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 sunset paddle-boarding adventures to cocktail masterclasses, 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.
Perfect for any weather, the UK’s first floating hot tub is heated to a balmy 38 degrees, and is the alternative date night she’ll love.
You can have the entire vessel to yourself, be your own captain, bring your own drinks, and set sail through the canals of Old Street or West India Quay.
Feeling peckish? They also offer a BBQ Boat, which is exactly like it sounds. Bring your favourite BBQ food and get grilling whilst cruising through the canals.
Whichever you pick it’s a date night your girlfriend will never forget.
View on AVA The Perfume Studio Create her signature scent Tunbridge Wells, £££ Spend a day with The Perfume Studio and leave smelling better than ever.
Learn how scents are blended to create perfumes with their expert perfumers and incredible staff.
Create a signature scent, one for him and one for her, that’s so unique, no one else will be able to get their hands on it.
Finish the experience with a perfect English afternoon tea. And when Valentine’s Day rolls around and you’re struggling for a present, you can reorder her scent, as The Perfume Studio keeps all of your creations on record.
Check them out 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 A sunset paddleboard to the pub Just don't fall in Richmond, £££ Sunset + beautiful views + a visit to the pub = the equation for the perfect date.
Back of Beyond Adventures do sunset paddleboarding sessions along the Thames that end up at a quaint riverside pub.
Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and be completely immersed in London’s calm waterways and idyllic scenery.
Held in the evening, you’ll see the beautiful sunset whilst adventuring down the river with this stand up paddle boarding (SUP) adventure.
They even offer SUP with your PUP experiences, where you can bring along your dog for the ride (you know, the one in your profile pic...).
It’s a date your girlfriend is sure to love.
Check them out 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 Learn to bake from the comfort of your own home A bake off with a difference Your house, £££ If you’ve watched Bake Off and wondered what it’s like to be a contestant, Elvira’s Secret Pantry is the experience for you.
Even if you haven't watched it - this experience gets the nod from us as a great date night with a difference.
With an expert baker in the comfort of your own home teaching you the best skills and recipes, you’ll feel like an expert baker in no time.
Focusing on gluten and dairy free baking, it’s the perfect alternative to heavy cakes and biscuits. And although Paul Hollywood won’t be there to give you the golden handshake for you bake, your girlfriend is sure to love the experience.
Check them out 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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