The best romantic things to do in London

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London isn’t a city I typically think of as being one of romance, we don’t have the Eiffel Tower to propose on or gondola’s to travel round the city’s waterways however there’s something magical about London that makes everything here that bit more special and is sure to add a sparkle of romance to any activity you embark on! Whether you live in the UK or are travelling in from abroad, we’ve gathered together a few romantic suggestions to do with your other half. Whilst I’m not really one to fawn over large romantic gestures I have racked my brains, put myself in the shoes of a hopeless romantic and accumulated a selection of the best romantic things to do in London!



1. Clos Maggoire 

I thought the obvious way to kick off this blog post would be with the restaurant voted most romantic in London. This little French haven located off the main Covent Garden Square is adorable inside. Their title is predominantly due to the apple blossom adorned conservatory with a blazing fire in the winter time. It’s a one of it’s kind in London, seeking inspiration from both French and Tuscan country inns it certainly makes for quite the romantic evening. Good luck getting a booking here come Valentine’s Day!

London Romantic

2. A bottle of wine on the banks of the Thames

Far less indulgent than a heavenly French restaurant however equally as romantic. The Thames is a gorgeous place to sit by especially in the summer. Head to Hammersmith, Chiswick and Barnes area for the best, secluded spots. Bring a picnic rug, a bottle of chilled white wine and watch the early evening rowers pass you by. This is an idyllic location in the summer and it doesn’t have to just be romantic, it’s a great spot for a group of friends to hang out also!

London Romantic

3. The London Eye

A classic on the romantic front, there’s a reason the queue is so ridiculously long on Valentine’s Day. Whilst it may be edging on being a little cheesy, riding round the London Eye at night and admiring London’s skyline couldn’t be missed off the list! You can even include packages of a bottle of champagne or rent out one all to yourself if you’re feeling especially indulgent and romantic. If you’re travelling from abroad and haven’t visited London before this is also a great spot to point out all of London’s infamous landmarks.

London Romantic

4. A picnic in Richmond Park

How about lunching amongst the gorgeous scenery in Richmond Park, this is my favourite park in London because you really wouldn’t think you were near the heart of a city. You can lay back and enjoy your luscious surroundings, maybe find a beautiful tree to sit under and make your home there for the afternoon. Your surroundings will make it special enough already but bring along some romantic treats for your loved one in a wicker picnic basket, enjoy the sunshine and chatter away as the resident deer wander by.



5. Electric Cinema

This is the ultimate cinema experience, waiter service, your own sofa or bed if you fancy it and a great selection of movies. You’ll find the Electric Cinema in Notting Hill or Shoreditch and they’re well worth a visit. Whilst the tickets will be above your average cinema outing, the money will be well worth it once you’re snuggled up on a sofa or bed of your choice and your snacking away on tortilla chips with smoked humous followed by homemade cakes and maybe some old fashioned sweeties! It’s definitely a different experience from a standard cinema trip and a special treat to experience with your better half.

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6. Rowing on the Serpentine

London doesn’t have Cambridge’s punting but we sure do have the Serpentine in Hyde Park. You can rent a little rowing boat or a pedalo and head out with your loved one for a romantic afternoon on the water. How about packing up a picnic, a bottle of champagne and enjoying the park from a different perspective. A slightly different date to your average trip to the park. Hyde Park is centrally located, for those who haven’t visited yet, and it’s definitely worth a trip in to town if you’re based outside the city or visiting from abroad. The park itself is stunning and rowing on the lake ticks both boxes of being fun and romantic if you want it to be!

London Romantic

7. Ice Skating

London in the winter time is almost more magical than in summer, there’s nothing lovelier than waking up to a cold, crisp yet sunny Saturday morning and layering up in your cosiest winter coat before heading out to one of London’s many ice rinks. In the winter my two personal favourites are the rink at Somerset House and the rink at the Natural History Museum. Both of which are equally romantic in the evenings, with fairy lights and Christmas trees brightening the night sky. If you’re heading to London in the winter this is definitely a date night worth doing.

London Romantic

8.  Primrose Hill sunset

Primrose Hill certainly holds a very special view of London, don’t turn round until you reach the top and it’ll be even more breathtaking. Taking a walk up Primrose Hill is definitely one to do with your loved one, you can rest and admire the view from one of the benches at the top, chatter away and watch the sun set behind London’s infamous skyline. You’ll find Primrose Hill located on the Northern side of Regent’s Park in central London. How about spending the afternoon picnic-ing in the park and then walking up the hill to watch the sunset as a nice little finale to a hopefully successful date. Be sure to choose a sunny, clear day to get the best view possible!

