Whether you’re in London for Valentine’s Day or just have something to celebrate, here’s a list of fun, unique ideas for how to get your romance on while in London with your significant other.
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Find a new scent together
Scent can be a pretty sensual thing, so you could do some perfume and/or cologne shopping together while you’re in London. Jo Malone has complimentary perfume consulting and combining in their London shops, or you could pop over to Harrods’ Ex Nihilo boutique for a luxe smelling test that will result in a bespoke scent for you and your partner.
Finally, you could go to super-Englishly Penhaligon’s, which has TWO royal warrants, to get a personalised fragrance profile, all while enjoying tea, biscuits and champagne– one of their fragrances is shown above.
Go for a romantic meal
– Duck and Waffle (Bishopsgate) – incredible views from the 43rd floor, which is very dark and romantic in the evenings. It’s incredibly hard to get reservations here so exactly two months before the date you want to book, go on their site and get your spot. Yes, they go that fast!
– Social Eating House (Soho) – a restaurant from Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton with a hidden bar above it called The Blind Pig.
– The Modern Pantry (Clerkenwell) – modern British (DELICIOUS) food, in a lovely little restaurant.
If you’re a bit more budget conscious, have a scan of the deals offered for dining on Virgin Experience Days, TravelZoo and LastMinute.com. Make sure you do your research on the restaurant before booking, and also check all terms and conditions for the voucher before purchasing.
Go to Ronnie Scott’s for some live jazz
If you like live jazz, go to London’s most famous jazz club, Ronnie Scott’s, for a romantic night of live music and nice cocktails. It’s been around since 1959, so there’s a ton of history in this place…
Book a spa day
A spa treatment is a romantic way to spend time together in London, and if you’re visiting in the wintertime, it’s a great treat after spending lots of time outdoor sightseeing.
Some of London best spas in London include The Bulgari Spa in Knightsbridge, Agua Spa at the Mondrian, and The Ned’s Barber and Parlour (The Ned is on the list of the best hotels with rooftop bars in London, btw.)
You can sometimes get spa deals on Last-minute.com, just be sure to do your research to make sure it’s actually a good one— Tripadvisor should help.
Even if a spa treatment is out of the budget, just booking yourself into a hotel that has an indoor pool and some basic spa facilities that are free for guests to use will feel like a treat (see my previous point!)
If you’re up to spend some money together on your romantic day in London, why not do a day of personal shopping? Imagine it– you both could be enjoying a glass of bubbles in a plush, private dressing room as you wait for your personal stylists to bring you clothes that should fit you like a glove. Why not wear your new threads out of the store for a night out on the town?
Some stores that offer personal shopping services:
Upgrade your movie theater and dinner experience
Don’t do the usual gross movie theater + crappy restaurant after combo. A sexy alternative is the the Soho Hotel’s Sunday film club— for £40 per person you get a three course meal or afternoon tea at their Refuel restaurant, and then get to watch the film of the week in their romantic, luxe movie theatre (shown above). I’ve done this and loved it. The Courthouse Hotel also offers this, but without the food and with some bubbles.
Curl up at a cosy pub
For something relaxing and not terribly wallet-breaking, just finding a cosy pub nearby where your staying in London could be perfect. Curl up next to the fireplace on a comfy sofa with a pint of beer or glass of wine, and you’re sorted for your romantic evening together.
Here’s a list of the top cosy pubs in London— find one near where you’re staying so you don’t have to travel far to get to it. Weird things on the underground will kill the romance factor…
Have a romantic picnic
If the weather’s decent while you’re in London, have yourself a luxurious, romantic picnic in one London’s many parks. You can pick up a ready-made hamper, which is essentially a really nice picnic basket, from places like Carluccio’s, or go for one from Fortnum and Mason if you really want to impress your date– they’re so gorgeous! Here’s a (somewhat outdated) list of other places you can get hampers from. Plus you can break out the bubbles because London’s fairly lenient on their drinking in public laws…
Have a romantic drink experience
There are loads of upscale drinks spots in London that are very sexy and romantic. Have some really nice vino in the “caves” at Gordon’s Wine Bar (pictured above), have a drink at the Radio Rooftop Bar for gorgeous views of central London, or go all out at the Rumpus Room, which has been named as the best bar in London.
Enjoy champagne and chocolate on the London Eye
Did you know you can actually book your own “pod” on the London Eye and have a private champagne and chocolate experience? Yeah, ya can. That would be pretty romantic, with bubbles in hand, looking over all of London…
If you’re not up for the price tag of the private capsule, there are other options, not-so-private options that are actually pretty affordable.
Spend the day in Hyde Park
There are quite a few romantic things you can do in Hyde Park, even beyond having a lovely little picnic. A fun and cheap option is to hire Boris bikes and ride through the park together, or go a little further (and cheesier?) and rent a row boat to row along the Serpentine. You and your partner can even go horse back riding in Hyde Park! Oh, and a visit to the Rose Garden is a must for a romantic day…
Get some non-selfie photos together
There’s no better time to get some photos showing how much you love each other than when you’re in one of the most incredible cities in the world. You could use my list of great Instagram spots to visit in London to get your photos done on your own, or you can book into one of our London Photo Sessions and a professional photographer will take you around to some of the city’s best photo spots and capture some beautiful moments of the two of you.
Let me know what you’ll do for your romantic day in London in the comments.
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