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Money can’t buy you love: ten cheap date ideas

Posted at 3:30 pm, May 16, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
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Dating can get pretty expensive and with payday just around the corner, if you’re anything like us as the month goes on, your wallet might need a bit of a breather. So Lovestruck.com has come up with ten ideas for pre-payday dates, without scrimping on the fun.

Watch a lunchtime recital at St James’s in Piccadilly
‘If you like classical music there are many venues in London that put on inexpensive lunchtime concerts to enjoy. The church of St James’s in Piccadilly holds 50-minute concerts every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1.10pm and they only ask for a suggested donation of £3.50. Forthcoming events include performances of the work of Debussy, Chopin and Tchaikovsky.’ St James’s Church, 197 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LL.

Cost: £3.50

Visit Mudchute City Farm

‘Located in the middle of the Isle of Dogs, Mudchute City Farm is one of the largest inner city farms in Europe and has over 100 furry farm animals to coo at, from cows and pigs to llamas and alpacas. Admission is free, so you can pretend you’re in the countryside and save your pennies for a coffee at the on-site café, Mudchute Kitchen.’ Mudchute City Farm, Pier Street E14 3HP. Mudchute DLR.

Cost: FREE

Mudchute City Farm © Diamond Geezer

Go bowling at London Palace Superbowl

‘This might not be All Star Lanes but London Palace Superbowl is super wallet-friendly, with off-peak games for adults starting at just £4.90. Probably not a first date place if you want to impress someone, but it’s authentic, fun and kitsch – and you can walk in and bowl until your heart’s content. Or pop in to play a game of bingo next door.’ Palace Superbowl, First Floor, Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre, SE1 6TE. Elephant & Castle Underground.

Cost: £4.90

Walk through Columbia Flower Market

‘This flower market is a real spectacle, with bucketfuls of beautiful blooms, freshly cut flowers, herbs and plants on display every Sunday, come rain or shine. The market starts to wind down at 2pm, so drag yourself out of bed as early as possible for the best display or head down later to bag some bargains.’ Columbia Road Flower Market, Columbia Rd, E2 7RG. Hoxton Overground.

Cost: FREE (as long as you’re happy just browsing!)

© Kyle Taylor

Go on a London Ghost Walk Tour

‘Heart-pumping experiences have been proven to bring you closer to someone, so book a ticket for a London Ghost Walk Tour for a fab date experience. Taking place of Fridays and Saturdays, costing just £9 and setting off from near St Paul’s Underground station, your guide will take you on the seriously spooky tour of hidden alleyways, ghoulish graveyards and secret streets.’ Meet outside Lord Raglan pub, 61 St Martin’s Le-Grand, EC1A 4ER. St Paul’s Underground.

Cost: £9

Visit the Science Museum

‘The Science Museum is one of the many free London museums and galleries, aside from special exhibitions. For a top date, we recommend the interactive gallery Launchpad, where you can play with the 50 exhibits, enjoy some hands-on demos and generally behave like an eight-year-old again.’ Science Museum, Exhibition Rd, SW7 2DD. South Kensington Underground.

Cost: FREE

Science Museum

Get TV show audience tickets

‘Fancy watching your fave TV show live in the studio? Applause Store lets you apply for audience studio tickets like ITV2’s ‘Celebrity Juice’, filmed at Riverside Studios in Hammersmith, or BBC’s ‘QI’, filmed at The London Studios near the South Bank – all for free. Whoop!’

Cost: FREE

Browse Portobello Road Antiques market

‘The market on Portobello Road sells various things but the main attraction is the antiques section, which has hundreds of markets stalls, arcades and shops. Saturday is the busiest trading day, so embrace your inner David Dickinson and see if you can unearth something special. Then perch in a café and people watch.’ Portobello Road Antiques Market, Portobello Rd, W10 5TA. Ladbroke Grove Underground.

Cost: FREE

Portobello Road Market © Paul Hudson

Get cinema tickets for preview screenings

‘Sign up to one of the free preview screening sites to get free tickets to the latest blockbusters, often before they are released. Sites include Show Film First and Disney Screenings and they will send you a code, which you enter into the site to see if your local cinema is participating.’

Cost: FREE

Attend Friday Night Skate

‘The London Friday Night Skate meets every Friday near Hyde Park Corner and is a marshalled 10-15 mile street skate, with music, taking in different routes every week. The rollerbladers move pretty fast, so probably not one for novices. Beginners should head to the Sunday Stroll, a similar six-eight mile event, aimed at those who might need their kneepads and a date’s hand to cling to.’ Meet Apsley Way, W1J 7NS. Hyde Park Corner Underground.

Cost: FREE

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