9 Unique Date Ideas in North London

When planning a ‘date night’ it can prove difficult to find something different to do, especially when it comes to London as there are so many things to do. Slipping into a routine is hard to avoid. Don’t worry, we’re here to help you liven things up a little. From dinner and drinks to arts and crafts, there’s something out there to suit every type of couple and all located near Clayton Crown Hotel. Perfect if your accommodation is at the hotel. Here is our list of 9 fun and unique North London date ideas to enjoy on your romantic city break:

1. The Cheese Bar London – A Cute Date

Unit 93-94 Camden Stables, Camden Town, London NW1 8AH

If you’re looking for cute dates in London, The Cheese Bar celebrates all that is British Cheese and its flagship restaurant can be found in the bustling Camden market. All their dishes contain at least one piece of British cheese – even the dessert!

Couples can share the four-cheese fondue pot while sampling the restaurant’s choice of small produced wines, craft beers and cocktails. Date night has never tasted so good.

Booking is advised as the restaurant is snug. You can book a table through their website.

2. Chin Chin Labs Nitro Ice Cream

49-50 Camden Lock Place, London NW1 8AF

Ice cream is made to order with the help of science at Chin Chin Labs in Camden. Visitors of the lab can choose from Tonka bean, Valrhona chocolate, burnt butter caramel or one of the two specials that change weekly. The ice cream is then created right there on the spot with a special ingredient to ensure it freezes – liquid nitrogen.

The real fun starts when it’s time to choose your toppings and sauces! There’s a wide range available with gluten-free and vegan options including truffle crumble, bee pollen honeycomb, torched marshmallow and crack – a molten chocolate shell. Drooling yet?

As if that wasn’t enough, Chin Chin Labs also make some of the best hot chocolate in London – if you can fit it in!

3. Afternoon Tea at Bite Me Burger

1 Adelaide Road, London, NW3 3QE

The best dates include food and drinks, right? Right! Bite Me is offering a different culinary experience for couples, afternoon tea – with burgers. They’re saying goodbye to warm scones and hello to hot, mouth-watering burgers.

For £20 couples can work their way through three tiers of mini burgers, cakes, and treats. The burger selection can be chosen by diners from their menu of 15 varieties including beef, lamb, deep-fried cod, and vegan chickpea.

Celebrating? Add a mini bottle of prosecco for £5 per person. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, Clayton Crown Hotel offers beautiful Afternoon Tea in North London.

4. Drink Shop & Do

9 Caledonian Rd, Islington, London N1 9DX

Drink Shop & Do is a cafe by day and a bar by night with lots of fun, unusual date events hosted in between. Their jam-packed schedule includes craft events like ‘Pimp Your Hipflask’ and a ‘Macramé Plant Hangers’ workshop. If crafts aren’t your style, there’s also quiz nights, dance classes, musical bingo and club nights.

Drop by the cafe for afternoon tea on Saturdays or for brunch on Sundays. Their afternoon tea is unapologetically classical while their brunch menu is based all around bagels with a variety of toppings. There’s also a full cocktail menu at your disposal that has FIVE types of espresso martinis.

Check Drink Shop & Do’s website for events and bookings, you’ll never know what’s around the corner.

5. Plonk Crazy Golf – For a Fun Date in London

The Stables Market Unit, 410 Chalk Farm Rd, London NW1 8AH

If you’re looking for fun date ideas in London, Think crazy golf but with UV lights and a ‘bring your own drink’ policy – the perfect fun date. Set in the world-famous Camden market, Plonk has a nine-hole crazy golf course that will put the most seasoned of golfers through their paces.

The course is furnished with camouflage, smoke machines, UV lights and some of the craziest crazy golf obstacles we’ve ever seen. A round of golf costs £15 and this admission fee allows you to bring two bottles or cans of alcoholic drink. Glass is not permitted on the course but not to worry, Plonk will provide you with plastic cups.

While you’re in the area… both the infamous Cereal Killer Café and Amy Winehouse statue are located beside Plonk and are well worth a visit.

6. Picnic at Hampstead Heath

Highgate Road, NW3 7JR

Hampstead Heath is a secluded little piece of country heaven located just six kilometres from Trafalgar Square. One of London’s best kept secrets, the park is home to a large collection of wildlife, sports facilities, a zoo, an education centre, a lido, swimming ponds and perfect green spaces for the romantic picnic of your dreams – just like the movies!

There are a number of cafés in the Heath if you don’t feel like preparing your own picnic or if you fancy an ice cream on those warmer days. The park hosts many events throughout the year. You can check their events diary on their website for details. This is a great date idea in London if you are looking for something a little different.

7. Little Bat Cocktail Bar

54 Islington Park St, Islington, London N1 1PX

Little Bat Cocktail Bar is hidden gem tucked away off Islington’s Upper Street. Taking inspiration from Alice in Wonderland and other fictional masterpieces, Little Bat serves cocktails and small plates from their classic contemporary style bar. Little Bat has won many awards for both its venue and menus, they’re a favourite among small wedding parties!

Their wacky cocktail list includes concoctions such as ‘Scarlet Gibson’ made with Hendrick’s gin, cocchi rosa, lime cordial, rose water, sweet pickled onion and bitters, and the ‘Berti Bott’s After Eight’, a mix of Jameson Irish whiskey, green chartreuse, mint liquor, cacao, cream and dark chocolate. We would probably choose the latter.

You can reserve a table through Little Bat’s website or buy a voucher for your partner as a special treat.

8. Catch Some Live Jazz Music at Servant Jazz Quarter

10A Bradbury St, Dalston, London N16 8JN

Servant Jazz Quarter is a boutique live music bar and venue showcasing some of London’s top live acts midweek and DJs at the weekend. Jazz is one of many genres shown at the venue along with electro, hip hop, RnB, and everything in between.

Attendees can sip on cocktails while listening to live music or opt for a specific beer or wine from their drinks list. At the moment Servant Jazz Quarter is closed until further notice due to the coronavirus situation but keep checking their website for a schedule of upcoming gigs – you’ll be spoilt for choice!

9. Have a Romantic date at Bistro Aix

54 Topsfield Parade, Tottenham Ln, Crouch End, North London, N8 8PT

Perfect date idea if you’re looking to celebrate. This lush French bistro is adorned with velvet drapes, budding foliage and renaissance-style murals. You’d be hard pushed to find a more romantic restaurant in London! Diners can head to Bistro Aix for dinner with a set menu operating midweek from 4 to 7pm and an a la carte menu operating at weekends. Brunch is served on weekends until 5pm.

Bistro Aix’s menu focuses on creating French style dishes with the best seasonal produce available. All vegetables, eggs and poultry on the menu are organic and any fish used is wild, never farmed. The beef and lamb used is pasture-raised and 100% British.

Bistro Aix is located opposite the Picturehouse and Arthouse cinemas in Crouch End. Pop in for a bite and some specially selected wine before or after catching a movie for the ultimate date night.

Looking for more things to do around North London and beyond? Use our handy online concierge tool for tips and recommendations on local sights, events and other things to do and see in North London. See London like a local with Clayton Crown Hotel. Check out our latest offers, or contact us today to ask any additional questions.

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