With something new to discover in London daily, it can be hard narrowing down what to do on a date. Make your love life a little easier with our guide to the most romantic spots in London – the rest is up to you.
Ignite the mood for love by cruising through the heart of London on the Thames River Boat, where iconic landmarks like Big Ben, Tower Bridge, the Shard and the HMS Belfast will set a grand tone to your romantic adventure. Whatever your plans are for the day, you can choose to enjoy the three hour tour in its entirety, or hop on and off at its five drop-off points and make your way to a cosy little restaurant.
This incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to London’s Botanic Gardens, where exotic flora and stunning landscapes have to seen to be believed. Located an easy thirty minutes away from central London, stroll along its historical paths with a loved one, venture into glasshouses and galleries and bask in the tranquility of the gardens’ surroundings. Keep an eye out for Christmas at Kew, when the whole sanctuary is lit up with stunningly conceived light designs.
There’s nothing more romantic than poetry and London is home to one of the world’s most famous Romantic poets – John Keats. Relive the passion of his work and find your own on a date to his beautiful villa and gardens, where a number of his belongings and manuscripts are showcased for literary fans. With a number of events including tours and poetry performances, this cultural trip is one that will have you both waxing lyrical in no time.
Take your relationship to the next level at one of the tallest spots in London. Splash out on a date with a view complete with bubbles when you head up 800ft (244m) at London’s highest champagne experience. Offering unparralleled views of London stretching for up to 40 miles, View from the Shard is an awe-inspiring experience you won’t want to miss.
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Master artists have been inspired by romance for years and the Tate Modern showcases some of the best works of modern art, perfect for impressing even the most cultured date. Housed in a converted power station, the sheer size of the collection and touring exhibitions will have you exploring its rooms for hours and with endless conversation starters. The fact that it’s free entry for all is always a plus too.
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Delve into London’s film history at Electric Cinema, the oldest working cinema in the capital. Located in Shoreditch, a neighbourhood teeming with vintage stores, bars with attitude and young people ready for a street style photoshoot, the eclectic line-up consists of mainstream hits, arthouse newbies and throwbacks. Sink into one of their plush seats beside your date and once the show’s over, slip into the throng outside and join the bustling Shoreditch nightlife scene.
Start off your romance at the iconic London Zoo, where much-loved critters from meerkats to tigers, giraffes and more call home. It’s easy to spend half a day exploring their several themed enclosures, watching energetic penguins swimming or regal lions stretch, prowl and play. It’s a relaxed and fun-filled spot that is a firm fave with locals and visitors alike!