London provides the perfect backdrop for an intimate night with your special someone.

Despite the cold weather, winter in London is definitely going to warm your heart this year, all with a little help from the capital’s gorgeous restaurants, roaring fireplaces, ice-skating rinks and the city’s increasing twinkle-factor as we approach the festive season.

Since we’re shameless romantics here at InAnyEvent London, we have put together this list of alternative places that are sure to seriously impress your date…

1. Play a game of idyllic mini golf at Swingers

Swingers Lighthouse from 10th

If your date hasn’t heard of ‘Swingers’, they might double take if you’re suggesting it as a first date…so perhaps best to reassure them that it’s just a crazy golf club and bar prior to telling them the name.

A bit of *friendly* competition is said to lay a strong foundation of any healthy relationship, so you’ll be absolutely on fire after a game of mini gold. Swingers, which is located close to the Gherkin, is a rather beautiful place for indoor crazy golf – perfect for a chilly evening!

The space is decked out with lovely garden-esque interiors and holds two 9-hole courses, as well as a whopping five cocktail bars (no need to worry about queuing for drinks). Swingers is also home to branches of much loved street-food vendors Patty & Bun, Pizza Pilgrims and Le Bab to keep you and your date full and satisfied. It’s £13 per person and you can book here.

2. Selfridges Forest on the Roof

Selfridges Forest on the Roof Restaurant

Everybody loves a rooftop bar, but the fun doesn’t have to stop in winter. Selfridge’s Forest on the Roof Restaurant & Bar is possibly the only reason we’d ever suggest taking your date anywhere near Oxford Street – and it’s a mighty good reason too!

Their wintry themed pop-up is back for the season and is bringing with it a whole new menu, expect après-ski inspired classics of British seafood, naughty cheese fondue, alpine salami cuts and dishes inspired by forest flavours. They’re open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and, of course, cocktails, but make sure you book ahead of time, because the Forest on the Roof gets busy.

3. Get into some blades and go ice skating

Ice Skaters in London

We couldn’t leave out this romantic winter classic. Glide around hand-in-hand with your date as you chuckle merrily at the minor bumps and slip ups you make along the way…or go for the endearing approach and cling on the railing whilst doing your best Bambi impression – it’s sure to melt a few hearts. There are loads of ice cool rinks opening in London this November so just take your pick, grab a date and slide on down…

4. Watch a movie at Backyard Cinema’s Winter Night Garden

Backyard Cinema

Backyard Cinema is returning for winter and, as usual, is bringing a wondrous magical cinematic experience. You’ll find the Winter Night Garden cinema screen behind a wardrobe and through fairy-lit tunnels. Choose from a selection of Christmassy and seasonal movies to watch, within the beautifully designed enchanted forest. Plus, the beanbags give you the perfect excuse to snuggle up and get cosy. To check film availability and book tickets visit their website.

5. Wander round these sparkly Christmas markets

Tate Modern Christmas market

Grab your date and tell them that the twinkle of the lights have nothing on the twinkle in their eye. Buy your date an adorable hand-made gift and sip on heart warming mulled wine as you get well and truly into the spirit of the season. You big softie, you! It is awfully romantic at Christmas, whether you like it or not. Have a look at our favourite Christmas markets happening in London this year.

6. Get lost in Hampton Court Maze

Hampton Court Palace Maze

Located in Greater London, Hampton Court Palace was built by Henry VIII’s right hand man Thomas Wolsey in 1514 – historical facts will *always* get you laid. Wrap up warm and go on a chilly stroll around the romantic palace garden and into the maze. The lush green bushes and towering trees provide a little privacy but don’t worry if the date isn’t going well – at least you can lose them in the maze and be on your way home with nothing more than a ‘couldn’t find you bye!’ text…we’re pretty sure that’s how the Tudors would have done it!

7. Snuggle up by an open fire

Cosy London Pubs With An Open Fireplace

What better to way to get cosy with your date (and stay warm from the chilly London weather) than to snuggle up in a nice pub with a roaring open fire place? Nothing. That’s what. Actually if your date is Jamie Dornan that would probably improve things and if your date IS Mr. Grey than we’re extremely jealous. Anywaaay, these London pubs all boast toasty fireplaces and great booze to warm you up from inside out!

8. Petersham Nurseries

Petersham Nurseries

Ideal for any budding romance, this tranquil garden centre in Richmond is perfect to getaway from the city for a morning. Visit the Tea House, which is open daily, for a selection of nourishing soups, bites and homemade cakes and then walk it off as you potter around the plants. We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, but come December the cafe also looks rather spectacular. For more information and opening times, visit the website.

Featured Image: Private dining room at Beach Blanket Babylon