When it comes to going out, London feels in limbo right now. Some restaurants and pubs are open, some are just doing takeaway, while many are still closed. So why not venture into the great outdoors instead. Set the mood for some summer lovin’ with these 10 fabulous date ideas from picnics in the park and drive-in open air cinema experiences to romantic date night boxes delivered to your door….
10 fabulous date ideas
Movie date ideas – Luna cinema
Missing the cinema as a solid date night option? Luna Cinema has now launched their post-lockdown programme with outdoor cinemas across London, plus an all new drive-in experience for the ultimate nostalgic evening indulging in some popcorn and car-snogging. Films include classics like Grease, Dirty Dancing, Romeo and Juliet and Some Like it Hot. Sandy and Danny eat your heart out.
Cocktail date ideas – Lucky Pineapple DIY Cocktail Boxes
If there’s one thing we’re missing at home, its gorgeous fancy cocktails. Lucky Pineapple Bar has just launched an online shop selling all the bouji equipment you need for a fancy cocktail night in. Their DIY cocktail sets come with amazing garnishes, homemade liquors and recipes to help you get the look and taste just right.
Picnic date ideas – Hampstead Heath
The heath is surrounded by a plethora of great takeaway options. You can grab Sushi from Sushi Hanna on Flask Walk on Hampstead Highstreet. Opposite is a hidden gem gelato cafe, and Ginger and White cafe is now open for takeaway. On the other side of the Heath is Parliament Hill. Al Parco Pizza is right beside the entrance and a new wine bar The Wine Cellar is offering delicious fresh takeaway meals like Paella for that holiday feeling.
Tacos and Tequila on Peckham Rye Park
The buzzing Peckham Rye Park is another area filled with delicious takeaway delights. We love getting margaritas and Mexican food from the delicious Taco Queen on Rye Lane. If beer is more your thing, pick up fresh cold pints in milk cartons from The Brick Brewery and Ivy House Pub.
Cheese Tasting Experience
Forget wine tasting, gourmet company Slate Cheese provide the ultimate at-home cheese tasting experience with expertly selected cheese gift boxes, sets and hampers including crackers, chutney and tasting notes so you can really learn about different varieties. Okay, it would go nicely with some wine tasting too.
Yard Sale Pizza in a Park
Our favorite takeaway food, pizza, has never let us down. For the ultimate park slice, we’re a fan of Yard Sale Pizza – the Hackney Road branch is near Haggerston Park and Blackstock Road is right next to Finsbury Park. Their new summer collaboration is with kebab legends Mangal II: Topped with aleppo pepper spiked tomato sauce, Mangal II’s legendary lamb adana köfte comess with sumac-infused onions, tulum peynir cheese and is finished with garlic sauce. Maybe one for a few dates in…
Truman’s Social Club
If you’re feeling a table and chair might be nice but you’re not ready to be completely indoors yet, Truman Brewery has just opened a mega beer garden in east London’s Walthamstow, called Truman’s Social Club, with 35,000 sq ft of social-distancing opportunities. You pay £5 to reserve a spot then get it back in the form of a pint or soft drink when you arrive. After that, all you need to do is sit back and enjoy the onsite brewery, tap room, street food vendors and, you know, booze.
Posh Picnic in Richmond Park
A picnic for if you’re really pushing the boat out, Petersham Nurseries is serving Instagram-worthy hampers made with fresh, organic produce and the finest Italian ingredients. The hamper serves two, with a bottle of water and your choice of chilled Prosecco, wines, kombucha or craft beer, ready for you to eat in nearby Petersham meadow or Richmond Park. The boxes cost £40 and need to be ordered at least a day in advance from the Petersham Nurseries website.
Date Night Box
Literally a date night in a box delivered each month, this is one for cocktail lovers, who take their romance seriously. Boxes include fun couples activities, mood setters, unique indie snacks and drinks, dinner menus and cocktail recipes, curated playlists and more.
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Virtual Walking Tours of London
One for the history buffs, explore London at your own pace with a virtual walking tour taking in the sites of Jack the Ripper or historical Soho. Urban walking tour company London Walks has introduced a range of virtual tours of London. Bookable through Eventbrite, the virtual tours are hosted on Zoom by experienced London Walks guides, and offer an insider’s look into some of London’s most noted areas.
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