Top 5 Date Ideas For Music Lovers in London
So you’ve met a nice girl/boy, you’ve swapped numbers and you want to arrange a date, but where are you going to take them? All the traditional dating ideas like “drinks”, “dinner” or “watching a film” seem so clich?ï¿½d and you want to impress, but if you’re a music lover then you’re in luck. We’ve scoured the city to drum up some dating ideas with a difference.
1. British Music Experience at The O2
This is an absolute must see for anyone who considers themselves a music lover. The exhibition looks at how popular music has influenced Britain’s culture over the last 70 years, but is also invitingly hands on. If you’re a budding musician you’ll love the Gibson Interactive Studio where Blur themselves will teach you how to play the epic Song 2 (alright it’s a video, but still!) And if you’re already sufficiently talented when it comes to making sweet, sweet music, why not challenge your date to jam?
2. 100 Club
If you fancy something a little more central, head to the 100 Club on Oxford Street. This historic music venue will celebrate its 69th birthday this year, having been everything from a 40’s swing club to host of the very first International Punk Festival. With decor unchanged since the 70’s, we’re not saying it’s going to be glam, but as a music lover in London it’s a rite of passage that everyone should experience at least once.
3. Musical Bingo
Held in cool new Shoreditch venue, Concrete, music bingo is definitely not for grannies. Forget numbers – they do things differently in E2. Your bingo card holds a list of songs, which you have to identify from the tracks played by the DJ. Once you have a full house, get onto the dance floor to claim your prize. This is not just a great date for music lovers, but foodies too. Kill two birds with one stone by popping in to Concrete’s upstairs neighbour, Pizza East. They serve delicious pizzas at reasonable prices, but make sure you choose one with a tomato sauce or you’ll be disappointed.
4. Royal Albert Hall
If you’re a music lover – but not the beer swilling, head banging type – then consider something a little more sophisticated and head down to the Royal Albert Hall for a proper concert. If you happen to visit over the summer months you may even be lucky enough to catch the BBC Proms. If you want something a little lighter, check out their free lunchtime jazz concerts for a bite-sized date.
5. Karaoke with a twist
Oh no, I hear you say, oh no, no, no, no, no, no. I am not going to do karaoke in front of my date who I want to impress; this is not a date for a music lover. Well actually, it just might be. KaraUke is karaoke with a twist. Rather than wailing Total Eclipse of The Heart along to a slightly out of tune backing track, at KaraUke you’ll be played in by your very own ukulele band, instantly transforming karaoke from Harakiri to something far more enjoyable, fun even. Who knows, if it goes well you may even end the night with a duet.