Another good spot away from Portobello Road is on the other side around Hillgate Place and Campden Hill Road. Even if you don’t take photographs it’s still lovely walking around this area. Best time for pics: Day Cost: Free Location: Portobello Road and Hillgate Place The London Underground has so many good spots and stations for taking Instagram photographs. Here is one of my favourites at London Bridge. Introduced to me by Neil who is an awesome London based photographer.
Now that I’m a fully fledged London resident (something I realised today has made my car insurance cost £500 more than it did back in Reading … ouch!), I’m even more keen to sniff out the best spots to go on a date in London. I’ve started doing a regular feature on the Guardian Soulmates blog called the , which will showcase some date ideas, if anyone needs any inspiration.
But, as the feature only runs once a month, I thought I’d also post some ideas for you on here each week. Despite my reputation as a serial dater, these days I barely have time for my own love life, so some of the testing will be done with friends rather than on dates (but, as you all know, my approach to dating is that any fun setting can make a good date). This week I’ve discovered the following spots in London … Paramount Nestled at the top of the CentrePoint Tower, I genuinely think has the best panoramic views of London.
The beauty of its location is that rather than being in one of the beautiful towers like The Shard or The Gherkin, you can actually see them instead. As night falls, you can also see the beautiful way all the bridges along the Thames are lit, and if you go for a drink or dinner in early evening, you get three different views of the city, as day turns into dusk, and then turns into night.
I went to Paramount for dinner while I was supervising this month’s Guardian Soulmates Date, and the food was genuinely fantastic – I’d definitely go back again. Breakfast Club, Battersea Rise I’ve been wanting to head to the for some time now, and lunch with The Entrepreneur was a perfect excuse.
No, this isn’t the Breakfast Club with the Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town speakeasy, but it’s a beautiful, relaxed place for brunch. I’m a sucker for a good Eggs Benedict (mainly because I can’t cook it myself!), and we both ended up opting for their special eggs – Huevos al Benny! Poached eggs, chorizo, roast peppers, avocado, fresh chillies, spicy hollandaise on toasted English Muffin.
Incredible! Grand Union, Kennington Last night I caught up with some of the female Titans, or rather Amazons, of the London dating scene, for girly drinks at the Grand Union Bar in Kennington. I met up with the gorgeous (the UK’s only professional dating profile photographer), Katy Horwood (the blogger behind the hilarious ), Alex Charalambous (otherwise known as ) and award-winning matchmaker Caroline Brealey of .
We found a table on the sun trap roof terrace, and started on white wine, before swiftly moving onto sliders and cocktails. Grand Union offers an impressive list of cocktails, and the menu itself could be straight out of the 1920s, with cute sketches, and imaginative drink names.
We ordered a selection of Prosecco cocktails, before moving onto Pornstar martinis later in the night – something Saskia particular enjoyed (and I quote “bring on another Pornstar!”) The terrace was lovely, and perfect in the current London heatwave weather. The location was about a ten minute walk from Kennington Tube, and about five minutes from Lambeth North. I found the bar easily enough, and the table service up on the terrace was great.
The cocktail menu was really extensive and varied, though our drinks did seem to taste very different each time we ordered them. The first round of cherry Prosecco cocktails was perfect, but as the night wore on, the amount of cherry liqueur in them was definitely stronger (check out the colour of the drinks above, and the one in my hand below!
Same drink??!!) , and the last round of Pornstar martinis was a bit of a flop. All in all, I would recommend it as a good place in that area to stop for cocktails, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to go back.
Unfortunately my very first impression of the evening was trying to find the ladies loo, failing (FYI it’s on the first floor, away from the Gents and Disabled loos!) and then opting for the Disabled toilets. The floor was covered in water, and I got ‘caught short’ because there was no loo roll 😦 Not a great start to a glam evening!
If you have a suggestion for a London Date Location that you’d like me to try, get in touch over Twitter @30Dates or email email@example.com Miss Twenty-Nine xxx
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doesn’t have to cost the earth; the good news about living in the capital is that there are literally dozens of things to do for free and some great places to spend time with someone special. Below are some ideas for fabulous, low-cost dates around London that won’t break the bank. Parks and Gardens Dates can be more fun when you escape the crowds and the stuffy indoor bars which can often be a staple of the London dating scene.
The beautiful parks and gardens around the capital are ideal for a romantic stroll whilst getting to know one another. Greenwich Park is great for vistas of the meandering Thames whilst Hyde Park is popular for its trees, lakes and fountains. For a rare glimpse of wildlife close to the heart of the city, try Richmond Park where you can see the awe-inspiring deer herds which have grazed there for centuries.
Museums London boasts some great free museums for the culture vultures out there, which make for some handy dating locations. The British Museum has a fascinating Ancient Egyptian collection and is home to the famous Rosetta Stone. The Natural History Museum, meanwhile, is a long-held favourite among Londoners and features real specimens of animals and plants, as well as the famous dinosaur exhibition. Other free museums include: – The Victoria and Albert Museum – The Science Museum – The National Maritime Museum – The Museum of London One of London’s best-kept secrets is that many museums are now open late into the evening, allowing you and your date to combine a bit of culture with a sociable night out.
Galleries A guide to London dating locations wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the fantastic free art galleries the city has to offer. To start, why not visit the renowned Tate Modern, which sits on the banks of the Thames in a converted power station, and is the most-visited modern art gallery in the world with over 4 million visitors each year. For another gallery bursting with modern and contemporary art, try the Saatchi gallery on the Kings Road in Chelsea, where you’ll find a range of intriguing images and installations.
If you and your date prefer classical art then the National Gallery has hundreds of paintings spread over several key periods in art history whichwill keep you interested for hours and are sure to give you and your date something to talk about. Tourist sights Your London dating repertoire should, of courseinclude some of the famous sights of London which are free to simply go and gawk at.
Buckingham Palace is among the most well-known, and is worth a visit to watch the Changing of the Guard outside the palace entrance.
St Paul’s Cathedral is not only an impressive piece of religious architecture but its whispering gallery is a must with its vast dome ceiling. Along the Thames, Big Ben and the London Eye offer the chance to take in the iconic skyline of the city with your date. Markets Lastly, low-cost dating in London doesn’t mean you can’t window shop as you go. The markets dotted around the city are free to visit if you fancy a wander through the stalls to browse some colourful wares with your London dating partner.
Camden is one of the biggest and most bustling markets in the capital and is situated by the Regent’s Canal, a great place to sit if you need to rest your feet afterwards. Portobello Market will appeal to fashionistas and bargain-hunters alike. If you’re looking for something a little more picturesque, Columbia Road flower market could be the romantic option for you. Wherever you end up on your date, remember that dating in London doesn’t have to mean digging deep; there’s plenty to do that’s free and entertaining in the fabulous capital that you and your date can both enjoy.
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