London is a truly beautiful city, with expansive skylines and wonderful green spaces throughout. Regaled throughout history as a place of power and money, it is also a city with an ever-burgeoning art and music scene. Between the architecture, atmosphere, history, and a veritable endless supply of landmarks, this city is more magical than it is realistic. The setting for countless fairytales, romance, and intrigue, this city has it all. The only drawback to it? If you’re looking to impress a date, it’s hard to fit it all in on a single date. Putting your best foot forward can be a bit daunting when trying to not fold beneath the pressure of planning a perfect date. This becomes ever more difficult when it’s winter. The Big Smoke can offer a winter like no other, chasing Londoners inside for months. The chill. The snow. The ugh.
There are countless restaurants, attractions, and events going on in the Big Smoke. There is never a shortage of entertainment options. The problem is, which ones will leave a lasting impression to garner you that oh so important second date? And which ones will work in winter? That’s the thing, isn’t it? There can be no long strolls through parks or the city when it’s frigid out. That cuts your options drastically.
I’ve come up with a list of three distinct places to consider, any one of which would impress the socks off most anyone. Cue up the romantic music and choose the romantic trope of your liking and read on.
1. The Shard
So, it seems to go without saying, but I’m going to say it anyway. Any time you don’t know where to go in London or looking for someplace to kill some time, just go to the Shard. It’s like that friend that knows all the best spots in town or all the best places to eat. You can’t go wrong coming to the Shard. It always impresses and always has something to offer with every visit.
So why go?
It’s one of the tallest buildings in Europe. That alone can impress. And it looks like a giant shard of glass which is another impressive fact. But neither of those can compare to the amazing view you’ll find if you can climb your way up to the very top on the 72nd floor. What’s so impressive about the view? It’s a complete 360-degree view of the Capital city offering truly unparalleled views.
So, what are the positive aspects of coming during the winter months?
For one, it’s warm. For two it’s cozy. For three, you’ll get to see the city like never before. Snow covered buildings and parks alike in beautiful angelic grace with colored swatches of Christmas lights strewn about like bejeweled blankets throughout the great city is a truly beautiful sight to behold.
Aside from the singular view of London, there are plenty of fun things to do in the Shard. It’s not just a pretty building with a view. There are lots of attractions and things to do on a winter evening. Make a memory of it all at green screen photos.
That all sounds well and good, right? So, what are the negatives of coming in winter?
Well, when you read about the positive aspects you knew there would likely be some negative ones too, didn’t you?
Believe it or not, there’s only one negative aspect. Care to guess what it is? Okay, never mind. I’ll just tell you. It’s rather expensive to visit the Shard. You’re going to have to pony up some pretty serious quid to enjoy a night out here. You’ll need to fork over some dough for an entry ticket and each attraction comes with an additional 15–20-pound price tag.
2. The Borough Market
This incredibly diverse market is neatly placed beneath the London Bridge. A foodie’s paradise, this market cannot be missed for those looking for a good snack and an enjoyable array of food options.
The tempting smells and sights will assault your senses when you arrive. The tempting scent of chocolate alone would drive some mad. There are eye popping candy stands, food carts, and decorative storefronts. Appealing and inviting, the inner-foodie in you and your date will be delighted by the food available. The selection is simply incredible with food and drinks from every cuisine imaginable. You won’t know where to start and won’t know where to end stuffing your gob with delectable dishes. There is everything from delicious, freshly-made donuts to sinfully good hotdogs all in a truly unique setting. Did I mention you were beneath London Bridge? I mean, come on!
What are the positives of bringing a date here?
Well, there is more food that you could possibly eat so loosen the belt when you visit. There are great seasonal specials like mulled wine and the absolutely necessary cup of hot chocolate. There are also a wonderful array or cozy pubs too.
So, what’s the other side of the coin?
It’s not terrible really, but it’s something you’ll definitely need to know before making the journey. It is cash only. Credit cards are not accepted. Shop owners here are generally small and mobile and operate on a cash only basis. Make sure to bring plenty of money because that ATM machine is a good distance away.
3. Roof East
Who would’ve thought it possible to have Jamaican sunshine in Standford on a rooftop in the middle of a London winter. But that’s exactly what Roof Eats has done. It’s perfect setting for a winter date. There are plenty of active options here but it can be a bit crowded during weekends.
It’s designed to look like a tropical paradise allowing Londoners to escape the doldrum of a long and chilly winter.
On the plus side, there are tons of things to do and plenty of Jamaican treats and cocktails to consume. You can even try your hand at curling!
On the negative side, it does get a bit crowded but that’s it.
So, there you have it. Three unique places to take a date in the winter. Bundle up and enjoy!