Ahh, date night. That thing that, for most of us, ends up being the night in our local, or a meal at the place we always go to. Well, I’ve been figuring out some different things to do, as well as costing them up. Because y’know, eventally maybe I’ll actually meet someone to have date night with!
I know not everyone who reads this blog lives in the UK, so together with Angelic Diamonds, retailers of bespoke palladium engagement rings, I’m giving you some ways of making the most of your date night no matter where you are in the world.
As the capital of Italy, Rome is brimming with 3,000 years of art, architecture and culture – making any date in this beautiful city one of romance and sophistication.
For the football fans
If your partner is looking for some excitement when you’re in the capital, and you’d really like to treat the pair of you, why not go to a A.S. Roma football match? At the grand Stadio Olimpico, you can buy a ticket for €100 (£88.02).
For the people watchers
Head to the Trevi Fountain and throw a coin in there for good luck. Then head to a nice cafe for a coffee, slice of cake and watch the world go by. Perfection.
The classic date
Dinner and a movie is the original date night, right? In Rome, you can expect to pay €21 (£18.48) for your taxi and €57 (£50.17) for your meal for two in one of Rome’s fine restaurants. To top it all off, you can spend €17 (£14.96) on two cinema tickets.
London has SO MANY different things to do and I could write hundreds of posts with suggestions, to be honest. But I don’t have the space for them all so here are just a few suggestions.
Living the high-life
If you and your partner like to enjoy the finer things in life, then why not try afternoon tea at a prestigious London hotel? At £50 per person, you and your date could enjoy tea, scones and sandwiches at the prestigious Claridge’s Hotel, in Mayfair. If you are both enjoying the pleasures of luxury, then why not book a superior queen room at £690 a night?
For the inquisitive
London isn’t just about fine-dining and luxurious hotels, it’s also full of great musuems where you can learn more about the cultural history of London.
The Natural History Museum, the National Portrait Gallery and Tate Modern are all free to enter — they are perfect options for cultural visits that’ll get those brain cells exercised. Once you’re bored of the museums, head over to Westminster Bridge to see Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. This also isn’t too far from the Southbank, where you can pick up some delicious street food or take in the great views all around you.
The classic date
Leicester Square has hosted many film premieres over the years, with some of the biggest stars in Hollywood descending on its red carpet to see in the release of their new blockbuster. If you’re not on the guest-list, then why not take your date to the cinema for £23? If you get hungry, you can always get a meal including wine and dessert for £66. Don’t forget to hit the bars on your way out, where a pint will typically set you back £4.41, and a cocktail will cost £9 – not bad when you’re living it up in the capital! Although, as a northener I am a little big aghast at the price of a beer in the capital compared to up here!
Paris is the true city of romance. Date night in Paris would be really special, and there’s so many different things to do.
Taking a date to new heights
Going on a date to the Eiffel Tower is an impressive feat any day of the year, but especially so on Valentine’s Day. On this day, why not try booking in at 58 Tour Eiffel? It’ll cost you around €120 (£105.63) for each person, however, if you’d like a seat in the window to witness the spectacular views, then you can pay the extra €30 (£26.41) to really take your romance to dizzying heights!
Paris on a budget
The city is host to some of the most beautiful bridges in the world, which makes dating on a budget in this city very easy. As a symbol of their love for one another, many Parisians use padlocks and lock them to the Pont des Arts Bridge, throwing away the key into the water.
The locks can be purchased for a couple of euros each, so it’s probably the cheapest date that you’ll go on. Be warned though, as Paris officials are urging couples to stop so that the bridges can be protected; instead, why not take the lock home as a reminder of that great date you had together.
The classic date
If the weather’s poor outside, or you’d rather take the tried and tested methods when it comes to your date, then why not head over to a quant restaurant in the city? There, a meal for two including wine and dessert will typically cost around €65 (£57.21). Afterwards, if you head over to the cinema, it’ll cost you €20 (£17.60).
If you can make it on date night here, then you can really make it anywhere. The big apple offers something for everyone-with the theatres of Broadway, the neon-lit Times Square and skyscrapers like the Empire State Building, the possibilities really are endless.
If you want to pull out all of the stops for your date, then why not take them on a ride they’ll never forget? A private helicopter tour of New York’s famous landmarks will set you back around $1,500 (£1,184.40), so you’ll need to get saving if this sounds like the perfect date for you! With unparalleled views of the Empire State Building, the Stature of Liberty and Central Park though, this is the perfect date to get your heart’s racing. Hold on tight!
Walk those famous streets
If you’d like to do something a bit more low-key, then take a twilight walk around Central Park like Audrey Hepburn did in Breakfast at Tiffany’s to really set the mood for the evening. Or, if you’re feeling peckish, you could go to the restaurant featured in Where Harry Met Sally; you’ll be quoting lines from the film in no time!
If that’s not enough, take a walk down to the financial district if you and your date want to feel part of the glamour and excitement of the Wolf of Wall Street. Just be careful, as it’s a jungle out there…
The classic date
Taking a trip to NYC wouldn’t be the same without going to the movies, so take your date at the typical cost of $28 (£22.11). Perhaps a meal would complement this date nicely? Including wine and dessert, you can expect a meal for two to cost you $111 (£87.66). After that, the two of you could paint the town red in some of Manhattan’s best rooftop bars. A cocktail will likely cost $14 (£11.06) and a pint of lager around $7 (£5.53). Enjoy!
What does your perfect date night look like? Has it ever happened for you?
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