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Somerset House, The Strand, London, WC2R 1LA Contemporary Key London Art Tour For art lovers, galleries are always popular but why not impress your painterly date with a unique tour of not just a gallery but artist's and curator's studios as well.

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And finish up in the magnificent glass roofed restaurant in the centre of the building. Hertford House, Manchester Square, London, W1U 3BN any more great London first date ideas? There's something slightly illicit about being crammed in among strangers without really being able to see anyone too well. Give it a go for a date and then try and tell me it shouldn't be on this list.47 Villiers Street, London, WC2N 6NE Physic Garden Ditch the ridiculously overpriced roses someone sold you in a pub and instead head to the Chelsea Physic Garden.With its barrel vaulted ceiling and art deco décor The Phoenix Cinema must not be missed.It's one of the oldest purpose built cinemas in the UK - The ceiling dates back to 1910 - and all profits are used to maintain its historic interior.There is something quite breath taking about rising slowly above the Houses of Parliament on the opposite bank and watching Europe's largest city and its surrounds unfurl majestically before your eyes.

And the South Bank is jam-packed with food and entertainment so no reason to head home early.

Most of the country is accessible from this point via Britain's extensive canal network - our first motorway system - and you can take a breather in one of the many quirky pubs in the area while planning a slow, meandering water based escape from the big smoke together.

The London Eye London doesn't quite have the same romantic allure as cities such as Paris or Venice - There's something to be said for surrender after all - but for thirty minutes you and your potential paramour will be spellbound by the 25 mile round view of the capital.

Groups are limited to 15 people so plenty of space to impress your date - or submit your ignorance for analysis - and the focus is on young, contemporary artists. And most importantly, all tours begin in a café and end in a bar. Greenwich So it's a little touristy but there's still nothing like taking a boat along the Thames to historic Greenwich, with many operators offering significant concessions when using an oyster card.

The cruise is often accompanied by a free (donation) historic talk by a Freeman of the River.

Originally established in 1673 as an apothecarys garden, it holds over 5000 plants displayed amongst a dazzling array of greenhouses, pathways and small plots.