Valentine’s Day, Palentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day and date night in general – we’ve got you covered!
It’s nearly Valentine’s Day, which means you’ll most probably be planning on being out with your other half for an extra special date night or you’ll be celebrating Palentines in the best way we know how – eating and/or drinking. And no, V wasn’t misspelt for P – Palentine’s Day is an actual thing. However, date nights with lovers and friends shouldn’t be restricted to Valentine’s day! Here’s our round-up of places in London we think you’ll love.
Eat, Drink, Shop & Play.
Mare Street Market | 117 Mare Street, E8 4RU
Photo credits – marestreetmarket.com
Finding a good food spot for a chilled date vibe is a ‘mare no more. This modern, upmarket venue pulls together East London’s finest producers and puts them under one roof. Inside the converted warehouse you’ll find three restaurants, numerous foodie offerings (including vegetarian and vegan options), as well as an array of treasures such as a pop-up shop, a beautiful flower shop by Rebel Rebel, and you can also grab yourself a hot treat from Flying Horse Coffee. Oh, and there’s a bar that has a fantastic range of perfect serves, cocktails and spirits (including no and low ABV of course). Expect great food and good vibes all day long.
Opening hours: Seven days a week. Mon, 8am – 11pm; Tue-Thurs, 8am – 12am; Fri, 8am – 1am; Sat, 9am – 1am; Sun, 9am – 11pm.
It’s All Fun And Games.
Swingers Crazy Golf – City | 8 Brown’s Buildings, EC34 8AL
Photo credits – https://onin.london/swinging-in-style/
Totally unique and outrageously fun, the Swingers venue has created a quintessential 1920s English country golf club in the heart of the City. Teaming together colourful courses with exquisite cocktails, this venue holds five marvellous cocktail drenched bars and three delicious street food vendors, making it the perfect place for a spot of competitive socialising. Imagine yourself winning prizes, sipping cocktails, nibbling on street food, all whilst playing crazy golf… sounds like a hole-in-one to us. Loser buys the next round?
(Swingers Crazy Golf other venue – West End, 15 John Prince’s St, W1G 0AB).
Opening hours: Seven days a week. Mon-Wed, 12pm – 11pm; Thurs-Fri, 12pm – 12am; Sat, 10.30am – 12am; Sun, 10.30am – 9.30pm.
Booze-free Bar Buzz
Redemption Bar – Notting Hill | 6 Chepstow Road, W2 5BH
Photo credits – redemptionbar.co.uk
Gone are the days that people believed that they needed alcohol in their system to have a good time. With the growing trend towards living a healthier lifestyle, people are drinking less, but drinking better. Now, there’s booze-free bars that provide non-drinkers with the same bar experience, except without the dreaded hangover. Redemption is a pioneer of the booze-free bar, in which the trend began when its co-founders questioned “why should socialising always be at the expense of your health?”, and well, now it doesn’t have to be. Redemption serves up vegan, sugar-free and wheat-free food with an alcohol-free bar, meaning any decision you make within its walls is a great one for both yourself and the environment. A quote that we, the Lixir Drinks team, love and live by is ‘health is wealth’, and this place will definifely help you with that.
(Redemption now has three great sites – Notting Hill, Shoreditch and Covent Garden).
Opening hours: Seven days a week. Mon-Wed, 12pm – 9pm; Thurs-Fri, 12pm – 10pm; Sat, 10am – 10pm; Sun 10am – 9pm.
Big ‘n’ Bold
Mercato Metropolitano | 42 Newington Causeway, SE1 6DR
Photo credits – southlondonblog.co.uk
Last but not least on our list is a surprisingly huge street food hall, offering so much more than just food. Mercato Metropolitano is the cities first sustainable community market, focusing on revitalising neighbourhoods and protecting the environment. It’s housing more than 40 food and beverage businesses, including sustainably sourced products from local farmers, circular economy concepts and a unique cinema. Quench your thirst at one of the many wonderful bars, or discover flavours from Italy to Vietnam, Germany to Colombia, Argentina to Japan, and many more. So, whether you fancy this vibe for date night, or are just feeling a little indecisive about what you want your date to entail, there’s sure to be something at Mercato Metropolitano for you. This one is definitely up there with the best.
Opening hours: Seven days a week. Mon-Fri, 8am – 11pm; Sat, 11am – 11pm; Sun, 11am – 10pm.
And that’s a wrap! Happy dating!