Bag yourself a date on Badoo, the world’s biggest dating app, and take your pick from this list of festive dates London has to offer right now
The Coca-Cola Christmas ad is out, Oxford Street’s lights are on, and now it’s time to give your dating life a sprinkling of seasonal magic. Bag yourself a date on Badoo, the world’s biggest dating app, and take your pick from this list of the most romantic, festive dates London has to offer right now. And don’t worry, we promise Winter Wonderland will not be on this list.
Fun and festive dates for sparking some winter romance
WINTERVILLE: CLAPHAM COMMON
If you are a fan of festive fairgrounds, but also a fan of not waiting in hour-long queues, penned in like cattle, then Clapham Winterville is the place for you. This quieter alternative to, ahem, other winter-themed fairgrounds in London, will still provide you with that warm, fuzzy Christmassy feeling with a carol singing choir, festive street food and even an open-air ‘winter night garden’ cinema; the perfect opportunity to snuggle up close to your date.
CHRISTMAS CAROLS: TRAFALGAR SQUARE
‘The best things in life are free’. This old lie we turn to when the purse strings are tight does actually ring true in this circumstance. From December 11th, Trafalgar Square plays host to daily Christmas carol concerts, under the world-famous Norwegian Christmas tree. Come prepared with a flask of boozy hot choc to create one of the most perfect and budget-friendly first festive dates.
LOVE ACTUALLY: DRURY LANE
Forget Netflix and chill this Christmas- instead, head to Drury Lane. Here you can catch Love Actually – undoubtedly the best Christmas film – set to a live, full piece orchestra. It’s guaranteed to get your date feeling the love. And with Badoo’s celebrity ‘lookalikes’ feature, you could find yourself taking a real-life Keira Knightley or Andrew Lincoln with you. What else could you want for Christmas?
PERGOLA PADDINGTON: PADDINGTON
Get up close and personal with your Badoo date with a visit to the trendiest rooftop in London. Back from its summertime success, Pergola Paddington has been winter-proofed and decked out with giant beds and bountiful bars, making it the perfect spot to get cosy in. You’ll find the trendiest Londoners drinking here, making it an ideal spot to try out Badoo’s ‘People Nearby’ feature if you are yet to hook that Christmas date.
ROYAL OBSERVATORY: GREENWICH
What could be better than a date that is both christmassy AND educational? The Greenwich Observatory offers an opportunity to do both. Gaze at the stars in the Christmas themed planetarium, then learn the secrets of the universe through an adapted 12 days of christmas song. Perhaps not the steamiest date in the world, but undeniably cute.
THE CHURCHILL ARMS: KENSINGTON
Of course, if the culmination of dating and learning isn’t quite your style, there is always dating and drinking. And there isn’t a pub more picturesque to do it in than The Churchill Arms. With the exterior covered in upwards of 80 christmas trees and 18,000 fairy lights, you are guaranteed a great insta-snap, even if the date’s a dud.
HARRY POTTER STUDIOS: WATFORD
As the most magical time of the year, it would almost be rude not to make a trip to the HP studios. Hogwarts at Christmas is the perfect opportunity to get into the christmas spirit, where you can see the iconic set in all its festive glory, and maybe even act out that Harry/Cho Chang first kiss scene. Probably best to check your date is a HP fan before embarking on this one though.
ALTERNATIVE PANTO: SELFRIDGES
For a no pressure date that’s guaranteed to put the bang in your cracker, join the Sink the Pink gang for a strictly adults only panto. It’s the best way to spend a boozy date this christmas. Oh no it isn’t…
So, now you have the perfect first date activity planned, download Badoo to find a festive bae to take with you.