8 Fun Things To Do In London For Couples

8 Fun Things To Do In London For Couples

Friday, 14 June 2024

London is an amazing city for couples wanting to have fun and create special memories. There’s so much to do, from famous landmarks to secret spots that only the locals know about. You can explore bustling markets, take a romantic cruise on the Thames, or visit unique museums. Immerse yourselves in London's romantic scene with our guide to eight fun activities for couples. From exploring iconic landmarks to uncovering hidden gems, this guide will help you and your partner create unforgettable memories in this exciting and romantic city.

A bottle of red wine is being poured into a wine glass, set next to a wine glass filled with white wine on a dining table. In the background, a couple are holding hands, creating a romantic atmosphere.

1. Romantic Dinner Date Spots In London​

London is full of enchanting spots perfect for couples wanting to create lasting memories. Whether you prefer a cosy candlelit dinner or a rooftop dining experience, London has it all. With so many options, it can be overwhelming to choose the perfect spot. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

Clos Maggiore
Cuisine: Clos Maggiore offers a contemporary take on modern European cuisine, using local and seasonal ingredients. 
Ambience: Intimate blend of cosy warmth and romantic elegance. 
Signature Dishes: lamb & truffled mash
Location: 33 King St, London WC2E 8JD, United Kingdom
Contact: +44 20 4580 1174

Clos Maggiore in Covent Garden stands out as the most romantic restaurant, inspired by the charming country inns of Provence and Tuscany. Its flower-filled conservatory, retractable glass roof, and cosy winter ambience create an inviting setting. The menu changes seasonally, featuring locally sourced ingredients, and the renowned wine cellar offers over 2,500 selections. Guests praise the friendly, professional staff and exceptional service, highlighting dishes like the lamb and truffled mash. 

Botanica Restaurant
Cuisine: British dishes, made with fresh ingredients
Signature Dishes: 
Location: 83-95 Southampton Row, London WC1B 4HD, United Kingdom
Contact: +44 20 7636 7822

Botanica is the crowning jewel of the Bedford Hotel and an ideal romantic dinner spot in London. Nestled within this elegant hotel, Botanica offers a superb modern British dining experience with stunning views of a secret private garden. Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant's captivating ambience and enchanting atmosphere make it ideal for a memorable romantic meal or a pre-theatre cocktail. 

A black and white image of a couple seated in a cinema with dim lighting, attentively watching a movie. 

2. Cultural Date Nights in London

London's cultural scene sets the stage for an unforgettable date night filled with romance and excitement. For couples wondering what to do in London, a cultural date night might be exactly what you are looking for.

The iconic West End is a hub of theatrical brilliance, showcasing timeless classics like "The Phantom of the Opera" and "Les Misérables." The energy of the performers, paired with elaborate sets and costumes, creates an enchanting experience. 

For a different kind of theatre experience, head to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Relax in the historic setting, sip on delicious teas, and enjoy delightful treats. It's a unique way to see a new side of the theatre while indulging in some tasty goodies.

After an enchanting show in the West End, continue the romance with toasting your favourite cocktail in our art deco Atrium Bar & Restaurant. Then, slip away to your elegant room for a peaceful night's sleep. Don’t miss out on our delightful breakfast buffet to start your next day together on a delicious note. Book your romantic stay at the President Hotel now and create cherished memories in the heart of London.

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3. Cafés, Bars, and Tapas for an Intimate Evening

If you are looking for a quiet conversation, try a candlelit café with plush seating or a dimly lit cocktail bar. 

Sons & Daughters in Coal Drops Yard
Cuisine: Sandwiches, craft beers, wines, cocktails, and soft-serve ice cream.
Ambience: A stylish, upscale restaurant
Location: Unit 119a Coal Drops Yard, London N1C 4DQ, United Kingdom

Visit Sons & Daughters in Coal Drops Yard for a lovely sandwich and coffee. Afterwards, take a scenic walk along the canal or explore the nature reserve at Camley Street Natural Park. It's a delightful way to spend quality time with the person you love. 

