5 Unique Eco-friendly Date Ideas for Sustainable Couples in London - Broke in London

5 Unique Eco-friendly Date Ideas for Sustainable Couples in London

Post by Niamh O’Reilly

Environmental awareness isn’t just a trend, it’s a movement that is changing the health of our planet for the better. Influencers and environmental activists such as David Attenborough and Greta Thunberg are the driving forces behind positive environmental action and are inspiring generations young and old to make eco-conscious changes, big and small, in their daily lives to help save this beautiful planet we call home.

If you are passionate about sustainability and you want to be mindful of the planet in everything you do, one thing you might be wondering is whether there are any eco-friendly date ideas you can enjoy with your significant other. If so, you have come to the right place.

In this article, we will be sharing 5 unique eco-friendly date ideas for sustainable couples in London. We hope our list provides you with some inspiration!

1. Enjoy an Organic Picnic in the Park

You probably know from experience that a sustainable lifestyle often requires that you plan ahead. No more plastic bottled water or shop-bought sandwiches for you. You’re all about homemade lunches, refillable water bottles, and plastic-free packaging. That’s why a great eco-friendly date idea is to enjoy an organic picnic in the park.

London has so many beautiful parks to choose from that you are spoilt for choice. Enjoy a relaxing stroll through Hyde Park, admire the flowers in Kensington Gardens, or take in the views of Buckingham Palace from St James’s Park, one of the most beautiful parks in London. With such incredible views and a picnic in hand, there is no better way to enjoy a sunny day in London with your partner.

Enjoy fruits and cheeses, crackers and sourdough, and maybe even a glass of wine (or two) and you’ve got yourself an enjoyable, planet-friendly date.

Hyde Park

Hyde Park – Photo by Markus Freise on Unsplash

2. Go on a Treasure Hunt

Whether you live in London or you enjoy spending your weekends there, the city always has more to offer. If you’re keen to explore the sights and discover new places you’ve never been to before, a London treasure hunt with The Secret City could be the perfect solution.

London treasure hunts are a fun way to explore the city as a couple with sustainability in mind. Discover new places, and see the UK’s capital in a brand new light. All you need to take part in a London treasure hunt adventure is your phone and your date.

Select London city, head to the required start point, text START and you will receive your very first set of cryptic instructions. It’s the perfect date activity that will get you both thinking, encourage you to explore the city, and uncover some great independent pubs and cafes to enjoy along the way!

3. Enjoy a Drink at a Plastic-free Pub

Did you know there are eco-friendly pubs and restaurants in London? Often, if you’re passionate about sustainability you can feel guilty about going to the pub and being handed a plastic straw alongside your drink. When you care about the environment, even the little changes make a big difference.

So, you’ll be happy to know you can now enjoy a drink in one of London’s many plastic-free pubs. Many pubs in the city are now committing to more eco-friendly, sustainable options to help meet the demands of their customers.

There are so many great places to choose from but our top recommendation would be Quaglino’s. Not only is this excellent restaurant plastic-free, but they are consciously low-waste and they source all their ingredients responsibly wherever they can. So, whether you want to enjoy a cocktail or an evening meal, you can enjoy a guilt-free date at Quaglino’s.

Quaglino Gallery

Quaglino Gallery (www.quaglinos-restaurant.co.uk)

3. Visit a Museum or Art Exhibition

One of the many great things about London is that there is always so much to see and do. And, as the cherry on top, plenty of these things are eco-friendly and free! In fact, you can visit some of the best museums in London, see some of the most impressive art exhibitions, and even attend open-air theatre performances completely for free. It’s ridiculous how much you can do without having to spend a penny.

If you and your partner share a particular interest – say science or locomotives or modern art – an exhibition or museum trip would be the perfect way to enjoy a sustainable date.

You can head to your chosen location together, on foot or by renting a city bike, and spend a few hours taking in all the artwork, photographs, and facts. Afterwards, you could head for a picnic or to a plastic-free pub to discuss your thoughts over a meal.

Santander bikes

London City bikes – Photo by John Jackson on Unsplash

4. Take a Trip to Borough Market

Borough Market is one of the oldest and most iconic markets in London. Having operated in some form for over 1,000 years, Borough Market is a paradise for bargain hunters and food lovers. You can find everything from sweet treats and sourdough bread to street foods and quality meats. The market is open Monday to Saturday and you can spend hours wandering around the different stalls, tasting the foods on offer, and visiting the outdoor dining spaces.

Borough Market

Borough Market – Photo by Laura Lugaresi on Unsplash

Taking a trip to Borough Market is the perfect way to enjoy an eco-friendly date. You can walk there and explore the market on foot. Borough market is the perfect place to purchase ingredients for your date night dinner as the stall owners are passionate about high-quality food, what it tastes like and where it comes from. So, you know you’re getting quality food that is mindful of your health and the health of the planet.

Final Words

So, there you have it; 5 unique and eco-friendly date ideas for sustainable couples in London. We hope this list has provided you with some inspiration for great date ideas in the city. If you want to enjoy dating while still being mindful of the planet, London offers a whole host of things to see and do!