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First and second date ideas

by richard 24. February 2014 20:33

The team here at Tallsingles.co.uk can feel that love in most definitely in the air. So we thought we would put together a list of ideas for your first and second dates


First date

We think this should be kept short, since it’s the first time you have met face to face and let’s be honest the spark just might not be there, so here are a few suggestions:

  • Meet at a Coffeehouse – coffeehouses such as Costa, Starbucks and Nero are idea places to meet for a first date.  You could meet one lunchtime if you work close to one another, or if you’re not so close on a lazy Sunday afternoon.  Also consider trying coffee areas in large department stores, for example the John Lewis in Sloane Square, London has a fantastic coffeehouse on the top floor.
  • Go for brunch – Why not suggest brunch instead of dinner? A weekend brunch has a much more casual, easy going vibe, means you've still got the rest of the day ahead of you afterwards, and can go on for as long as you want it to, depending on how much chemistry it turns out you have together.
  • Go for a drink after work or on a Sunday afternoon – meet for a drink after work or on a Sunday afternoon.  Make sure the bar is not too busy, but has some atmosphere.  It might be good to go somewhere that you have been to before, rather than hoping that it is just like the pictures show it on the internet.  Try and make sure you both know it’s only a drink, too see if there is some spark.. you don’t really want to make it dinner as well on the first date, unless of course it is going exceptionally well.  Also your both going to be tall, so definitely avoid somewhere with low ceilings!
  • Play ping pong, table football or American pool – Having a distraction takes the pressure away from one on one conversation, so you will find it much easier to relax straight away.  The date might also be impressed that you have suggested a good alternative to a regular drink in a bar/pub, so go on give it a go, you have nothing to lose! The team at tallsingles.co.uk love giving a helping hand, so here are our favourite venues in London that offer this:

Ping pong at bounce

Table football at bar kick

American pool at the hurricane rooms

Second date

So once you know there might be something there you can move on to a second date.  Here is Tallsingles.co.uk idea’s for a second date:

  • Dinner – make sure you know the restaurant, you want somewhere that is fairly busy but not too noisy.  Somewhere intimate would be good so you are not bothered by other people in the restaurant.  Also your both going to be tall, so definitely avoid somewhere with low ceilings!
  • Drink then cinema – This is another common second date idea.  Have a drink in a cosy intimate bar and then go on to the cinema, you get time to chat in the bar beforehand and after the film you can catch up on what you thought about it.  Be careful on the choice of film!
  • Common interest – If you both have a common interest why not try and spend some time learning how to improve or add to existing skills.  For example if you’re both into cooking, Jamie Oliver does some great cooking courses which would be ideal as a second date e.g Jamie Oliver Recipease.  Or if you’re both into cocktails why not try a cocktail making experience.
  • Go Bowling – Bowling is great fun and a good laugh, the two of you can have a beer or share some fries while engaging in a friendly competition (do not show a real competitive side!).  A hearty amount of guaranteed background noise to your date means there's less pressure for either of you to have to think of a couple of hours’ worth of non-stop interesting things to say, like a candle-lit dinner would.  It’s a low-stress environment, so your date will feel relaxed and comfortable, which is important.  If she’s comfortable, she’ll have more fun, and if she’s having fun, you’ll get a third date e.g. All Star Lanes.
  • Go for a walk - Exploring the great outdoors and getting some physical activity is a terrific second date idea, though it's not for everyone. Find out how outdoors-y your date is, and find a route accordingly, whether they're super-active and up for a hike, or would prefer a casual summer stroll through picturesque fields. If you don't know their fitness level, keep on the side of caution and choose a route that's not too strenuous. The great thing about this date is that it’s perfect conversation opportunity, giving you quiet, private space to get to know each other.  And thankfully costs nothing, avoiding any bill-splitting debates.  Check the weather forecast first (you don't want to make your date trudge through the rain) and make sure they know what you have planned for this one, to avoid any potentially ultra-embarrassing outfit problems -- high heels and even the calmest of fields just don't mix.
  • Play tourist – the UK has some great attractions, why not visit them and enjoy going to somewhere you have never been to before.  London is awash with great places to visit, the natural history museum, the London aquarium, the London eye etc.  So go on try something new together.
  • Stand-up comedy – The tried-and-tested ultimate key to your date's heart is not an expensive meal, or a bunch of flowers upon arrival. It’s all about making them laugh.  Laughing together is the absolute best thing can happen on a date -- so make that task infinitely easier by taking your date to see some live comedy.  We're not talking big arena shows here, either.  Every town has indie stand up nights every week, be it at a comedy club or in a pub.  Enjoy some drinks at the same time and get ready for a date about as fun as they come.
  • Play ping pong, table football or American pool – Same applies to the first date suggestion above.

If you have any other suggestions it would be great to include them so others can benefit.  Email the team at enquiry@tallsingles.co.uk and we will be happy to post them.

Thanks and here's to successful dating from the Tallsingles team!

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