If you are looking for a romantic break then London is the perfect choice. From the intimate and decadent restaurants to the stunning historical landmarks, there are is no shortage of ways to spoil a loved one in the city so whether you like pampering yourself, enjoying fine dining or getting your adrenaline going; you will find plenty to do in London.
For an idea of an itinerary which covers a little bit of everything, here is how we would put together our dream romantic break in the city:-
Most weekend breaks start on a Friday so once you have arrived and settled into your hotel, you will only have a few hours to make the most of before you retire for the night. This is the perfect time to head to the West End and take in a show; most evening performances start around 7.30pm which should give you ample time to arrive, settle in and then head out. There are also a wide variety of world-class productions on offer in the West End with everything from famous musicals, to romantic classics, and even opera and ballet performances. Soho is also home to a number of fringe theatres if you prefer something a little different as well.
Getting up bright and breezy on Saturday is the perfect time to hit any of the attractions that you definitely want to see. If you can arrive at opening time then you will beat the vast crowds of tourists who will have descended by mid-morning, giving you a couple of hours to explore at your own leisure. Whether you are interested in historical landmarks such as the Tower of London or Buckingham Palace, modern additions such as the London Eye or The Shard or you simply want to take to London by foot and appreciate the sights; the morning is the ideal time to do this before returning to your accommodation, hopefully one of the 5 star hotels in London to get ready for the afternoon.
Nothing says true romance like an afternoon of pampering and London is home to many internationally renowned spas which would make the idea tranquil base in which to relax and unwind. Choose a day spa which offers couples treatments and you could both enjoy a signature massage whilst discussing the sights you saw in the morning and what you plan to do in the evening. Alternatively, use the time to just soak up the feeling of being away from the hustle and bustle of every day life. If a spa isn’t your thing then there are plenty of others ways to enjoy a little indulgence from designer shopping in one of London’s elite shopping districts to afternoon tea with a glass of champagne at one of the city’s prestigious hotels.
If money is no object then Saturday evening would be the perfect time to sweep your loved one off their feet. You could start the evening with a trip in one of the Cupid Capsules on the London Eye as you watch the sun set over the River Thames and the city’s skyline before heading to one of London’s finest restaurants. If you have to stick to a budget then you might want to take a wander down London’s South Bank; you can still watch the sun set from the Millennium Bridge, and South Bank really comes alive at night with restaurants and bars lining the River Thames, street performers and entertainers taking up their spots and an ambient atmosphere which will truly make you fall in love.
You might want to take things at a more sedate pace on Sunday morning, particularly if you have to head back home again in the afternoon or early evening. Sunday morning is the time for long lie-ins, brunch at one of London’s many fabulous coffee shops and cafes followed by a romantic stroll through the city’s open parks and spaces such as Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens or Regent’s Park. Regent’s Park is also home to the ZSL London Zoo which is also a great option for a Sunday morning and Primrose Hill which offers stunning views across the city. If you haven’t managed to go shopping at any point over the weekend then Sunday morning is also a great time to head to one of the city’s markets; there is Columbia Road Flower Market which is awash with colour and scent and the perfect place to treat your loved one to a bouquet of flowers (which doesn’t cost the earth), Brick Lane Market which has an interesting and eclectic selection of stalls, Greenwich Market and Camden Lock Market.
If you don’t have to pack up and head home then you could use the afternoon for a little injection of culture by visiting one of the many museums and art galleries which are dotted all over the city or by travelling a little further afield and visiting one of the attractions which isn’t as centrally located as some others such as the Horniman Museum, Hampton Court Palace and Richmond Park which is known for its freely roaming Red and Fallow Deer. Alternatively you might want to take this opportunity to enjoy a river cruise and take in some of the landmarks which line the banks of the River Thames, offering you a last chance to see the famous sights of the city before you return to your hotel and back to home and reality.
Of course this is just a small selection of the things you could get up to in the city; there are also plenty of other worthwhile attractions we haven’t mentioned. If you like to be active then you might enjoy a Climb up the O2 arena, or the Treetop Walk at Kew Gardens, if you want a truly alternative view of London then a helicopter or hot air balloon ride might be right up your street.