(this is a guest post, picture is mine from Kew Gardens Orchid Festival last week – see more here!)
Whether you’re heading out for date night or planning a relaxing weekend getaway, there are plenty of romantic things for you and your spouse to do in London. From royal palaces to museums and famous jazz clubs, there’s little wonder London remains one of the most visited destinations around the world, so what better place to spend time bonding with your significant other or otherwise tying the knot?
In a city famous for its cultural landmarks and vibrant arts and entertainment scene, you won’t be short of things to do, places to see and views to admire, but what should your itinerary include? Here are some of the romantic things to do in London.
Share a Beverage
You know those couples you see in romantic movies bonding over a milkshake? At American-themed café The Love Shake in Shoreditch, that could be you and your other half. If espresso is more your thing, you can cosy up in one of London’s many independent coffee shops or opt for a takeaway brew to enjoy by the riverfront. If it’s a boozy night you’re after, why not enjoy a martini at the legendary Dukes Hotel Bar? This watering hole is famously where James Bond author Ian Fleming used to drink.
Appreciate the Arts
There are tons of art galleries to explore in London, and wandering around marveling at beautiful images is one of the most romantic things you can do with your spouse. If you’re interested in literature, you might want to visit the beautiful Keats house where the Romantic poet once lived, or take a tour of Highgate Cemetery where English novelist George Eliot is buried. Ronnie Scott’s jazz club in Soho is a great spot for music fans, and some of the greatest icons in the music business have performed on its historic stage including Ella Fitzgerald and Miles Davis.
If you and your partner are thinking of tying the knot, why not do it in London? The capital city is overflowing with quirky theatres, modern art buildings and beautiful architecture to provide the perfect backdrop for your photos. There are plenty of popular wedding venues in London and other surrounding areas that you can find and book online, and you won’t be short of restaurants and bars to celebrate in afterwards. So if you’re thinking of getting married, choose to stay local and enjoy the wedding of your dreams.
Enjoy the View
Like any great city, London has some truly spectacular views. The city’s newest landmark, The View from the Shard, offers sweeping views of London that are sure to get you in the mood for romance, while the London Eye’s Champagne Experience is a whole other level of luxury. If it’s old-fashioned romance you’re after, why not take a boat ride down the Thames and enjoy a picnic on the riverbank? At night, you can gaze across the cityscape from one of London’s many rooftop bars.
See a Film
If you fancy holding hands in a dark movie theatre and squabbling over popcorn, the Electric Cinema in Notting Hill is one of the best places to see films in London. Not only can you view a range of quality mainstream and art-house films, but you can also do it from the comfort of deep leather sofas and even a front row red velvet double bed. Nothing says romance like snuggling up in a cinema together.
Take a Walk
Sometimes going for a walk is the most romantic thing you can do with a partner, and you won’t be short of beautiful places to take a stroll in London, whatever the weather. During the day, you can amble through the idyllic Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park or find your way out of Hampton Court Palace’s famous maze. At night, you can take a walk along the South Bank from London Bridge to Waterloo amidst the vibrant lights while checking out one or two of the city’s best bars.
Do Something Different
If you’re looking to spice up your relationship by trying something different, London is teeming with quirky date night ideas. Why not take a private helicopter tour, for example, or go stargazing at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich? If you’re looking for a couple’s activity, you could go to a cooking class or learn a language together. When the night draws in, there are plenty of music bars, clubs, comedy gigs and even burlesque shows taking place in London, so you’re spoilt for choice for evening entertainment.
Thanks for reading,
*this is a guest post