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5 Short London Walks For Dates

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It’s official; the rise of walking dates is one good thing to come out of lockdown. Socially distanced dating means that rather than sitting face-to-face in a café or bar, going for a short walk with a date is one of the only viable options for getting to know someone in person. So, while you’re enjoying a more relaxed conversation not having to stare into each other’s eyes, ensure you have something nice to look at instead, by picking the best walking spots in the city. Here, in association with Church’s Footwear who make the perfect date shoes, we bring you five of the best short walks in London for dates…

Best Short London Walks For Dates

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  • South Bank

    Big Views: South Bank

    If you want a bustling spot with views across the river that’s gorgeous at any time of the day or evening, meander the Jubilee Gardens along the South Bank past the Tate Modern and finish up at Tower Bridge where you can go your separate ways if you’ve had enough or loop across the river and round into Covent Garden if you want to keep getting to know each other.

    Photo by Annie Spratt 

  • Alexandra Palace

    View From The North: Alexandra Palace

    The Parkland Walk takes you from Finsbury Park through to Alexandra Palace with gorgeous views across London. Weave through Crouch End, Highgate and Muswell Hill or simply meet at Alexandra Palace and walk around the grounds enjoying the space and the elevated views. The Wildlife Trail is also open to get up close with some of the area’s flora and fauna.

    Photo by Nicolas Lysandrou 

  • Brick Lane

    Street Art: Brick Lane

    If you fancy an urban setting for your walking date with plenty of options for grabbing a coffee or a snack, head to Brick Lane and hunt for street art, which is hidden around every corner in this part of the city. From Commercial Street to the Stolen Space Gallery and Banksy’s cat at Corbet Place, you can wander and chat as you take it all in.

    Photo by Nick Page

  • Little Venice

    Regent’s Canal: Little Venice to Camden

    Taking you from London Zoo to Camden Lock, this stretch of the Jubilee Greenway is one of the prettiest walks in London, perfect for a sunny city date. Walk past canal barges and boats and if you’re running out of conversation, imagine who’s living aboard and what they’re up to.

    Image: Getty

  • Hampstead Heath Swimming Ponds

    Park Life: Hampstead Heath

    Forget the manicured lawns and busy greens of central and explore the enormous nature reserve of Hampstead Heath, with a wilder walking experience and beautiful views. There are 30 ponds, some for wild swimming (although this is a brave date choice) and there is plenty of wildlife to keep an eye out for, too.

    Image: Getty

This article is brought to you in partnership with Church’s footwear, who have the perfect shoes and boots to put your best foot forward for your walking date. We love their Boland Nevada Leather Classic Sneaker in Walnut (£400, below left) for men as a first date option, the perfect combination of comfort and style. For women, choose chic but practical boots that were made for walking; we love the Eastrock Monteria Calf Mountain Boot in Black (£640, below right) that will add an odd-trend tough edge to softer feminine outfits.

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Church’s Boland Nevada Leather Classic Sneaker in Walnut & Church’s Eastrock Monteria Calf Mountain Boot in Black

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