5 London date night ideas for music-obsessed couples
Ever skipped over someone on a dating site because of their bad taste in music, had an artist ruined for you because their songs remind you of an ex, or fallen in love after discovering a shared appreciation for Dixieland jazz or early Detroit techno? Then you’re in the right place. Once two music fans meet, getting to know one another through music is the obvious next step. But if your date night ideas are limited to concerts and YouTube binge sessions, then read on because this post’s for you.
1. Shop for records together
Is there any better indicator of compatibility than searching through crates of dusty LPs, watching to see what catches your date’s eye? While playfully teasing your partner about their guilty music pleasures is perfectly acceptable, just make sure not to fight over the same rare Prince single each of you claim to have spotted first. Planning a couple’s shopping trip in London? Honest Jon’s record store on Portobello Road and Phonica in Soho are the best places to start.
2. Go on a music pilgrimage
From Tin Pan Alley where the Stones recorded their first album, to the sight of Oasis’ (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? album shoot, there’s no better city than London for the ultimate music tour. Whether you want to follow in the Beatles’ legendary footsteps at Abbey Road or catch a show at the historic 100 Club, this date night idea is all about basking in your mutual music geekiness. And the best place to end your tour? The Vault at London’s original Hard Rock Cafe. This treasure trove of music memorabilia is home to the bass guitar Sting played in the video for ‘After the Rain Has Fallen’ as well as Madonna’s famous bustier from her 1990 Blonde Ambition tour.
3. Chill out to live music
London is jam-packed with music clubs and gig venues where you can enjoy a drink and cosy up to moody live jazz or rockin’ bluesy tunes. Hit up Ronnie Scott’s, one of the world’s oldest jazz bars, or the Spice of Life, which hosts open mics every Monday and has seen performances from Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens and Jamie Cullum. Like to win some extra brownie points with your special someone? Buy them a surprise ticket to a concert they’ve been eyeing – it’s sure to put a huge smile on their face as well as guarantee you a great night out.
4. Hold a DIY concert for two
Is your partner the Sandra Dee to your Danny Zuko? A couple’s karaoke night is a great way to find out. After all, you can tell a lot about a person by his or her choice of tune. And remember, karaoke is an unabashed cheese-fest, so if you hear R. Kelly’s ‘Ignition (Remix)’ or Aladdin’s ‘A Whole New World’ you might just have found yourself a soulmate.
5. Sleep like music royalty
Want to give your date the rock star treatment? Book a night at the Jimi Hendrix Suite at the Cumberland. From the psychedelic wall murals to the ‘Flying V’ guitar customised to replicate the one Hendrix decorated himself, this suite will transport you back to the swinging sixties. Or, if you’re looking to spoil your partner with the ultimate VIP experience, check into the Musician’s Penthouse at the Corinthia. It boats a Steinway Model O piano, state-of-the-art record deck and a rock-god worthy two metre-wide bed with blue silk bedcovers.
This is a guest post by Jacinta Butterworth - a content marketer at #tagvenue, the London venue experts shaking up the way people discover and book spaces for their events. Her guilty music pleasure is t.A.T.u.’s ‘All the Things She Said’.