Get set for a heatwave...
The sun is shining, the birds are singing and love is well and truly in the air. Summer is undoubtedly the season of romance, so show your loved one just how much they mean to you with unique date night ideas and dating tips sure to satisfy.
1. See the big city
Not much can match a summer’s day spent in the Big Smoke with the person you love. From intimate picnics in Hyde Park, to a twilight stroll down the Southbank, London has it all. Make sure you pay a visit to Covent Garden for coffee and people watching in the Piazza, and also to one of the many rooftop bars in the city for late night cocktails and an unbeatable atmosphere.
2. Gaze at the stars
Stargazing is the ultimate romantic experience and with clearer skies in summer, now is the perfect time to get outside and see the magic.
Set up a cosy picnic blanket in your garden or at a local park and enjoy a natural light show. You can even download clever apps to help you map the night sky if you’re interested in identifying constellations.
3. Get active
A great way to bond with your partner and experience a sport together, take advantage of the weather and get active outdoors. Bike riding is perhaps the most romantic choice, but adrenalin junkies can bond over a spot of abseiling or local kayaking.
4. Cook at home
Cooking for your lover at home is a great way to show them how much they mean to you. To make this experience ultra-special, try a new recipe or cook up your partner’s favourite feast rather than resting on your usual quick and convenient weekday recipes. Keep distractions like the TV firmly switched off too.
5. Relive your past
We all have memories from our past that we hold dear so why not relive them on date night? You can choose to recreate your first date or simply reminisce over things you loved to do when you were younger by watching old films or playing vintage video games and board games.
6. Learn something new
Spend date night learning something new with your partner and develop a new hobby you can both enjoy for years to come. Cookery courses and dance classes are always popular but what about learning a new language? This is a great idea if you’re planning a holiday abroad and can ensure you’re both fully prepared while building excitement for your trip.
7. Open-air movie night
Give the traditional cinema date a facelift by heading outside to an open-air cinema. Plenty of these spring up over summer and you’ll find admission costs are generally cheaper or even free!
8. Attend a fair
You may be more akin to seeing fairground dates in movies but that’s no reason to stop you recreating the experience. Enjoy acting the child by eating sweets, hopping on rides and doing your best to win a stuffed teddy to take home. Many fairgrounds stay open late too so make sure you stick around to see the bright lights twinkling in the darkness.
9. Pamper each other
Nothing beats a good dose of R&R. Set up spa in your home and take it in turns to give your partner some special treatment – gentle sensual massages with fragranced massage oils are sure to help you relax and you never know where it might lead…
10. Just be together
No matter what you decide to do, the most important piece of relationship advice to follow is to keep spending time with one another. Relationships can start to feel stale or stagnant over time so inject a little adventure and remind yourselves just why you got together in the first place.