Lockdown date night ideas and inspiration
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Don't let the pandemic put a damper on romance. From cocktail making to spa bliss, here's how to keep the spark lit while stuck indoors
Remember back when 'date night' was a term to help differentiate a regular weeknight from a romantic one? Well, thanks to COVID-19, the days are blending into one another now more than ever. If you're coupled up and lucky enough to be living together throughout the lockdown, there's no excuse not to make the most of it.
If you're in need of inventive isolation date night ideas, there are tonnes of suitable indoor activities and plenty of food and booze options just waiting to be delivered. We've also compiled a lockdown gift buying guide to help with date night gift gifting. Here are some ideas for the best lockdown date night you'll ever have.
Fix up, look sharp!
For those looking for a successful working from home routine, it's advised that you get up promptly, dress well and get online in time to ensure a healthy working environment. Apply this mentality to your lockdown date night! Put on an outfit that makes you feel good. You might have slacked on the hair washing lately, but it's time to put the effort in. Treat yourself to some new shampoo, slap on some cologne or perfume, or don your best bowtie. Whatever it takes to get you in the mood for date night.
What can I get you to drink?
Remember beer gardens? Well forget about them, this is lockdown! It's time to bring the bar to you… literally, if you fancy a PINT365 beer pump. Or if not, then how about a case of craft beers, with £10 off from Beer52? We've created a huge list of places you can buy alcohol from during lockdown.
If date night warrants more than a pint or two, then making cocktails or mocktails can be a rewarding process with a tasty finish. The Whisky Exchange has numerous easy-to-follow, and not to mention delicious-looking cocktail recipes, featuring some of the best loved gins, vodkas, tequilas and more.
Virtual drink tasting sessions
Combine the joy of mixing drinks together with a guided tasting session, as wine, gin and cocktail tasting sessions remain readily available online throughout the COVID-19 outbreak. How do they work you ask? Typically you'll be sent a tasting pack to your home address with the alcohol in question and a number of resources ahead of time. You'll then join a live online tasting session where you'll meet and learn about your tipple from the experts.
Eden Mill offer virtual gin tastings for £50, with cocktail masterclasses also available. If you've always wanted to learn about wine, classes through Wine Events Scotland are available from £78. For a date night freebie, tune into Porter's Gin's weekly Instagram cocktail class at 3pm on Wednesdays.
Table for two, please
What's better than a meal out for two? Well, perhaps eating something new that has been lovingly cooked by or with your date. Lockdown means no Nando's and no swanky small plates. Escape the routine of cooking the same old thing and push the boat out for date night. You can support local businesses in your area by ordering a takeaway, or order in a recipe box and cook something adventurous yet easy. For a variety of dishes, try a delivery from HelloFresh (take 35% off your first four boxes) Mindful Chef, Gousto, or FeastBox, who've packaged up everything you need to make good, ambitious dishes easily at home
Attend a virtual gig
Virtual gigs are popping up left, right and centre. The chances of one of your favourite artists putting on a live show are fairly high right now. Keep up to date with virtual gigs on The List, GigsGuide and of course your favourite musician's Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.
If it's comedy you're after, then The Stand Comedy Club are streaming live comedy shows some Saturdays throughout lockdown with new acts up to the bat every show. The next show is set for Sat 2 May at 8pm. This is just one of many comedy events that are now available online.
Take an online class
There's plenty, plenty of time to try something new in lockdown land, so why not do it together? Much like gigs, there's a wide variety of courses and classes now available online. Together you can enjoy an online painting party, an online life drawing class hosted by All The Young Nudes, take Delia's free online cooking course, or even Wagamama's Wok From Home cooking classes. There are also plenty of online fitness courses and YouTube videos including yoga for couples and HIIT partner workouts, among others.
Bring the theatre to you
Break away from binge-worthy shows like The Tiger King and tune into a live, or previously recorded show. There are numerous theatre, dance and opera productions available online to choose from.
Play a board game perfect for two
Date night = game night. Sure you could play Scrabble, a strategy game or whatever else is lying around. You could also try a new and exciting game for two, like Fog of Love, which claims that 'you'll feel like you're in a romantic comedy', or Quick and Dirty which, you guessed, it is a fast paced and hilariously rude game. Exploding Kittens has been hailed the 'kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette' and is also perfect for couples. There is even a game called Monogamy which allows you to have 'a hot affair… with your partner'. How's that for date night?
Take a virtual tour
Nobody is travelling anytime soon, but you can easily explore the treasures of the world and take virtual tours of museums and galleries like the Louvre in Paris or London's Natural History Museum, or tour the ultimate romantic site, the Taj Mahal, with the help of Google.
Spa night for two
Swap your favourite WFH comfies for Egyptian cotton dressing gowns, grab the cocktails you made earlier and get ready to have a spa break in your flat. Relaxing and refreshing your mind, body and soul together is an excellent way to stay sane during the lockdown and – for the most part – a simple night activity to partake in.
An organic spa kit is a pretty good start and contains all the essentials you'll need. Or, if you're looking to work your way from top to toe, why not start with a radiance enhancing facial peel, or learn to give each other facials through YouTube tutorials? Face masks are a rite of passage for any successful pampering night. There are plenty of hilarious character sheet masks for Star Wars and Disney fans, but for a more effective treatment, why not dive into the Korean beauty product trend, with masks like Seoulista's Beauty Gold Glow Instant Facial or Blithe Blue Zone's Marine Cucumber Intensive Mask. Care for each other's cuticles with a beech wood nail brush, and finish it off with some deeply nourishing body butter.
How comfortable are you with the apple of your eye? Is a karaoke date night too much to ask? Try Lucky Voice for 14-days free, and use your phone, tablet or laptop to get the party started. Lucky Voice supplies all the high-quality audio and lyrics you need to flex those pipes. It's guaranteed to be fun!
Let's face it, your date is staying the night whether you like it or not. Now, you could kick back and watch Amazon Prime or Netflix, or you could skip straight to the 'chill'. Date night deserves something a little different and that's where the UK's most popular online adult store could help with that. Lovehoney has an extensive range of adult toys, lingerie and more waiting to be shipped discreetly to you. Enjoy 10% off your first order and finish your lockdown date on a high. Not sure where to begin? Browse over 264,000 reviews on the company's products — customers are very vocal about what's hot and what's not.
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