Camino King's Cross
Cuisine: Tapas, platters, and brunches along with a selection of Spanish wines
Ambience: A relaxed setting featuring rustic brick and wood decor, complemented by a spacious terrace.
Location: 290 - 292 Pentonville Rd, London N1 9NR, United Kingdom
Contact: +44 20 7841 7330

Wanting the feel of a romantic European holiday in the heart of London? 
Camino provides the perfect ambience. This Spanish-inspired bar offers a cosy atmosphere with dim lighting and comfortable seating, perfect for enjoying a glass of wine or a classic cocktail with someone special. Camino is inspired by a transformative road trip across Spain in the summer of 1984. The founders, enchanted by the Spanish landscape, people, and lifestyle, sought to recreate that magic in London. 

Cuisine: The cuisine includes diverse options like croissants, poached eggs, shakshouka, grilled cheese sandwiches, hummus with crispy chickpeas, and charcuterie platters.
Ambience: A café/bar/studio open daily from morning to late night, featuring a diverse music selection on a unique sound system.
Location: 9 - 10 Stable St, London N1C 4AB, United Kingdom
Contact: +44 20 3319 0050

Spiritland is a haven for music lovers, making it a perfect romantic spot in King’s Cross. This café, bar, and radio studio is built around a profound love for music and the culture surrounding it. Featuring a world-class Living Voice sound system, it offers an immersive musical experience with in-depth programming, talks, and album launches. The dim lighting and cool, mysterious atmosphere create an intimate setting, ideal for couples. The menu boasts delicious options like huevos rotos and salmon with feta and beetroot on sourdough, complemented by expertly crafted cocktails. Whether you're enjoying brunch or staying late into the night, Spiritland's unique vibe and excellent music make it an enchanting date spot.

The Library
Cuisine: Light bites, scones, cakes and bubbly
Ambience: An elegant, welcoming lounge bar
Location: 2b Woburn Pl, London WC1H 0LH, United Kingdom
Contact: +44 20 7692 5600

For an extra touch of romance, celebrate your love with an afternoon tea at the Morton Hotel. Perfect for a special occasion or a leisurely afternoon together, indulge in this quintessentially British tradition in the cosy ambience of our Library bar. Enjoy the fluffiest scones and delightful cakes, surrounded by comfy seating, fireplaces, and stacks of books. Make it extra special with a glass of bubbly to toast your time together. Don’t miss this charming experience during your visit to London.

An elderly couple with arms around each other, smiling and laughing as they walk down a tree-lined path in a leafy neighbourhood.

4. Take A Romantic Stroll In London's Parks & Gardens

London might not be the first place that springs to mind for romance in nature, but the city boasts some truly enchanting parks and gardens perfect for couples seeking a romantic retreat. Hyde Park, for instance, is a huge green space in the heart of the city. Here, you can take a leisurely walk around the serene Serpentine Lake, rent a paddleboat for a whimsical adventure, or simply relax and have a picnic.

In Bloomsbury, visit Russell Square and Bloomsbury Square Gardens, which are perfect for a stroll or a relaxed picnic. It's a nice escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, where you can just enjoy each other's company surrounded by nature's beauty. These parks offer little pockets of tranquillity in the midst of all the excitement of London, making them ideal spots for couples to spend some quality time together.

After a delightful day of exploring, embrace a quintessentially British experience by heading to The London Pub at the Royal National Hotel in Bloomsbury. This newly refurbished pub blends traditional charm with modern flair, offering a welcoming atmosphere that's both cosy and stylish. Indulge in a variety of local craft beers and ales, and savour classic British dishes that range from delectable small plates to hearty sharers. The pub is the perfect spot to unwind, toast to your love, and enjoy warm British hospitality, making your romantic day in London truly unforgettable.

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5. Unique & Memorable Date Ideas In London

If you're looking for something different from the usual London date spots, check out these unique places! They’ll make your trip to London unforgettable, or if you’re a local, they’re perfect for your next date.

