It's always good to spend quality time with your partner, whether the relationship is new or you've been joined at the hip for years. If you're bored of the same old dinner and drinks on date night and want to find fun new ways to enjoy your time together, London is packed full of great couples' activities. We've got some great ideas for couples with all types of interests, including romantic things to do - this is our guide to activities for couples in London.
Activities for couples in London
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Things to do in London for couples
- London Eye – A romantic ride
- The Murdér Express Part Deux – Immersive murder mystery
- Rooftop Film Club – Get cosy with a film
- The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & UnNatural History – A curious destination
- GoBoat – Romantic cruise for two
- London Waterbus Company – Travel by canal
- The Brig – Intimate place for date night
- Greenwich Pantry – Cooking together
- Camden Town Brewery – See inside the brewery
- Saatchi Gallery – Explore art together
- The Jack the Ripper Tour – Cling onto each other
- Ballie Ballerson – Time to be playful
- Sadler's Wells – Spectacular dance shows
- May Fair Spa – Hone your massage skills
- Boom Battle Bar – For competitive couples
- Skuna Boats – Hot tub boat ride
- Sky Garden – Fab city views
- Screen on the Green – Luxury cinema experience
- Proud Cabaret – Dazzling cabaret shows
- Barbican Conservatory – Lush indoor conservatory
- Columbia Road Flower Market – Buy them some flowers
- Rowans Tenpin Bowl – Fun nights in Finsbury Park
- Frameless – Art comes alive
- London Cable Car – Soaring high
- Up at The O2 – See the sights
- Shakespeare's Globe – Unique riverside theatre
- AIM – Award-winning escape rooms
- Fairgame – Fairground for adults
- Bounce – All fun and games
- Queens – Skating for couples
- Borough Market – Fun foodie experience
- Thames RIB Experience – An exhilarating date
- Primrose Hill – Perfect picnic spot
Things to do in London for couples
Fun couples' activities and date ideas in London
A romantic ride
Enjoy the city's sights together with a turn on the London Eye, the city's famous observation wheel that attracts millions of visitors each year. The transparent pods mean you won't miss a thing on your 30 minute trip. Make it extra special with one of the romantic packages with extra perks like drinks and a private pod.
Immersive murder mystery
You'll really get an original date at immersive theatre experience The Murdér Express Part Deux. Set on a train in 1937, this murder mystery is intimate and comes complete with a multi-course gourmet meal. There's no need to get involved – just sit back in your booth and enjoy the show together.
Get cosy with a film
A great date idea for the warmer months is a trip to Rooftop Film Club. This seasonal open air cinema shows films ranging from classics to new releases with a backdrop of stunning city views. You'll get a comfy deckchair, your own personal wireless headphones, and loads of food and drinks options as well.
A curious destination
Take your boo somewhere that'll surprise them – The Viktor Wynd Museum. If you both love curiosities and the macabre then this museum in Hackney will definitely keep you entertained. Packed with taxidermy, occult relics, and many more rare and unusual artefacts, there's also a cocktail bar and absinthe parlour on-site.
Romantic cruise for two
Take that special someone on your own private boat ride with GoBoat. Running from several locations in the capital, these are self-drive boats that let you explore the river or canal at a leisurely pace. No boating experience is necessary. Each vessel has a picnic table and you're welcome to bring food along.
Travel by canal
Cruise along the canal with the London Waterbus Company. Cruises lasting 45 minutes run throughout the day in both directions between Camden Town and Little Venice. See the city from a new perspective with commentary throughout from an experienced guide who'll reveal to you some of London's unexpected gems and hidden history.
Intimate place for date night
For a romantic drinking experience, take your partner to The Brig. This unique venue is the smallest bar in London, available for exclusive hire for 2-4 people. You'll have this cosy spot all to yourself, with all drinks included and your own personal bartender. Set the mood with your own music choices and even make your drinks yourself if you like.
Have fun together in the kitchen with a cooking class with Greenwich Pantry. This place does group and one-to-one sessions plus classes for kids and teams, but couples can book a romantic couples' cooking class. You'll learn from professional chefs and various classes are on offer, from making bread to crafting the perfect sushi roll.
See inside the brewery
You'll find beers from Camden Town Brewery just about everywhere in London and you and your partner can discover how they're made with a brewery tour. Find out about the history of the brewhouse and the methods used to make that delicious beer, as well as trying plenty of samples including fresh beer straight out of the tank. There's a beer hall on-site for a drink afterwards too.
Explore art together
Explore the cutting-edge of contemporary art with a visit to the Saatchi Gallery. This modern gallery in Chelsea showcases work by a wide range of artists, with a particular focus on up-and-coming art world stars. A variety of exhibitions are on throughout the year, including shows by recent graduates.
Cling onto each other
Immerse yourself in the crimes of the mysterious Jack the Ripper with The Jack the Ripper Tour in Whitechapel. This unique walking tour takes place twice a day. You'll visit all of the murder scenes as well as the places Jack and his victims frequented, gaining insights into the crimes from your knowledgeable tour guide.
Time to be playful
Let your hair down and release your inner child at Ballie Ballerson. This is an on-trend bar equipped with its own adult ball pit for the ultimate in nostalgia. Dive in together for a unique couples' activity. You can also relax in the bar after your session with pizza and signature cocktails.
Spectacular dance shows
If you're both fans of dance, take in a showstopping performance at Sadler's Wells. This dance theatre is located near to Angel station with a spacious theatre and more intimate studio. A variety of different productions are put on here including ballet, musicals, contemporary dance performances, and Bollywood dance shows.
