Heading to London for a romantic getaway? You’re definitely coming to the right place. Whilst cities like Paris or Rome might be famous for their romantic nature, we think London beats them in terms of what it can offer those who are lucky in love.We’ve rounded up 10 of our favourite romantic spots in London to show you that cupid has been hard at work in the capital.
We’ve kept most of them as central as possible, but there are few dotted around slightly west or east, but those ones are super easy to get to, so there should be no issues in continuing your romantic tour of London!
Of course, a Royal Park had to feature on our list, and this is the biggest and arguably the best for romantic strolls. It’s also right near the Devonshire Hotel Paddington, if you’re looking for a luxurious and lavish hotel. The Hyde Park Stables, in particular, provides year-round horseback riding; an experience that feels truly straight out of a Hugh Grant film. This is one of the most entertaining things to do in London for couples. Pass by the serpentine, wave hello to the fellow romantics on the boats, and take in the sights as you go.
The London Eye
After your wander round Hyde Park, and perhaps a special Afternoon Tea Near Paddington, keeping things central, a trip on the London Eye is a firm favourite with couples. As well as showcasing amazing views of London from one of the best spots, you can also indulge in the famous champagne experience which is luxurious and romantic in equal measure. You’ll get a private capsule, your own waiter, champagne and tasty chocolates. Book online today and save up to 10%.
Experience a dreamy slice of the continent with help from a trip to Little Venice. Tucked behind Paddington Station (with lots of restaurants near Paddington nearby), saunter along the canal side as you take in the brightly coloured boats. You can even take a trip on one of them, as there are lots of operators on the water offering great deals, too. Perfect for some quality couple time away from the busy crowds.
Home of one of the world’s most famous romantic writers, Keats House truly is a place for lovers. The building is now a museum and a literary centre, where you can discover more about the life and work of Keats through his original manuscripts and articles, listen to his world-famous poetry, watch a film about his incredible life in Hampstead, or even get creative yourself!
The Globe Theatre
What could be more romantic than experiencing one of the world’s most famous plays about love in the most authentic setting? Shakespeare’s Globe is a reconstruction of the open-air playhouse, situated on the Thames. It was designed in 1599 where many of the Bard’s plays were performed. Apart from watching plays at the theatre, you can also take an exhibition tour here. There are loads of London Hotel Deals to take advantage of nearby, too, as this is a particular tourist hotspot.
Speaking of Hugh Grant, why not take a trip to Notting Hill for the ultimate romantic comedy experience? Wander round the pastel coloured houses, visit the Portobello Road Market for a tasty treat and re-enact your favourite scene from the film with the same name. Why not plan your visit to coincide with Notting Hill Carnival? From its unassuming beginnings in the 1950s, the carnival has grown into one of the world’s best outdoor street festivals and is by far the biggest event of its kind in Europe.
View from The Shard
The View from The Shard is a tourist attraction based in London’s tallest building, The Shard. The world famous attraction offers visitors views from the skyscraper, with two viewing platforms inside the building: the first is a triple level indoor gallery on Level 69, and the second is a partially outdoor gallery on Level 72. Not for the faint-hearted, this is an experience for lovers that like their romance with a view… and a bit of adrenaline!
Columbia Road Flower Market
A gift of flowers is one of the best ways to say ‘I love you’ and no one does flowers like this little east London gem. On Sunday the street is transformed into a haven of foliage and flowers. Everything from bedding plants to 10-foot banana trees is on sale. The air is intense with the aroma of flowers and the chant of the barrow boys “Everthin’ a fiver” (though it’s more romantic than it sounds!). A lot of the flower sellers grow their own plants or import flowers from around the world. Go early to bag a blooming bargain, and take a trip to one of the areas great local pubs afterwards.
A starry-eyed experience with a twist – take an awe-inspiring journey through space and discover the home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) in one of the most romantic places in the city. Put things into perspective by peering through the Great Equatorial Telescope or take a tour the night sky at the Peter Harrison Planetarium. Stand astride the historic Prime Meridian where east meets west, and take your place with your partner at the centre of the world!
Enjoy a lazy and romantic Sunday with a stroll around the second biggest Conservatory in London, and discover the hidden tropical oasis in the heart of the city. For those wanting to learn more about the history and hidden mysteries of the Conservatory, a tour takes place on selected Sundays led by the Barbican’s occupant gardeners. The Conservatory is open on particular Sundays each month and Bank Holidays from 12 noon–5pm with last entry at 4.30pm. Admission is free, no booking required. Oh and you can hire it out for your wedding… too!