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How to Spend Valentine’s Day in London

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

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Take time out for tea and cake in the V&A Café © VA Images

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.

Victoria and Albert Museum

Indulge in a Traditional Afternoon Tea

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Indulge in a luxurious afternoon tea at Claridge’s Hotel © Claridge’s Hotel

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.

Claridge’s Hotel, The Ritz

Cruise along the Thames

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Set out on an evening cruise along the Thames © Bateaux London

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.

Bateaux London

Soak up some British History

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Explore the interior and gardens of Hampton Court Palace © Hampton Court

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.

Hampton Court Palace

Take in a Top London Restaurant

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Dine on exquisite seafood dishes at Quaglino’s © Quaglino’s

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

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Take in the cityscape at The View from The Shard.

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.

The View from The Shard

Explore London’s Parks and Gardens

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Drink cocktails amidst the orchids at Kew Gardens © Jeff Eden, courtesy of Kew 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.

Kew Gardens, Valentine’s Late

Catch a Comedy Show

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Catch top performances at the Valentine’s Comedy Carnival © Comedy Carnival

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.

Comedy Carnival

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