Somerset House

I’ve been on many a date to Somerset House so I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to include it. Believe me, it truly deserves its spot here on LDG.

This beautiful historic palace is an arts and cultural hotspot and handily sits right on the Strand. Whatever time of year you visit; you won’t help but be impressed by the sheer size and beauty of the place. In summer there are dancing fountains in the courtyard whilst in the winter you’ll find one of our favourite ice rinks in London.

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The Artisan of Clerkenwell

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.

The Artisan of Clerkenwell

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Super Tuscan

I’m not a massive fan of the city so I was unsure to be brought to Liverpool Street on a recent date. But hidden down a tiny alleyway is this beautiful Italian restaurant.

We were seated on a little candlelit table next to the window and I was instantly impressed by the welcoming wait staff and stylish Italian feel that the restaurant had. Being an Italian wine bar, there was an extensive choice of wines. Admittedly, I don’t know much about wines so I let my date decide. Luckily he choose a delicious bottle of red which was the perfect start to our evening.

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Brasserie Zedel

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 brassiere sits right behind the bustling cross-road at Piccadilly Circus and is a great choice if you’re in the area.

Brasserie Zedel Cocktail bar London

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The 39 Steps

I was brought on a date to see The 39 Steps after a very long and stressful day at work and I have to admit, I wasn’t really in the mood for a night out. But believe me, this was the absolute perfect pick up.

The 39 Steps at the Criterion Theatre, Piccadilly Circus

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One Man Two Guvnors

I have been wanting to see this show ever since its burst into theatreland in 2011. Luckily I ended up coming to see it on a date a few weeks ago and it was definitely worth the wait. It’s been a runaway hit ever since it started in the National Theatre and though it’s changed theatres, it’s never stopped its run.

One Man Two Guvnors

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Best Shows in London for a Date

We’re lucky that London’s West End offers some of the best theatre productions in the world so you really have no excuse not to see some shows while you’re living here. There are a lot to choose from though and if you’re thinking of taking your date to one but don’t know where to start then we’ve listed our tops pics – we can guarantee that none of these will leave you disappointed…

Best London Shows for a Date

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Matilda the Musical

I’d heard great things about Matilda so I was absolutely delighted to be surprised on one recent date with tickets to go see it!

As soon as I walked into the theatre, I knew it was going to be a fun show. Blackboards with pictures and witty remarks adorn the walls as you walk up the staircase and in the bar. We decided to make the most of this and enjoyed a drink in the bar before the show.

Matilda the Musical Stage

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Vanilla Black

Though I’m not a vegetarian I tend to prefer dishes that don’t include meat so I was delighted to be taken to Vanilla Black for Valentine’s Day, a Michelin recommended vegetarian restaurant near Chancery Lane.

This restaurant is seriously well hidden – despite using my iPhone and following Google maps we ended up going in a big circle and taking multiple wrong turns so we turned up a little late for our booking. We were warmly welcomed though when we finally arrived and given a choice of tables. This place is sophisticated but understated class, with stylish yet muted décor and romantic low lighting.

Vanilla Black - Beautifully Presented Food

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London Valentine’s Date Ideas 2013

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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…

Valentine's Day London 2013 Bleeding Heart Restaurant

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Top 5 Dates for Dry January

Contrary to popular belief, not all good dates involve getting drunk on cheap red wine. If you’re doing a Dryathlon or just cutting down on your booze for the New Year, here are some date ideas that will make you forget you even need vodka in order to make a move…

The LDG cow is done with drink

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A Date at the BFI

If you fancy a cinema date but are looking for something a bit different, check out what’s on at the BFI. A trendy and stylish setting, the BFI plays new and old classics.

Start your date at the quirky BFI bar which has a 1970s feel to it with stand up lamps and sofas that you sink into. It gets very busy at the weekends but it’s big enough that you can usually find a seat if you want to.

BFI Bar, Great for a Date in London - Image taken from Timeout London

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Three of the Best London Museums for a Date

The are so many museums in London and we’re so lucky that most of them are free. However lots of them are huge and we know it can be really tiring wandering around them on a date and sapping your energy. Fear not though, there are some much smaller museums which are brilliant for dates and are intriguing and a bit different – here are three of our favourites.

Wellcome Collection - image taken from Wellcome Collection Website

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Kettner’s

We’d never heard of Kettner’s before it was recommended by a friend to us but what a find. The restaurant sits right in the heart of theatreland and offers a lovely brasserie and cocktail and champagne bar. The brasserie has a live pianist from Monday to Saturday which really adds to the atmosphere.

Kettner’s was opened in 1867 from four Georgian townhouses and still has an air of nostalgia. It has been remodelled a number of times and now has an air and slight glitz of the 1930s about it.

Kettner's

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Clos Maggiore

Tipped as one of London’s most romantic restaurants, in the heart of the west end in busy Covent garden, Clos Maggiore is a sanctuary of romance and calm.

I was taken here on a date and I have to admit, when I first saw the beautiful conservatory, I was pretty awestruck. Split into two different decors, Clos Maggiores starts with a dark, wooden, Edwardian feel to it which although it interesting, is nothing compared to the magic of ivy and twinkling fairy lights in the conservatory.

Clos Maggiore's Conservatory

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Rules Restaurant at Christmas

Famed as being the oldest restaurant in London, Rules is hidden on a backstreet behind Covent Garden market.

As soon as you enter, you’ll notice the warm and wonderfully old-fashioned atmosphere, not to mention the professionalism of the staff. Though impressive at all times of the year, it’s at Christmas that Rules has that special buzz about it when it’s decked out in old-fashioned Christmas fayre.

Rules Restaurant
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