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Dating Ideas: Quirky Dating in London


London has some of the best restaurants, bars and theatres in the world, but it also has some quirkier treasures to help keep dating a fresh experience. Here are some of the places you can take your date in the capital for a slightly more unexpected outing, including tiny houses, surgical exhibits and a famous toy shop.

Smallest homes in London

If you and your dating partner really hit it off, perhaps one day you’ll be buying a house together. Time to start saving so you can afford one a bit bigger than these!

Head to West London and Goldhawk Road in Shepherd’s Bush and you’ll come across a two bedroom house, previously owned by photographer Juergen Teller and appropriately slim for the fashion models he photographed there. Despite being 3m at its widest point, this house recently went on the market for £595,000.

Meanwhile, at a tiny three feet wide at its smallest, 10 Hyde Park Place at Marble Arch is the smallest house in London. It was built in 1805, bombed in 1941 and only ever had one tenant, Mr Lewis Grant Wallace. The building is now occupied by nuns as part of Tyburn Convent, a building worth visiting in itself for its spooky atmosphere and bizarre collection of relics.

Ideal if: the person you are dating is an architecture buff

Don’t even think about it if: your dating partner is vicariously claustrophobic

The Hunterian Museum

The Hunterian Museum at Holborn (also known as The Royal College of Surgeons of England) is filled with medical curiosities and body parts from the last four hundred years, as well as anatomical sketches, surgical and dental instruments. This gruesome but captivating attraction will make for an unusual dating experience, not for the faint-hearted.

The original collection of exhibits was purchased from Jon Hunter by the government in 1799, forming the basis of the museum, which opened in 1813. It is one of the largest collections of its kind and contains nearly 65,000 specimens. Probably better not to attempt this attraction immediately after lunch.

Ideal if: the person you are dating is curious about medicine

Don’t even think about it if: your dating partner is squeamish

Hamley’s Toy Store

Perhaps the most iconic toy shop in the world, Hamley’s on Regent Street is a major tourist attraction with about five million visitors every year. The name comes from William Hamley, who founded the Noah’s Ark toy shop at High Holborn in 1760. A Regent Street branch opened in 1881 and the Holborn branch burned down 1901. At one point, the current premises was the largest toy shop in the world.

If you’re considering taking your dating partner here, aim for a time when kids are in school and don’t even attempt a visit in the run up to Christmas, or your dating partner might simply be lost forever in the seasonal stampede.

Ideal if: the person you are dating wants to channel their inner child

Don’t even think about it if: your dating partner can’t stand children

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