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According to our research, a whopping 70% of Londoners value good conversation during their first dates, while just under half aim to have a fun time. Delving deeper, our study explored various dating activities and people’s attitudes towards them and found that a traditional meal at a restaurant remains the top choice for over 60% of Londoners. However, a significant portion of Londoners (41%) yearns for more adventurous experiences, such as pasta/pizza making, ice cream tasting (36%), and cooking courses (33%).

Activity-based dates have numerous benefits, including breaking down barriers and fostering natural conversations, as reported by over half (58%) of Londoners. Furthermore, 89% of respondents stated that they are more likely to continue dating someone who plans a more adventurous date or meetup, as it helps alleviate those first-date jitters.

In response to this, we have launched Date Differently, a series of unique dating experiences throughout July and August. We have teamed up with various venues at The Yards, with each experience promising excitement and novelty. 

Pampering Date at Townhouse:

Indulge in the ultimate dating pamper session at Townhouse, a luxurious nail salon. Enjoy couple’s manicures and pedicures while sipping on complimentary Mirabeau tinned rosé. It’s a blend of luxury and relaxation that guarantees a memorable time. To reserve your space, simply book on the Townhouse website and mention Date Differently upon arrival. 


Dance Your Way to Connection at Pineapple Dance Studio:

Ignite sparks and break the ice with a dancing class date at Pineapple Dance Studio. Whether it’s salsa, ballroom, or the sultry moves of tango, choose from a variety of dance styles perfect for beginners. Dance classes start at £10, so put on your dancing shoes. To book, head to the Pineapple Dance Studio website.

Pancake Challenge at Bill’s:

For those who enjoy a little friendly competition, Bill’s presents a pancake challenge. See who can devour the most fluffy American-style pancakes in 90 minutes. Customise your stack with delectable toppings and relish the all-you-can-eat pancake feast. Add bottomless hot drinks for £3.50 or opt for bottomless prosecco for £18.50. To make a reservation, head to the website select Bill’s bottomless pancakes and let the eating games begin!

So, why settle for the ordinary when you can Date Differently at The Yards? Embark on a new era of exciting first dates that leave lasting impressions and pave the way for meaningful connections.

Dates for your diary

As well as the fabulous shopping and unique restaurants at The Yards, there are regular exciting events and promotions. Watch this space to find out what’s happening at The Yards.

The Yards

An Urban Oasis

The Yards is a shopping and dining destination in the heart of Covent Garden. An urban oasis offering an array of unique fashion, beauty and lifestyle shops, and a selection of restaurants.


Discover a unique mix of fashion, beauty, home and lifestyle shops, in the heart of Covent Garden.



Unwind after a day's shopping at one of the restaurants at The Yards. From modern kebabs to Italian classics, you'll find something to tantalise your tastebuds.



The Yards is much more than just a shopping and dining destination.