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Romantic Christmas Date Ideas

Ditch the mistletoe for these alternative date ideas...

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Whilst curling up to a Christmas classic is still an idyllic way to spend a date in the midst of winter, we believe it’s time to brave the cold and delight in all the romantic opportunities and events the festive season has to offer. From a private flight excursion across the South Coast to a Twilight Tour at Doddington Hall, there are plenty of alternative Christmas date ideas in London and the country just waiting to be enjoyed with a loved one…

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Take your relationship to new heights at the The View from The Shard

The Shard

Take to the skies this Christmas with The View from The Shard and see the city lights sparkle, 68 floors up. An unforgettable experience to share with a loved one, enjoy a glass (or two) of bubbles, mulled wine, or a delicious festive cocktail at the bar and marvel at the panoramic views from London’s tallest building. To make your visit even more festive, attend The Shard’s cinema night on the 10th December for a sky-high screening of Home Alone, complete with a Mermaid Gin and Tonic and moreish popcorn. From £25 per person. theviewfromtheshard.com

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Take to the Skies for the date of a lifetime

Wingly

For a festive date to envy all others, take your special someone on a memorable flight excursion with private flight specialists Wingly. Taking inspiration from Christmas classic The Holiday, delight in ‘The Holiday Date’ and fly over the picturesque county of Surrey – where Iris’s (Kate Winslet’s) snowy cottage is located ­in the film – before taking to the South Coast with spectacular sights of the Isle of Wight. For fans of Downton Abbey, enjoy an incredible birds-eye view of Highclare Castle on a romantic flight from Camberley and a fairy-tale lunch in the charming village of Kemble. Flights start from £50 per person. wingly.io

Wow your date on The Long Walk at Windsor

Long Walk at Windsor

It doesn’t get much more romantic than a carriage ride at Windsor Castle. Make like Meghan and Harry and enjoy The Long Walk at Christmas Experience, a centuries-old one-mile journey approaching the historic castle and a long-standing favourite with the royals. 7, 14 and 21 December 2019. windsor.gov.uk

Explore the Enchanted Forest at Doddington Hall

Doddington Hall

There’s no better time to take a trip to Lincoln’s Doddington Hall than at Christmas. This season, the historic hall has morphed into an idyllic Enchanted Forest, replete with snow-capped trees and twinkling lights. Take your loved one on a romantic Twilight Tour of the Elizabethan mansion where you’ll discover the Narnia-inspired Long Gallery, Jungle Book room and more, complete with a complimentary mince pie and winter warmer. Every Thursday until 19 December. £18 per person. doddingtonhall.com

Enjoy the 12 Days of Christmas at The Curtain

The curtain

In celebration of the festive season, The Curtain Hotel & Members’ Club has launched the ‘12 Days of Christmas’, a series of magical events and experiences ideal for a memorable and festive-themed date. Treat your loved one to a decadent afternoon tea at the hotel inspired by luxury perfumers and Royal Warrant holders Penhaligon’s, a rooftop cinema experience in partnership with Veuve Cliquot, or a spectacular Christmas Cabaret show featuring burlesque dancers, drag queens, and perhaps even a visit from Father Christmas. Until 23 December, thecurtain.com

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Delight in Kavka Vodka and caviar at Ognisko

Enjoy a romantic evening indulging in luxury treats at Kensington restaurant Ognisko, from caviar to smoked salmon and blini’s, accompanied by a glass of Kavka Vodka, or champagne to toast to the festive season. Just a short walk from the Natural History Museum’s Ice Rink, why not carry on the date with a skate (and a little Dutch courage). Kavka Vodka and Caviar celebratory offers start from £50. ogniskorestaurant.co.uk

Indulge in an Eastern feast at Knebworth House

Knebworth

A spectacular setting for a festive date, Knebworth House is hosting a series of Christmas Curry Nights in the cosy Cobbold Barn. Enjoy a delicious two-course Eastern feast with all the curry classics, including saffron rice, tarka dhal and chicken tikka masala, then whisk your date onto the dance floor for a disco until the clock strikes midnight. 11 & 18 December. £25 per person. knebworthhouse.com

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Impress a first date with crazy golf at Birdies

Birdies

Crazy golf is one of those classic date nights we keep on coming back to, but only because it’s so much fun. An excellent ice breaker and opportunity to show off some cocktail-assisted sporting skills (for those rare few who have any), crazy golf is an ideal way to enjoy a first date. For a brand-new experience to share with a lucky someone, head to Birdies at Battersea Power Station for a whimsical 9-hole course – think pressure pads, overhead ramps, and a ‘crazy’ black tunnel – along with an extensive and bespoke cocktail bar and delicious Taco-Yaki menu. You’ll have the dating game down to a ‘tee’. playbirdies.com

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