Even through the country is still in the midst of lockdown, we can’t help but ready ourselves for the coming time when we can hit the town. If you’re in the mood to plan a future special night out on the town with your significant other, you may have exhausted all your ideas in the months and years gone by. While a romantic dinner at your favourite restaurant is a good choice, thinking a bit more outside of the box can provide you with a night to remember.
Whether it’s trying out a fun activity for the first time, or visiting somewhere new and exciting, you’re sure to find something on this list that shows you a new side of London.
1. Get rid of some pent up frustrating with axe throwing
Looking for something thrilling? Whistle Punks are hosting a series of urban axe throwing classes where you learn to throw a 14-inch axe at a wooden target. Depending on your preference, you can use one or two hands to throw it. Don’t worry about safety, because each lane is closed off on both sides and you have to wear steel toe capped boots for protection. If you’re extra competitive, you get to participate in an axe-throwing tournament after your lessons and get full bragging rights when you win.
2. Visit a bingo hall with a twist
Across the UK, bingo is experiencing somewhat of a revival and is gaining newfound popularity among both men and women. Bingo halls are catering to younger generations with fun events, such as Dabbers Social Bingo’s bi-monthly ‘Doggie Bingo’ sessions and themed nights to get the party started. If you’re short on time, Foxy Bingo details how the 30-ball variation (or speed bingo as it is commonly referred to) involves covering all the numbers on your ticket. Its fast-paced nature provides a more exciting twist to traditional 90-ball bingo.
3. Test your smarts in an escape room
If you have a couple of friends you’re willing to go on a group date with, an escape room provides a great opportunity to test your puzzle-solving skills and ability to work as a team. ‘Sherlock: The Game Is Now’ provides you with an immersive experience created by television series writers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. For aspiring detectives, it’s the perfect chance to solve puzzles in an intricately imagined venue in Shepherd’s Bush. Fans of the series will be familiar with the settings found in the show, as you hunt for clues and solve crimes.
4. Have an outdoor cinema night
Instead of taking your date to the movies at your usual theatre, why not take it a step further and head to an outdoor cinema? The Rooftop Film Club provides classic director chairs and blankets, setting the scene for a romantic sunset panorama of the city. Alternatively, Time Out and City Cruises offer Movies on the River, which shows nostalgic films like ‘Notting Hill’ and ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ at the top deck of a river cruise.
5. Appreciate the beauty of nature
Finally, if you’re searching for somewhere to get away from it all, the Barbican Conservatory is a leafy sanctuary that your date is sure to appreciate. Under a glass roof, you can admire over 1,500 species of tropical plants and trees and even exotic fish. The good news is that it’s free to get in, but if you want to learn more about the wildlife around you, you can book two spots on the tour on select Sundays led by the Barbican’s resident gardeners.
Now that you’ve got this list on hand, it’s time to start making elaborate plans for that surprise date night that’s sure to be a resounding success! As a bonus, maybe you can get your partner an amazing gift to take your date night to another level!