Where To Take Her This Week

Our regular guide to impressing your other half on your next night out

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1 | For The Romantic Dinner: Tredwell’s

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Everyone knows Marcus Wareing – he’s got two Michelin stars, has swanky restaurants, falls out with Gordon Ramsay and is the new judge on Masterchef (his previous guest appearances revealed him to be the softly-spoken Simon Cowell of cooking shows) – but eating in a Marcus Wareing restaurant is more of a pipe dream for those of us with normal salaries. Until now.

Tredwell’s is located in Covent Garden’s ever-expanding Seven Dials area and they've started taking reservations today for Monday onwards. Named after the butler from an Agatha Christie mystery, it’s sophisticated, but with manageable prices, and is therefore ideal for a romantic meal that won’t break the bank. It’s big, too, spanning over three floors, and will stay open nice and late in case you want to linger over dinner, or grab a drink in the bar. Michelin-style food for the masses? Yes please.

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Tredwell's opens on Monday, and booking opens today, so get in there first. 4a Upper St Martin’s Lane, WC2H 9NY, tredwells.com


2 | For Some Friendly Competition: Swingers

We’re not saying that all women hate golf – that just wouldn’t be true. But it does tend to be that leisurely (she might say ‘long-winded’) sort of sport that can cause a divide in relationships. Put plainly: she’s not going to stand around twiddling her thumbs while you blunder through 18 holes in the wind and rain. And it’s not like she’ll want to caddy, now is it? So unless you want to turn instructor, and if you actually want to spend some time together, we suggest a compromise of sorts – one that also involves drinks and some seriously good food.

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As of today, Swingers opens in a big warehouse in Shoreditch. (Just to be clear, the name refers to golfing only). For the next few months, you can try your hand a 9-hole crazy golf course that is more challenging than the tired old windmills of fairgrounds past. Although there is a loop-the-loop, you’ll be relieved to hear. Your game will be much enhanced (or compensated, depending on how you do) by cocktails from the 1920s clubhouse bar upstairs, and the food put on by Pizza Pilgrims and Patty & Bun, among others.

Provided you can each keep your competitive streaks in check, what could possibly go wrong?

7-11 Hearn Street (off Curtain Road), EC2A 3LS. swingersldn.co.uk

3 | For A Morning-Time Treat: Brunch At The Running Horse

The Running Horse pub in Mayfair opened in 1738, so it’s fair to call it something of an institution. It got a big old revamp last year, too, though its menu remains refreshingly traditional. Now, it has opened for brunch service and its lobster croissant is the talk of the town. Using “the real deal” Native Lobster, it’s filled with shallots, mustard, cream, Old Winchester cheese, chervil and champagne – if that doesn’t get your mouth watering, just take a look at the picture.

You can wash that down with the house special, a Marmalade Mule, which they make with Chase marmalade vodka and ginger beer (the latter being an excellent antiemetic, should this brunch be needed to remedy the effects of a night before).

The new menu only started last week but, now that their introductory offers have expired, you’re far more likely to nab a table.

50 Davies Street, W1K 5JE. therunninghorsemayfair.co.uk

 

4 | For That Something Different: The Great River Race

Think the London Marathon, but on water, and you’re just about there. If you’re not one for watching a pair of university crews whoosh in and out of view in The Boat Race, then don’t worry because this is the opposite of that (quite literally: it goes the other way up the river). The Great River Race takes place on Saturday and really is a spectacle to be seen. It requires minimal effort (and concentration) and is best enjoyed with a drink in hand somewhere along the banks of the Thames. Ideal for a laid-back afternoon.

A canon will be fired at 12.40pm in London’s Docklands, setting off over 300 boats of every shape, size and ability on the 21 miles up to Richmond. Alongside the rowing boats that you’ll be used to seeing – of the Redgrave variety – there will be dragon boats, longboats, whalers, punts and perhaps even gondolas taking part, which you don’t normally see bobbing past the Houses of Parliament (it gets particularly choppy round there – sinking is highly possible).

The Prospect of Whitby or The Mayflower are good, olde-worlde pubs on the Eastern side of the course, and at the other end, you’ll find fantastic food at The Ship in Wandsworth, The Dove in Hammersmith, The White Hart in Barnes or the City Barge in Kew. Or else, simply grab a drink and dangle your legs over a wall for a totally relaxed afternoon, watching other people going through much more pain than you (and in much sillier clothes).

greatriverrace.co.uk

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