How much does the perfect date cost?

30 Aug 2017

Find out how much the perfect date will set you back in these four romantic cities

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Date night is essential in any relationship; you need to reserve a specific night every so often to reflect on the good things about your relationship. Sometimes, however, dates can be expensive and it can be hard to find a good location or venue on a budget.

With so many different cities around the world, sometimes it can be hard to decide where you want to go and where you can make the most of the time you spend there. British company Angelic Diamonds, retailers of bespoke palladium engagement rings, advise you on making the most of your date no matter where you are in the world, with hidden costs included. Here is what to expect from four of the most romantic cities in the world:

Paris

You can’t beat a trip to Paris. People travel from all over the world to spend time in the French capital and otherwise known as, the city of love. Home to many of the world’s greatest writers and artists, Paris oozes chic everywhere you walk.

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To the top

What could possibly be more romantic than a trip up to the top of the Eiffel Tower, especially for those who do this on Valentine’s Day? On this day, why not try booking in at 58 Tour Eiffel? It will 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.

Spend less, see more

Budgeting in Paris can be made very simple, as one of the top attractions for romantic trips to the capital is the lock bridge - a place where budding couples go to show 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.

Locks are very cheap to buy and are available almost anywhere due to the popularity of the location. 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?

You can’t beat food and a movie

This could be seen as the ultimate mix; go for meal with your significant to one of the many romantic food spots in the city and then watch a movie afterwards. A meal for two including wine and dessert will typically cost around €65 (£57.21). Afterwards, if you head to the cinema, it will cost you €20 (£17.60).

New York

Going on a date in New York City can be both exciting and overwhelming (in the greatest way possible). 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.

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Up, up and away

If you’re heading to New York, you want to be able to experience everything at once and there is no better way to do that than a helicopter tour. 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 Stature of Liberty and Central Park, though, this is the perfect date to get your heart’s racing. Hold on tight.

Walk those famous streets

You want to be able to capture everything in New York, so be camera ready. Why not take a twilight 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... and recreate some of the most iconic scenes.

Wall Street in New York’s financial district can be a tourist hotspot when it comes to travelling around the city. Be prepared for the fast-paced movement of those in suits and ties.

Cinema dates

When you’re travelling to New York, you can’t miss out on going to the movies at the 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). Enjoy.

London

London is full of designer shops, restaurants and bars so you have a variety of almost everything. 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.

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You get what you pay for

If you love to spend on a little bit of luxury for you and your partner, have you considered afternoon tea at a 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?

For the curious minds

Museums are at the heart of London. Although there are many beautiful stores and restaurants, you can’t beat a trip to the museums especially when they’re free of charge.

The Natural History Museum, the National Portrait Gallery and Tate Modern are just some of the museums in London that are accessible to the public. They are perfect options for cultural visits that will get those brain cells exercised. 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.

A cinema full of stars

A cinema date is the perfect end to a long day, especially in Leicester Square where all the Hollywood stars have graced the red carpet during premieres. 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.

Rome

Rome is enriched with history and is home to some of the most iconic locations in the world, making any date in this beautiful city one of romance and sophistication.

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Football fanatics

Why not head to an A.S Roma match and add excitement to your trip? 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.

Watch the people pass you by

It’s easy to enjoy yourself on a budget when in Rome. Head to the 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 chilled date

You can’t be more impressed with dinner and a cinema trip in Rome. You can expect to pay €21 (£18.48) for your taxi and €57 (£50.17) for your meal for two in one of Rome’s fine restaurants. To top it all off, it will only set you back €17 (£14.96) for two cinema tickets.

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