Are you thinking that going on dates is very expensive? Better think again because I have found some nice venues truly right for a date, and it cheap.
- Try the Heart and Seoul of Korean Food at Koba’s little sister, On The Bab.
On the Bab, sister to Fitzrovia’s acclaimed Koba and Nizuni, is Old Street’s contribution to the growing Korean food obsession in London. And I think they are doing it rather well. The whole concept is based around the Korean social phenomenon ‘anju’ which basically means ‘food with alcohol’, my favourite kind with a perfectly balanced dinner and drinks menu featuring anju staples and a few creations of their own, and served with the super-secret On the Bab sauce.
- Going for a tour of the BBC.
The Beeb is a Great British Institution. So many wonderful memories, regardless of your generation, have been created whilst we’ve basked in its cathode rays and high definition. The great doughnut at White City is no longer its beating heart, the back-drop to our televisual landmarks like Morecambe and Wise, Strictly Come Dancing and Children in Need. This building, the interiors, and the studios themselves, have become iconic and recognisable characters in their own right.
- Bumble down to Columbia Road Flower Market and find the best bunch you can get for a tenner.
London’s favourite ﬂower market happens every Sunday come rain or shine. And flower shopping on Columbia Road of a Sunday morning is one helluva Date Idea so say I over at DoingSomething. If you’ve never been, you’re in for a treat. Before you start thoughtlessly giving out and receiving flowers, be sure to read up on the meaning attributed to them. My insider tip: red roses are for love, pink roses, for friendship and yellow for hope.
- Fend off the frostbite with delicious Artisanal Gelato from Snowflake.
Oh the weather outside is frightful, and what better to beat the cold than a delicious artisanal gelato? Me and my date could even share a Snowdrift Sundae as we marvel at London’s largest Gelato counter in the Soho boutique. Still seem a little too chilly? Both stores, the other is in Bayswater, have a mind-blowing molten hot chocolate tap, heaven!
- Making friends with London llamas at Mudchute City Farm.
Billed as ‘country life, in the heart of East London’, Mudchute City Farm is the perfect antidote to city living, I mean, I love London, totally LOVE it. And I’d never actually move to the country or anything extreme like that. But going on a country date without having to go further than the Isle of Dogs? That’s right up our street or field, as the case may be. So pull on your wellies and your waxed jacket, and head down to Mudchute. Be safe in the knowledge that, when you’re done with all that countryside stuff, you can hop on the DLR and be back in civilisation within minutes.
- Going for a stroll in Hyde Park and ending up at the Serpentine gallery.
Why not take a stroll through Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens where you’ll find yourself emerging on The Serpentine. Established in 1970 and taking its name from The Serpentine Lake, the gallery founded by The Arts Council of Great Britain in 1991 and for its first years is only open on a limited basis mainly during the summer months.
You don’t have to have your date on the same spot. Try and explore the many venues in London for your date.