Enjoying an inspiring date in the capital does not need to break the bank. Below are 11 ideas for gorgeous places to take a date in London without paying a penny.
1. Explore the jewellery collection in the V&A
The stunning Victoria and Albert Museum is a wonderful place to take a fellow art-loving single. Though you may have to pay for some of the special exhibitions, the main exhibitions of this sumptuous museum are free to explore – including the world-renowned jewellery section.
2. Skate your way through Hyde Park
An exhilarating experience that gets your adrenaline rushing really helps to bond you with your date. So why not don some roller skates and glide through this amazing Royal Park?
3. Take a guided tour of the National Portrait Gallery
If your date is an intellectual who loves culture, take them to the National Portrait Gallery for a free guided tour. Or, head to one of the free lunchtime lectures hosted at this gallery.
4. Enjoy the views from Greenwich Park
If you want to enjoy a panoramic view of the city, simply ascend the hill of Greenwich Park and gaze downwards as the park’s iconic deer grazing all around you.
5. Take a walk through Bankside
Strolling beside the Thames is such a romantic thing to do, and if you walk along Bankside, you can show your date some of the city’s most exciting sights, such as Shakespeare’s Globe and Tower Bridge. Why not make a day of walking the bridges that lay across the Thames, and see how many landmarks you can spot.
6. Catch an exhibition at The Southbank Centre
There is always something free going on at this lively arts centre, including poetry readings and exhibitions. The Southbank Centre is also home to the Poetry Library, so why not read your date some verse while you are visiting?
7. Walk along the old city walls
The walkway beside the Museum of London will give you a bird’s eye view of London’s ancient walls. The museum is free to enter too, and is filled with fascinating exhibitions all year round; there’s something for every kind of interest.
8. Explore the secret garden at the top of the Barbican Centre
The Barbican Centre is free to enter, and if you take the lift right to the top floor, you and your date will find a secret garden complete with birds, hidden paths and a menagerie of tropical birds. Sneak a tipple in, and enjoy an afternoon to remember at this unusual, quiet roof garden.
9. Do some yoga in the park
Free yoga groups abound in London, including in Russell Square and Greenwich Park. So, if you have met someone online who likes to stay active, what better way to romance them than to invite them for a spot of yoga in a gorgeous, tranquil garden setting?
10. Relax in the roof garden of the Brunei Gallery
This free gallery always has plenty to see, and its exhibitions change throughout the year. After soaking up the culture that is found on the three floors of exhibitions, make sure to ascend right to the top of the gallery and to head outside where you will find an elegant Japanese roof garden that is the perfect spot for a romantic conversation.
11. Marvel at the oldest tree in England
A hidden gem, Fulham Bishop’s Palace and its majestic gardens are free to enter. This is a great place to bring someone who loves history or horticulture. Make sure to take your date over to the oldest tree in England, a huge oak tree which was found in the palace grounds.
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