Cuisine: Enjoy expertly crafted beer and signature cocktails alongside delicious bar bites. 
Ambience: Classic arcade games, vibrant neon lights, and a lively, fun-filled atmosphere.
Location: 53 Berwick St, London W1F 8SP, United Kingdom
Contact: +44 20 4599 3268

Step into a romantic retro haven at NQ64 on Berwick St, just off Oxford St in the heart of London. The neon-splattered lounge is open late every night, offering game-themed cocktails, a selection of craft beers, and signature drinks. Relive the golden age of arcade games with classic machines and consoles, while savouring delicious bites and enjoying the vibrant atmosphere. Perfect for a nostalgic date night, filled with fun and fond memories.

Escape the Power Cut at Control Room Battersea
Cuisine: Serves unique cocktails, a daytime selection of teas, coffees and fresh pastries. 
Ambience: Industrial-chic ambience with quirky cocktails served in unique vessels. 
Location: Battersea Power Station, Circus Rd W, Nine Elms, London SW11 8BZ, United Kingdom 
Contact: +44 20 7590 3606

Step into the romantic allure of Battersea Power Station's original Control Room B, where 1950s nostalgia meets modern elegance. Nestled within this Grade II* listed landmark, enjoy an all-day bar experience surrounded by original control desks and switchgear. By day, savour champagne, coffees, and snacks; by night, indulge in signature live-wire cocktails. Recharge with high-voltage drinks in stylish vessels, or embark on a thrilling escape room adventure. Or you could discover the powerful secrets of this iconic venue with the audio-guided champagne backstage tours! 

Food and Drink

Forza Wine Bar
Cuisine: Italian-inspired dishes, an extensive selection of natural wines, and delicious seasonal summer snacks like courgettes with garlic and mint, and their signature Custardo. 
Ambience: Relaxed atmosphere with stunning city views, complemented by a buzzing terrace for dining.
Location: The Rooftop, 133A Rye Ln, London SE15 4BQ, United Kingdom 
Contact: +44 7312 258845

For a romantic evening in London, Forza Wine offers an idyllic setting with breathtaking city skyline views from its charming open-air terrace. Couples can unwind with inventive cocktails and an extensive list of natural wines while enjoying Italian-inspired dishes like fried cauliflower, grilled chicken, and their signature Custardo. The intimate ambience, adorned with twinkling lights and lush greenery, creates a serene escape perfect for a pre-theatre dinner or leisurely lunch. Reserve a table at the espresso bar area for the best panoramic views and let the romance of London envelop you both.

Poppadom Indian Kitchen
Cuisine: Anglo-Indian cuisine and street food
Ambience: Warm and inviting ambience
Location: 48 Tavistock Pl, London WC1H 9EU, United Kingdom
Contact: +442076368383

For a nice romantic dinner, Poppadom Indian Kitchen offers an enchanting culinary experience. Chef Yogesh and his team take you on a flavorful journey across India, celebrating both classic Indian and Anglo-Indian cuisine. The warm and inviting atmosphere, combined with friendly and attentive staff, sets the stage for a delightful evening. Share fresh tandoori small plates and signature dishes, with recommendations of 4-5 dishes between two people for a truly immersive dining experience. The lamb biryani, bursting with expertly balanced spices, is a standout favourite. With impeccable presentation, high-quality ingredients, and a diverse menu catering to all preferences, Poppadom Indian Kitchen promises an unforgettable night for couples seeking a romantic and delicious meal.

Live Music

Sofar Sounds
For a romantic activity in London, catch a show in the city where Sofar began. Immerse yourselves in London's vibrant music scene with performances from both renowned and emerging artists in some of the capital's most unique venues. Explore diverse locations, from the lively Bermondsey Beer Mile to historic churches in Hampstead and a cosy treehouse in Shoreditch. Attending these performances at various unique locations ensures there's always a fresh and exciting way to impress your partner with a memorable date experience!

After a night of captivating music, recharge at our City Sleeper Hotel on Bedford Way in central Bloomsbury. Just minutes from Russell Square tube station, you'll be connected to all the city’s top live music venues! Enjoy a hassle-free stay with contactless check-in, free superfast Wi-Fi, and all the comforts of home. Book your stay now and make your romantic getaway truly special.

