London never fails to inspire romance, and throughout history, it’s been a top place for people to fall in love. Wherever you go across the capital, you’re bound to find a special place that holds some romantic stories, and if you’re trying to plan the perfect Valentine’s Day, then there’s plenty to inspire you in the city.
Whether you’re hoping for a quite and intimate evening with your loved one, or want to impress your special someone with a grand and surprising gesture, there is a huge variety of activities for Valentine’s Day in London. Read on for some fun ideas to get you thinking.
Take a romantic stroll through the city’s beautiful parks
If the weather is looking positive, then one of the simplest, yet most romantic things to enjoy in London is a charming walk through one of the capital’s beautiful parks. Start your day with one of the best London hotel deals with breakfast included to enjoy a delicious fresh breakfast together, before heading out into the open air.
There are plenty of parks to choose from, including several Royal Parks and many others across the capital. If you’re staying in the Park Grand Hyde Park Hotel, then you’re conveniently close to some of the best public parks in the capital, including the iconic Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. These two adjacent parks are packed with plenty of natural beauty, as well as many sweet and romantic spots to enjoy some special time together.
Explore the beautiful Rose Garden, discover the poignant memorials to lovers past, or simply stroll amongst the greenery. With a huge amount of space, it’s never too hard to find somewhere a little more private to enjoy together, while the sun-dappled light through the spring trees make London’s parks the perfect place to feel the bright optimism of Valentine’s Day.
Take in the sights from above
One of the loveliest ways to experience London is by getting to see its many historic and renowned sights, and if you’re planning a special getaway to the Park Grand Hyde Park Hotel for Valentine’s Day, then it’s well worth taking some time to soak up the city’s unique charms and atmosphere. And there’s no better way to do it than seeing it all from above.
Not only do you get to avoid the busy crowds on the street, as well as all the noise of the daily flow of city traffic, but you’ll also get to see the full breath-taking sight of the capital spreading out below you. If you want to impress someone this Valentine’s, then this might just be one of the best ways to do it.
There are some excellent places to enjoy a scenic view of the capital from up high, including both natural and man-made locations. Standing 63 metres above sea level, Primrose Hill is one of six protected viewpoints in the capital, and located near Regent’s Park, it’s one of the most memorable places in the city to enjoy the sights or a special sunset on Valentine’s. While it can certainly get a little cold on top, it’s worth grabbing a warm layer or two to snuggle under together, and packing a special picnic to enjoy as you watch the stars come out over the city. Follow up the romantic night time view with a delicious Continental breakfast to start the Valentine’s weekend in the best way.
If you’d rather see London’s epic views from a more stylised view up high, then you’ll have plenty of choices in the capital, but two of the most popular have to be the London Eye and the Shard viewing platform. As the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe, The London Eye certainly provides a magnificent view over the capital, and with the chance to book you own private capsule, complete with champagne and chocolates, you can make it a truly special experience. If you really want to make this Valentine’s one to remember though, the breath-taking sight of the city from the tallest building in the capital will certainly be hard to forget. Make it even more captivating by heading up there after dark, to see the capital’s streets and landmarks lit up spectacularly, beneath you.
Enjoy a wonderful meal together
A delicious meal is always a sure-fire way to enjoy a romantic Valentine’s Day, and there are plenty of great ways to do it in the city. From a lovely Continental breakfast to start the day off together, to charming afternoon teas, filled with dainty cakes, special treats and savoury snacks, or a delicious formal dinner in some of London’s most romantic restaurants, you’ll find something to spoil your significant other all over London.
If you really want to go all out for Valentine’s, then you might want to make a beeline to Clos Maggiore, reputed to be London’s most romantic restaurant. Serving outstanding French fine dining, all set amongst an elegant, fairy tale setting, it’s certainly a place to enjoy a memorable dinner.
If you want to skip the busy restaurants and try something a little different, why not opt for a Valentine’s brunch instead? It’s the perfect way to kickstart a cosy weekend of love and celebration – check out some of the many bottomless brunch offers around London, where you can tuck into all of your favourite breakfast treats, alongside generous amounts of Prosecco, mimosas and other tasty tipples.
Head out to the cinema
Lastly, there’s something special about getting together on Valentine’s to enjoy a classic movie with someone special, and it’s the perfect way to spend a more intimate date out in the city. London boasts some fantastic cinemas, from historic independent venues that take pride in offering a more unique and personalised movie-going experience, to innovative and surprising immersive sessions, that pull you into the magical world of film.
There are also plenty of plush cinemas too, including the leading Curzon group of cinemas, where you can relax in sumptuous style.