Great places for an unusual date

You'll leave your date wide-eyed and hungry for more

Dating. It ain't easy. Particularly in London.

There's a lot of hip, interesting, beautiful, single folk out there all vying for the attention of the one person you're destined to spend your life with.

Damn it.

So what are you gonna do?
What are you gonna do to make that jaw-dropping first impression so that the apple of your eye bins their dating diary and starts doodling your name in their French text book? (That's a euphemism, you understand... we're not encouraging you to date high schoolers.)

Luckily for you, Auntie All In London is at hand with suggestions guaranteed to leave your date wide-eyed and hungry for more.

And if turning up at the pub wearing a thong and covered in jelly doesn't do it, you can try these...

53 Cleveland Street W1T 4JJ
Region: Fitzrovia
Nearest Station: Goodge Street (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Impress your far out personality on your prospective date by taking him/her to one of London’s most extraordinary restaurants, Archipelago. Exotic, global cuisine is served amongst peacocks, bronze Buddhas, palm tress and luxurious furnishings. Located on Whitfield Street, you can expect to find the likes of crocodile, wildebeest and kangaroo on the gourmet menu.

Drink Shop & Do
9 Caledonian Road Islington N1 9DX
Region: Islington
Nearest Station: King's Cross St. Pancras (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: Set up by two old school friends, Drink, Shop and Do is a sort of catchall venue for fun and games. Located on Caledonian Road, Drink, Shop and Do is the perfect date spot where you can indulge in shopping, activity classes and delicious cocktails under the same roof.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
  • USERS 10/10
Sir John Soanes Museum
13 Lincoln's Inn Fields

AIL Says: Not all dates have to involve cocktails, fine wine and scintillating conversation – education, history and period houses can be sexy too. The John Soane Museum is one of the most romantic spots in London. The architect’s life work is on display in the house, which includes antiques, furniture, paintings and a beautiful old library. Make sure to book in advance for the candlelit evening tour.

Herne Hill Velodrome
Herne Hill Stadium, Burbage Road

AIL Says: Grab your partner and whisk them off to Herne Hill Velodrome for a day of track riding. Hire bikes before channeling the likes of Laura Trott and Sir Chris Hoy as you battle each other in your very own Keirin races. Whoever loses buys the beers!

Nike Town
236 Oxford Street Marylebone W1C 1DE
Region: Marylebone
Nearest Station: Oxford Circus

AIL Says: Nothing says I love you like designing someone a new shoe. Head to the Nike id Studio where you and your partner can giggle over pixilated footwear for hours. There’s no food and no drink but you won’t notice that that when you’ve got the positioning of a Swoosh to think about.

  • USERS 6/10
The Scotch of St James
13 Masons Yard SW1Y 6BU
Region: St. James's
Nearest Station: Piccadilly Circus (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: Originally The Scotch was the rock and roll spot of the Sixties with bands like The Beatles, The Stones and Jimmy Hendrix all with their own table in the Mayfair bar. Thankfully rock history has been resurrected and the bar is back open again as a late night drinking den for the seriously hip. Open from 11pm until 5am, access is by appointment only. Bag a table, take a date and knock back whisky and water till the wee hours.

  • USERS 10/10
Highgate Cemetery
Swain's Lane, Highgate

AIL Says: London has many romantic walks but Highgate Cemetery has got to be among the most moving and atmospheric. Take a guided tour of the West Side – the older and somewhat spookier side – where an expert will fill regale you with information and anecdotes as you wander through the flora and fauna.

E5 Bakehouse
395 Mentmore Terrace Dalston E8 3PH
Region: Dalston
Nearest Station: London Fields

AIL Says: Take a bread-making course together. Bring each other flour instead of flowers and recreate that scene from Ghost, only with dough instead of clay. Its location in the arches east of Hackney’s London Fields means that afterwards there will be no shortage of bars and restaurants to move on to.

180 - 184 Earl's Court Road SW5 9QG

Nearest Station: Earl's Court

AIL Says: If there is one sport that anybody can start at a reasonable standard then it is… badminton. However, table tennis comes close and so it is no surprise that ping-pong is taking over the world. Ping in Earl’s Court is the perfect place for couples to get competitive over ping-pong, cocktails and party tunes. Just not too competitive.

  • USERS 3/10
The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town
12-16 Artillery Lane E1 7LS
Region: Spitalfields
Nearest Station: Liverpool Street (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: If it is an impressive destination you want for your date, then the Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town is a must. Don’t be put off by the strange name – that just adds to the weird. Turn up to the Breakfast Club, Spitalfields branch on Artillery Lane, ask to see ‘the Mayor’ and you will be granted access to the basement cocktail bar after passing through the ingenious hidden doorway. Trust us on this one.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10

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