Finding a place to go for date night can be tough when you’re strapped for cash, especially in London sometimes. But whilst there are the obvious things like going out for dinner, cocktails or a show there is a heap of stuff that can be done on a budget. Cheap and fun is something we all like to hear! Here is a list of 20 romantic date night ideas to consider in London when you are on a budget.
1. Watch a performance at the National Theatre
Are you or your significant other a fan of the theatre? Last minute or standing tickets tend to always be relatively cheap so why not take a visit to the National Theatre and catch a play or performance.
2. Junkyard Golf
Crazy golf has always been a seaside town favourite but Junkyard golf is the next best thing. With lights, music and cocktails you can have an evening of fun on the cheap.
3. Visit Camden Market
Camden market is a great place to wander around and have a look at all the stalls. From jewellery to trinkets, there is so much to see and the food selection is amazing! There are so many choices and for all budgets.
4. A bite to eat at Borough Market
Food and drinks galore down at Borough Market. Browse to see what is on offer and tuck into a little snack or two.
5. BooksForFree at Stratford
One for the book lovers and budget fiends alike. You are allowed to peruse the books on offer and take up to 9 home with you for absolutely nothing. Wonderful!
6. Browse shops/watch entertainers in Covent Garden
One of the romantic date night ideas you can consider is browsing shops and watching entertainers in Covent Garden. There’s nothing like a chilled day walking around to all of the different shops (window shopping if your like me and can only dream). Stopping to listen to the entertainers that line the roads in Covent Garden is always a fun activity as well!
7. Take a stroll in Hyde Park
Providing it is good weather a stroll in Hyde Park can be just what you need. Take a picnic or maybe even feed the ducks. The park is always bustling with walkers, runners, people doing day to day activities so find somewhere to sit and watch the world go by together.
8. Visit the Natural History Museum
Treasures and fossils galore at the Natural History Museum. There is plenty to learn and take in so why not have a date night doing something different.
9. Hop onto the Emirates Cable Car
Take the cable car across parts of London and take in the breathtaking views from above.
10. Hackney City Farm
If you both love animals then this could be for you. Say hello to all of the farm animals down on Hackney City Farm!
11. Go up to the SkyGarden
Cocktails are even better with a view. It is free to book a slot to go up to the sky garden but be aware that slots book out really quick so do it now!
12. Have a drink outside
Cheap, cheerful and fun can be had just by having a beer or two in the evening sunshine.
13. Book a ping pong table at Bounce
Ping pong can be so fun and brings out a competitive side of you both. Book a table down at Bounce and let the war begin!
14. Watch the sunset
You can get a great view of the sunset from Primrose Hill or Hampstead Heath. Why not grab a picnic and a blanket and enjoy the view. A classic take on romantic date night ideas when in London!
15. Play table football at Bar Kick
Another fun date idea for you and your other half. A couple drinks and a game of table football is sure to go down a treat.
16. Visit Angel Comedy in Islington
Catch a comedian down at Angel Comedy for a laugh out loud alternative date idea.
17. The British Library
Have a look at all the wonderful collections of books that they have on display in the British Library.
18. Explore up high at The Barbican Observatory
Nestled at the top of the Barbican this hidden gem is an exotic paradise you can wander through with your date.
19. Walk along Hackney Wick Canal
With boats, all lined up against the canal this walk is both peaceful and breathtaking. The hustle of bustle of London feels miles away in this tranquil area.
20. Learn at the Hunterian Museum
If you’re a bit squeamish then this isn’t for you but if you have a love and fascination for all that’s science then you’re bound to learn something new here.
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