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Love on a shoestring

We sent four London couples out to prove that super-romantic dates don’t have to be expensive – especially when you’re travelling in the wonderful world of off-peak

by Time Out in association with Transport for London
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Rob Greig

High-altitude hangs

Nicki and Gary's date

Emirates Air Line from Royal Docks to Greenwich Peninsula: £3.50 each
129 bus to Greenwich Market: £1.50 each
Greenwich Market: free
The Fan Museum: £5 each
Greenwich Park: free
TOTAL: £20

What they said: ‘The cable car gave us a great viewpoint of London because it was constantly moving – you see London from lots of different angles. When we were sitting just below the Observatory, a huge, full moon started rising over Greenwich. It was magical... really romantic!’

Photograph: Andy Parsons

Romance on the river

Dan and Warren's date

River Bus from Westminster Pier to Bankside Pier: £7 each
Late at Tate Modern: free
Friday Nights at Flat Iron Square: free
TOTAL: £14

What they said: ‘We sat outside on the boat and got a really good view. You’ve got the London Eye and Big Ben in one shot–it’s very Instagrammable!’

Oxygen Freejumping
Oxygen Freejumping
Photograph: Rob Greig

Jumping into it

Zara and Adam's date

Tube to West Acton: £1.50* each
Oxygen Freejumping: £15.50 each
TOTAL: £34

What they said‘It was more romantic than we thought it would be – there’s a foam pit where you could wrestle each other. It was fun!’

*Fare shown is for an adult off-peak pay as you go journey not going via Zone 1 on Tube, DLR and most London Overground services.

Battersea lead
Battersea lead
Scott Chasserot

Love on two wheels

Tamsin and Josh's date

Cycled around Battersea Park using Santander Cycles: £2 each*
Peace Pagoda: free
Pump House art gallery: free
Battersea Park Children’s Zoo: £9.50 each
Total: £23

What they said‘We explored so much more of the park on bikes because we didn’t feel like it was going to take as long. The view of the Thames from the pagoda was lovely!’

*£2 each for 24 hours access with the first 30 minutes of every journey free, then £2 for each 30 minutes after that.

Your guide to the wonderful world of off-peak

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Get there for less!

Thanks to Transport for London’s affordable off-peak fares, you can save even more on your adventures. Off-peak fares apply on all Tube, DLR, London Overground and TfL Rail services. You can tap into the wonderful world of off-peak every weekday before 6.30am, between 9.30am and 3.59pm, and after 7pm. Off-peak fares also apply all day at weekends and on public holidays. Always touch in and out with the same card or device to pay the right fare. Touch in only on buses and trams. To check your fare, visit TfL’s single fare finder.

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Your key to London adventures

The Cultural TfL Map is your key to finding more of London's hidden gems. This interactive map reveals more than 500 Time Out-recommended museums, galleries, street art and more, all within a short walk or bus ride of each station. Many of these experiences are free!

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Discover more of the wonderful world of off-peak

We know that affordable, convenient public transport is the key to accessing the best that London has to offer – and thanks to TfL’s affordable off-peak fares and other discounts across the network, the possibilities for adventure are wider than ever. Here, you'll find plenty more unexpected and exciting off-peak outings.


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