Photos by Sarah Treacher.
Saving money has been pretty much the only thing on my mind so far this year and as such, date nights have become a little samey-samey because it’s good to fall back on old favourites when you’re exhausted from a busy week or you’re not sure how pricy something might be. And on top of that, the long long winter that we’ve just experienced in England completely put a stopper to any fun date night ideas Harvey and I had on the cards!
With the weather beginning to perk back up plus the benefit on no heatwave, it’s time we turned our attention to some sweet springtime date ideas. Grab your other half, best friend, sister or Mum for the ride!
I spotted this idea on Pinterest and just HAD to bookmark it for future reference. The premise is simple: build an adorable teepee using a tree! Of course for sanitary reasons (I own a dog, after all), I wholly recommend you take an extra sheet to line the ground and surrounding area of the tree with.
Dress it with battery-powered fairy lights, set up an iPad loaded with a film, take cushions and throws and possibly a hot water bottle, and pack a wicker hamper full of sweet and savoury treats to snack on. Your very own private fortress — and it’s oh so Instagrammable too! What I love most about this idea is that it can be as affordable or extravagant as you’d like! You can set it up in the comfort of your own front room, garden or local park. We’d probably order a pizza to take with us, but homemade treats are just as good.
Afternoon tea at the Bluebird
In celebration of the Chelsea Flower Show, this year Bluebird are hosting a dreamy Bluebird in Bloom afternoon tea! Of course afternoon tea isn’t for everybody — my boyfriend hates the idea, for example! — but it is a pretty special way to celebrate a milestone or even just enjoy a different sort of day out. Here’s a little extract from the website, about the tea itself:
The royal tea is priced at £28.50 per person and will feature a floral feast including renowned loaves from Pearl & Groove, flavoured with ‘Elderflower, lemon and gin‘ or ‘Pistachio and rose’, inspired by the flavours announced thus far that will feature at Harry and Meghan’s wedding. Our in house expert pastry chef has also prepared a positively perfect British selection of savoury and sweet treats, including cheddar and marmite sandwiches all the way to lemon and poppy seed cupcakes.
Visiting the V&A and sushi at Tombo
One of my favourite spots in London has got to be the beautiful Victoria & Albert Museum. Not only is the facade absolutely incredible, the exhibitions are always worth a visit. They host several fashion-themed exhibitions, and my favourite at the moment has to be Fashioned from Nature.
We used to write several features off the back of exhibition visits back at University and some of my fondest memories are of the ones I visited here! And whilst their cafe is a dream, what I then recommend is… Crossing the road and visiting Tombo! Their poké bowls are awesome, but they also offer sashimi and several other Japanese dishes. Grab a hot matcha latte too.
A park stroll and outdoors’ workout
For the more outdoorsy couple, how about a park stroll followed by a workout in the Great Outdoors? I LOVE spending time in parks and taking in some fresh air: just pop a sports bra and some trainers on, fill your water bottle up and bring your Carly Rowena Get Gorgeous guide along. Working out outdoors just feels incredible and the breeze will do wonders for when you’re feeling extra hot and sweaty.
The Electric Cinema and drinks in Shoreditch
Finally, a more traditional date night idea with a twist. Shun your usual cinema and visit the gorgeous Electric Cinema in Shoreditch, London. It’s small but perfectly formed, seating just 45 on plush velvet armchairs with little tables to pop your drinks. No chairs that fold you up and awkward cup holders to bash your funny bone on. Afterwards, walk hand-in-hand in to Shoreditch and grab a drink or four at your favourite bar. We like Cargo, although Barrio and The Drunken Monkey have also served us well!