It was the final Friday before Christmas, I had promised my date the week before that I would treat her to a romantic Christmas meal in town, but heavy work do’s and last minute Christmas shopping had distracted me from my promise and I found myself in a mad rush to find an available slot at a good restaurant. Call after call I was greeted with the same response, ‘Fully booked.’ Having no luck by phone, I consulted TripAdvisor which gave a great recommendation to a charming French bistro on Brick Lane – Chez Elles (ranked 10th best London restaurant) I immediately called them and thankfully managed to get the last table of the night at 21:30. I was in for a treat!
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Just a stones throw from Brick Lane, down arty Cheshire Street is ‘The Carpenter’s Arms’, a cosy and warm pub rumoured to be an old haunting ground of the famous Kray Twins. It serves a small menu of scrumptious food and an excellent selection of wines and beer. This pub was recommended to me by a friend who lives nearby and I thank her for such a great find.
Escape to Pop Up Ping Pong’s secret Elf Factory in Hackney for one last round of festivities on the Saturday before Christmas.
Columbia Road Flower Market is one of my favourite markets in London, lined with boutique shops, tea rooms and art galleries, the sight, sounds and smells of Columbia Road Flower Market is fabulous experience. If the weather is fair then Columbia Road is definitely a must do Sunday date in London, you basically cannot go wrong.
We decided to go to Dans le Noir? after a friend’s recommendation. The concept is quite simple really – you have your dinner in complete darkness where you are guided and served by blind people. The reality is really not that simple.
London’s Winter Ice rinks have appeared again so it’s time to get your skates on and enjoy a date on the ice. There are ice rinks all over London so there’s plenty of choice and if it’s a first date skating is a great way to break the ice (sorry, couldn’t resist). Set in some fabulous locations and decked out to get you in the Christmas spirit London’s ice rinks are perfect for a date. Read on for the full list of London’s winter ice rinks.
I normally wouldn’t recommend going to an Indian restaurant for a date, masses of high fat food packed with spices can have an adverse effect but Quilon is not that type of restaurant. Smart, slick and stylish, Quilon is a very good Indian restaurant, a Michelin Star one in fact.
London’s museums and galleries are great for a date, most of them are free, there are loads of them so there is something to suit everyone and they have regularly changing exhibitions, but what could make the experience better… how about going at night, listening to live music, relaxing with a drink and wandering the halls of the exhibits without any screaming kids getting in your way. The museums and galleries of London open their doors late for special fun evenings which make great date nights. Read on for our list of when and where they are.
Do you like popcorn? Do you like cocktails? Do you like bouncy castles? If the answer to any of these is YES then check out Monkey Shoulder’s final episode of its For One Night Only events
I was making my way back to Tottenham Court Road after seeing a show at The Soho Theatre, when I walked past this delightful and unique French Bistro. What caught not only my eye but also my ears was a bustling and intimate atmosphere wonderfully animated by a live pianist playing at the entrance. Peering through the window, you could sense the buzz and excitement emanating from inside. At that moment, I decided that my next dating venture would have to be, Pierre Victoire!
I’d walked past the Southwark Playhouse a few times before and been sufficiently intrigued but never ventured in. I’m so glad I was finally brought here on a date the other week as it’s a real find. It’s recently been refurbished and so offers a new bar with that trendy urban feel to it and a beautifully intimate theatre.
For two days this winter, on the 7th and 8th of November get ready for Reyka Remix, the official launch party for Reyka Vodka. Held in Arch 402 in Hoxton. The handcrafted vodka will be hosting a party the only way they know how, Icelandic style!
Remember remember the 5th of November – yay Guy Fawkes Night is almost here! I love Bonfire Night, I believe it’s the real start of winter. The tradition of wrapping up in my winter clothes and heading down to celebrate with the rest of London never fails to put a smile on my face. And what’s the very best thing about Guy Fawkes Night?… fireworks! So what’s on this year? Look no further, we’ve got it all here:
Sitting within two of the railway arches by Hoxton Station, this bar/restaurant is causing a stir in East London with its unashamedly industrial feel and upmarket food and cocktails.
I came here on a date last week and loved the smart feel of it. Exposed brickwork, metal tables and chairs and a concrete floor doesn’t sound like much but it’s beautifully smart and softened by flowers and candlelight.
All Hallows’ Eve is approaching, time to get dressed up and spooked out. What better way to get close to someone than when you’re petrified or drinking a novelty Halloween cocktail. Trick or treat you date to London’s best original Halloween nights, and to save you the research we’ve got the list right here. Read on for our top Halloween 2013 date ideas in London.
One of The London Date Guide’s favourite London shows, Faulty Towers Dining Experience is celebrating the first birthday of their London West End residency!
This globe-trotting show featuring Basil, Sybil and Manuel opened in London’s West End last October, immediately selling out and winning five-star reviews. And now it’s celebrating its first birthday at Charing Cross with a whole month of special events and surprises. If you fancy seeing the show between 1 October and 21 December 2013 you can save £5 per ticket by simply quoting HAPPYBIRTHDAYBASIL when booking. We also have a competition to win a pair of tickets to see the show, read on!
Hold your date close, shield your eyes and prepare to be terrified. Halloween is just around the corner and you can get into the spirit early with The British Horror Film Festival. Returning to London to The Empire in Leicester Square on Friday 18th & Saturday 19th October with a whole host of terrifying (and a few funny) horror films.
I’ve been slightly cynical about the Shard since it’s been open. Believing it to be over-priced and over-hyped I’d resisted going up. This came to an end last weekend when my date insisted we go up to one of the bars for one drink to see the view.
Spring-Roll up close to celebrity chef Luke Nguyen and Banh Mi11 founders at Edible Experiences’ South East Asia ArtsFeast in London
Want to meet celebrity chef and Vietnamese food ambassador Luke Nguyen? Or learn the secret technique of rolling those immensely popular Banh Mi 11 spring rolls? How do you tell the difference between Thai and Italian basil? Where can you eat chilli crab in London? And is Bicol Express from the Philippines a mode of transport, or a notoriously spicy pork stew?