You could be in the city for a day, or for a whole week, but doing something special with your significant other is one of the best ways to make memories together whilst enjoying a holiday in London. Whether you’re staying at the Shaftesbury Paddington Hotel or you’re renting a flat, there are countless ways to show your loved one how much they mean to you.
But finding something fun to do that takes you off the beaten track is another story entirely. London is full to the brim with tourist traps that capitalise on the romance of the city. Whether it be the romantic comedies of Bridget Jones or Notting Hill, it’s hard to beat the classics and London is truly built on love stories. From the romance of Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens to the Blitz barraged End of the Affair by Graham Greene, London is always portrayed as a city full of hopes, dreams and intrigue, perfect for a couple looking for some excitement.
Visitors at the Shaftesbury Suites will never be far from intrigue and discovering the city together will make your trip that extra bit special. Here are some hidden gem date ideas to spice up your holiday.
Lates at Tate
Take your loved one to one of the two London Tate galleries on the last Friday evening of every month and you’ll be met by a wide range of talks, music events and gallery viewings. This unique event gives you the chance to explore two of the best galleries in London in a whole new light and promises an evening of entertainment and engagement like never before.
Cycling the city together
If money’s tight, a city-wide cycle is a great way to keep active and enjoy London’s unique attractions from the flexibility of a cycle seat. Take your loved one on your own curated tour of the city with a quick stop off at one of the 750 Santander Cycle docking stations around London. Here are some of the most breathtaking destinations for your cycle ride.
With 955 hectares of land, Richmond Park is full to the brim with sweeping grassy plains and forestry. With semi-wild deers roaming the rewilded woodland, this historic royal park sits beside the River Thames and offers up serene landscapes and dramatic views. With a picnic in tow, Richmond Park could be the perfect way to spend an afternoon in West London.
The Greenway route
The Greenway Route is a bike path that takes you along some of the best views in East London. Incorporating Hackney Wick, Stratford, Walthamstow, Tottenham and Hackney Marshes, the route brings you face to face with canals, the River Lea and plenty of refreshing pubs, cafes and eateries along its way.
Bounce Ping Pong
For the extra-competitive couple, the Bounce venues in Old Street and Farringdon are a perfect way for you to release some of that mounting tension in a fun and friendly (if you want it to be) game of ping pong. With a lively bar, referees and a fun and friendly atmosphere, Bounce is a ping pong themed bar that will liven up any date night.
Get grisly on a Jack the Ripper Tour
It’s not just romance which can send shivers down your spine, the Jack the Ripper Tour takes you on a journey through Victorian Whitechapel and Shoreditch at night, pitting you against the Ripper himself. See how you and your loved one fare as detectives tracking the trail of victims left by the notorious serial killer, and join trained tour guides and actors on a journey through the dark underbelly of London.
Gordon’s Wine Bar
Another one for the Victorian era lovers, Gordon’s is supposed to be the oldest wine bar in London and provides an intimate candlelit experience with an amazing wine menu. Whether you’re on the lookout for a great meal from their award-winning menu, or you’re here for the atmospheric vibes enjoyed by the likes of Rudyard Kipling, Gordon’s Wine Bar near Embankment is the place to be.
Afternoon Tea at the Park Grand Kensington
The afternoon teas served at the Park Grand London Kensington are diverse and delicious, giving you and your other half a chance to enjoy a range of Indian inspired, chocolatey treats, as well as champagne and a vast range of different hot drinks. For a traditional treat in the centre of the city, this intimate experience is a refreshing breather and a chance for you and your loved one to spend some quality time together.
Visit an off the beaten track art gallery
There are many galleries in London that take you away from the tourist fray, and what better way to spend time with your other half in London than in an exciting cultural space that’s full to the brim with
The Serpentine Gallery is based in Hyde Park, Giving guests the opportunity to explore the nearby wilderness whilst enjoying the free to visit contemporary art displays. With nearby hotels such as the Shaftesbury Premier London Paddington just a 15 minute away, this is a perfect pitstop for a romantic day out.
The White Cube
Based on Bermondsey Street and close to the vibrant street food of Borough Market, the White Cube is a serene treat for art lovers in need of a dose of culture during their trip.
Newport Street Gallery
An off the grid contemporary exhibition space, the Newport Street Gallery is located close by to Elephant and Castle and offers a unique range of works curated by Damien Hirst, who owns the gallery. For a quirky lunch date, try his famous pharmaceutically inspired cafe on the top floor of the gallery.
See some late-night live music
For the night owl lovers of London, many venues in the city offer intimate and engaging live music experiences. For the perfect date night, So Far Sounds offers some of the best intimate music experiences, all from the comfort of secret residential locations dotted around the city.