London’s Winter Ice Rinks 2013 / 2014

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.

Skating at Somerset House

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Quilon

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.

Quilon Restaurant

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A Date with the Lates

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.

Natural History Museum Central Hall

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Popcorn Flip

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

Monkey Shoulder Popcorn Flip

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Pierre Victoire

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!

Pierre Victoire

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Southwark Playhouse

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.

Southwark Playhouse Bar

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Reyka Remix

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!

Reyka Remix

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Fireworks Night Displays 2013

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:

Fireworks Nights London 2013

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Beagle restaurant

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.

Beagle Hoxton

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Dates Ideas for Halloween 2013

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.

London Dates Ideas for Halloween 2013

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Faulty Towers Dining Experience Birthday

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!

Faulty Towers Dining Experience Manuel

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Event – British Horror Film Festival 2013

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.

British Horror Film Festival 2013

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Oblix at the Shard

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.

Oblix  at the Shard

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Event – South East Asia ArtsFeast

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?

SEA ArtsFeast

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Event – Chocolate Week at Gaucho

Chocolate Week is upon us once again! You can discover chocolate as you’ve never tasted it before with Chocolate Week events at Gaucho restaurants across the UK from 14th – 20th October 2013.

Gaucho’s Chocolate Week events combine the British love of chocolate with Argentina’s renowned beef and Malbec to create a series of memorable and delectable dining experiences for guests. This includes complimentary Malbec chocolates for all diners, Malbec and Chocolate Masterclasses, Chocolate Cocktail Evenings and an innovative Chocolate Week Menu.

Gaucho Piccadilly

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Autumn Walks in London for a Date

It is often said that the crisp breezes of early autumn in London usher in an air of romance. While the city centre does indeed offer a number of attractive amenities for the enamoured couple, a quick stroll in the surrounding environs will provide a sense of peace and tranquillity that is sure to leave a lasting impression on those who have a few spare hours on a weekend afternoon. Although the sheer number of walks around london is considerable, there are certain areas that have become quite famous for exuding a feeling of subdued romance. Let us have a quick look at a handful of these quaint, unforgettable destinations.

London Autumn

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Bocca Di Lupo

I had high hopes of Bocca Di Lupo after my date spent the journey there raving about it. And luckily for him, I wasn’t disappointed.

This beautiful Italian restaurant is stylish, buzzing and served some of the best Italian food that I’ve tasted in London. We were seated at the bar which felt really relaxed and reminded me of eating out in New York.

Bocca Di Lupo

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Carriage 34

Half way down Lower Marsh sits Carriage 34. As you walk in, immediately you are transported back to a different era, its moody low lighting, chandeliers and simple yet slick wooden design has a real elegance and charm of the 1940′s.

Carriage 34 Train Booths

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Giant Robot

I first came to Giant Robot a week or so ago when my date and I decided to stop off for a quick drink after work. I instantly liked the fun feel of it, it managed to pull off industrial and cosy at the same time with exposed brickwork, metal and tea lights creating a nice effect.

Giant Robot Clerkenwell

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The National Theatre Propstore

I went here for the first time last week and I wish I’d been here sooner. Set right on the riverfront, the Propstore pops up every summer and is literally built of old props from National Theatre productions whilst also using them as decorations all over the bar. It’s open as a cafe bar, with seats indoors and then spilling right out onto the South Bank.

National Theatre Propstore

Image taken from National Theatre Website

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