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London: 5 great date ideas for winter days and nights

There's more to Christmas in London than neon lights and outdoor skating. For a winter get-together with a double dose of warmth, choose from one of these joyful date ideas.



1. WRAP UP WARM AND MAKE THE MOST OF THE MAGICAL SOUTH BANK AT ITS QUIETEST

Okay, the South Bank is never quiet. But chilly winter days are the best opportunity you and your other half have for walking hand in hand without having to release your grip every five seconds to avoid a tourist or someone trying to give you a flier for a club night. The stretch from the Tower of London along to Big Ben offers countless opportunities for selfies, smooches and soothing winter warmers. 


2. SHOPPING UNDER THE COVERS OF LEADENHALL MARKET

If shopping's your bag, there's something lovely about the prospect of hooking up after work to browse for gifts together. But there's nothing remotely romantic about being elbowed out of the way of the last sheet of gift wrap on Oxford Street. Leadenhall Market, with its cosy yet ornate Victorian decor is the perfect off-the-beaten-track venue for a spot of window shopping. And there's plenty of bars nearby for a tipple afterwards. 


3. MUSIC TO LIFT THE CHRISTMAS SPIRITS

Few things epitomise Christmas in London, or indeed romance, like a candlelit carol service in one of the city's glorious old concert venues. Look out for events throughout December at locations like St Paul's Cathedral, Cadogan Hall, St Martin's In The Field, the Royal Albert Hall and the South Bank Centre.


4. A ROMANTIC NIGHT TIME STROLL IN A WEST LONDON PARK

Syon Park's annual Enchanted Woodland event is a glorious feast for the eyes and soul. A light show celebrating the 400 species of tree found in this tiny little corner of London, it sure beats getting neck strain as you take in Oxford Street's Disney-sponsored light show. 


5. GET TO KNOW THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS

No we're not talking Santa Claus. We mean Charles Dickensโ€”the author whose tales of Christmas in Victorian-era London continue to charm readers to this day. The Charles Dickens Museum is the home in which the writer penned Oliver Twist and The Pickwick Papers. Cosy and charming any time of year, it's especially wonderful and romantic throughout the festive period, when candlelit late-night readings can be pre booked. 


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Author: Rebecca

Rebecca lives in London with her husband, daughter and dachshund. She hopes her dating blogs for Flame Introductions will inspire you to seek out the best London and UK locations for brilliant dates, and discover some tips along the way to help you find your perfect partner.