A couple toasts with glasses of white wine on a river cruise, with the iconic Big Ben visible in the background, capturing a romantic moment against the scenic London skyline. Picture is taken from the city experience’s website.

6. Romantic Thames River Cruise For Couple

A Thames River cruise is a perfect romantic activity for couples visiting London. With stunning views, gourmet dining, and live entertainment, it’s an unforgettable experience. 
One of the best aspects of a Thames River cruise is the stunning views of London’s skyline. As you glide along the river, you’ll see iconic landmarks like the Tower Bridge, the Houses of Parliament, and the London Eye. These sights are especially magical when illuminated in the evening, setting the stage for a truly special experience.

In addition to the breathtaking views, a Thames River cruise allows couples to indulge in a delicious meal. Many cruises offer dining options ranging from light lunches to gourmet dinners. 

Some Thames River cruises feature live entertainment. Picture snuggled up with your loved one, enjoying a glass of champagne, and being serenaded by live musicians. The soothing melodies and gentle sway of the boat create an unparalleled romantic atmosphere.

Make sure to add a romantic Thames River cruise to your itinerary. It's the perfect way to create magical memories with your special someone. You can book your tickets here

7. Quirky & Fun Activities For Couples In London

​London is a city that never fails to offer a wealth of exciting activities for couples. 

Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities

One activity you can try is visiting the Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities in Hackney. This small museum houses a collection of bizarre and eclectic objects, including shrunken heads and ancient relics. It's a unique and unusual experience that will surely spark conversations and leave lasting memories.

If you prefer a museum with traditional history, the Charles Dickens Museum in Bloomsbury is a fantastic option. Visitors can explore treasures including the author's book-lined study, writing desk, and drafts of his novels.

Dans le Noir in Clerkenwell

For food-loving couples, a visit to Dans le Noir in Clerkenwell is a must. Here, you and your partner will dine in complete darkness, relying on your other senses to savour the flavour of your meal. It's a sensory experience like no other and a great way to bond and connect on a deeper level. Fun fact: this restaurant is featured in a romantic film called  ‘About Time’, where the main protagonist has their meet cute here. 

This unique dining adventure offers an exciting and memorable date idea, allowing you to share a one-of-a-kind experience that will undoubtedly enhance your connection with your partner and leave a lasting impression.

Crystal Maze LIVE Experience in Angel

If you're looking to add a touch of adventure to your date, why not try the Crystal Maze LIVE Experience in Angel? Inspired by the popular '90s TV show, this immersive game will challenge your problem-solving skills as you navigate through four themed zones. It's an exciting opportunity to work together, laugh, and create some unforgettable memories.

Two men holding takeaway cups of tea walking together against a bustling city backdrop, enjoying their conversation amidst urban scenery.

8. Book A Couple’s Getaway In The Heart of London 

London offers an array of romantic adventures for you and your partner, all you need is a place to stay. Nestled in the heart of Bloomsbury, our Tavistock Hotel is a budget friendly choice for couples seeking a romantic setting in one of the city's most charming neighbourhoods.

Overlooking picturesque Tavistock Square Gardens, you can admire the iconic statue of Mahatma Gandhi and the bust of writer Virginia Woolf as you wander through the serene greenery.

After a day of sightseeing, unwind at our Woolf & Whistle restaurant and bar, which offers a charming terrace for warm afternoons. Imperial London Hotels provides an idyllic setting for couples to create unforgettable memories in one of the city's most romantic neighbourhoods.

A couple wearing sunglasses and holding coffee mugs are relaxing in a hotel bed; the man reads a newspaper while the woman, with a towel on her head, talks on the phone. 

Enjoy a romantic couples' break with a stay at one of the Imperial London Hotels, nestled in the heart of Bloomsbury. Perfectly positioned for an unforgettable trip, these hotels offer lovebirds a chance to explore London's rich culture, iconic attractions, and vibrant experiences. Whether celebrating an anniversary, honeymoon, Valentine's trip, or simply spending quality time together, our diverse range of accommodations in Central London caters to every taste and budget, ensuring a memorable city break right in Zone 1. Experience London like a local and create lasting memories with your loved one.

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