If there’s one thing we’re certain of, it’s that London is one of the world’s most exciting cities. There is something for everyone with its eclectic mix of things to do and things to see! From parks with magnificent views, to themed tours and music festivals, London is so much more than an urban jungle. It’s got some hidden natural world gems too.
Aside from its world class indoor attractions, London and its surrounding county areas also have a variety of outdoor activities you can enjoy with your loved one. Whether you’re a nature lover, a tourist, or simply need a break from the daily grind, London’s parks, rivers, and outdoor activities are waiting for you.
So let’s take a look through these unique things to try. We have over 94 different options to choose from!
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The Most Romantic Streets and Tours in London
1. Go for a romantic stroll in London on Hackney’s Valentine Road. It’s one of the most love-filled streets in the city! While you’re there, enjoy a romantic dinner on Night Tales, a contemporary outdoor terrace + club space.
2. Bleeding Heart Yard is another of London’s most romantic streets, right? And it only gets better when you brunch outdoors at Bleeding Heart Bistro. Surprise your partner with its authentic french cuisine and happy vibes.
3. Just a few steps from Covent Garden, Date Street in Southwark will sure put you in a romantic mood! It’s perfect for a spontaneous day trip.
4. Afterwards, enjoy a fantastic supper at The White Bear Kennington, a charming pub-style restaurant that’ll make you feel right at home. It’s comfort food at its very best.
5. Sight-seeing London for the very first time is a once-in-a-lifetime experience! If you want to make the most of London’s sights with your special someone, why not book a Big Bus Tour London? Simply choose the right day and time, and you can hop on and off at hundreds of bus stops across the capital. (Make sure you find an affordable range of prices ranging from 22.50 to 39.20 euros per person)
6. Going for a walk at Mole Gap Trail is as romantic as it is impressive. This 10KM route of incredible cityscape views is perfect for sharing intimate moments.
Enjoy the Most Beautiful Parks and Beaches in London
8. Once you’re done with the circuit, you can then take a visit to the Great Exhibition of 1851 if you’re both history buffs looking to learn something new!
10. Then head to The Botanist, a popular pub with locals and tourists alike. Grab a bite to eat and sink a pint.
11. Go on a fun night out with your partner at Roller Nation, the capital’s home of rollerdisco! Laugh, cry, and probably fall down whilst skating to huge hits playing in the background. Then order some well-deserved roller dinner to settle your stomach.
12. Pack up your favorite meal in a wicker basket and head to Brockwell Park for a romantic picnic. Here you can unwind and take in the bustling park vibes. A hot-spot for relaxing people-watching!
13. End your day with a visit to the local cafe, The Parlour. You’ll find brunch delights and the best pastries.
14. Are you ready to get wet? Well, prepare yourselves for the best water balloon fight of your life at Finsbury Park. All you need is a bag of blow-up balloons, a gallon of water, and a big kid lurking inside of you.
15. If both are fans of Japanese culture, Kyoto Garden in Holland Park can be your meeting point. This mini but prestinely kept garden is definitely one of London’s best hidden gems.
16. Fitness fanatics can discover amazing landscapes while relieving some stress through one of London’s best running routes. 5km from Regent’s Park to Primrose Hill provides safe roads, pretty sights, and about half an hour for you to really get to know each other.
17. You can also visit Beckenham Place Park, a wonderful place for a cute stroll or to enjoy the gorgeous natural outdoor pools.
18. BBQ dates are a tried-and-true method of spending quality time with a loved one, and we found the perfect grilling spot in London: Burgess Park, Southwark. It’s a 138-acre park with public BBQ grills so you can get some tasty snacks sizzling and boast about your barbequing skills.
19. There are plenty of left-field choices you can make for your outdoor date in London. Like exploring Richmond Park while riding horseback on a majestic stallion. It’s an adrenaline-filled date, especially for those who’ve never ridden a horse before. Be brave and give it a go if you’re both game!
20. Painting is a favorite pastime of London’s creatives. Share your creative side with your date next weekend by getting outdoors to Hyde Park. You can enjoy a sunset plein air painting workshop.
21. Go seashell collecting with your loved one during a beautiful day beach trip to Camber Sands, East Sussex. A sunny day frolicking in the sand is the perfect environment for getting to know each other a little better.
22. You can even venture a little further south by wandering down the pier at Brighton Beach. The sights, sounds and smells of a classic British seaside town makes for an unforgettable day. A spot of fresh air away from London’s city haze might do you good too.
23. The Pergola is a London getaway for reconnecting with nature. Getting away from the city bubble is needed sometimes. The Pergola is a beautiful hidden garden with cute coffee shops to sip on something hot and frothy. There’s plenty of magnificent historical architecture to admire too.
