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11 Beautiful Places In London To Go Dating For Free

11 Beautiful Places In London To Go Dating For Free

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?

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      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

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            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.

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                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

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                      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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                        Last Updated on December 2, 2018

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                        Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

                        The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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                        The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

                        Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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                        Review Your Past Flow

                        Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

                        Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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                        Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

                        Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

                        Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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                        Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

                        Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

                        We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

                        Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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