In need of ideas for a day out in London? Want to treat your significant other to an experience they will never forget? From West End musicals to the most delicious restaurants in the capital, we’re summarising the best days out for couples in London.
In this guide, we’ve put forward a list of things to do in London, including a separate section for experiences and one for our favourite restaurants. Without further ado, let’s get started.
Things to do in London for couples
From themed bars to art galleries, pedalo boats to flea markets, here are the best things to do in London on your day out. We’ve included a mix of paid and free activities.
A great reason to spend your day at the Tate Modern is that entry remains free for everyone, although some exhibitions require a charge to enter. Explore modern and contemporary art from around the world, discover how artists have responded to the impact of mass media, and take in the views of London’s skyline from the gallery’s 360-degree viewing platform. Booking tickets online is recommended but can be purchased on the collection route or available at the door.
Cyberdog and Camden Markets
Did someone say street food and bright rave clothing? A day out at Camden Markets is filled with many surprises. Having started life as a cluster of craft workshops, Camden Market now boasts over 1000 shops that unfollow the conventions of retail. However, a star attraction on your day out should be a visit to the famous Cyberdog; a three-story trance music and cyber clothing/accessories retail chain. Go inside and explore all kinds of crazy clothes and accessories.
West End Shows & Musicals
As they say - “There’s something about theatre in London”. From Hairspray to Pretty Woman, Jersey Boys to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, a day out at the theatre never disappoints. Catch the drama, comedy and romance across some of the most anticipated West End shows. Booking direct will guarantee you don’t miss out on new performances and returning favourites. We’ve selected a few theatres below to explore:
Located on the skyscraper that looks like a ‘walkie talkie’, Sky Garden is accessible to all and completely free of charge. Soak in the surroundings while enjoying the eye-pleasing landscaped gardens. Make your way to the observation decks and open-air terrace, or grab a bite to eat and drink at one of the Sky Garden’s restaurants and bars. Keep an eye out for sunrise yoga or live music sessions that are regularly hosted high in the air. Reserve your tickets online to avoid disappointment.
London experiences for couples
If you really want to impress your partner, we’ve compiled our favourite experiences in London.
Columbia Road Flower Market
As one of London’s most well-known markets, a Sunday stroll past bucketfuls of flowers, vintage clothing shops, and tearooms is an experience not to be missed. Packed on the narrow street of Columbia Road in Bethnal Green sit roughly 60 independent shops patiently waiting and ready to welcome your custom. The Columbia Road Flower Market is open every Sunday from 8am - 3am (closing time approximate).
Up At The O2 Climbs
Concerts at the O2 arena are fun, but scaling the world’s most popular music, sport, comedy and entertainment venue is next level. Make memories as you climb over the O2 arena and enjoy incredible 360-degree views of London including the Olympic Park, Canary Wharf, and Greenwich. We highly recommend a sunset climb to make your experience all the more memorable.
The View From The Shard
Take in the best view in London. Rise above one of the world’s most iconic skylines as you visit The Shard, a 1,000ft+ building in London Bridge that’s almost twice as tall as any building located in London. At 800ft, the observation deck is your spyglass to the capital as you gaze down on famous landmarks like the London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Wembley Stadium, and many more. Plan your visit here.
Horse Riding in Hyde Park
Whether you are an experienced rider or it’s your first time on a horse, Ross Nye Stables offer the opportunity to learn how to ride horses in Hyde Park. Catering to all levels, travel along with one of the best-known riding tracks in the world, the famous Rotton Row. Obtaining riding lessons can be done here.
Dolphin Square Spa Day
Spas are the perfect stress management tool and encourage some time to switch off when the city can feel a little overwhelming. With no demands on your time, treat yourself and your partner to the most relaxing day out at one of London’s only Moroccan Spa’s. Book a treatment or two for the ultimate pampering experience. Enjoy the authentic Moroccan experiences of Dolphin Square. Find out more here.
Alcotraz Cocktail Bar
Immerse yourself into the exciting world of mischief as you get creative with your attempts to smuggle liquor between your inmates at the Alcotraz Cocktail Bar in Shoreditch. The crooked guards are on your side but the Warden keeps a watchful eye out for hidden contraband. Will you join the gang and smuggle liquor behind bars? Book your spot on this not-to-be-missed experience right here.
Hot Tub Boat Experience
Have you ever cruised waterways… in a hot tub? Thanks to Skuna Boats down on Canary Wharf, enjoy a luxurious hot tub experience as you sail your own boat in toasty, 38℃.C heated water. Better yet, come sun, rain or snow, the hot tub boat is perfect for any weather; all year round. As one of the most unique outdoor experiences in the capital, this one is not to be missed. Advanced bookings can be made here.
The best restaurants for couples in London
Searching for dinner inspiration in London? We’ve got you covered with three restaurants that undoubtedly impress.
Grato, Kensington Square
Ambient dining in beautifully decorated eating quarters, Grato is a chic Italian restaurant that will exceed your expectations as you tuck into one of their delicious dishes created with the freshest ingredients. As well as offering an alfresco experience overlooking the oldest garden in the square in Kensington, Grato’s evolving menus reflect the seasons and celebrate Italy’s culinary wonders. Reserving a table is a must.
Just a minute's walk from Piccadilly Circus, this trendy pop-up turned permanent restaurant offers well-priced contemporary dishes made with home-grown ingredients. A selection of independent spirits and craft beers will help you soak up the delights of their Anglo-Indian cuisine which include the Kricket classics. Get in touch here for reservations and the menu.
Myrtle offers modern European cooking with Irish influences using the finest Irish produce. A menu worth tasting over and over again, discover sophisticated yet informal dishes as you ponder over the extensive wine list to wash your palette down. Will it be the Assyrtiko, ‘Cuvee Monsignori’ 2017 from Santorini, Greece, or perhaps a St. Romain, Camille Giroud, Burgundy from France? Check out the wine list and book a table here.
Take a day out from Dolphin House
We hope you have found this resource helpful and that it will inspire you to get out and try something new. Of course, use our examples to fuel your own ideas and discover more ideas for days out in London.
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