London is a fantastic city, which has something to offer everyone, especially couples. This unusual capital city is repeatedly voted the most romantic city in the UK. In some international polls, it has even beaten the likes of Paris, Milan and Rome to be voted ‘the most romantic city in Europe’.
So, exactly what is it about London that makes it so special? Why do hundreds of thousands of couples want to marry there, and honeymooners stay there?
Well perhaps it is the fact there are so many romantic venues and experiences to enjoy.
Walk hand in hand through a Royal Park
London is a surprisingly green city. There is nearly 5,000 acres of beautiful, well tended Royal Parks for you to enjoy, in Greater London. They are romantic places that are perfect for a hand in hand walk.
Enjoy a moonlit meal with a view of Tower Bridge
At night, London sparkles. If you can get up high you get wonderful views of its landmarks, which are all beautifully backlit. Butler’s Wharf Chop House is renowned for its views of the iconic Tower Bridge, and its romantic ambience. For maximum impact, time your meal so that you can enjoy pre-dinner drinks watching the sunset over the river.
Buy a red dozen roses at the Columbia Road Flower Market
The Columbia Road Flower Market opens every Sunday at 8am and closes at 3pm. This beautiful oasis of flowers is a wonderful place to go for a stroll and buy a bouquet.
Close by are dozens of small independent shops where you can buy lovely gifts. Many couples buy a vase for the flowers and take it home as a permanent reminder of their romantic weekend in London.
Enjoy a picnic on Hampstead Heath
You get fantastic views of London from Hampstead Heath, this 800-acre park is popular, but because it is so big it is still easy to find a quiet and secluded spot. Before you go, pop into The Hampstead Butcher & Providore to put together a beautiful picnic lunch.
This traditional British butcher has a big deli counter stocked with smoked fish, cheese, charcuterie, free-range cooked meats, and tasty savoury morsels. They also sell a nice selection of wines and bread. They make it really easy to put together a really special picnic.
Then make your way to the Hill Garden and Pergola on the heath. This stunning floral walk is beautiful as well as romantic, and there are plenty of places you could enjoy your picnic. However, a lot of couples wait and walk up Parliament Hill. Once there, they enjoy the views across London while they eat their picnic.
Take a romantic river cruise
The Thames is a beautiful river; so naturally, there are plenty of companies offering boat trips. Many specifically cater for couples looking for a romantic experience. They offer both lunchtime and evening cruises with champagne and a romantic meal. You can even enjoy a candlelit dinner, followed by dancing, and champagne on the terrace of the boat.
Stay in a boutique or themed hotel
London is full of romantic hotels. There is something to suit every taste, including hundreds of beautiful boutique hotels.
It is not hard to find one that is themed in a way that will delight your partner. If he or she loves the 1920s, a few nights in one of London´s art deco hotels is sure to set the scene and create wonderful memories.
Enjoy a couples´ luxury spa treatment
Many of London´s most luxurious spas offer couples sessions. One of the best is the one in the Mayfair hotel. It is open to all, so you can use it even if you are not a guest of the hotel. However, you will need to book in advance because their couples spar experience is extremely popular.
Go for a row on the Serpentine, Hyde Park
London is home to several boating lakes. If it is a romantic row you are looking for, choose The Serpentine, in Hyde Park.
It is not hard to find a secluded spot on this 40-acre body of water, where you can enjoy a romantic cuddle and maybe a picnic lunch. If you do not take a picnic, make your way to The Serpentine Bar to enjoy lovely food.
If horse riding is more to your taste book yourself in for a private ride through the park. You can do this at Hyde Park Stables, but slots go fast, so it is wise to book in advance. There are five miles of bridleways to enjoy, and the stables are open 7 days a week.
A traditional dinner dance at The Ritz
If you are looking for an old-school dinner dance with crystal glasses, top-class food and candlelight dining, The Ritz is the place to go. Every Friday and Saturday night, they step back in time, with traditional, live dance music. For couples, who want to enjoy quiet conversation and a romantic atmosphere a table away from the dance floor is best. Later in the evening, you can get up and enjoy a slow dance.
For those on a tighter budget or with different musical tastes, venues like Sway, Salsa, Venn St. Records and Trapeze are all good venues. The vibe is far less traditionally romantic, but they are all great places to enjoy a couples´ meal and then sweep your partner off their feet on the dance floor.
The London Eye Champagne Experience
A trip on the London Eye is a unique experience. It was voted the city’s number one attraction. For couples, the Champagne Experience is a must. Your VIP ticket buys you access to a special capsule and includes a glass of chilled champagne.
If you would like to propose to your partner, there is even a proposal package you can book that includes a photographer to capture the moment. More than 6,000 couples have already got engaged on the London Eye.
The above ideas are just a taste of what London has to offer couples looking for romance. This beautiful city is full of hidden gems which are just waiting for romantic couples to discover them.