London has long been a top destination for romantic breaks – and it’s easy to see why. Going for an evening stroll along the river while the bars and restaurants buzz? Yes, please. Taking in a world-class play? Searching for amazing finds at a colourful street market? Sign me up.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, plenty of couples will head to London for some glamour, buzz, and romance. If you’re among those lucky couples, here are some top tips for things to do on a lovers’ weekend in the city.
- Try a ‘scent-ual’ afternoon tea
Perfume is a classic romantic gift. Pair it with a favourite afternoon activity for couples, and you get Hotel Café Royal’s Diptyque afternoon tea. Breathe in the gorgeous scents for a truly evocative treat.
- Make yours a star-struck love
What could be more romantic than star-gazing this Valentine’s Eve? Head to the Peter Harris Planetarium and take a break from gazing into each other’s eyes by gazing up at the galaxy.
- Craft your own flowers
Anyone can pick up a £5 bouquet at the supermarket. Leave the crowd behind and create a gorgeous gift whilst sharing some quality time. Grace & Thorn let you put together your own terrarium – way cooler than that sad bunch of daisies.
If you’re not feeling crafty, why not drop in on the Festival of Orchids at Kew?
- Don’t scrimp on the chocolate
Okay, don’t be cliché, but don’t forget the classics altogether! Bring some chocolatey goodness to your Valentine’s weekend with Artisan du Chocolat, where you can tailor your treats to special diets and choose your own indulgence. Alternatively, head to Choccywoccydoodah’s London Parlour and sample delights behind a velvet curtain.
- Give in to your senses
Ever heard of Dans Le Noir? The suggestively named establishment has you dine completely in the dark, relying on your other senses to fully experience your meal.
- Pop-up the question
The Rivoli Ballroom has organised a special Valentine’s Day showing of Romeo and Juliet in a pop-up cinema. Watch the star-crossed lovers fall in love and take notes to avoid their mistakes.
- Get above it all
What could be more romantic than panoramic views of London? Sip champagne and soar above the crowds on the London Eye with their VIP Champagne experience, or maybe even splash out for a private Cupid’s Capsule.
If the London Eye isn’t for you, check out the Sky Garden and watch the sunset over the city.
- Keep things low-key
Prefer things a bit more down to earth? Head to the Doodle Bar and challenge your favourite person to a game of ping pong. Then, after your triumphant win, have fun doodling on the walls and sampling incredible street food.
To keep it simple but full of romance, go for a cosy romantic dinner and try out best Indian food in London or any other cuisine together.
- Party hard
Keep the mystery alive with the Valentine’s Party. Held at a secret location, the party promises a night of burlesque, theatre, and secret escape.
Tuck yourselves away for a romantic break at the apart hotels London at LSA.