Top Date Night Ideas

Britain is in love with date nights – and when they come around, couples quite rightly want to cosy up and make the most of them.

For some, a candlelit dinner and sparkling conversation in a quiet, quaint restaurant with a great bottle of wine is the ideal antidote to the everyday hustle and bustle. Others want to properly let down their hair with a concert, comedy gig, or even a relaxing, indulgent spa date for two. Some may be lucky enough to get a whole night away in a beautiful hotel. The world is your oyster.

So what are the best date ideas for couples looking to get away from it all for a little while?

London

They say that when you’re bored with London, you’re bored with life, and with that in mind the capital offers a huge range of date night possibilities, including many great cinematic experiences that are perfect for a bit of cosy couple time.

The Nomad is regarded as one of the city’s finest pop-up outdoor cinemas, moving about the capital and constantly reinventing itself as it seeks out ever-more interesting locations to complement its film choices. Recent showings have included ‘Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone’ in Leadenhall Market, the original location for the film’s much-loved Diagon Alley.

One of the best and most beautifully preserved vintage cinemas that London has to offer is Everyman’s Screen on the Green in Islington where you can watch great cinema, old and new, under the welcoming banner of its fabulously retro neon façade. Even better, it serves great dishes from the bar and dessert menu, delivered right to your own plush couch as the big screen action unfolds.

Fancy mixing it up with your culinary date choices? Then London is perfect for a street feast with plenty of al fresco dining options on offer. Sit-down dining is so yesterday, so why not walk and talk while taking advantage of the many street food markets to choose from? It’s a chance to really shake up the menu and enjoy some exciting international cuisine.

For a relaxing, convenient stay in the city before and after, Apex Temple Court Hotel, Apex London Wall Hotel and Apex City of London Hotel are all dotted across the centre of London, offering ideal accommodation for couples.

You may even want to centre your date night ideas around one of them, with Apex City of London’s urban day spa providing a peaceful oasis for two with its five tranquil treatment rooms, infra-red sauna, and relaxation lounge. Elsewhere, Apex Temple Court Hotel is just a stone’s throw from theatreland, while its Chambers Restaurant offers intimate pre or post-theatre dining with a beautifully diverse menu.

Bath

Date nights and the romantic city of Bath are quite simply a match made in heaven.  The UNESCO world heritage city’s intoxicating history and wonderful architecture are ideal for couples – and quite frankly, it would be rude not to take advantage of Bath’s world-famous spas. The award-winning Thermae Bath Spa is the only place in the UK where you can bathe in natural thermal waters, while the rooftop pool with its incredible views over the city, has to be seen to be believed.

You can also relax in style afterwards at the four-star Apex City of Bath Hotel which offers a relaxed and informal bar and restaurant that uses locally-sourced, quality, seasonal ingredients to produce delicious dishes.

Glasgow

Looking for some really cool date night ideas in Glasgow? Then the Baltic Ice Bar – Scotland’s first and only bar of its kind – could be the ideal way for you and your partner to chill out. It’s part of the Soar INTU Braehead centre’s Snow Factor attraction, so you could even follow up your drink with an exciting ski or snowboard session on its huge artificial slope. It’s a few miles outside the city centre, but worth it for something different.

When it comes to taking in a great date night gig in intimate surroundings, Glasgow’s King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut is difficult to beat. Anyone who’s anyone has played at the legendary St Vincent Street music haunt, and Oasis made their first big step towards fame on its stage, signing a record deal soon after. It’s an ideal spot for getting to see great acts on their way up, and continues to host big names as they look to get closer to their audiences once more.

Close by and making for a perfect bookend to your date night is Apex City of Glasgow Hotel on Bath Street. With luxurious, comfortable accommodation – complete with bi-level Duplex Suites that offer stunning floor-to-ceiling views of the city – it also benefits from the Lounge restaurant which offers classic dishes, tasty tapas nibbles, and an extensive bar menu.

Edinburgh

In the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, couples can see if their love is written in the stars by trying their hand at stargazing from the incredible viewpoint of the Royal Observatory on Blackford Hill. Its public astronomy evenings on Fridays throughout the winter months are a great excuse to snuggle up as a galaxy of possibilities awaits.

What date night guide to Edinburgh would be complete without a trip to the theatre? The popular Playhouse at the top of Leith Walk tends to attract the biggest travelling productions, and across the next few months, theatre-loving couples can look forward to the likes of Cabaret, Shrek the Musical, Flashdance, The Rat Pack, and Hairspray.

Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel, Apex Grassmarket Hotel and Apex Waterloo Place Hotel are all within easy walking distance – the latter being just a nine-minute step away from the Playhouse –  making a great night even better.

Dundee

Further north, Dundee offers plenty for couples enjoying some time to themselves. Dundee Ice Arena is a great spot for some fun, nostalgic ice-skating with your other half. There are even laser disco nights every Friday for those who like their skating with a bit more atmosphere.

If your date is feeling a bit adventurous, then Broughty Ferry-based Pirate Boats provides a thrilling rib ride on the Tay Estuary with private and commercial boat trips taking in local sights and wildlife, including the bottlenose dolphin population. Regular excursions provide a fascinating alternative view of Dundee from the river and the bracing conditions will surely bring you and your partner closer together.

Helping you warm up back on dry land is the four-star Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa which enjoys a great Waterfront location next to the highly-anticipated V&A Museum. Its Metro Bar and Brasserie offers fantastic dishes aplenty, mixing international flavours with traditional Scottish tastes in a refined, intimate atmosphere.

With a little bit of creativity alongside the romance, date ideas for couples don’t have to be just a brief escape – they can also be an unforgettable, reinvigorating experience that serves to reaffirm your enduring love.