Its easy to be tempted by the thoughts of spending your winter evenings in front of the TV, and the chill in the air makes everyone less inclined to venture out. However, there’s plenty to do at this time of year that actually involves leaving the house, and your date nights don’t have to involve a Netflix binge and a takeaway. We’ve shortlisted our favourite winter date ideas that’ll make you want to brave the cold and explore the city.
Not only is this probably one of the most classic (and adorable) dates that you can only do during the festive season, its also one of the most fun. Time Out has listed their favourite outdoor ice rinks available this year in London – just remember to book in advance to avoid disappointment, since they tend to get particularly busy once December has arrived. Whilst you might want to unleash your inner Torvill and Dean on the ice, we advise that you both just relish the fails and the falls. Have a giggle, its all good fun! If its your first date, your splayed Bambi legs are only going to be an ice-breaker (no pun intended). Plus, you can always warm up with a hot drink afterwards.
Get Festive at a Christmas Market
London plays host to an array of traditional Christmas markets from November onwards, where you can get everything from handmade crafts to jewellery. We don’t think a date is the best time to get your Christmas shopping done (that’s what the internet is for), but we do think a fairy-lit stroll down a street of log cabins, followed by a glass of something mulled at an outdoor bar, makes the perfect date. The German-inspired stalls at Winer Wonderland is London’s largest festive market. If you fancy a more grown-up affair, the Tate Modern Christmas market returns for this year and offers a veritable feast that’s sure to get you both into the Christmas spirit.
See a Christmas Movie
Luckily London’s many independent cinemas cater to our festive needs each year by showing a variety of Christmas classics. Most cinemas know that sentimental works at this time of year, tending to show vintage or contemporary rom-coms set against snowy backdrops, but all offer a variety of shows to suit every mood. One of our favourites, the Prince Charles Cinema offers a mince pie and mulled wine with most of their seasonal screenings; on this years’ list is Love Actually, It’s a Wonderful Life and weirdly, Die Hard. If you fancy a cuddling under the stars, there has been a recent flurry of locations that offer outdoor screenings in winter – though here a flask of something warm and a throw would suit. The Berkeley Hotel is set to transform their rooftop terrace into an outdoor cinema, where you can host your own private screening of a festive film for just 8 people.
Watch a Show
The theatre is an ideal destination once you’re a few dates in, when the initial, introductory chat is out of the way and you can happily sit in silence for a couple of hours to enjoy a show. Tis the season for enchanting dance this year; Sadler’s Wells have adapted the 1948 Academy Award-winning film The Red Shoes for the stage, whilst The Royal Opera House (always a beautiful venue) performs their beloved version of The Nutcracker from the 23rd of November.
Indulge in some Christmas Cocktails
If there’s one thing that we can all agree on, its that Christmas is synonymous with alcohol-fuelled merriment; after all, its about the only day in the calendar year where drinking before lunchtime is condoned. So drinking over the festive period is a given for most of us, and what better way to celebrate our country’s non-sobriety than by taking your date for some deliciously indulgent festive cocktails prior to the 25th? Design My Night have curated a list of their favourite venues serving the very best Christmas drinks – we’re particularly interested in sampling Parlour’s mince-pie infused vodka cocktail in Kensal Rise. We’ll see you there, because remember: