10 Best Winter Date Ideas

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London is filled with great venues and date ideas all year round, but the following are particularly well-suited to a winter date in the city.

Here’re our top picks for making the most of London as a couple…

Take a trip to a London Ice Rink

One of the major benefits of visiting London in the winter, is the sheer variety of new wintry things to see and do! The festive season sees the city unveil a variety of great attractions designed to help locals and visitors alike make the most of London, and this includes opportunities to take a spin on an ice rink.

There’s a surprisingly large number of them to choose from, but we are particularly fond of the ice rink located outside the Natural History Museum. Take a trip here during the early evening to take full advantage of the fantastic, buzzing atmosphere and the impressive museum backdrop during your date.

Head for a Royal Park

Just because the weather is colder and the days are shorter, that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy some of London’s most prominent green spaces. A picnic may not be on the cards (it is a little too cold for that) but there’s always opportunities for a wintry stroll through stunning surroundings.

You’ll have plenty of parks to choose from, each with their own distinctive character and culture. We recommend Richmond Park if you want to see the resident deer, or a visit to Kensington Gardens if you want to connect with some of London’s impressive royal history.

Be sure to wrap up warm as it can get particularly chilly during the winter months, and you’ll be exploring wide open spaces.

Have a winter pub crawl

It’s not the most original date idea, but a wintry pub crawl could make for the ideal fun bonding experience in London. There’re lots of great bars and pubs to choose from – both new and historic. Depending on your individual interests, you can combine your trip to the pub with dinner at a local restaurant, or even join one of the many special pub crawl tours which uncover stories about the city.

If you’re in the mood for learning something new on your date or showing off how much you know about London’s pub scene, this is a great option.

Visit an Enchanted Woodland

Syon Park has become well-known for its colourful winter displays, and this Christmas the event is bigger and better than ever before. It’s now the 14th year in which visitors have been able to explore this delightful London estate, experiencing the venue in a dramatic new light during the winter months. Expect illuminated pathways and stunning displays, providing a dramatic backdrop for a romantic trip during your stay at the Grand Royale Hotel London.

Watch a classical concert

London’s music scene is about much more than contemporary music (though there is plenty to choose from, too!). If you’re feeling a little more refined, then the winter is a great time to experience classical music at some of the city’s most beautiful spaces.

Churches and cathedrals alike host candlelit concerts throughout the winter, and this is a wonderful way to really impress your date with your great taste. Each show is sure to be atmospheric, and could even end up introducing you both to music you might otherwise have overlooked.

Go swimming at an outdoor pool

It might sound like more of a summer activity, but London’s outdoor pools are often heated all year round, providing a romantic location for a moonlight swim. Some venues, like Hampton Pool, even offer special moonlight swimming sessions. This is sure to provide a memorable date idea for anyone seeking something a little off the beaten track in London.

Check out a London exhibition

There’s always lots happening in London’s museums and art galleries, but the winter sees a flurry of indoor attractions for you to explore together. There’s lots of wonderful events happening throughout the city right now, each of which provide ample opportunity to get to know each other while bonding over your love of a particular subject or artist.

London’s exhibition scene is also noted for its creativity, so there’s none of the dry, dull material you might be expecting. Instead, London is home to a wide variety of exhibits showcasing the best of human ingenuity. Work out which venues and exhibitions you would both be interested in, and plan your winter trip while staying at 4-star hotels in Bayswater London.

Enjoy a romantic meal

London is filled with fantastic restaurants, each offering a great way to sample local culture and international cuisine. Having a meal together is also a popular way to stave off the winter chill, whilst still enjoying all the city has to offer as a couple.

Some of the best London restaurants are right on your doorstep – whether you choose to stay indoors and dine at your hotel, or travel a little further afield during your stay. Whatever you choose, you can rest assured that London has your culinary tastes covered.

See a great film

The winter season also sees a range of great films hitting the silver screen, and London has plenty of venues where you can enjoy an authentic cinematic atmosphere.  Some of the top cinemas in the city offer the very best of luxury and style, with places like Electric Cinema providing plush seating and a VIP experience.

This is a wonderful way to stay out of the cold – and you’ll have plenty to talk about afterwards as you discuss the movie you’ve just seen.

Watch the New Year fireworks

New Year's Eve celebration fireworks

If you’re in the city in time for the new year, then why not catch the world-famous London firework display? The event has been ticketed for the last few years, so there’s currently no spaces left at the official viewing platform.

However, that certainly shouldn’t leave you deterred. There are lots of other incredible places where you can see the show – from London’s parks to special trips along the Thames. If you’re eager to secure a spot at the main event, you can also check out resale sites to see if anyone’s selling their tickets.