Happiness Forgets is a great name for a first date bar. This big, partly open air shipping container village has plenty of oxygen to combat that impending sense of doom. Deep breaths. Kind of. The prospect of meeting someone via an app who appears to have been born out of a witches pot full of cashmere and cheekbones is, frankly, terrifying. You need some Dutch courage and you need to be somewhere comfortable but cool, like The Compton Arms.
It has to be exciting enough to impress without being over-the-top, it needs to allow the conversation to flow without being intense, and it should definitely give the opportunity to get to know one another without being too intimate. And, of course, it should secure that second date — if you want it.
No pressure. But if the mere thought of a first date leaves you hot under the collar, never fear — help is at hand. Aim high with reservations at the iconic Duck and Waffle.
Image: facebook. Immerse yourselves in nature in the heart of the City at the Barbican Conservatory.
Open selected Sundays. This lesser-known watering hole will win you instant brownie points for being in-the-know, with its discreet facade down a quiet street in Islington.
Alternatively, book ahead for a cocktail masterclass to while away an afternoon. Set your sights on the stars with an after-hours visit to the Royal Observatory.
Observe the nights sky and discuss topics from historical astronomy to the contemporary exploration of the universe with astronomers. Available on selected Friday and Saturday evenings, from November to February. The animals went two-by-two, so what better place to pair up than London Zoo? With plenty of conversation starters and distractions if necessarythis is one to opt for if you find first dates a little intimidating.
Yes, you heard that right. Combining crazy golf, street food and cocktails, a night at Swingers will ensure that any first date nerves go straight out of the window.
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Let others do the hard work for you with an evening of comedy or cabaret at the Soho Theatre. Take it as fast or as slow!
The grand, bustling room will make an instant impression, while the cocktail bar and live performances just next door provide an entire evening of entertainment under one roof. Open until 10pm on Friday nights, Art 4 Fun allows you to bring along your tipple of choice to get those creative juices flowing.
Take in the view at Duck and Waffle. Book a table here. Cost: free. Book tickets here. Pair up at London Zoo. Buy tickets here. Cost: 1.
Sit back and relax at the Soho Theatre. Buy it here.