At-Home Date Night Ideas
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With lockdown measures lifted, there are a lot more options for date night activities – but that doesn’t mean we have to forget about at-home options. Organising an at-home date night can serve as a reminder that relationships can be exciting without expensive bells and whistles, and if you get creative there are plenty of possibilities. Read on for some suggestions.
At-Home Date Night Ideas
Plan the perfect picnic
Picnics are becoming a huge part of the UK’s socially distanced summer, particularly as we’ve been blessed with some beautiful weather over the past couple of months. If you’re planning a picnic date, start by checking out our guides to the best parks in London and the rest of the UK and Ireland for location inspiration. Bonus point if you can find one in your area near a pub that’s offering takeaway drinks. We’ve pulled together some healthy picnic recipes here, but you could also consider ordering a hamper – we recommend Pique, which offers a selection of different menus including the recently launched Perrier-Jouët Celebration Brunch box. This is a good option for couples who don’t live together too, as it can be done outdoors while maintaining social distancing.
Recreate the restaurant experience at home
Restaurants may be open again, but that doesn’t mean we have to forget about all the great delivery services that have popped up in recent months. Many eateries are continuing with the takeaway services launched in the wake of the pandemic, including lots of fancy ones: Gymkhana, Nobu London and HIDE, to name a few. Alternatively, cook it yourself – either with one of you taking the lead or working as a team. Check out chef Paul Shearing’s guide to the perfect romantic dinner for tips on all things ambience and aphrodisiacs. If you live with other people, request the kitchen or dining room to yourselves for an evening. Lay the table nicely, light some candles, put on a romantic playlist and feast away. Date night, sorted.
Do a yoga class together
Not only does yoga help ease stiff joints from moving less and lower back pain from makeshift home desks, the spiritual, mindful element can be soothing in times of uncertainty. It’s also a great couples’ activity: doing yoga with your partner is said to strengthen bonds, deepen connections and build trust. Many studios now offer online classes, or you could book a private session with My:Method. Afterwards, enjoy a cosy home-cooked meal together – made better with post-yoga happy endorphins.
Bring the theatre to you
Some theatres will be reopening their doors this August, but in the mean time plenty of shows are being streamed online. Grange Park Opera founder Wasfi Kani has devised a season of entirely new content for the summer, The National Theatre is streaming weekly performances of popular shows, and Shakespeare’s Globe is screening some of the Bard’s best-loved works via its free YouTube channel. Nothing beats the experience of going to the theatre – but at least you won’t have any issues with tall heads on rows in front. Check out our pick of the best virtual theatre here.
Cook up a storm
Cooking with your other half is a great way to have some quality time together without any pressure – but after so many weeks of lockdown, kitchen creativity levels may be dropping. If that’s the case, why not try something new by getting involved with one of the many virtual cooking lessons taking place at the moment? The Initiative’s virtual supper club series offers the chance to cook alongside renowned chefs: just sign up online, and 24 hours before you’ll receive a package with all ingredients needed for the menu, including an aperitif and a bottle of wine. Masterclass, meanwhile, offers pre-recorded cooking classes with the likes of Gordon Ramsay and Dominique Ansel.
Have a cheese and wine night
Nothing beats a glass of vino and a cheese board. Order in some nice wine with one of these alcohol delivery services – splash out with high-end wine company Hedonism, or keep it simple with Majestic. Lots of great cheese companies are offering nationwide delivery too, such as Paxton & Whitfield, Neal’s Yard Dairy and The Cheese Works. If you fancy taking it one step further, book a virtual cheese and wine tasting – Loki Wine is running frequent hour-long video sessions for £55 including three bottles of wine, plus an extra £10 for cheese from Anderson & Hill.
Cocktail date night is always fun, and can easily be done from home. If you’re in need of some guidance, book onto one of the award-winning classes from Mixology Events, which take place every Wednesday and Friday. Participants will receive a professional cocktail making kit prior to the masterclass, with all the ingredients and equipment needed to mix up classic cocktails at home including premium spirits, mixers and fresh fruit. Alternatively, brave it alone: here we share four twists on the classic Margarita.
Drinks, dinner and dancing with The Court
Soho private members’ club The Court has launched a new delivery package – and it’s perfect for an at-home date night. Bar manager Darien Topuli and head chef Mircel McSween have curated recipe kits available to order for delivery or collection every Friday, to be enjoyed alongside live music from The Court’s Instagram – think everything from Britney to The Beatles. Fancy going all out? Upgrade to the champagne and caviar package, which contains a 30g tin of Oscietra caviar alongside a bottle of Ruinart Brut.