Trawling through Timeout to find a fun romantic date-idea this Christmas? Don't panic, we've got your failsafe guide on places-she'll-love.
You can't argue - romance lies in the very fabric of the holiday season. Note the Mariah Carey classic “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” or the 10 love-stories of Love Actually (when Mark arrives outside Juliet's door on Christmas Eve with a cue-card-slide-show spelling out ‘To me, your perfect’) it's the most heartfelt declaration of love we've ever seen.
The mistletoe. Christmas, it seems, is competing with Valentine's Day for the most romantic holiday.
So cozy up - after all, it’s cold outside!
1. The Winter Night Garden - Winterville - Clapham Common
It so much more than just the movies. Prepare to take her through a magical wardrobe, down a secret tunnel of trees into a beautiful, enchanted woodland, and discover a cinema experience like no other. Cosy up on giant bean bags - or get the romantic sofa for to two. Sip on wine whilst catching her favorite Christmas movie, 'The Holiday' or 'Hole Alone' in a gorgeous, winter-grotto-setting. This Christmas, Backyard cinema have spots in Winterville and their hidden cave in Snow kingdom. Book now, you'll both love this one.
2. Rosewood London - Holborn
Twinkling lights, trees adored with decorations and the smell of freshly baked mince pies - It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Feel the festive wonder from the moment you enter the grand Edwardian courtyard and celebrate a magical festive season at Rosewood London. Stay in one of our sumptuous rooms and suites this festive season and enjoy a home away from home. Set in the heart of London, just moments from the cobbled streets of Covent Garden, it is the ideal location to explore central London during the festive holidays.
3. Restaurant Ours - Knightsbridge
"Simple yet stand-out, radical yet refined, Restaurant Ours brings the outside in to create an unexpected space hidden in the heart of Knightsbridge." Even if you don't come here to dine, the stunning space that is Restaurant ours is so worth a visit - It's beautiful. They don't lie when they say they bring the outside in - the stunning selection of trees and high ceilings in this gorgeous space is a must visit for a romantic date. She'll love the photo opportunity on the stunning catwalk too!
4. Skate at Somerset House - The Strand
Somerset House at Christmas transforms into a winter paradise ice rink, all thanks to Fortnum & Mason. Do we even need to tell you to do this one? Ice skating, it’s so much fun to do, it's romantic and definitely one of the few winter-date ideas that’ll get you cold enough to want to cuddle up after (try the whiskey-laced hot chocolates afterward). Guys, strap on those ice skates and take your beloved to Somerset House this Christmas. You'll be sure to catch her if she falls.
5. Bob Bob Ricard - Soho
Step off the streets of Soho and walk into the amazing Bob Bob Ricard. Is it over the top? Not at all, it's perfect. For an unforgettably elegant date night, there are few more-memorable options to take her in Soho. The romantic red in Bobby's Bar and the tranquil turquoise in BBR restaurant. The fancy touches 'press for champagne' - all set in a romantic booth to cosy up in (she'll LOVE the booth). The crystal-clear bloody marys are a complete show stopper and the staff - superb. It's the perfect spot for luxurious romance at Christmas time.
6. Sushisamba - London
While we love a rooftop, this place certainly takes it to the next level. Voted by Vogue as 'London's best rooftop', Sushisamba combines jaw-dropping views with stunning-interior. Romantic-reds and heightened senses make this the perfect date spot this Christmas.Located on the 38th and 39th floors of Heron tower, this one's sure to make her feel extra special. Grab some drinks or dine on Peruvian sushi at a few hundred feet. You're sure to get her heart going with this one.
7. Winterland - Fulham
If the way to her heart isn’t with raclette cheese then I don’t know what is (diamonds maybe?) Escape the cold, dark and damp winter days and step through into a wondrous world of warmth and festive merriness at Winterville. Feast on Jimmy Garcia's mouth-watering fondues, steak frites and raclette burgers. Lounge on fur-lined sofas, sip mulled wine and try your hands at curling, mini-golf or ping-pong. Hideout in a cosy winter lodge within the enchanted forest or go on an adventure to find your magical riverside igloo! Have we persuaded you?
8. The Blind Pig - Soho
The Blind Pig is THE place for anything cocktails. At first, it's not the most obvious choice, but she'll fall in love with the prohibition feel (think Harry Potter x prohibition). Look under the vintage ‘Optician’ sign on Soho's Poland Street for the blindfolded hog doorknocker and there - you’re in. The bar buzzes with a relaxed vibe and couples cosy up on leather benches. The cocktails will be some of the best you've had in your life. Make sure you reserve a table and sample the bar snacks! They're freshly crafted in downstairs Social Eating House.
It really is the most romantic time of the year and making the most of it is a surefire way to enter the new year closer than ever. Surprise her at work, send an Uber to pick-her-up, make the most of what's a favorite time of year for you both.
If you're ready to propose, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are the No. 1 and 2 most popular days to pop the question. But don't panic - it's certainly not for everyone. Enter 2018 closer than ever - and bring-on the New Year!