We all know that London has an extremely expensive reputation, but as the capital, it features some of the most beautiful restaurants and bars in the entire country. Here, a date can set you back at least £120, which many of us don’t have laying around. So here is a list of the top 10 best cheap date nights in London that will cost less than half of that exorbitant figure.
Address: Bankside, London SE1 9TG
A famous art gallery located in the borough of Southwark, Tate Modern hosts nothing but amazement and flair. Perfect for an art-loving couple, you can tour the gallery that showcases paintings, illusions, and sculptures for the price of… nothing! With free entry to view the contemporary talent, Tate often hosts many other exhibitions such as Andy Warhol and Kara Walker for just £5 a person, making this an absolute must for a date night in London.
2. Regents Park
Address: Chester Rd, London NW1 4NR
Boasting beauty and serenity, this 395-acre park is the perfect spot for a quiet and intimate picnic. Located in central London and with free entry all year round, this Royal Park showcases magnificent fountains and flowers ideal for a picturesque date night. With the only cost being food, grab a meal deal and a blanket and perch on the grass surrounded by the best view (and I’m not just talking about the park).
3. Coppa Club
Address: 3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames St, Tower, London EC3R 6AH
Coppa Club is a beautiful restaurant situated next to Tower Bridge and serves an array of European food ranging from healthy salads to sourdough pizzas and even vegan burgers at incredibly affordable prices, with main courses starting from £7.50. Coppa also gives you the option to be seated in one of their private igloos, a large outside ‘bubble’ draped in plants and blankets, allowing for the ultimate private dining experience at no extra cost. This is definitely one of the best date nights in London.
Fancy a more adventurous date night? Well dotted around London are Santander bikes that you can hire for only £2 per 30 minutes of use, and as long as you return them to their original spot within 24 hours, they’re all yours! Take a trip to Oxford Circus to admire the city lights, or along the Thames during sunset for a more tranquil view of the capital that never sleeps – your choices are endless. This is perfect for the couple that love exploring together, and for such a low cost, you simply can’t beat it.
At 215 miles spanning across southern England, the Thames is a hotspot for seeing the most iconic landmarks in London including Tower Bridge, the Shard and Canary Wharf with prices starting from £5 for the river bus. So hop on and see the blinding lights of the city from the boat itself without exhausting your legs and especially your wallet.
Address: 20 Sherwood St, Soho, London W1F 7ED
A French restaurant located in the heart of Piccadilly Circus, Brasserie Zédel offers an elegant dining experience for an intimate date night out. Decorated with an original 1930’s interior of grand marble pillars and traditional French embellishments, Zédel serves nothing but the highest standard of food and service for an incredible price. With appetisers (or hors d’oeuvre as they would say) starting at just £3.25 and a set three-course menu for only £14.25, this restaurant belongs in the top 10 list, making it one of the best cheap date nights in London.
Address: 18 Olympic Way, Wembley Park, Wembley HA9 0JT
Head slightly out of central London to the bustling borough of Brent, and you will encounter ‘BOXPARK’ in Wembley, a venue that hosts plentiful bars and restaurants, live events and even glows in the dark ping pong. If you are a picky eater, have no fear as the food choices range from Thai to Indian street food to classic Caribbean all in one place at an affordable price – with curry’s starting at just £8 and two burgers for £10. How could you ever say no? In addition, located on the first floor is what’s known as a ‘PlayBox’ – a single room filled with pool, shuffleboard and football tables that allows you to let your inner child out whilst sipping on a cocktail that only costs £7. This is the perfect location for a fun-loving couple who are looking for an inexpensive and vibrant date night.
Address: 8 Brown’s Buildings, London EC3A 8AL
Address: 15 John Prince’s St, Marylebone, London W1G 0AB
Despite what the name suggests, Swingers is actually a crazy golf venue packed with a variety of courses, street food and bars with one located in central London and the other in the West End. Not only can you play a round for just £10, but they also do package deals that further includes a specific tee off time and two premium drinks for only £26 a person, making this another perfect date night in London. So grab your competitive trainers and head on over for a fun evening before I get too jealous!
9. Sky Garden
Address: 1 SKY GARDEN WALK, London EC3M 8AF
Fancy a skyline view without a skyline price for a date night in London? Well, Sky Garden is the perfect venue. Soaring 525ft above the city, this 38-story building provides panoramic views of the capital perfect for a quiet, romantic evening with a view that will never be forgotten. You can step outside onto the balcony for a more surreal gaze of London without spending a single penny. That’s right, as long as you book a time in advance, this date night will cost you nothing, but if you are feeling slightly thirsty or peckish, there are a handful of places you can dine in whilst admiring the beautiful sunset of the city.
10. The Blacklock
Address: 24 Great Windmill St, Soho, London W1D 7LG
Did someone say steakhouse? Cocktails for £5? Ah yes, ‘The Blacklock’ did, and rightly so because it’s absolutely true! An eatery and bar all in one hosted in an atmospheric basement, this place has it all and more, for an incredible price. Not only are cocktails £5 (plus wine on tap for all my grape lovers out there), but they also offer an array of food from steaks to burgers to lamb chops starting from just £4.00. With a true Zone 1 experience and a distinguishable reputation, there’s no wonder ‘The Blacklock’ makes my top 10 list, not just for price, but an overall experience perfect for a date night.
The capital may seem expensive on the surface, and I can’t deny that sometimes it can be, but these are just a few of the hidden gems that I have found perfect for a date night in London. Whether you’re planning something more intimate and romantic or fun and active, these should all be put in the couple calendar and ticked off one by one. What are you waiting for!