Discover Natural Wonders and Wildlife in London
24. Want to take in some fresh crisp air and the aroma of lavender flowers? How romantic, right? Well, head over to Mayfield Lavender Farm for a tractor ride and a fantastic alfresco snack. Best of all, it’s barely 15 miles from central London! (For a quetier, more relaxed experience, we recommend visiting on a weekday.)
26. There’s also London Wetland Centre, a must-see for wildlife-lovers. How many bird species can you spot?
25. Enjoy a great day fishing together at Clapham Common Ponds. It’s an absolute beauty of a park with ponds full of popular species like Carp, Bream and Roach.
27. Get closer to both nature and your lover with an exciting camping trip to WaterWorks Centre Campsite. It’s just minutes away from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers a variety of stay-over options, including up-market glamping teepees and standard pre-pitched tents for a slightly muddier, more authentic experience. Alternatively you can bring your own.
28. You can fly a drone together in the skies of Richmond Park, located just outside London. A drone can spot wild deers and take amazing photos of the gorgeous landscapes below.
29. Primrose Hill has the perfect cityscape views of London’s central skyscrapers. You’ll create sweet memories by sharing a cozy afternoon picnic and people-watching the bustling crowds of fellow picnickers wandering by.
30. Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire’s county is the perfect star-gazing spot. As for the skies, they are completely free of pollution and there’s absolute silence at night too. You might even see barn owls and muntjac deer if you’re lucky.
31. Another date idea is to take a gardening course with Patrick Featherstone. His expert team will teach you basic landscaping techniques for creating a romantic haven in your own back garden.
32. If you want to get outside of London, try traveling back in time on this day trip to Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, and the historic town of Bath. It’s 11 fantastic hours of first-class coach travel and a guided exploration of the country’s best tourist hotspots. All admission fees are included.
33. Kentish Town is the oldest city farm in all of London, with almost 50 years of history hidden inside its wooden fences. It’s the perfect spot for reconnecting with nature and petting the farm’s cutest hairy residents. Take a breather from the strains of urban life (if you can handle the smell).
34. Do you know your partner’s favourite animal? You definitely should by now. It’s a staple first date question, right? Stop off at ZSL London Zoo to see the wonders of the animal kingdom. You simply can’t beat a date to the zoo.
35. Parkside Farm is a family-owned farm and is one of the best places to go fruit picking in North London (yes they allow you to!). You’ll find rows upon rows of delicious fresh fruits to get your mouth watering! (Please note pre-booking is required.)
36. Ockley is well known for its lush greenery and variety of fun outdoor activities to try out, particularly hiking at Leith Hill. This place is full of both history and wildlife, so visit with a curious mind and some comfy walking boots.
37. Venture just outside of London for the internationally-renowned Walthamstow Wetlands, a nature reserve just 15 minutes away from the city centre. Who would have thought it? Its 211 acres of protected wetlands is a haven for wildlife, offering various beauty spots along the way for a few cute selfies.
38. Have brunch surrounded by swans and ducks at Old Ford Lock and Bow Wharf. This is a perfect date spot for enjoying a sweet, romantic picnic. Just beware of the brave and hungry birds eying up your sausage rolls.
Swimming and Boating Date Ideas in London
39. The best plan for a sunny summer afternoon? Head over to Dapdune Wharf, a true aqua beauty! Take a dip in the river if you’re up for a brisk swim or book a trip on a charming canal boat cruise.
40. What’s better than an open-air cinema date with someone you want to snuggle up with? Well, imagine that special someone is your pet! Yep, that’s right: Regent’s Canal open-air cinema event is dog-friendly. You might need a slightly bigger budget, though (£200 for the full rental experience). But it’s definitely worth it for this one of a kind experience!
41. Treat yourselves to a relaxing once-in-a-lifetime experience together with Skuna. It’s the World’s First Hot Tub Boat Experience that takes you on a floating cruise down the Thames…in a heated water tub!
42. Botany Bay is a popular secret beach for one main reason: Its waves! You can learn to surf at Kent Surf School or simply look on as your date tries it out. Prices are cheap too (starting on £10 each).
43. Float In Cinema is back! Want to nook a boat and relax under the skies watching one of your favorite films? Get yourself down to Little Venice right now. Just remember the champers!
44. Discover wildlife wonders inside a boat at Hollow Ponds. Explore the surrounding shores and the ancient woodland of Epping Forest, hand in hand with your date.
45. Swimming dates are always fun for keeping you fit. Visit Tooting Bec Lido to surprise your health-nut partner with an outdoor venture. It’s a clean, sparkling pool that guarantees a soaking.
