The best date ideas for winter

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Here’s our round up of the most dazzling wintery spots to head to for a romantic date night.

London is the place to be during winter. Sparkling lights, hot chocolate pop-ups and quaint markets: where else would you want to be? Whether it’s a first date or a family outing, we’ve got an adventure to suit every type of date night.

Feast on a  afternoon tea

If you ask us, winter is the best time to book an afternoon tea. Not only do you get to enjoy the elegant English tradition, but you can experience a selection of unique flavours that will have you feeling as merry as ever. At TOZI Grand Café, you can indulge in sweet and savoury treats, seasonal sandwiches and a variety of cakes — all with an Italian twist. Delve into some mozzarella and rocket ciabatta before sampling the maritozzi, one of Rome’s most revered pastries. Afterwards, indulge in the caramel and cinnamon mousse or hazelnut praline Christmas yule log (or both). Your  cravings will be sure to be satisfied after this feast. £35 per person.

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TOZI Grand Café

Embark on a winter weekend getaway

Nothing says winter holidays like the beautiful English countryside. Think quaint pubs filled with twinkling decor, roaring log fires, warming roasts with crackling and crisp potatoes and walks along the frosty rural landscape cradling a steaming hot chocolate. What could be more romantic? At The Montagu Arms Hotel, you’ll experience all this and more. Located in the heart of the New Forest, this hotel is the perfect spot to fulfil all your wintery woodland dreams. After your trapse into the outdoors (and possible encounter with a deer or two), you’ll be welcomed back to your spacious room by a freestanding bath and some complimentary home-made gin — the perfect warming pick-me-up after all that fresh air.

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The Montagu Arms

 Wander around the city with a delicious ‘choctail’

A hot chocolate date is the perfect opportunity to walk and talk as you immerse yourself in London’s glowing streets and vibrant decorations. This winter, the world-renowned chocolatier Pierre Marcolini has teamed up with the charming 108 Brasserie at the stylish Marylebone Hotel to create a chocolate extravaganza. With a menu promising to warm your hands and hearts, you’ll find the Maison’s award-winning hot chocolate here, as well as a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to sip on as you stroll through the picturesque streets. From a Diplomatico Rum-hot chocolate to a Bourbon Bliss blended with gingerbread and cinnamon syrup, each drink is a match made in chocolate heaven.

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108 Brasserie

Enjoy a magical wintery escape in Cambridge

Cambridge is an ideal destination for a UK break. Cobbled streets, a famed university and quaint boutique shops- what more could you ask for? This winter, take a trip to The Varsity, a stunning hotel and spa perfectly positioned to boast beautiful city views. During your visit, choose between the hotel’s two excellent eateries, SIX or the River Bar Steakhouse and Grill, to indulge in menus full of seasonal produce and outstanding British cuisine. After you’ve visited the colleges, strolled through the city streets and have explored the wonders of The Department of Magical Gifts, head back to the hotel to enjoy a relaxing treatment in the spa, where the stresses of daily life will be ebbed away.

The Varsity, Cambridge

Book a glamorous  meal

City rooftop destination Wagtail knows a thing or two about luxury. This winter, the decadent restaurant is offering a menu for you to tuck into as you admire London’s picturesque skyline, lit up to welcome in the Christmas period. The menu boasts canapes and festive classics such as traditional turkey, creamed mashed potatoes and cranberry relish, as well as a few unique twists, including the smoked duck breast, sourdough crisps and roast celeriac with wild mushrooms. This really is the perfect spot for an intimate dinner surrounded by the best views the capital has to offer.

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