The Best Christmas Date Ideas in London this Winter 2023

With all of the twinkling fairy lights in the sky, festive rom coms on repeat in local cinemas, and the glimmer of hope that we’ll find some fluttering snowfall this year, Christmas was made for romance. If the most wonderful time of the year has you looking for romantic things to do this Christmas in London, we’ve got plenty of ideas up our sleeves. Keep reading to discover adorable winter date ideas you’ll be dying to try with your partner - and how about heading onto the Bindy Street app soon for even more options?

1. Holmes Rooftop Cinema

A large cinema screen besides festive Christmas trees and lights

Picture this - you’re both tucked away in a mini wooden chalet furnished with luxurious fur throws, a festive wreath, and fairy lights twinkling above you. In amongst this festive seating area lies a bottle of wine, perfect to share whilst you’re both still full from the seasonal tasting menu offering dreamy dishes like Burrata with Oyster Mushroom roasted to perfection. This is everything you’ll receive at the Holmes Rooftop Cinema for the price of £70 per person - this might make your wallet cry a little, but it’s the perfect treat for the season. Of course, the offering comes with the chance to watch a festive favourite like Love Actually, The Holiday, or A Miracle on 34th Street as you snuggle up with your lover - romance at its finest.

22 November - 21 December 2023

Location: Kitchen at Holmes,108 Baker Street, London W1U 6LJ

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2. Ice Skating at Skylight Tobacco Dock

A couple talking on top of a rooftop ice rink with views of London

Whether you’re both able to whiz around the ice together like figure skaters, or your combined skills are much closer to Bambi on ice, a trip to the ice rink is a quintessential winter date idea you should definitely consider. This season, our top pick has to be Ice Skating at Skylight Tobacco Dock. With their romantic package for two, get ready to embark on a 45-minute spin around Europe’s first rooftop skating rink, gaze out at breathtaking views of London’s skyline, pop open a bottle of white, red, or Rosé, and be treated to a main course from their menu catering to meat eaters and vegans alike (Louisiana Chicken Burger anyone?).

11 November - 31 December

Location: Tobacco Dock, London E1W 2SF

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3. English National Ballet's Nutcracker 

A ballet dancer on one leg holding and gazing at a nutcracker

Does anyone else get goosebumps when they hear the first few notes of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker? If you could imagine your partner stunned by the power of orchestral music and the beauty and discipline behind ballet, you’ve got to take them to the English National Ballet’s Nutcracker. At this dazzling production of a classic Christmas tale, the London Coliseum’s stage will be flooded by 100 top dancers and musicians for a performance to remember. In Edwardian London, you’ll meet our heroine, Clara, who receives an enchanted nutcracker as a gift, leading her into a magical world where battles with the Mouse King and a meeting with a handsome stranger takes place…

14 December 2023 - 7 January 2024

Location: London Coliseum, Saint Martin's Lane, London WC2N 4ES

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4. Fire and Fromage

A large, clear snow globe with a table inside by the Riv Thames.

If your partner makes you melt whenever they look at you, why not make them go and melt some cheese for a change? Pop-up king Jimmy Garcia returns this Christmas with Fire and Fromage, the ultimate foodie spot providing loved-up Londoners with atmospheric fire pits, toasty blankets, mulled wine, roasted marshmallows, and creamy cheeses from the Raclette Bar. If all of those festive delights haven’t won you over just yet, you can amp up the romance by booking one of Jimmy’s snow globes. These intimate spaces are great for a spot of conversation and will also give you a twinkling view of the River Thames below.

2 November - 31 December 2023

Location: Queen's Walk, London SE1 9PP

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5. Daphne’s

Daphne's interiors with a ceiling decorated in baubles & tinsel

So you’ve opted for a romantic meal this Christmas, but where oh where do you dine? We’ve got your answer right here, Daphne’s. Each and every year, this Italian eatery transforms into a winter wonderland that is destined to impress your significant other. The conservatory’s high ceilings and walls are decked out with whimsical baubles in shades of green, blue, gold, and silver, whilst Daphne’s signature flowers are to be found at every corner of the room. Once you’ve both settled down at your table (and your special someone has been wowed by the extravagant décor), it’s time to indulge in seasonal festive recipes and cocktails from their limited-edition menu.

Throughout December 2023

Location: 112 Draycott Ave, London SW3 3AE

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Find more festive dining spots your partner will adore with our Christmas food and drink guide or skate away at a few of our favourite rinks in London this winter.

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