Portside Parlour

Close to Old Street Station at the top end of Rivington Street is Portside Parlour, a cosy candlelit bar serving tapas style food and well crafted cocktails. Originally started as a speakeasy on Broadway Market it has since moved to a more prominent area on London’s east side.

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Bingo Mecca Great Date

Some of you may think that bingo halls are old fashioned, only for old ladies or hen do’s and generally just not your scene. You’re wrong, well, half wrong. I admit Bingo has a lot of stigma about it, it is full of old ladies but is also full of characters. Yes the halls are bit old fashioned but it’s still a lot of fun, definitely not a game to be sniffed at, especially for a date.

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Discount Suit Company

A subterranean bar in an unusual location on the edge of the city, ‘Discount Suit Company’ is an underground speakeasy that once was the stockroom of the tailors above. Sitting in the centre of Wentworth Street (part of the Petticoat Lane Market) it’s surrounded by street traders and fabric shops, but once the hubbub of the trading market ceases, the street falls silent, unless you know what’s lurking underground! This is the perfect location for a secret speakeasy.

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Best Vegetarian Restaurants for a Date in London

Here at London Date Guide we understand that vegetarian food isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s becoming increasingly popular in London so it’s worth knowing a few good veggie restaurants in case your date turns out to be one. Luckily London has some of the best vegetarian restaurants around, so in no particular order here are the best vegetarian restaurants in London for a date.

Best Vegetarian Restaurants London

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Chez Elles

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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The Carpenter’s Arms

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.

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Competition – Pop Up Ping Pong

Escape to Pop Up Ping Pong’s secret Elf Factory in Hackney for one last round of festivities on the Saturday before Christmas.

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Columbia Road Flower Market

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.

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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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The Yard

This trendy Shoreditch pizzeria is set in a converted fire station on Tabernacle Road. As soon as I walked in, I immediately liked seeing that The Yard’s managed to retain lots of these original features and still has a warehouse vibe to it.

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Pizza East – Shoreditch

Fancying a laid back Saturday night, my date and I decided to try Shoreditch’s Pizza East after hearing good things about it from friends. Based in the Tea Building on the corner of Shoreditch High Street and Bethnal Green Road, we were pretty unimpressed by the grimy old concrete stairwell that served as the entrance, but as soon as we went in we could see that Pizza East was clearly the place to be by the sheer number of diners waiting to eat. Luckily, being an old warehouse Pizza East is huge so we didn’t have to wait long to be seated.

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5 Great Date Ideas for Halloween 2012

Here at London Date Guide we love Halloween, and London always provides the very best Halloween dates around. With club nights, ghost walks and exclusive movie screenings, there’s so much happening this year in the capital. But don’t fear! We’ve picked our five favourites, guaranteed to deliver a winning Halloween date.

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East End London Markets for a Date

Two of the best London markets, Old Spitalfield’s Market and Brick Lane Market in East London provide a great setting for something a bit different to do on a date.

Brick Lane Market

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Worship Street Whistling Shop

Located a short walk away from Shoreditch High Street Station, the Whistling shop is still something of an unknown (so shhhhh don’t tell anyone!)

A somewhat secret speakeasy, the Whistling Shop offers something different from your average London bar scene, offering tasty reinterpretations of popular British cocktails, an extensive wine list as well as a choice of tasty snacks. The cocktail menu changes every few months, which is reason enough to keep coming back to sample the different offerings!

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Dickens Inn & St Kat’s Dock

St. Katherine’s Docks is something of a London secret in that unless you have reason to go past it or happen to live nearby, you would never know it was there. For this reason we were unsure whether to include it simply because we’re selfish and want to keep it to ourselves! But that wouldn’t be fair to it, as St Katherine’s Docks and the Dickens Inn firmly deserves a spot on the London Date Guide.

The Dickens Inn at St Katherine's Docks

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