4 Best Daytime Dates in London


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Whether you’re looking to impress a new partner or just try something new, a daytime date can be a great way to reinvigorate your love life. No other city in the UK compares to London in terms of the sheer variety of entertainment available. So, why not venture out into the afternoon to make some brand new memories? Here are four of the best things to do on a daytime date in London.

1. The V&A

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It may surprise you to know that 20% of respondents to a 2006 survey claimed to have fallen in love in a museum. It seems there’s something innately romantic about the hallowed halls and hushed atmosphere of our greatest cultural institutions. The same survey also found the Victoria and Albert to be Britain’s most romantic museum, and it’s easy to see why.

From the glass rotunda of its great entrance hall to its ceramic staircase, the building itself is both elegant and decadent; a perfect reflection of its contents. Like all national museums, the V&A is free.

After a few hours of browsing you can enjoy a fine wine or beer in the museum’s original refreshment rooms before heading out to sample the delights of a South Kensington evening.

2. Champagne afternoon tea at the May Fair

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At the May Fair, the great British tradition of afternoon tea is done in spectacularly luxurious style. Tea is served each day from 2.30-5pm in the Quince Restaurant. It’s a quieter, more relaxed space away from the main dining area, impeccably designed in the traditional Ottoman style.

For a not inconsiderable £41 each, you can enjoy a selection of delectable sandwiches and interesting Quince tea blends along with exotic tarts, perfect English scones and champagne. It certainly beats a Tetley’s and a digestive biscuit!

3. Sea Life London Aquarium

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If you remember the scene where Romeo and Juliet meet in Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 movie, you’ll know just how entrancing the otherworldly atmosphere of an aquarium can be.

Situated on the South Bank is one of Europe’s largest collection of impressive and bizarre marine life. The brave can even take a dip in the shark tank, although it’s best to book ahead. One standard entry ticket will set you back £23.70, while snorkelling with sharks is £125.

4. Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes

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Thanks to Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes, bowling is no longer the sole preserve of bored teenagers and the obsessively competitive. Based in the basement of the Tavistock Hotel, the hall is a fashionable slice of perfect retro Americana.

A friendly game or two can be enjoyed without booking for off-peak day rates before 4pm (although it’s best to book if arriving later), with hot dogs, milkshakes, and cocktails for refreshments.

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