How much does the perfect date cost?
Nothing can compare to a good date night, allowing yourselves some much-needed time to reflect on the greatness of your relationship. Sometimes though, dates can be expensive and it can be hard to find a good location or venue on a budget.
There are many romantic destinations around the world, including everyone’s favourites, London, Rome, Paris and New York City.
Capital of Italy – Rome
Indulge yourself with the beautiful and historical city of Rome. With 3,000 years of art, architecture and culture, your date couldn’t get more sophisticated and interesting.
For the football fans
Attending an A.S. Roma football match could add that familiarity back to your relationship whilst you’re away, it will add a home away from home element. Surrounding yourself with passionate football fans at the grand Stadio Olimpico, you can buy a ticket for €100 (£88.02). Just make sure you’re both football fans before you go, as it’ll be slightly awkward if one of you is bored when surrounded by screaming fans…
When in Rome
Budgeting in Rome couldn’t be more ideal, all the main attractions are free or cheap to visit and are all within walking distance. Take a walk to the picturesque Trevi Fountain and throw a spare penny in for good luck. Once you’re done, you could take a stroll to one of the many cafes nearby so that you can sit and people watch to your heart’s content.
A classic date in Rome
It’s always nice to treat yourself, and if you both have a little bit of money to spend, why wouldn’t you spend it? In Rome, you can expect to pay €21 (£18.48) for your taxi and €57 (£50.17) for a meal for two in one of Rome’s fine restaurants. To top it all off, you can spend €17 (£14.96) on two cinema tickets.
Capital of England – London
London is such an iconic city. Being home to the British government, the Royal Family and a lot of sightseeing spots, London can ensure that there will be no dull moment on your date. If you want to enjoy this city properly, then you’ll need to know where to go. When it comes to dates in this city, the world really is your oyster.
Splashing the cash
If you wish to spend a little more money to make the most of your trip, you could book afternoon tea at a beautiful London hotel. At £50 per person, you and your date could enjoy tea, scones and sandwiches at the prestigious Claridge’s Hotel, in Mayfair. If you are both enjoying the pleasures of luxury, then why not book a superior queen room at £690 a night?
Those with curiosity
Not only can you fine-dine and stay in prestigious hotels whilst in London, there are plenty of museums that can visit to keep your mind occupied.
Museums are one of the top attractions when people are visiting London, with many having free access to the public. These include The Natural History Museum, the National Portrait Gallery and Tate Modern. Once you’re bored of the museums, head over to Westminster Bridge to see Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. This also isn’t too far from the Southbank, where you can pick up some delicious street food or take in the great views all around you.
The classic date
If you’re not walking the red carpet for one of the many movie premieres that happen in Leicester Square, then why not take your date to the cinema for £23? If you get hungry, you can always get a meal including wine and dessert for £66. Don’t forget to hit the bars on your way out, where a pint will typically set you back £4.41, and a cocktail will cost £9 – not bad when you’re living it up in the capital!
Capital of France – Paris
Tourists come from all over the world to have a great time with their significant other in the city of love, and this could be you and your partner. Home to many of the world’s greatest writers and artists, Paris oozes chic everywhere you walk through its many streets.
Eiffel Tower treat
Why not head to the Eiffel Tower this Valentine’s Day, make it the most romantic date ever. On this day, why not try booking in at 58 Tour Eiffel? It’ll cost you around €120 (£105.63) for each person, however, if you’d like a seat in the window to witness the spectacular views, then you can pay the extra €30 (£26.41) to really take your romance to dizzying heights! Angelic Diamonds, retailers of bespoke yellow gold engagement rings, advise you to make the most of your date no matter where you are in the world.
We’ve all seen the pictures of beautiful bridges in Paris, but one in particular is smothered with locks. Those in a relationship place a lock on the bridge as a symbol of their love for one another, many Parisians use padlocks and lock them to the Pont des Arts Bridge, throwing away the key into the water.
Local sellers sell locks for a couple of euros each, so it will be a cheap date but will forever hold a special place in your heart. Be warned though, as Paris officials are urging couples to stop so that the bridges can be protected; instead, why not take the lock home as a reminder of that great date you had together.
A candle lit date
With the weather being very unreliable in Europe, head to a restaurant in the area where you are guaranteed shelter and can feel the warmth of the lit candles around you. There, a meal for two including wine and dessert will typically cost around €65 (£57.21). Afterwards, if you head over to the cinema, it’ll cost you €20 (£17.60).
The Big Apple – NYC
New York is one of the busiest cities in the world, but if you can survive one of the most fast paced places in the world – you’ll be fine. The big apple offers something for everyone – with the theatres of Broadway, the neon-lit Times Square and skyscrapers like the Empire State Building, the possibilities really are endless.
The New York skyline
If you’re prepared to pay the price for one of the most unforgettable trips of your life, do it. A private helicopter tour of New York’s famous landmarks will set you back around $1,500 (£1,184.40), so you’ll need to get saving if this sounds like the perfect date for you! With unparalleled views of the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and Central Park though, this is the perfect date to get your heart’s racing. Hold on tight!
The famous streets of New York
If you’re wanting to do something that is a bit more relaxing and doesn’t require 100% effort from the pair of you, this next activity might sound great. Take a walk around Central Park like Audrey Hepburn did in Breakfast at Tiffany’s to really set the mood for the evening. Or, if you’re feeling peckish, you could go to the restaurant featured in Where Harry Met Sally; you’ll be quoting lines from the film in no time!
Channel it couple Anwar Hadid and Nicole Peltz with stylish looks. Or become the Wolf of Wall Street like Leonardo DiCaprio and head to New York’s financial district. But beware, it’s a jungle out there.
New York has been the base of many successful movies, so it wouldn’t feel right skipping a cinema screening, so take your date at the typical cost of $28 (£22.11). Perhaps a meal would complement this date nicely? Including wine and dessert, you can expect a meal for two to cost you $111 (£87.66). After that, the two of you could paint the town red in some of Manhattan’s best rooftop bars. A cocktail will likely cost $14 (£11.06) and a pint of lager around $7 (£5.53).
If you’re not ready just yet to go on a date in one of these locations, then why not start by staying local and popping onto a local dating site?