Justaskmeout's Top 5 Autumn Date Ideas
Ok, Summer may have vanished into cold Autumn air without so much as a see-you-later, but that’s no reason to hang up your dating hat - try these top date ideas for size.
Autumn Date Idea 1: Deer-spotting in Richmond Park
Next time you click the Justaskmeout button, select ‘A walk in the park’ as your date suggestion. Dig out your warm jacket, find your most ‘sensible’ walking shoes and consider packing a flash of tea if you want to appear well-prepared. Meet at Richmond station and head up Richmond Hill not forgetting to stop and admire the stunning view over the Thames as you near the top. Listen to the golden leaves crunch underfoot, throw some breadcrumbs to the ducks, climb a tree if you’re a bit more daring! But most importantly, keep your eyes peeled for a herd of deer. Most people don’t have too much difficulty spotting some, but TheDateGuy obviously does – see quote his Richmond Park date here.
When? Every day
Where? Richmond Park
How much? Free!
More details? RoyalParks.org.uk
Autumn Date Idea 2: Soar to the top of your date’s estimations at The Shard
Get high by soaring up the tallest building in Europe and experience London’s newest view for yourself. But don’t waste £25 on “The View from The Shard”, get the same view for the price of a drink in one of the swish bars inhabiting the high floors. We recommend Oblix because it also has live entertainment from 9pm as if the floor-to-ceiling view wasn’t enough. The drinks prices are pretty reasonable too considering they’re being served on the 32nd floor of Europe’s tallest skyscraper. And you get free nuts if you ask nicely. (Peanuts before you get the wrong idea. Mind. Gutter. Out.)
When? Every night
Where? Oblix, Level 32, The Shard, SE1 9RY
How much? Free entry!
More details? See review on Tripadvisor here
Autumn Date Idea 3: Grab some leather & get along to Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest is a German tradition stretching back more than 200 years in celebration of the gathering of the harvest. But with Lederhosen (that’s Deutsch for leather trousers!), giant beers and Schlager music all to be found at Oktoberfest venues in London there really is no need to trek all the way to Germany to experience it. And ok, while it may not be the most typical date idea, it is guaranteed to be fun – no awkward silences guaranteed! There are actually a number of ways you can join in with this Bavarian fest. We’ve listed our top suggestion below.
When? Wed-Sat each week until 26th October
Where? Bavarian Beerhouse at either Old Street or Tower Hill
How much? £14.50pp
More details? Bavarian BeerHouse
Autumn Date Idea 4: Get your geek on with London’s Museum Lates
For those of you looking to impress your date with your vast general knowledge, or who want to show your intellectual side, museum lates provide the perfect opportunity. You may not think museums are sexy, but they are when they open for special adult-only nights with added extras such as booze, quizzes and make-your-own-cool-thing sessions. (I made my own magnifier for my iPhone and took cool cose-up photos). And anyway, Geek chic is totally in right now. There's a mysterious absence of late night openings on Mondays, but every other night of the week presents an opportunity for you to grab a date and get your geek on!
When? Tue-Fri; Different nights for different museums
Where? Pretty much every museum worth going to
How much? Many of them are free!
More details? Visit London has a good list
Autumn Date Idea 5: Access all areas at the London Open House weekend
We all know that suggesting unusual but brilliant date ideas is a great way to impress one’s date before you’ve even met. So suggesting a visit to usually off-limits interesting buildings open for one weekend only – you are bound to impress. And what’s more, for nearly all buildings it’s totally free and you don’t need to book. Our top 3 recommendations would be Battersea Power Station (last chance before it gets turned into flats), Richard Rogers’s Lloyd’s Building (has lifts on the outside) and Village Underground (Thrifty artists have taken old Tube train carriages and placed them on top of an abandoned railway viaduct near Liverpool Street and turned them into neat little studios).
When? Sat 21st and Sun 22nd September
Where? Over 830 buildings across London
How much? Free!
More details? LondonOpenHouse.org.