Hot Winter Date Ideas

Nothing warms up winter like a hot date

Festive pop-ups all over town, Champagne bars at ice rinks, hot cocktails, fireside sessions and winter wonderlands... 

 

WRAP UP WARM

Southbank Christmas Market It doesn’t get much more festive than a stroll along the Southbank checking out their riverside market, something mulled in hand. It's lined with traditional wooden chalets where your fill of bratwurst, mulled wine as well as loads of Nordic-style crafts and tree decorations (that nobody actually buys). If it gets a bit too cold by the river, head in and check out what’s going on in the Southbank Centre or use our ‘hood guide to see where’s best to hit for cocktails. Southbank, London SE1 8XX, from 8th Nov - 5th Jan 2020

Vauxhall Christmas Tree Maze Get lost in London’s largest Christmas tree maze! With over 500 Nordic fir trees covered in fairy lights in Vauxhall’s Pleasure Gardens, this pretty much spells festive date. If your date’s a bit sh*t, you could always get ‘lost’ and run too. Kennington Lane, London SE11 5HY 

Skate at Somerset House Probably (definitely) the most beautiful of all ice rinks in London. Run rings round your date on the ice and try not to find yourself on your back. At least not before a few drinks first.  Snap a selfie in front of the twinkling 40ft Christmas tree and then get cosy in the Fortnum's Lodge. A steaming hot toddy should get the temperatures raised. Strand, London WC2R 1LA

BOOZE & VIEWS

Jimmy's Lodge You don't need to be several storeys up to get a wicked view of the skyline. Jimmy's Lodge has prime Southbank location so you can gaze right across the river without getting vertigo. Get cosy with your in this rustic pop-up chalet before getting stuck into one helluva fondue menu with plenty of charcuterie & sourdough baguettes for dunking. If you really like your date, go for the double-dip. The Queen's Walk, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX

Duck & Waffle Taking the date into the late night? Get up to the UK’s highest bar and restaurant - and it's open 24 hours a day baby!  Rich Woods aka. The Cocktail Guy is the brain behind the drinks and they're some of the best in London. A Terry's Chocolate Orange inspired Negroni? You got it. Note: if heights aren’t your thing then you’re gonna have to man up, no date’s gonna be impressed when you freak out in the glass lift. Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY 

Lodge d’Argent It’s all French chalet vibes on one of London’s hottest rooftops this winter. Get in on the apres-ski action and curl up under fur blankets. Hungry? You're in the right place so get your fill with Croque Raclette and wash it down with Alpine Sours. That'll warm up those cockles. Coq d’Argent, 1 Poultry, London EC2R 8EJ 

DINNER DATE

Hawksmoor Spitalfields You can only go wrong taking a date to this place if they're vegan. This is hands down the best joint in London for awesome quality beef, but it's their cocktail bar that really raises the steaks stakes. They've recently given their cocktail menu a killer refresh, unashamedly ignoring that wise old adage – ‘Don’t f**k with a classic!’. The Hawksmoor mad scientist twist has been given to a few dissolute faded stars like the Pina Colada, Harvey Wallbanger and Pink Squirrel. Slide into one of the sexy booths, get some epic bar snacks in you (Bone marrow oysters? F*ck yes!) and embrace the experimental. Woof! 157A Commercial St, Spitalfields, London E1 6BJ

Pick & Cheese  No swiping required to find your next love affair. It literally comes to you on a conveyor belt. Seven Dials Market brings you the world’s first cheese conveyor belt restaurant and its AWESOME. Grab a stool and watch as 25 different kinds of cheese, all sourced from around the UK slowly parade in front of you. It's like a dairy-based generation game, where everybody wins. Hell yeah! Each is paired with individual condiments (think Stilton with a chocolate and oat cookie, or Burwash Rose paired with pistachio & orange flapjack) and there's a menu of small producer wines to go with them. You'll feel hella sophisticated sampling them all... take a date and see how many you can try.   Seven Dials Market, Short’s Gardens, London, WC2H 9AT

Circolo Popolare Even if you haven't been to this place yet, you've definitely already seen it on the gram. It’s all twinkly fairy-lights and ceiling foliage. Like a sexy grotto. The food is banging - we're talking Carbona dished up from a giant cheese wheel and cocktails served in a pair of t*ts. Even though reservations are offered, getting one is rarer than modesty from Kanye West, and the queue is often round the block. But we reckon if you hit this place up on a frosty night, you won't be out there for long. And you can always get close for warmth while you wait.  40-41 Rathbone Pl, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1HX

BASEMENT HIDEAWAYS

Found This candlelit speakeasy under Casita is Shoreditch’s new hot date spot. Perfect for hiding away from the madness in Shoreditch, down here is dim lighting, a killer cocktail menu and dark little nooks and crannies to get naughty in. Order a Found Espresso Martini made with calvados or a Mescal Negroni, your date will go wild. Under Casita, Ravey Street, London EC2 4QW

WC Wine & Charcuterie This wicked wine bar in a disused bar in Clapham is an oldy but a goody, and still up there with the best date hangouts. After a chilly walk around Clapham Common head down here, grab a booth, pull the curtains and drink wine by candlelight. Clapham Common South Side, London SW4 7AJ

Shochu Lounge Sakura season in Japan is a fleeting chance for Insta-heaven in April - but not when it comes to Shochu lounge. It's a cherry blossom haven 365 days a year, so tuck yourself into one of the bloom-clad corners and forget about the bitter winter outside. Order a few of their gorge Asian inspired cocktails and tuck into the banging sushi menu. BarChick wants someone to take her here on a date night, pronto.  37 Charlotte St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1RR

PINTS & PULLING

Camden’s Daughter This place is new and it's from the guys behind Camden Town Brewery’s epic local beers. Wicked. They're mixing hops with Lebanese street food and rotating spits of chicken alongside freshly dripped coffee. As if it couldn't get better, Tuesdays are cheese nights. Legends. 289-291 Kentish Town Road, London NW5 2JS

The Sun Tavern This pub in Bethnal Green was taken over by the Discount Suit Company boys and it's simple but effective. They rotate eight banging local beers so whenever you go you’re sure to get something new but if you wanna move on to cocktails, it's what these guys do best. Plus you can trade some rock ‘n roll vinyls for a freebie. Cheap date. 444 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 0AN

People’s Park Tavern This pub is awesome, they brew their own beer, get up a huge fire pit to keep you warm outdoors and their food is spot on too. Throw in the DJs that rock their decks each weekend and this is the place that'll keep your date going from afternoon to an all-night session. 360 Victoria Park Road, London E9 7BT

 

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