Where to Take a Date in London

There’s a fairly high chance that you’re either in a relationship, or single – and whichever it is, you’re going to need date ideas.

And that’s where this little guide comes in handy it’s time to put a stop to the classic dinner and a movie.

Eat Some Street Food

It’s no surprise that this makes the top of my list, and in London there’s so much choice! If you’re both foodies and have differing taste buds then this is the perfect date – there’s usually something for everyone.

Try Broadway Market in East London, and head to the Dumpling Shack and grab some of their homemade crispy dumplings and for dessert try Crosstown Doughnuts.

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In your in North London try Kerb who have recently opened a street food paradise in Camden. You can’t go here without getting Oli Baba’s deep fried halloumi fries.

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And you can’t forget about Borough Market. If it’s a sunny day bring a wicker basket and spent the morning stocking it up. Then walk across the river to St Pauls where you should have your picnic. Some serious good food and stunning views of London can be had.

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Watch a Movie

Oh don’t be fooled and go to your local Vue or Odoen. Try an indie cinema

The Phoenix is my local favourite in East Finchley and it’s so nostalgic. It shows feature films, live opera and art house hits. Grab a glass of wine in the bar upstairs and sit back, relax, and enjoy the film.

Also try The Lexi Cinema in Kensal Rise and The Everyman in Baker Street.

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Play a Game or Two

If you both have a competitive streak head to Draughts in Shoreditch – just don’t challenge each other to a game of Monopoly if you want to end the date on good terms.

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If board game aren’t you thing, head to Bar Kick and play a game of table football.

Or better yet, head to Junkyard Golf and challenge each other to the wackiest game of crazy golf around and dare the loser to buy all the drinks.

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Boris Bike Tour

If you’re new to London, or have managed to avoid seeing all the tourist sights, there’s simply no better way to see the city. Plus, if you know a thing of two about the history of London this is a great way to try and impress that special someone.

Click here to read the Telegraph’s best cycle routes.

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Go on a Gin Tour

If you both love a tipple (or two) then this you definately be in your to-do list. There’s now quite a few gin distilleries in London, but Sipsmith is one of my favourites. Tours cost as little at £25 and include a G&T – but you’ll need to book a few weeks in advance.

The East London Liquor Co is also a good bet, and if you don’t like Gin you’re in luck as they also make Vodka and Whisky.

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Things to do if you’re new to London

Moving to a new city can be extremely daunting, especially to London as it’s a big old baffling place. When I moved back from home from Leicester everything I knew had  completely changed. There are a thousand and one things to do here and here’s my list of fun ideas and some advice on how to fit in and feel at home in the capital.

Tweet me at @anna_boast or @activeinldn if you try any of them out!

 

Walk Everywhere 

It’s seriously the best way to orientate yourself in London. The tube map is incredibility misleading and most station are only a stones throw away from each other. Use Transport for London’s walking tube map to discover how near or far stations really are. Since I got my FitBit I walk everywhere and I can’t wait to move out of the suburbs so I can run to work.

Catch London’s Cheapest Bus Tour 

So, walking isn’t your thing. That’s fine, how about a tour of London’s major sites for just £1.50? Hop on the number 11 bus and you’ll get to see some of our most-loved landmarks. It travels from Liverpool Street to Fulham Town Hall, taking you past the Bank of England, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Trafalgar Square, 10 Downing Street, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace.

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Don’t go up The Shard 

Seriously – don’t. It’s a complete rip off at £30. Instead head to the Walkie-Talkie building and visit the Sky Garden which is completely free! Avoid the queues and book into one of their early morning yoga sessions. Nothing beats watching the sunrise over London.

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Go for a £10 Steak

There are few places where you can get a cheap steak dinner, but Flat Iron serves up the best. Their menu is incredibility simple and some of their branches are attract queues of up to two hours. Luckily, they work the queue with an app so you can have a few pints at a pub nearby whilst you’re waiting.

Wander along the South Bank 

It’s home to dozens of street performers, the National Theatre, outdoor food markets and second-hand book stalls. Borough Market is a must see, it’s got every type of food and drink you could ever possibly dream of.

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Attend a Supper Club 

Turning up solo in a restaurant can make a lot of people anxious, so why not book a supper club instead? The goals is to bring strangers together over food. London Pop-ups have a great list here of the regular and best supper clubs in town.

Try a new Exercise Class 

It’s the perfect way to find a new gang of workout buddies, plus London has heaps of unique and insanely fun workout options. I’ve recently tried 1Rebel and Another Space and I can’t wait to go back.

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Why I love Borough Market

Most Londoner’s have a love/hate relationship with Borough Market. On a Saturday it’s rammed full of tourists. But if you’re a foodie like me, there’s nothing quite like it.

Borough Market is one of London’s oldest fruit and veg markets. It’s been around since the 11th century. It’s got every type of food and drink you could possibly dream of… grocers, bakers, deli shops, and most importantly street food stalls. From the classic fish mongers, right up to modern trends exploding onto the screen like wheat grass juice bars. So no matter what type of food tickles your fancy, there’s something here for you.

It’s on London’s South Bank  and just a stones throw away from the Shard. We dived off the tube at London Bridge, so conveniently close to the market and with an exit onto brilliant views over the Thames and The City, that in itself is worth a trip. The skyline over London is changing rapidly and every day seems to bring a breath taking new view.

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My boyfriend and I decided to go to soak up the first sunny day of the year and fill our bellies with decent quality food. You definitely need to come here with an empty stomach. As he is originally from up North and has never been before, I thought it would be a lovely day out.

We entered the market under the railway bridge and you can hear the trains rattling overhead, the store holders somehow manage to make their voices heard over the din and entice you in with free samples. We wandered around tasting bits and pieces of cheese and chocolate trying to stop ourselves buying everything. You will really need either a big wallet or strong inhibitions for your trip here.

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You have to try Scotchtails who produce these incredible artisan Scotch eggs, and  they are well worth queuing around the block for. They have the perfect amount of egg to meat ratio with a crispy edge. We washed them down with pint of New Forest Cider whilst on the look out for our next dish.

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We finally decided to get Paella from Cafe Brood and walked along the Thames Path, leaving a trail of rice and the incredible atmosphere of Borough Market behind us. There’s rarely an occasion where I’m not craving Spanish food, and this really hit the spot.

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If you ever find yourself in London with time to spare and an empty stomach, spending a few hours in Borough Market is definitely worth it.