Corinthia London

9. A Hotel Room

London sure does have a mighty fine selection of hotels to choose from. Whether you’re looking for something hugely luxurious or just a change of scenery from home this city caters to all. Whether you live in the city or are visiting from abroad, providing your budget allows for it, a night in luxury could be a wonderful way to treat your other half! A personal recommendation would be either The Rosewood Hotel in central London or the Corinthia Hotel by the Embankment. Both offer beautiful interiors and a little romance if you’re looking for it!

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    Tajirul @Top Travel Lists
    July 21, 2015 at 4:41 am

    London might not be the world’s best honeymoon destination for it’s noisy, vibrant environment. But your post explains why London is no less competent for being a romantic destinations for couples……a drink by the bank of Thames, a London Eye ride or spending some quality time in Clos Maggoire all sounds perfectly romantic to me…..this post is a perfect guide for romance seekers looking to have the best of London…

    June 30, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Thanks so much for this post! My hubby and I have been planning a trip to London and this list has been such a big help! Bookmarked for sure!


    June 29, 2015 at 7:14 am

    Thanks for the ideas, always looking for romantic/fun things to do in London! Drinking a bottle of wine by the Thames (on the grass next to Tower Bridge) is a summer tradition of mine haha, cheap and cheerful.


    June 29, 2015 at 1:11 am

    I love the Primrose hill. When I went to London we spend hours up there, having a little picnic and just chatting. Absolutely beautifl! But I would love to try the Electric Cinema, it sounds awesome!

    June 27, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    Really good post 🙂 Just to add, there is a really good view at Alexandra Palace as well as another ice rink.

    June 26, 2015 at 11:04 am

    I’d love to visit London someday. ice skating is one of my favourite romantic activities, love this list!

    jessica wright
    June 25, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Love the ice skating one! Did it in December with my husband and can definitely recommend!

    June 25, 2015 at 8:40 am

    Oh wow this post has really made me miss London. I will definitely be checking out some of these when I go back, thank you for sharing!

    Yas xx

    June 25, 2015 at 4:27 am

    That ice skating rink looks so pretty! So very romantic 🙂
    XO Janina

    Gemma Carey
    June 25, 2015 at 1:22 am

    I’ve never heard about the Electric Cinema! It looks so cute and I live just by Notting Hill so I’ll definitely be suggesting this one on my next date…

    June 25, 2015 at 1:02 am

    The Electric Cinema looks amazing! You had me at hommus (never mind the romance!). I am hoping to travel to London next year to attend Wimbledon. Fingers crossed I can check the cinema out too!

    Jennifer Stevens | Adventurous Appetite
    June 24, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    Great post! Now if I could only find a man! 😉

    June 24, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    You make London sound like the perfect honeymoon location. I’ll keep that in mind for the far far future. Despite the fact that I’m not currently into romance, I’m still desperate to try chilling near the thames, boating on the serpentine, and ice skating!

    June 24, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    Great tips! Miss London so much

    June 24, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    electric cinema sounds amazing :]

    Vanessa Rivers
    June 24, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    I agree with all of these EXCEPT the London Eye! It is by far the least romantic attraction in London! They cram 20+ people in a pod with screaming kids running around. And the glass inside the pods is scratched and dirty so it is almost impossible to get a good picture! I guess if you rented one out on your own, at night, with A LOT of champagne, MAYBE it could be romantic!! LOL

    Christina Soong
    June 24, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    Great list! My personal favourite suggestions are ice skating and picnicking in the park.

    June 24, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    That Electric Cinema looks brilliant! What a neat idea! We’ve got ‘gold class’ movie cinemas back in Aus, but nothing to this standard. Cheers for the tips 🙂

    Lauren Ruettinger
    June 24, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Oh my! I have wanted to visit London since I was a child, and this post has only increased that desire! *insert heart for eyes emojis* Definitely going to remember this for when I finally get to go to London. Thanks for sharing!

    June 24, 2015 at 10:19 am

    The view of London from Primrose Hill is definitely very romantic! I used to go over and sit on the hill for sunrise and sunset some weekends!

    Clipping Path Outsource
    June 24, 2015 at 10:01 am

    I love to stay sometimes solo in the bank of Thames ha ha with your idea (: