Treat your partner with a romantic trip to the capital
From scenic parks to stunning views and luxury hotels, London offers plenty of romantic activities for visiting couples to enjoy.
We all need a bit of romance in our lives, and with plenty to see and do, Greater London is a great option for a romantic weekend away. Here are some of our top activity picks for loved up couples in the capital.
Dinner with a view
London is known for its iconic skyline, and the city offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy dinner with a view. Situated on level 31 of The Shard, Aqua Shard combines inventive contemporary British cuisine with awe-inspiring views over the city. Alternatively, you might want to grab a bite at the Savage Garden rooftop bar which serves up 360-degree views of London landmarks alongside its interesting and innovative menu.
London is blessed with a wealth of parks and green spaces, from the expanse of Hyde Park and its neighbouring Kensington Gardens to the secret peaceful oasis of Chelsea Physic Garden. So grab a blanket, some delicious food, and perhaps a bottle of bubbly, and head to your favourite park for an afternoon of picnicking and people watching.
Cruise down the canal
Escape the crowds and hustle and bustle of the city centre, and head to the peaceful and romantic haven of Little Venice. Take a calming cruise down the canal, stroll down the towpath and enjoy views of the colourful narrowboats, or stop for coffee at a canal-side café and simply sit and watch the world go by.
Stop and smell the flowers
Take some time to stop and smell the flowers with a visit to Kew Gardens. This UNESCO World Heritage Site combines stunning landscapes and exotic blooms, and couples can enjoy tours of the impressive glasshouses and galleries, and romantic strolls through the tranquil grounds. The gardens are also home to the Treetops Walkway which towers 18 metres above the ground and offers breathtaking views of the gardens and beyond, including the London skyline and Wembley Stadium.
Watch the sun go down
What could be more romantic than snuggling up with your partner and watching a beautiful sunset? Parliament Hill on Hampstead Heath offers the perfect vantage point to watch the sun go down over the city, and is definitely worth the climb. So grab your loved one and settle in to enjoy the beautiful views across London.
There is something intrinsically romantic about star spotting and gazing at the night skies – and the Royal Observatory in Greenwich offers you the opportunity to do just that. It runs regular stargazing sessions, where participants can look through the 18 tonne Victorian telescope, quiz astronomers and enjoy a glass of fizz. If you prefer to go it alone, head to the meadow at Morden Hall Park which has been recommended by the Evening Standard as a top stargazing spot.
Enjoy a luxury stay
After all those romantic activities you’ll need somewhere to lay your head down and rest. Take a break from the madness of the city and head to West Lodge Park – a luxury hotel in Hertfordshire.
Despite being just a stone’s throw from the capital, West Lodge Park is the perfect rural retreat in which to relax and recharge your batteries. And with 35 acres of tranquil grounds, you can round off your weekend with a relaxing and romantic countryside walk.