Explore Apsley House by Twilight
As autumn evenings draw in, explore Number One London after hours, guided by torchlight. Admire the 18th century mansion and its art collection arm in arm on a Twilight Tour, taking place each Wednesday in October. Don't delay, Apsley House closes for a winter refurbishment next month so this is a special opportunity. Want to continue your cosy date after the tour? The Library Bar at the Lanesborough across the road looks plush.
Groan and Shamble through Central London
Saturday is World Zombie Day. If the object of your affections likes to dress like the undead then there are three things you should arrange for this weekend. The Sci-Fi London pre-World Zombie Day "meat 'n' greet" at Stratford Picturehouse on Friday evening. Join the Zombie walk on Saturday from 1pm and get tickets for the After Life party happening in and around Denmark Street in the evening.
Take a Cocktail Tour
It is London Cocktail Week. Now, there's a danger of squiffiness in any date recommendation involving spirits and usually the potential to severely dent your wallet but once you've got your £10 wristband on, cocktails in participating venues are just £4 each. It won't take you long to get value for money if you embark on an interesting Cocktail Tour around Shoreditch or Soho. Have a preparatory dinner first, bar hop and take advantage of bar snacks.
Experience an Alternative Art Fair
Art Fair season is just about to start, kicking off with Frieze Week. But earn yourself some arty admiration by taking a date to Sluice Art Fair in Bermondsey on 19 and 20 October. It's free, informal and full of galleries who want you to experience the art and find out about artistic practice rather than flog you expensive works. Plenty of nice places to eat and drink in Bermondsey after.
Discover Ealing in the Autumn
Walks, talks, exhibitions, concerts and screenings are happening on the first weekend of Ealing Autumn Festival, celebrating Benjamin Britten's centenary. Make a day of it and you can visit historic Pitzhanger Manor and gallery, take in one of the best Japanese restaurants in London (as recommended by us) and enjoy an afternoon concert. The leaves should be stunning in Walpole Park if you fancy a romantic stroll too.
Zombie date photo by Alan Peters via the Londonist Flickrpool.