The months preceding Valentines day are the peak time of year for dating sites. A mixture of the cold weather, a fresh start to a New Year and an influx of advertising spend by matchmaking websites means that there’s lots of opportunity to visit interesting new places this Christmas!
1. Winter Wonderland (Hyde Park)
It’s BUSY. If you’ve been here a couple of years then more than likely you’ve visited the Winter Wonderland Christmas Market in Hyde Park. There’s lots of rides, things to buy, and most importantly mulled wine. It’s free, and a good central location to meet someone from the other side of the city. If you want to go ice skating then best book online in advance to be on the safe side.
2. Ice Skating at Somerset House
One of the most famous ice-skating venues. You’re surrounded by majestic buildings, and have plenty of options after for some drinks at a classy bar or a strolling around to find a cosy pub. This year’s event runs until January 10th 2016. It costs £7.50 and has quite restricted opening hours, closing at 6pm, so it’s probably a weekend date for most of us!
3. A stroll down Oxford Street
Once the Christmas lights are in place it’s really nice to walk down the street, planning a route to stop occasionally – at a bar off one of the side streets, for some food, or just to get a break from all the commotion!
4. Hoxton Winter Rooftop Bar
An enchanting venue, with live music and events. There’s a pretty decent food menu which seems to a winter village theme going – all priced around £8 or less for a dish. Beers are around the £4.50 mark, and exciting cocktails, with the ‘hot gingerbread & apple toddy’ a favorite. If you’re looking interesting activity that’s a little different, then you can try your hand at wreath making or even gingerbread house making on the weekend workshops. More details on the Queen of Hoxton website.
Other Christmas Date Options in London
Aside from ice skating at Somerset house, there’s also ice skating outside the Natural History Museum in Kensington and in Canary Wharf. The Canary Wharf ice rink is a bit small, but handy for people working near by. Kensington has a host of great restaurants with authentic charm to make an evening of it.
A walk along south bank is particularly romantic with the Christmas lights on the trees.
Go to a charity Carol concert, or see the professionals choirists at St Pauls Cathedral.
Take part in a soup night for homeless together – if you are looking for a serious relationship then how better to get to know someone when helping others?