Hone your massage skills
May Fair Spa is a fab choice for couples who want to relax together. This calming day spa has a variety of top quality facilities and also offers spa experience packages aimed at couples. Couples can also take part in a workshop together where you'll learn how to give great massages.
For competitive couples
Unleash your competitive streak at Boom Battle Bar. These modern activity bars offer a range of fun activities, as well as serving snacks and drinks including beer and cocktails. Amongst the options here there's karaoke, shuffleboard, mini-golf, darts, and pool. The interior is low-lit and moody with a lively atmosphere.
Hot tub boat ride
Take a unique self-driven boat trip with Skuna Boats. Floating barbecue boats are available but there are also hot tub boats for a romantic couples' activity. Your experience will start in Canary Wharf and then after a briefing you'll set sail for two hours and enjoy sights along the Thames as you go.
Fab city views
Sky Garden, the highest public garden in the capital, is on the 36th floor of the Walkie-Talkie building. Amongst lush botanicals you can enjoy great views of the city and soak up the atmosphere. Sometimes there's live music to enhance the experience. You'll also find various bars and eateries on-site.
Luxury cinema experience
Make a trip to the cinema something extra special with Screen on the Green. This Islington cinema has a striking old-school exterior lit up in neon. New and classic films are screened here. Kick back in a comfy seat or on a luxury sofa with footrests and take advantage of having food and drinks delivered right to your seat.
Dazzling cabaret shows
Proud Cabaret will give couples a memorable night out. These glitzy venues play host to spectacular cabaret shows in a grand and opulent setting. You'll see dancers, burlesque acts, and circus performers whilst indulging in high quality food and drinks. The cabarets run a varied range of events, including daytime brunches.
Lush indoor conservatory
Head to Barbican Conservatory to immerse yourself in plants and trees from all around the world. 1,500 different species are housed here including orchids and cacti. The conservatory is also home to three pools with terrapins, carp, and koi. This is the place to go for a unique walk in London.
Buy them some flowers
Bask in the atmosphere and pick up some beautiful blooms at Columbia Road Flower Market. At this Sunday market you can shop for plants and flowers sourced from all over the country. Buskers brighten up the atmosphere with live music and there are plenty of businesses along the street to explore too.
Fun nights in Finsbury Park
Rowans has been an icon in North London since the 1980s. It's a fun destination for all ages and it's open late for adults. 24 bowling lanes are available at this retro spot, plus pool, karaoke booths, and arcade games. DJs will get you onto the dance floor and there's a wide choice of drinks and food.
Art comes alive
Experience artistic masterpieces in a new way at Frameless. This modern exhibition space includes several galleries that use sound, mirrors, and moving projections to bring the art to life. You'll be immersed in works by notable artists including Dali, Bosch, Mondrian, and Monet. There's also an on-site café serving an art-themed afternoon tea.
Originally built for the 2012 Olympics, the London Cable Car is now a unique way to go sightseeing and is an ideal activity for couples. The ride takes you over the Thames between Greenwich and the Royal Docks, offering impressive panoramic views. It's a 10 minute journey but there are slower trips in the evening.
See the sights
If you're a couple of thrill-seekers then take on a unique challenge with Up at the O2. During this award-winning experience you'll climb to the top of the iconic O2 Arena and you can choose a daytime, evening, or twilight climb. At the peak you'll get fabulous views of the city.
Unique riverside theatre
If you're fans of theatre, head out to Shakespeare's Globe. This Thameside theatre is a reconstruction of the original Globe Theatre and there's a regular programme of plays and performances to watch. You can also visit just for a tour of the space and to check out the gift shop.
Award-winning escape rooms
Award-winning AIM Escape puts you at the heart of the action with a variety of immersive games. You'll soon be transported far away from London. Each of these games is suitable for a maximum of six people, meaning they're the ideal activity for a couple to take on together.
Fairground for adults
For a unique day or night out visit Fairgame, the city's adults-only immersive funfair. You can play classic fairground games like whack-a-mole and shooting ducks, as well as indulge in delicious food and drinks. There's street food like pizza and tacos, cocktails, locally-brewed beer, and tempting sweets like prosecco-infused candy floss.
All fun and games
Forget about sitting in the pub and combine drinks with games instead at Bounce. At this modern neon-lit space you can try a range of activities like shuffleboard, beer pong, ping pong, or wonderball. Food and drinks are also available to enjoy before, during, or after your game, including cocktails, cider, and beer.
Skating for couples
There's lots you can do together at Queens. This colourful centre is glittering with lights and the main attraction is the ice rink where you can skate for fun. If you don't think you can stay standing up on the ice, you can head to the arcade, go bowling, or settle down with food and drinks.
Fun foodie experience
Arguably London's best-known food market, Borough Market is a great activity for foodie couples. This famous market has been running for hundreds of years and constantly has new things to try. Check out the produce for sale and taste the samples, grab some street food, or visit one of the many restaurants around the market.
An exhilarating date
Inject some excitement into your date with the Thames RIB experience. You'll cruise along the Thames in a powerful RIB, the fastest speedboat available in London. A range of routes are available, taking you past some of the most famous sights, and a PA system ensures you don't miss a thing.
Perfect picnic spot
Primrose Hill offers some of the best views of central London so head to the park with a picnic for a relaxing activity with your partner. The summit of the hill is 63 metres above sea level and is a protected viewpoint. Even the trees in this scenic park are kept below a certain height so that your view isn't interrupted.