Summer Dating by Design

21 Jun

Do you need a little inspiration and imagination in your dating life? Look no further, here are some of our summery and decidedly romantic ideas on both sides of the pond. An interesting date makes for great conversation and shared experiences.


Outdoor Cinema is romance under the stars and so much more romantic than stepping into a multiplex. Tickets sell out fast so get onto The Luna Cinema for classic cinematic inspiration. Get a slightly Royal feel in your bones as you amble on horseback through Hyde Park, perfect for the novice as no cantering or galloping involved. Have brunch at the Lido and be joined by a gaggle of geese, swans and ducks, it’s wonderful. Bring out the Bond in you as you zoom up the Thames to the 007 theme music. Ladies, hair tied back and firmly under a scarf or baseball cap. Your adventure leaves to and from the Embankment, so it’s perfect to combine with the Jazz Brunch at the wonderful Corinthia hotel across the road.  See the wonderful Tony and Emmy Award winning Stockard Channing; who played Rizzo in Grease, in Apologia at the Trafalgar Studios and then walk around the corner to the Vista Bar for a cocktail with a Mary Poppins view of Trafalgar Square. Splash out on a quintessential British evening with a dinner event at Berry Brothers in St James, where you can easily meander around the corner afterwards for the perfect martini in Dukes Bar where Bond’s shaken not stirred was invented.

New York

There’s nothing more beautiful than seeing Manhattan from the water aboard your own private sailboat. Don’t worry, you don’t have to drive, just kick back and relax, champagne in hand gazing at the view with the one you love. Do what you can to have Bing Crosby’s “True Love” from High Society play at some point, it will make her swoon. When it’s hot in the city, the delicious way to cool down is the perfect gelato. Ever wanted to make your own? Take your date to the Mia Academy and whip up your own concoctions with expert tuition its lots of fun. It’s even hotter on the dance floor when you know how to make salsa shapes. Grab your partner and shimmy down to Gonzalez y Gonzalez where you can get private tuition before joining seasoned and novice salsa dancers for a sensational time on the dance floor. Margaritas and Sangria will keep you hydrated and your hips swaying, and when you want to escape, have a booking at the Mercer Kitchen just down the street for magic Soho cuisine.  The Conservatory Garden is one of those rarely visited spots in Central Park and perfect 30 minutes before closing time. It’s an easy stroll to the gorgeous townhouse Italian restaurant Sistina on 81st between Madison & 5th. The stylish place exudes elegance and has tables beautifully spaced to allow for private and romantic conversation, a rarity in New York. The pear salad and the Orrecchiette with Lamb will be as winning as your date, reservations essential.


by Rachel Vida MacLynn

Founder & CEO

Rachel Vida MacLynn is reputed as being a world-leading matchmaking and dating expert. Registered as a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, Rachel advocates a professional matchmaking approach based on psychological principles and professional consultation. Rachel also sits on the Board of Advisors for the Matchmaking Institute.More by this author

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