London is often so busy and bustling, that you forget it can be a city of love too. If you’re looking for 8 great first date ideas in London, we’ve got a list of interesting experiences that will still give you plenty of time to get to know each other.
#1 Sky Garden
London’s highest public garden, this botanical oasis is a breath of fresh air in a congested city environment. With many free tickets available for a lunch date or food and drink reservations in the evening, it’s a luscious experience that’s sure to get your relationship off to a great start.
Outside of tourist season, the Tower of London is a lovely experience -even if you’re just walking around outside. With a few historic pubs nearby and a scenic route available to take you over Tower Bridge, it’s a great sunset experience for two.
See the world from the Queen’s perspective as you lunch on the Buckingham Palace Grounds in the summertime. Lucious greenery, perfectly-manicured lawns and delicious treats await you in this limited-run experience that’s ideal for a duo.
With loads of deer and other wildlife, this protected Royal Park is a must-see and the perfect place for a lunchtime date. Bring a picnic feast for two and indulge under the historic trees which dot the park. Great if you have dogs or love being in nature with photo opportunities that will look lovely in the afternoon sun.
#5 South Bank
Want a lively first date full of culture, music and people-watching? Then you have to go to South Bank London. With loads of great restaurants, bars and special events, there’s always something going on. And the views of the Thames are a stunning accompaniment.
One of the more unusual national museums, the Greenwich Cutty Sark is an interesting nautical experience surrounded by great pubs and restaurants. Tired of walking? Bring a blanket with a picnic hamper and find a pitch in Greenwich Park nearby. Want even more exploration? The Greenwich Observatory is also a short distance away.
Want to hear preaching, discussion and arguments from the weird, wild and wonderful of London’s academic and philosophic community? Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park is a place of protected free speech where the soapbox still reigns supreme. They explain, “In 1872, an act of parliament set aside this part of Hyde Park for public speaking. Even today, on a Sunday morning, it’s not unusual to find crowds gathering at Speakers’ Corner to listen to enthusiasts expounding their views. Anyone can turn up unannounced to speak on any subject, as long as the police consider their speeches lawful.” It’s an interesting talking point for any twosome to banter about.
Visit the world’s largest antique market and discover hidden treasures from the day’s gone by. While it can be busy, strolling through the shops and searching out items can make for a great bonding experience and is one of the more unusual first date ideas in London.