So you’ve swiped right, slid into DMs or actually struck up a conversation in real life and have secured a date. After the obligatory outfit planning panic attack and social media sleuthing, all there's left is to pick a place to go.
Impressing your arm candy doesn’t have to include the Central Line or Soho. Whether one of you lives south of river or you want to explore, there’s plenty on offer in the underbelly of the city. Here are seven spots to seduce your date in south London.
The Coffee Co., Clapham Common
Keep it casual with a coffee and Crosstown doughnuts at The Coffee Co. They’ve expanded beyond their Tooting roots with a new Clapham Common location that opened just weeks ago. 7 Clapham Common, SW4 7AA.
The Gorringe Park, Tooting
Feel like a teen again at The Gorringe Park. This gastropub has a boutique basement cinema which offers free film showings at 8pm every night, so you can take your beau to the back row after a beer. 29 London Road, SW17 9HW.
South Bank Book Market, Waterloo
Underneath a bridge has never been so romantic. Hold hands over Hardy and swap interests at The South Bank Book Market, and find out if your date is more Mr Men than memoirs. Riverside Walk (outside BFI Southbank under Waterloo Bridge) London SE1.
New Wimbledon Theatre, Wimbledon
The West End comes to the borough of Wandsworth. Make a date with shows such as Macbeth and Footloose at the New Wimbledon Theatre without being shafted by Shaftesbury Avenue prices. The Broadway, SW19 1QG.
Rise46, Clapham Junction
Settle butterflies with bubbles at Rise46. Enjoy unlimited prosecco every Thursday at this 1920’s themed bar - or visit in the week for jazz, comedy and a killer custom cocktail menu. 46 Battersea Rise, SW11 1EE.
The Royal Observatory, Greenwich
If they didn’t already have stars in their eyes from being on a date with you, they will now. Go space gazing at the Royal Observatory and take their breath away with one of the best views of London from the hill. Blackheath Avenue, SE10 8XJ.
If your date went really well, reserve a table at Salon for the morning after. With the menu including dishes such as banana bread with Nutella ganache, your brunch will be as naughty as the night before. Cannon & Cannon 18 Market Row, SW9 8LD.