Belair House

Situated deep in the heart of Dulwich is Belair House, a beautiful 18th Century Georgian mansion that lies in the grounds of Belair park. A quirky yet stylish venue with eccentric staff, delicious food and well made cocktails. It is an ideal venue to hit up on a relaxed summertime date in South East London.

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The Hen & Chickens Theatre Bar

A stone’s throw from Highbury and Islington Station, perching just on the Highbury Island roundabout, The Hen & Chickens Theatre Bar is one of London’s most famous venues for up and coming comics, be it sketch, improv or stand up. With two shows on every evening at 19:30 and 21:00 at just £12 per ticket, a night of merriment is a guarantee.

The Hen and Chickens - The Sisters Return to the Isle of Queef - Leonie Hill

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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.

The Carpenter's Arms

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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.

Columbia Road Flower Market

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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

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Brixton for a Date

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.

 Lambeth Country Show in Brockwell Park Brixton

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Best Bars in Waterloo for a Date

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.

Concrete Bar at the Hayward Gallery in Waterloo

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Rooftop Bars for a Date in London

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…

Franks Cafe and Campari Bar Peckham

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Five London Winter Date Ideas

Winter has now hit with full force with the temperature dropping to freezing levels. But don’t let this put you off from making the most of London on your dates. Winter can provide some of the most romantic settings and there’s no better place to do this than London.

So where is there to go on a date in London in winter? Read on to find out some of our favourites…

Tower of London Ice Skating Winter Date Idea

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Pubs of Kennington

I have to admit that I didn’t know much about Kennington before I was brought here on a date other than most of the shops are estate agents, but trust me, it’s got some great pubs.

We started our date at the cosy Prince of Wales pub in leafy Cleaver Square. As soon as I came in I felt like I was in a countryside village pub as it was quiet, snug and has that rural quality about it. As the weather was good, we spent most of our time sitting outside enjoying the autumn sunshine. I especially liked the little touches in this pub like the flower pots sitting on the window ledges and Victorian adverts on the wall.

Kennington Pub Crawl Map

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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.

Rocky Horror Picture Show Lips Halloween Dates

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Date ideas in London Bridge

With a rich history, it’s no surprise that London Bridge has some of London’s most popular tourist attractions in London. London Bridge Experience can be good fun to kick off a date but be warned, it;s 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 blocking the outside of the station there are some great places to go on a date.

Shard at London Bridge

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Gladly The Best Bar in Borough

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.

The Gladstone Arms in Borough

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A Wapping Date in London

A hidden gem just east of Tower Bridge, Wapping provides a great setting for a date.

If you’re meeting in the daytime we’d recommend starting your date in one of the lovely pubs that sit right on the Thames giving you picture perfect views of Canary Wharf. The Prospect of Whitby is a charming little pub that gives that air of times past and cosy chairs to get comfortable in. Or if you fancy going that bit cheaper, the Captain Kidd is a Sam Smiths pub so you can afford to treat your date to a few drinks, without compromising on the views. However if it’s lunch you’re after, the LDG wouldn’t recommend either for food. Instead we’d recommend taking a walk by the river heading towards Canary Wharf and treating yourselves to a meal at Gordon Ramsay’s The Narrow. This serves fantastic choices of British dishes at affordable prices.

The Captain Kidd in Wapping

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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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