This list of summer date ideas will inspire you, whether you’re meeting a new Tinder match or finally going on that date you’ve been talking about for two months. We have romantic ideas for people who like to do things, people who like to eat, and people who like a little bit of everything.
1. Spend a Sunday doing nothing by the water
On a sunny weekend afternoon, go to a restaurant or bar by the water and watch the world go by. Go to a bottomless brunch and drink mimosas until the sun goes down – be careful to pace yourself…or not!
2. Show how much you care by getting tattooed
Are you ready for the next step in your long-term relationship, or are you just acting on a whim? Take the plunge and get a tattoo you (hopefully) won’t regret in a few years.
3. See a sunset you’ll never forget
Watching the low, red sunset over our beautiful city will surely get your blood pumping or at least make you feel pretty good. Remember that the best views of a summer sunset are from places in the south that face the northwest. Greenwich Park is one of the favourites of Londoners.
4. Go somewhere new with your date
From gothic castles to ruined pergolas and crystal grottos to lavender fields, there are a lot of magical places to visit that you’ll at least enjoy for a little while before you go home to watch Netflix and make out.
5. Get a boat that can hold two (or more) people
Love is in the air when we go on dates on the water. You can rent a canal boat and go pootling through Little Venice or take the new fleet out on the Thames. You can rent a canoe for two people in east London and gently paddle along the many artificial waterways. If you get tired of steering and rowing, you can relax with a drink and sing ABBA songs on this four-hour cruise. You can get tickets here.
6. Go to the theatre outside
If you like Shakespeare more than Legally Blonde, or if you want to show your date that you do, why not go to some outdoor theatre? There are many romantic places in the city to watch plays, musicals, and stand-up comedy on a warm evening. Try the Regents Park Open-Air Theatre atmosphere or go straight to Shakespeare’s Globe.
7. Have a drink at a great rooftop bar
Nothing makes you feel like anything is possible, like a few martinis and a view of our great city. We’re not saying you have to propose, but it might help you at least get a kiss.
8. Look at the putts of each other
How about some flirty competition to make things more interesting? There are indoor and outdoor crazy golf courses in London, like this one on a rooftop in East London. It’s a great place to go on a sunny summer day.
9. Make a big splash
Go to one of London’s outdoor pools for a swim date and spend a lot of time relaxing in the sun. You might want to go there early or late on a hot weekend to avoid the crowds.
10. Dance at one of London’s best events
What’s more romantic than muddy fields, top bands, and long lines for the porta-potties? Festival season is in full swing, and Field Day, Elrow Town, and South West Four are all great places to hang out with your date in the sun.
11. Find out what they actually like to eat with this one simple trick
What should a dating couple do if one can’t eat gluten and a flexitarian, and one of you is a paleo-faster who doesn’t like spices? The answer, of course, is to go to one of London’s street food market halls, where you can choose your favourite food from up to 20 different vendors and then talk to your date in a sunny courtyard.
12. Have a great picnic in the park
London has more than 111 parks and a few secret gardens, making it one of the greenest cities in the world. Get a blanket, some Pimms, and some good snacks and have a great time. If you want to be extra fancy, you can buy a ready-made hamper from Fortnum & Mason’s near the Royal Parks in central London, or you can take advantage of Duke’s Hotel’s deal at Green Park, where their butler will refill your champagne!
13. Rent a bike and show them how good you are at riding it
Why not rent some Santander Cycles together? Around the city, there are 750 docking stations where you can rent a bike for £2 with just your debit card. If you wanted to go all out, you could rent a tandem!
14. Cosy up in front of an outdoor film
It’s outdoor movie season, so movies are being shown outside all over the capital! You can cuddle up with your partner in front of a romantic comedy, a scary movie that will make you hold hands or a heart-wrenching drama. Check out Pop-Up Screens for dreamy movies, Rooftop Film Club for movies in the sky, or other open-air cinemas in London.
15. Take in some art
Look thoughtful, put your finger on your chin, and nod in a friendly way.
Congratulations, you’ve just made the art world think you know a lot about modern art and understand it deeply. Now you know everything you need to know about the great art shows in town. Some of the best are a huge manga show, late-night art festivals at Tate Modern, and a beautiful room full of rainbows.
Even if you’re married or in a committed relationship, you should always look for fun new things to do with your partner. This is true whether you’re just starting to date or have been together for a long time. There’s something for every type of couple this summer, so no matter where you are in your relationship, you’re sure to find something you both want to do.
How do you make a date more fun?
Play some of your favourite songs, light candles, get a delicious drink, and maybe even run a warm bubble bath to set the mood. Spend the night taking care of each other. Put all the outside things out of your mind. There can’t be any T.V., cell phones, or other things that will take your attention away from each other.
How can I show my date that I’m worth their time?
Spend more time talking than trying to amuse your date. Stick to light topics like what bands they like, their favourite food, and where they’d like to travel. It’s more romantic to care about the other person than to ignore them while watching a movie, so pay close attention to what they say.
What should the length of a date be?
The average length of a date is about an hour, but it can last anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours.