As the nights draw in, staying in becomes the new going out—but far from slumping on the sofa and watching a box set, romantic British couples are making the absolute most of their US-style date nights.
A recent survey found that the average British couple has two stay-at-home date nights every month. These aren’t just your average nights in. For 66% they involve dressing up to the nines in best going-out clothes; 42% add a splash of their best perfume or aftershave to feel that bit extra special; and 40% ensure that romantic music and low lighting add the finishing touches to the romantic ambience.
Such effortful evenings at home are so beneficial to a relationship (75% say they feel closer to their partner, while 25% said they enjoy more physical contact as a result) that they’re on the rise. Over a third of couples are squeezing in more date nights than they did this time last year.