Romantic Things to Do in London

December 31, 2012 by

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London: one of the world’s most romantic cities

Whether you want to sip champagne overlooking the London skyline or party the night away on a River cruise, you’ll plenty are of ways to impress your lover in the British capital. Here are a few ideas for romantic things to do in London.

1. Watch a West End show

Whether you’re interested in stage-stomping musicals like We Will Rock You, dreamy theatrics like The Phantom of the Opera or adorably fun modern classics like the Lion King, there are hundreds of all-singing all-dancing West End shows to add a dollop of sparkle to your dinner date.

2. Cruise down the Thames at night

Drifting down the Thames is one of the most atmospheric ways to experience the capital, with the glittering views taking in Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, London Bridge and the London Eye. A number of options are available so you can simply gaze out at the twinkling lights, enjoy a candlelit dinner cruise on the Thames or dance the night away on a cabaret cruise.

3. Swap dinner for afternoon tea

Evoke some old age English romance by treating your date to a traditional London afternoon tea in one of the city’s most exquisite venues. Enjoy a spread of cakes worthy of Marie Antoinette at Mayfair’s Metropolitan Hotel or munch bite-size sandwiches and freshly baked scones at London’s most regal hotel – The Ritz. Non-tea drinkers needn’t worry, either – you can always wash it down with a glass of champagne instead.

4. Watch a movie

It might not seem like the most imaginative idea for a date, but London is home to some of the world’s most atmospheric independent cinemas where you can watch anything from recent blockbusters to romantic classics. Snuggle up on sofas at the Everyman Cinema in Islington or Notting Hill’s Electric Cinema; sip movie-inspired cocktails at Soho’s Curzon cinema; or enjoy a 3-course meal delivered to your seat during the screening at The Lounge in Bayswater.

5. Picnic in the park

London’s idyllic parks provide the perfect backdrop to a romantic picnic, especially if you’re lucky enough to have the weather on your side. Enjoy celebrity-spotting at Jude Law and Gwen Stefani’s favorite haunt, Primrose hill; get an unbeatable view over London from Parliament hill on Hampstead Heath; gaze up at the stars from Greenwich park’s Royal observatory; or hire a rowing boat and enjoy a Jane Austin style date on the Hyde Park lake. If you really fancy upping the ante, splash out on a luxury picnic hampers from Fortnum & Mason and dine on alfresco caviar and champagne.

6. Go to Church

Whisk your loved one off to St Paul’s Cathedral where not only can you climb the tower for a jaw dropping view, but you can whisper sweet nothings to your beloved in the legendary Whispering Gallery. The galleries remarkable acoustics will carry your whispers all the way to the opposite side of the room. Better make sure no one’s listening in!

7. Hop on a train to Paris

Still searching for the perfect date night idea? Take a day trip from London to Paris on the Eurostar train and get some ideas in the ultimate romantic city – little more than two hours away.

8. The London Eye

Take in a romantic view of the city on the London Eye.  Skip the Line or splurge on the London Eye Valentine’s Day Experience, which includes a glass of champagne and a box of chocolates.

Learn more in our Insider’s Guide to London 

- Zoe Smith


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