Dates in the City

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner so it’s time to confess that I am a bit of a V Day cynic. When I was younger if I didn’t have someone to give me the biggest card or teddy bear they could find, I’d spend the day wallowing in self-pity. Now I just think it doesn’t feel like a sincere way to tell someone you care about them. BUT I still believe in romance and that it’s a great excuse to spend some quality time with a loved one, either on the day or at the weekend.

So I’ve put together three simple ideas for dates in the city for anyone who needs a little motivation to organise something fun or romantic. Now your loved one doesn’t have to be a partner, it can be your best friend, a sibling, anyone who you want to spend some time with. Here goes…


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You don’t have a lot to spend but you want a great day in the city. Go for a walk with the aim of seeing some great views (scroll to the bottom of this page for a few ideas) or learning something that you didn’t know before (I like the look of this book). If you don’t fancy the walk but you want the views, you can climb to the top of Monument for 360˚ views of the city and pay just £3! It could be thirsty business so plan at least one place to grab a bottle of wine (or just tea and coffee of course!).


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You’ve got a decent budget and you want to do something nice. Go for an old school cinema date, not at your local Odeon but one of the many independent cinemas across the city. Everyman for central and north, Picture House for south, Aubin Cinema for east and Electric Cinema for west . Grab a cheap eat beforehand and then treat yourself to a drink to enjoy with the film.


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You deserve to treat yourselves and are happy to spend the cash. It has to breakfast, lunch or dinner at a restaurant with a view. There’s good list here on Bookatable. My favourites are Duck and Waffle (great breakfast review on Mondomulia) Madison (lunch), and Paramount (dinner and/or drinks).

Are you a Valentine’s Day supporter or cynic? Do you have any other date ideas you’d throw into the mix?