If you’re looking for a romantic weekend with your loved one, there are many places we could recommend. There’s Italy for starters and the beautiful city of Milano. There’s Paris, the City of Love, Amsterdam, and the riverboat tours of Venice. However, bearing in mind there has been a Royal Wedding recently, why not soak in the afterglow of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s love for each other, and have a romantic weekend in the UK’s capital city. Here are our tips for a romantic weekend in London.
Find somewhere romantic to stay, such as one of these luxury short-term apartment rentals. Spread red rose petals across the duvet, have breakfast in bed, and benefit from the maid and housekeeping services, meaning you won’t have to lift a finger.
Book a table for two at one of London’s finest restaurants. The Clos Maggiore has been hailed as one of the most romantic eateries in the city, but there are all kinds of other fancy venues, from the Royal luxury of The Ritz to the opulent Sarastro, with its erotic artwork and serenading opera singers.
Do something fun together, spending time in enjoyable activities that will bring you closer together. You could take a speedboat ride across the Thames, climb over the roof of the fabulous O2 building (and then enjoy the incredible panoramic views), or simply have a game of bowls at the Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes if you are looking for a more sedentary thrill.
•Soak up the romantic views, checking out London’s skyline from the London Eye or sitting atop The Shard. Gaze at the cityscape from a rooftop bar while sipping a cocktail, or enjoy the sun setting over Hampstead Heath whilst enjoying a late evening picnic.
•Do something different, away from the throngs of tourists who are sure to get in the way of you and your loved one. You could visit (John) Keats House and revel in the words of this famous romantic poet. Or you could dance with your partner at a silent disco on a Thames riverboat. And if you’re still looking for a table for somewhere to eat, try the Dans Le Noir, where you won’t quite be able to look in your partner’s eyes, but this is still a sensual experience not to be missed.
•Take your partner shopping, whether he likes it or not, and get him to treat you to something fabulous. You could shop for jewellery at Hatton Garden, bring back to your bedroom some of the saucy underwear at Coco de Mer, or buy yourself some sweet delicacies at one of London’s chocolate shops. That’s not forgetting London’s many marketplaces, or shopping boutiques, such as the luxurious Burlington Arcade, where there is something for every (expensive) taste.
•Take a romantic walk together, strolling hand-in-hand across some of London’s best locations. You could take a midnight walk across Tower Bridge, for example, or surround yourself in the beautiful enclaves of Botanic Garden at Kew. You might even lose yourself in a maze at Hampton Court, or take a walk around one of the Royal Parks. Who knows, you may even catch a glimpse of the young prince and his bride. Unlikely, but we can but dream!
There is a lot to do for romantics in London, and we have barely covered everything. Still, if you are looking for some time away together, we hope you have found some inspiration here.