The best dates are the ones that keep you entertained, make you laugh and put you both completely at ease. There are lots of experiences and activities in and around London that you may think tick the “tourist attraction” or “novelty” box, but once in a while, choosing one of these experiences can be a lot of fun!
1) Faulty Towers, The Dining Experience – Charing Cross Hotel, The Strand
Get ready to get the giggles! Th is is probably the funniest dining experience you could have in London! If you’re a fan of the TV series “Fawlty Towers,” why not go for 1970’s style 3-course meal where the dining room becomes an immersive theatre experience? Basil, Sybil and Manuel will serve you, cause mayhem and make you laugh from beginning to end. You’ll feel like you’re part of an episode – and it definitely takes the pressure off a formal meal.
2) Madam Tussauds, Piccadilly Circus
If you’d love to get up close and personal with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie – this is probably the closest you’ll get! Madame Tussauds is the famous museum of celebrity waxwork models. You can rub shoulder with Sherlock Holmes, Charlie Chaplin, Britney Spears, One Direction, The Beatles, Queen Elizabeth II and even E.T!
3) The London Dungeon, Southbank
Prepare for a spooky date! The London Dungeon recreates gory and sinister historical events with the help of interactive displays, rides and even live actors who will creep up on you when you’re least expecting it! You’ll hear about Sweeney Todd and Jack the Ripper stories and even be guided through London’s ‘plague-ridden streets’!
4) BFI IMAX, Southbank
Never been to the BFI IMAX before? Prepare to see a movie on the biggest cinema screen in the UK! The BFI IMAX is over 20 metres high and 26 metres wide! In case you’re wondering, that’s the equivalent of 5 double decker buses high with 12,000 watts of digital surround sound! There are current films as well as cult classics, and for the full sensory experience – go to see one of the 3D films!
5) Legoland Windsor
Relive your youth and pay a visit to Legoland Windsor! There are over 50 interactive rides and you’ll be astounded at the things created out of lego – from Viking fleets to castles to Star Wars characters! There are nearly 55 million pieces of lego at Legoland, as well as an on-site hotel, restaurant and gift shop.
6) Go Ape at Trent Park
Get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and head to a beautiful woodland area for an outdoor adventure like no other! The park is only ten minutes walk from Cockfosters tube station and as well as having amazing views, you’ll be able to choose from fun activities such as high ropes, zipwire, Tarzan Swings or even a Forest Segway experience.
7) Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, Piccadilly Circus
Do you love finding out about the world’s oddities and the most unusual, record breaking events that have occurred throughout history? Robert Ripley was a world traveller and adventure seeker who hunted around the globe for the most bizarre and unusual things he could find! Ripley’s Believe It Or Not has six floors of amazing exhibits – from a 13 foot long Tower Bridge built out of matchsticks to Marilyn Monroe’s personal possessions and “The Last Supper” painted on a single grain of rice.
8) ZSL London Zoo, Regent’s Park
Go and monkey around at ZSL London Zoo! There’s a Gorilla Kingdom, Tiger Territory, an Aquarium and a whole host of different creatures for you to get close to including: penguins, meerkats, komodo dragons, butterflies, big cats, reptiles and more! Look out for the different experiences on offer such as “Keeper for a day”, photography workshops, VIP animal encounters and zoo lates in the summer.
So there you have it – ten novelty and fun date ideas for an action packed day in London! Whether you’re zip-lining, exploring lego pirate ships or heading into spooky dungeons, you’ll never be short of ideas with this list!