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Alternative Date Ideas In London

Alternative Date Nights in London

Here’s our round-up of alternative date ideas for London couples

Words Elysia Agnew & Julia Krupska

The Exhibit, Balham

For a date with many options, The Exhibit is an all day drinking and eating hub with an endless list of activities and events on offer. It’s an informal, creative space where you can drink, eat, admire the art, enjoy the comedy and chill out for an evening at the cinema.

Sozai Cooking School, Aldgate

Japanese food is as healthy as it is delicious and we’re always seeking out the best spots to enjoy sushi in the city. At Sozai Cooking School you can learn the tricks of the trade, making everything from sushi to authentic Japanese dishes. The perfect creative date for foodies.

Rebel Bingo, Clapham


An exciting and fresh new approach to bingo. Take your date along to one of Rebel Bingo’s scheduled events at Clapham’s grandest venue for an evening of clubbing and number calling.

Handmade Mysteries, The Four Thieves

Alternative Date Nights in London

If you’re an adventure-seeking dater, then why not try out a Handmade Mysteries adventure. This clue solving experience involves escaping into a world of twisted mysteries and hilarious surprises. It’s an action packed game, it’s not for the faint hearted and you’ll certainly have something to talk about. Why not make it a double date and set up a mystery dream team?

Oyster Masterclass, Wright Brothers, Soho

Alternative Date Nights in London

If you’re an oyster-loving couple, make sure you check out The Wright Brothers’ Oyster Masterclass. You will be led through an exciting tasting experience, finding out all you need to know about the health benefits of oysters and how incredible these tiny molluscs that outlived the Jurassic period really are. These monthly classes are a historical, educational, uniquq and insanely delicious date idea.

Swingers, Bank

Alternative Date Nights in London

With five cocktail bars, three street food vendors and two nine-hole crazy golf courses, Swingers is the perfect date venue with a twist. Whether you’re foodies who want to sample the latest pop-up street food, enjoy a cocktail or two in the bar or challenge your date to a round of crazy golf, this place has something for everyone.

B.Y.O.C., Soho

Alternative Date Nights in London

For an intimate setting head over to B.Y.O.C. Arrive with a bottle of your favourite spirit and prepare to indulge in a bespoke 1920s affair. This interactive drinking experience combines the knowledge of skilled bartenders with your personal preferences to create custom-made cocktails for you and your date. Whether you prefer to play it safe, or opt for a little adventure, this tailor-made tasting session will have taste buds tingling all round.

The Secret Cinema

Alternative Date Nights in London

The clue is in the name… The elusive Secret Cinema resides in an unknown location right up until you get there. From cult classics to new releases, it promises an interactive and immersive cinematic experience. Prepare to be amazed, especially if your date is a film fanatic.

The London Shuffle Club, Shoreditch

Alternative Date Nights in London

With a disc in one hand and a drink in the other, The London Shuffle Club offers a playful date choice this winter. Shuffleboarding meets craft beer, American food and disco tunes to provide a nostalgically eclectic experience. You and your date can either go head to head, or couple up with friends for a little bit of healthy competition.

Dans le Noir, Clerkenwell

Alternative Date Nights in London

More than just a restaurant… Dans le Noir is a true experience. Put your senses to the test and embark on a journey of self-discovery, together. By dining in darkness, you and your date are encouraged to plunge into the depths of your imagination and re-awaken your perceptions of taste and smell.

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Mark Kebble

Mark's career in journalism started in 2001 when he landed a role on a small lifestyle magazine in Angel, North London. Soon enough, the magazine was purchased by a larger organisation and Mark found himself promoted to editor at the tender age of 23. He later became group editor, working on magazines for Angel, Crouch End, Muswell Hill and Highgate. He was also involved in a launch in Hadley Wood and a major new group website, later becoming Group Hub Editor. In 2021, Mark joined Zest Media Group and oversaw the launch of many Absolutely titles across the UK. To date, Mark has launched in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Sussex, Essex, Yorkshire and Cheshire. When he does have some free time, Mark is also the Chairman of an amateur football club in Surrey and is also a fully qualified FA football coach.
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