A Terrarium Masterclass with Botanical Boys Build your own miniature indoor garden Kings Cross, ££ Whether you've got green fingers or not, you'll want to become a master gardener after seeing these incredible terrariums!
With the help of Botanical Boys you'll get to build your very own self-sustaining, living indoor garden in a 3 ltr glass jar... all alongside a glass of Prosecco or two.
They'll teach you everything you need to know in this fun and relaxed workshop as well as giving you all the top tips for how to keep your mini garden going!
This is the perfect 'do something different' date with the bonus of taking something home... who wouldn't love it!
View on AVA Pottery painting Get your creative juices flowing Southwark, £ Get creative with your girlfriend at Token Studio. This arts and crafts workshop offers pottery painting classes that let you choose from mugs, plates and bowls to decorate to your own tastes.
To help you get your creative juices flowing (and the date night chat going), it’s BYOB, and there’s no set time limit, so take as long as you need to paint your masterpiece and sip your wine.
With expert teachers and endless creative options, it’s an experience that will reveal the secret artist in everyone.
View on AVA Get bubbly with Bob Bob Ricard Press for Champagne Soho, £££ What beats champagne on date night? Champagne on demand of course. And Bob Bob Ricard have the very thing: a press for champagne button. Ideal for the fancier date night.
Yep, it's genius. Pure unadulterated genius. At the touch of a button located at your table, refills of your champagne are instant.
And with an extensive menu including Beef Wellington, oysters, salmon tartare, slow roasted pork belly and more it’s not only instant champagne, but an incredible menu.
Located in bustling Soho, it’s the fanciest date night perfect for anniversaries or birthdays.
Check them out Play it cool at Icebar London Ice, ice, baby Mayfair, ££ The coolest (lol) date in London, ICEBAR London is a completely frozen bar made from floor to ceiling of ice.
With perfectly chilled drinks, it’s the bar you didn’t know you needed. From espresso martinis to lavender margaritas, their drinks are just as cool as the venue.
Their onsite restaurant, Yuu Kitchen, features Asian cuisine from former Nobu chef, Jon de Villa. It’s truly the coolest dinner and drinks around.
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