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.
Half way down Lower Marsh sits Carriage 34. As you walk in, immediately you are transported back to a different era, it’s moody low lighting, chandeliers and simple yet slick wooden design has a real elegance and charm of the 1940′s.
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.
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.
Brixton may not conjure up images of romance but it’s been developing fast over the past few years so it’s not one to overlook. The area around the classic Ritzy cinema has been completely redeveloped and now regularly plays host to small festivals and events. Brixton village, a once dilapidated shopping arcade is now a super trendy restaurant hotspot and Brixton’s bars and clubs are some of the most fun and vibrant in London.
So Brixton for a date? Sure, why not. Read on and we’ll tell you about all the best places to go.
Waterloo is one of my favourite areas of London, sitting right by the river with a multitude of bars and restaurants and the occasional pop up market. Plus it’s within easy walking distance of the west end. Unfortunately a lot of other people think the same about Waterloo, especially those pesky tourists. As such this popular tourist area usually comes complete with steep tourist prices. However before you run screaming from Waterloo, please don’t panic – it still has loads of bars that aren’t extortionate and are perfect for a date. Here are some of our favourites that have never let us down.
Having a panoramic view over London with a drink in hand is the perfect way to spend a summer’s day, evening or both. There’s no denying that London at a great height shows London at its most beautiful. But these views usually come with a premium price which is why LDG has got you covered. We’ve only included the bars that are well worth the price, and best of all, offer that little something extra…
Set between St Christopher’s Place and Selfridge’s sits Apres, a slick cocktail bar that is the perfect place to escape the hordes on Oxford Street.
Meeting my date on a sunny day we ambled the short walk to Apres from Bond street. We were greeted by a friendly waitress who sat us outside under a heater and left us to get to know each other better.
Nestled behind Waterloo station on the corner of Lower Marsh Street sits Cubana, a lively Cuban bar with delicious cocktails, live music and tasty food. I don’t think I’ve been to a another bar in London as many times as I’ve been to Cubana which shows how much I love it!
When I was brought to the Artisan of Clerkenwell on a date last week I was expecting a trendy but typical bar. But after spending the evening there, I have to admit that it is much more. To start with, I instantly liked the look of the place. The funky industrial decor is interlaced with vintage touches; I particularly liked the teacup candles on all the tables.
If you’re ever on a date and somehow find yourself in the heart of tourist hell London, then don’t fear – this stylish Parisian Brasserie sits right behind the bustling cross-road at Piccadilly Circus and is a great choice if you’re in the area.
Fancy getting in touch with your creative side? If the answer is “HELL YEAH” then Doodle Club is place for you
I’d heard great things from friends about Doodle Club so I knew I was on to a winner when I went there on recent date. I met my date at Kings Cross and to get the evening going, we started out at the Big Chill Bar with a few drinks, then set off to the doodle club to continue the evening of fun and frolics.
It’s almost here…the big V Day. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
We realise that Valentine’s Day can be pretty expensive and you feel forced to splash out on cliched dinners, trendy bars or top shows. It doesn’t help either that all the above have been known to hike up their prices for Valentine’s Day as they know people will pay for it. But here at LDG we love a bit of Valentines and we know that most of you will be looking for something a bit different. Here are just a few thoughts for you to mull over…
I was brought to lovely little Bar Prague in the heart of Shoreditch on a date recently and loved its laid back and intimate setting. Lit by candles, it feels very Shoreditch with exposed brick work walls, mismatched furniture and local artwork and vintage street lamps on the walls but it’s completely unpretentious.
This beautiful little place brings a touch of French flair to an otherwise unloved and rather bleak corner of London between Elephant and Castle and Kennington.
I was brought here on a date a not so long ago and I have to admit, I was very sceptical on the walk there but I couldn’t have been more wrong. We hadn’t thought to make a reservation, thinking that it wouldn’t be necessary but alas, the place was completely packed. This converted pub oozes French eccentricity and is wonderfully warm and cosy. Loving the atmosphere, we decided to set ourselves up in the bar and take advantage of the live jazz music on offer.
This has long been one of my favourite London hide-outs, so when I ended up near Waterloo on a recent date, I immediately thought to come to ScooterCaffè.
We came here on London Cocktail Week as part of a tour (definitely not a crawl…) of bars in Notting Hill. Trailer Happiness is on the corner of Portobello Road and Elgin Crescent. It’s easy to miss, as the only thing marking its spot is a mannequin in what looks like a shop window.
As soon as we walked into the shabby chic hidden east end bar, we knew that we’d found somewhere special.
We were greeted by bartenders in 1950s waistcoats as we entered the Mahogany Bar which was lit by candles and vintage lamps. Local art hung on the crumbling walls, with exposed beams and brickwork being a theme throughout the rooms. Wilton’s has been a music hall since the mid 19th century and still seems to exude that air of times past.
With a rich history, it’s no surprise that London Bridge has some of London’s most popular tourist attractions in London. The London Dungeons or London Bridge Experience can be good fun to kick off a date but be warned, they’re both quite expensive so we wouldn’t recommend going unless you have a 2 for 1 deal or love hanging out with a coach load Spanish kids. However away from the overpriced bars on the river and the throngs of people queueing for the London Dungeons there are some great places to go on a date.
A delightful little pub, The Gladstone Arms is hidden down a side street next to Borough Station.
Small but perfectly formed, the Gladstone is exactly what a pub should be. It’s quintessentially old English, lit by candlelight and fairy lights and offers live music in the downstairs bar on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. On my date there was live jazz in the form of a pianist and double bass player which was the perfect addition to the relaxed atmosphere. If you’re not up for live music, then visit the mellow upstairs lounge and make use of the scrabble and chess games on offer.