The Ultimate Couple’s Weekend Itinerary – Where to Go, What to Do, Where to Shop and What to See this Month

London Experiance

It’s always great to get away for a weekend and spend some quality time with that special someone. And London is the ideal place to do it because there’s so much on offer from culture, to beautiful surroundings, to unique experiences not available anywhere else in the world.

With this in mind, we’ve put together a unique itinerary outlining the best places to go, what to see and more, so you can relax and enjoy everything the capital has to offer with your partner.

Where to Go

Staying at the Devonshire Hotel London, you’re in the perfect spot to do what the Victorians envisioned when they scattered amazing green spaces all over the capital, and that’s promenade in Hyde Park.

Hyde Park

Hyde Park is probably one of the most famous parks in the world, and it doesn’t have that reputation just because it’s in London. Hyde Park is a positively huge, stunning area that’s perfect for a romantic stroll. There’s a boating lake on-site, where you can hire your own rowboat – or pedal boat if you prefer – and enjoy the famous Serpentine lake together in classic Victorian style.

What to Do

In keeping with the watery theme – minus any hard work on your part – a punt is a perfect way to enjoy the many waterways of London in style and relax at the same time.

Manned by an expert punter, you can drink in the surprisingly tranquil and quiet waterways of areas like Paddington and further afield, all the time sitting back and just taking in the view. London punting tours can offer insight into either the lesser-known spots of the city – Little Venice, for example – or show you the most iconic sights. Best of all, you don’t even have far to travel from your Paddington hotel London to set sail!

Where to Shop

You couldn’t say that any romantic trip to London is complete without sampling the retail therapy on offer, so you need to swing by one of the most famous shopping districts of all – Oxford Street. Only a short hop from the Devonshire Hotel London, you can shop until you drop knowing you have a nearby room to drop off your purchases.

Oxford Street

Offering a great mix of high-street and luxury brands, Oxford Street has been a favourite shopping spot for locals and visitors for more than a hundred years. Come for the great shopping and stay for the gorgeous local architecture and atmosphere.

What to See

After such a romantic weekend, what could improve on what’s gone before? Well, The Phantom of the Opera at one of London’s most renowned theatres should do the trick.

London Cinema

Running until March next year, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical extravaganza is showing at Her Majesty’s theatre, and the production is second-to-none. The staging has rave reviews, and it’s the perfect capstone to your romantic weekend in London.

 

The Best Small Live Music Venues in the City of London

live music

From rock and pop to folk and soul, London is a hotbed for live musical talent.

Major stars and well-known bands regularly play at sell-out gigs at the O2, but London also has an excellent scene for up and coming musicians and acts thanks to the vast array of small live music venues that are dotted around the city.

Whatever your chosen musical genre or preference, there’s sure to be a live performance that you’re just itching to see. Here are a few of our favourite live music venues that are well worth a visit the next time you come to town.

The Flyover

If you enjoy large gatherings of people who love music, then The Flyover is just a short taxi ride from the Devonshire Hotel London.

An eclectic mix of roots, soul, funk and indie music, the venue has been recently refurbished to include a bright and airy bar suitable for large groups.

During the day, The Flyover doubles up as an exhibition space for up and coming artists and has a trendy café area where you’ll see art lovers gathering to discuss the latest exciting exhibitions in the area.

The Camden Assembly Pub

You might be forgiven for missing The Camden Assembly Pub on the live music circuit, but hidden upstairs in this lively and characterful pub is a small room which is just perfect for intimate gigs.

Focusing on emerging indie talent, start your night off in the bar downstairs for some great gastro-pub food and craft beers before heading upstairs to listen to the latest new bands to arrive in the capital.

The best way to reach the venue from the Devonshire Hotel London is to take the train from Paddington Station direct to Camden town. Trains run every eight minutes but be sure to get there early to get a table at the bar.

Dirty Bones

If you’re travelling on a budget and love old skool cool, then you’ve just got to visit Dirty Bones in Kensington.

This quirky bar and restaurant plays host to a free live music night each Thursday, and its only policy is that if you play soul, funk, old-skool hip-hop or jazz then you’re in!

You never know what live music to expect when you enter Dirty Bones on a Thursday evening, but that’s part of the appeal of this small and quirky live music spot.

Check out what London hotel offers are available in our Kensington and Paddington hotels so you’ll have a little extra in your pocket for a few beers at the bar.

No visit to London would be complete without a night at a small live music venue, so whatever music you’re into or if you just feel like trying something new, these independent venues really do have something for everyone.

And you never know, you could get up close to one of the world’s biggest music stars before they hit the big time!