Looking for day date inspiration in London? This month we are journeying to Richmond, the only borough to spread it’s wings both north and south of the river. It’s filled with more than just posh pubs and rich kids. Richmond boasts London’s biggest Royal Park which is three time’s bigger than New York Central Park. Don’t fear NY, the straight girls say size isn’t everything. Richmond is also home to the oldest surviving Thames Bridge which was built way back in 1777. We’ve done some research to provide you with some date inspo which may tick all the right boxes. Or it will just be might be really shit.
Fear not, open water in the UK is apparently the warmest in October, so why not make the most of this fact and get wet on a water based date. Prices start at £47 for Paddle Boarding Lessons or £57 for Kayaking. You can opt for sunrise or sunset slots, so whether you’re an early bird or night owl there’s a time to suit. Unless you and your girl are opposites, then someones gonna have to compromise. Don’t blame us for any relationship breakdowns due to lack of compromise, but hey, we do know of some awesome lesbian night’s out if it does go that way.
What can £5 get you? A shit meal deal and tissues to dry your eyes when you realise you’ve just wasted your hard earned cash on nothing but unsatisfying bread and a weak snack? Not here, a fiver will get you access to 505 games (yes, five hundred and five) as well as an adult ball pit. What more could you want with £5? Kiss goodbye to the meal deal tears. Although, you do need to book in advance to avoid disappointment, you don’t want to promise your date the sweet smell of a scrabble box to be turned away for being nothing but an unorganised . Get booking.
Richmond Theatre opened in 1899 and has been jam packed with talent ever since, including Charlie Chaplin, Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet. Plus they grow veg on the roof. So London. October is home to some great lookin’ shows including Stand Up for SeeAbility, hosted by Jo Brand and including comedians Sally Phillips, Sean Walsh and a shit load of others. Tickets cost from £25.65 inc the booking fee. What even is a booking fee?
4- Richmond Park | TW10
Wrap up with some extra layers and pop on your ultimate lesbian beanie to explore the sites of Richmond Park. Endless pathways meets endless Insta opportunities and actually an even more endless supply of Deer. There are approx. 630 Red and Fallow Deer which is a similar population to the small town of Ballyknocken in Ireland.
5- Kew Gardens
We’ve all heard of Kew, but who’s actually been in? The time is now. Adult tickets are £15.50 and gates are open between 10am and 5:50pm in October. Find out about plants, pollination and the final P… paintings. Yes, there is a gallery dedicated to all things bushy by the Victorian artist Marianne North. Discover the treetop walkway, if you’ve not got a fear of hights followed by a dip into the Princess of Wales Conservatory, which was opened by the late Princess Dai in 1987.
By tube Kew Gardens station (500m to Victoria Gate)
By train Kew Bridge station (800m to Elizabeth Gate)
By bus 65 stops at Victoria and Lion Gate
By bike racks are available at all gates
6- The National Archive
We all like to be nosey right? Delve into around 1000 years of history and get knee deep in upping your pub quiz knowledge. Plus it’s free. They archive all sorts of records, including alien arrivals, famous wills, maps, first world war medal index cards.
Tuesday: 09:00 – 19:00
Wednesday: 09:00 – 17:00
Thursday: 09:00 – 19:00
Friday: 09:00 – 17:00
Saturday: 09:00 – 17:00
7. The Orange Tree Theatre
The Orange Tree has been around since the 1970’s and has a passion for all things Theatre. Between 2014- 2016 it won 11 major awards and had 12,539 new visitors. Under 30 years old? Get yourself discounted tickets between Monday and Thursday. Over 30 years old? You’re old enough to pay full price. Tickets vary between £15 for previews to £25 for peak times.
PS Don’t forget to check out our post on London’s top theatres.