46. Or you can book a spot at the natural pools of West Reservoir, N4. Hire a wetsuit and take to the waters. Then sip on a post-dip coffee while watching the sunset together.
47. Be part of the waterside community at St. Katharine Docks by watching the vessels navigate the marina. It’s a picturesque location, home to cafes, boutiques and plenty of and quayside dining. It’s pretty much got everything you need for a cute afternoon mooching around.
48. Taking a ride on the cutting-edge Thames Rockets is the dose of adrenaline your date might need. It’s a #1 speed boat experience you’ll want to relive over and over. Warning: don’t bother doing your hair. You’ll be getting wet and windswept!
Outdoor Festivals and Concerts in London
49. Discover new bands at London’s very best outdoor concerts. There’s various different concerts to choose from, so rest assured there’s a mood to suit all different musical tastes.
50. Be charmed by the beautiful lights of Luna Park. You’ll find all the classic fairground attractions too, from the walters to the dodgems. Take on the white-nuckle rides if you’re brave enough and finish off the night with some candy floss!
51. The London Craft Beer Festival offers great music, plenty of pints, and an unbeatable jolly atmosphere. What more do you want when you’ve got your loving sidekick with you?
52. ALT LDN is a music festival you don’t want to miss if you enjoy loud and electrifying music. Dance like nobody’s watching!
53. The Whitstable Oyster Festival 2021 on the south-east coast of Kent takes just an hour or two to get to. It’s an absolute must for oyster-lovers. Eat them fresh, surrounded by local musicians and happy seaside vibes. The craft beer you find in Whitstable’s selection of local boozers is pretty good too.
Romantic Outdoor Restaurants and Cafes in London
54. The Farrier is thought of as one of the best outdoor restaurants in North London. It’s a great place for a cheap and cheerful British grub brunch date or just a morning catch up.
55. If you’re looking for delicious food, good drinks and an amazing outdoor rooftop to see London’s city, The Culpeper Rooftop is waiting for you. Book a table and enjoy a few romantic moments with your lover.
56. Visit Vermuteria, a secret outdoor pub with tasty, creative food and drinks options inspired by the origins of Vermouth distilling. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so choose the best of day time that suits you most.
57. You can never go wrong with an al fresco dinner for two. The Bloomsbury Hotel’s Dalloway Terrace serves all-day meals and afternoon tea on an exquisite, elegant terrace.
58. Isn’t it about time you make a reservation at The Dorchester Grill? It’s a super popular alfresco dining restaurant with regular live music and hot water bottles/blankets for when the sun goes down.
59. When it comes to beautiful restaurants with a fantastic terrace view, we simply couldn’t leave Barge East Gardens Terrace: one of East London’s major outdoor dining areas. Now’s the time to make a reservation and enjoy this alfresco experience offering a gorgeous seasonal menu of local, fresh ingredients.
60. Located in the heart of South Kensington, Number Sixteen is one of London’s most beautiful private gardens. Stop off for afternoon tea featuring scones, finger sandwiches, and a glass of champagne!
Wander London’s Best Locations for Outdoor Sports
61. Show off your batting skills in a baseball for beginners coaching session. Score a home-run or at least have fun learning along the way. There’s nothing wrong with a spot of healthy competition between two lovers!
62. Visit Stamford Bridge, the home of one of London’s top football teams, Chelsea F.C (Arsenal fans look away!) Book two seats and soak up the buzzing atmosphere. Of course there’s other football stadiums available. It’s all down to personal preference, right?
63. London is the home to the oldest tennis tournament in the world. Make sure you book a Wimbledon ticket next season. A fruity glass of Pimms and a bowl of strawberries and cream are an absolute must!
64. Why not get out of the city for your next weekend getaway? Rock climbing at Harrison’s Rocks is one of the most adventurous activities you can do as a couple. Get your adrenaline pumping but enjoy at your own pace!
65. A workout with a little sunshine and fresh air is a winning combination, so why not visit Adizone Outdoor Gym together? It’s an 11-station gym that hosts different activities every month, so head over if you’re both gym-junkies!
66. Go Kayaking with the pros and take a unique tour of London’s outskirts by water. The friendly and experienced London Kayak Company team will guide you through the channels of the River Thames, so rest assured you’ll feel safe and secure. It’s the best mix of adventure and history!
67. Show your partner how brave you are by booking a jump at the UK Bungee Club. It’s the perfect dose of adrenaline! Jump solo or make a lover’s leap together with a tandem jump!
68. Another incredible rock climbing venue is The Castle Climbing Centre located in Stoke Newington. Here you can strengthen the bond between you, whether you’re new to climbing or you’ve had some experience before. It’s open seven days a week so you can visit whenever it suits you both.
