Visitors to England’s vibrant capital are never short of things to do and places to explore, but to find the city’s most romantic spots, you’ll need to take some advice from those in the know. Luckily, we’re here to help. Plan the perfect Valentine’s Day in London with the help of our handy guide.
Visit London’s Museums
One of London’s most prestigious hubs for high culture and the arts, The Victoria and Albert Museum, is holding a one-day workshop on Valentine’s Day with pop art milliner Pearls & Swine, in which participants will be able to make their own extravagant hat. Revel in even more resplendence by catching the museum’s exhibition of traditional and contemporary Indian jewellery, Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection, and by stopping in at the palatial V&A Café.
Indulge in a Traditional Afternoon Tea
Having hosted afternoon tea for around 150 years, Claridge’s Hotel takes pride in its classic British offering. And on Valentine’s weekend the hotel will be putting on a celebratory tea in the 1930s Art Deco foyer. Another of London’s iconic hotels, The Ritz will be offering an exclusive Valentine’s afternoon tea, too. Here, guests will be able to sip on Rosé Champagne to the tune of resident pianist, Ian Gomes.
Cruise along the Thames
What could be more romantic than a candlelit dinner for two on a Thames river cruise? Bateaux London Cruises will be laying on special Valentine’s Day cruises in which guests are welcomed aboard with a glass of Champagne and a single red rose, before dining on a four-course meal, complete with wine and live entertainment.
Soak up some British History
One of London’s great draws is its magnificent history. Visit 500-year-old Hampton Court Palace to delve into its intriguing past and the story behind the monarchs who resided there. Take a look inside Britain’s only Royal Chocolate Kitchen, wander through the flourishing 60-acre Royals Gardens (which back onto the River Thames), and lose yourself in the palace’s great maze, which was commissioned by William III.
Take in a Top London Restaurant
However you choose to spend Valentine’s Day in London, the perfect finale will be to visit one of London’s romantic restaurants. The renowned European brasserie and seafood specialist Quaglino’s is widely regarded as one of the city’s best for dining with that special someone. The restaurant will be celebrating Valentine’s weekend with an exclusive set menu.
Admire the View
Having been awarded the accolade of the city’s most romantic view by romance novel publishers Mills & Boon, The View from The Shard is hard to beat. On Valentine’s weekend, the viewing gallery will be open each night until midnight and guests will be able to sip Champagne while watching the sunset and the twinkling city lights.
Explore London’s Parks and Gardens
Taking a stroll through London’s palatial parks and gardens can be romantic on any day, but Kew Gardens are giving people another reason to visit with their Valentine’s Late at Kew Gardens. Taking place in the Princess of Wales Conservatory, this Brazil-themed evening will include cocktails and music with dance classes amidst the hanging orchids.
Catch a Comedy Show
West End comedy club Bar Rumba hosts regular comedy festivals, showcasing top comedy talent, but on Valentine’s Day the club will welcome a special Comedy Carnival, with a three-course meal and Prosecco before the show. Those in the mood for a dance after the evening’s entertainment can head on to the venue’s nightclub.
Having spent Valentine’s Day in London’s most romantic spots, why not get to know the rest of the city, or take a daytrip to the UK’s other sights, on a tour with Evan Evans.
Header image: Afternoon tea at Claridge’s © Claridge’s Hotel