69. This summer, try one of the outdoor pilates courses from Paola’s Body Barre. The classes include a combination of pilates, cardio, strength, ballet, and dance-based techniques. Book your session together at Bishops Park, just don’t forget to bring an open-minded and willingness to get moving!
70. If both want to act like big kids for the day, Go Ape can take it to the next level! You’ll find aerial obstacle courses of climbing ropes, swings, and ziplines. So prepare to get your adrenaline pumping and overcome your fears. It’s a huge playground in the sky!
71. How many watersports have you tried before? At Wakeup Docklands you’ll want to do them all, including wakeboarding and paddleboarding. Located just outside of London, this place is perfect for reconnecting with your lover.
72. A new water adventure awaits at Active 360 Paddle Boarding! Whether you’re a paddleboarding expert or a hesitant beginner, they invite you to take to the water and learn the new skill. If you’re lucky, you might spot some cute and curious seals swimming alongside you.
Uncommon Outdoor Adventures in London
73. Let your imagination run wild with a painting session at The Castle in Farringdon. It’s a perfect date idea for creative souls. You’ll receive guidance from a talented painter and enjoy a free round of drinks!
74. Whether you’re looking for some romance or adventure, Adventure balloons are the London pioneers in balloon flights! Are you brave enough to take on your fear of heights?
75. A paintball might not be an obvious choice for a romantic date, but boy is it fun! Play freely inside Go Paintball’s 50 acres of themed battlefields. It’s one of the most thrilling and immersive paintball venues in the country. Rifles at the ready, lovers!
76. Want to capture a collection of sweet couples photos? Let Margarita do all the work! Book a photoshoot session that makes the most of London’s diverse and vibrant city backdrop!
77. How about digging through your old treasures and earning some extra pounds by hosting your own garage sale?
78. Are you ready for a new type of immersive adventure? Are you a fan of 90s game shows? Well, a fun-packed crystal maze date is the perfect idea for you both, right? Take on its selection of exciting and tricksy challenges to see who’s the smartest.
79. Get to know new people and give back to the community by volunteering. There’s a whole range of volunteering opportunities available across the capital, including health and social care, aid and emergency assistance, or even volunteering with animals. Have a date that truly makes a difference!
80. Couples that laugh together, stay together, right? Well, you can enjoy one of the capital’s best outdoor comedy shows at London Wonderground. Here you’ll find a huge variety of shows and events, so take a look at their upcoming dates and schedules.
81. Share a cute afternoon outside London together by browsing the rails of Beyond Retro Brick Lane Vintage Shop. Here you’ll find hand-picked vintage clothing, including branded sportswear, dresses, t-shirts, jeans, accessories and so much more. This is definitely a great idea for London’s fashionistas.
82. Have a tasty brunch with even tastier wine at Bolney Wine Estate, located just a few miles outside the capital. Take a romantic stroll through the vineyards and finish off the date with dessert and a coffee. Or even better: a nice glass of vino! They offer plenty of Bolney Estate samplings too.
83. Learn how to create striking art in this graffiti workshop made for all ages. Go along together and learn fascinating facts about street art history and practice graffiti techniques.
84. Hideaway Cinema takes the outdoor cinema experience to the next level with iconic spots, delicious food, and some of the best movies ever made.
85. Are you a couple who enjoys a spot of Shakespeare once in a while? If so, the Global Theatre is right up your street. Tickets start at £5.
86. Calling all bookworms! Grab your favorite hot beverage at Southbank Centre Book Market. The perfect reading date!
87. New Covent Garden Market offers a vast array of fresh fruits and colorful vegetables. Take a wander through the market and pick a flower to give to the one you love the most.
89. You can enjoy the best films under the stars at Luna Cinema, a stunning open-air cinema that shows a huge variety of classics and new releases. Take a look at this month’s schedule.
90. Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, right? So why not practice your ice skating skills on a date to the Natural History Museum’s ice rink?
91. Mark your November calendar! And keep your eyes peeled for a spectacular Fireworks Night at Victoria Park. It’s free admission but we recommend arriving before 7pm to get a good spot. Oh and don’t forget to bring a flask of something hot or something strong.
92. Are you a couple of Potterheads? If so, why not take a stroll down the Strand to see the Australia House. Harry Potter fans will spot it resembles something like Gringotts Wizarding Bank!
93. Book a spot at Royal St. George’s Golf Club to practice your swing together. Tee off on the renowned course and book a room at the bed and breakfast if you fancy an overnight stay.
94. Fully immerse yourself in a cutting-edge escape course with AIM AR. Using the latest augmented reality and GPS technology, this outdoor escape game truly is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure!