Best Ideas for Valentine’s Day in London

Jan 19, 2020

Make this Valentine's Day in London a Memorable One!

If you’re in London this Valentine’s Day and you are looking for some inspiration when it comes to places to go and visit with your loved one, look no further. Here is a handy little guide to things you can do and places you can visit on the “big day” itself.

You’ll find suggestions that suit all budgets and cover a range of activities. We hope you find what you are looking for here.

Valentine’s Afternoon Tea on a Boat!

Enjoy a romantic cruise on a boat down the River Thames whilst enjoying a spot of afternoon tea.

Upon boarding, you will receive a glass of champagne plus a red rose to mark the occasion. As you’re tucking into your sandwiches and cakes, you will be passing lots of London landmarks, while being serenaded by an amazing jazz band.

More Information:  City Cruises

Love Poetry of London Walk

If you and your special other enjoy the art of poetry, then you won’t want to miss this. Meeting at St. Pauls Cathedral, you will embark on a free walk around the City of London where you will hear the secrets of famous figures including Jane Austen and Samuel Johnson.

As it’s a poetry walk, you are encouraged to bring your own poetry to share, and you will undoubtedly hear others' work too.

More Information: EventBrite

Rooftop Cinema at The Berkeley

The rooftop cinema at The Berkeley is hosting a special screening of When Harry Met Sally on Valentine’s Day.

You will be able to snuggle up underneath fluffy blankets, and, should you need them, there will be hot water bottles to keep you warm whilst you enjoy the film. As we well know, the British weather is unpredictable at the best of times.

Reservations and More Information: The Berkeley

Cost = £300 per couple to include food menu, unlimited mulled wine and hot chocolate, and a bottle of champagne

Dine at a Michelin-Starred Restaurant

There are 67 Michelin star restaurants in London. So, if you fancy taking your other half or significant other out for a swanky meal, you have a lot of choices from which to make your pick.

With locations to suit all budgets you will be able to wine and dine on the day and profess your love to each other over some great food and drink.

Please note that these kinds of restaurants fill up quickly, so it is best to book a table to avoid disappointment.

Go and See a Performance of Carmen at the London Coliseum

Carmen is one of the most popular operas of all time, and you and your other half can enjoy the spectacle together on Valentine’s Day!

Carmen is a searing depiction of a woman who craves love but creates obsession and jealousy. The performance is full of famous arias, including ‘Habanera,’ ‘Toreador’s Song,’ and ‘Flower Song.’

If you are into opera, you need to go and see this!

Tickets and More Information: English National Opera

Take a trip on the London Eye

Make the day even more special by taking a trip on the London Eye, where you can view the city from a height.

To fully celebrate Valentine’s Day, you can purchase the London Eye Champagne Experience. Or, you can go all out and hire a private Cupid’s Capsule. The upgrade will ensure you and your loved one are the only ones in the capsule, so you get that romantic time together, alone!

Champagne Experience: Buy Your Tickets Online

Cupids Capsule: Visit Londoneye.com

Take a Walk through the Streets and Parks of London

If you don’t want to spend obscene amounts of money, you don’t have to. Romance isn’t all about the money, you know.

Take your other half for a leisurely stroll around the streets or visit one of the many parks that London has to offer and spend some quality time together just enjoying each other’s company. You will, no doubt, bump into many eateries and different events that are taking place on the night, but you don’t need to rush. Maybe you could prepare a surprise picnic and take that with you to enjoy whilst you are out.

Sometimes just spending time together is much more important than buying gifts and spending lots of money.

Find a Spot to Watch the London Sunset

The ‘Golden Hour’ as it’s known, is the time where you can watch the sunset in London and be in awe as you see the buildings and monuments light up with the remaining sun rays.

Some of the best locations you can go to view a London sunset include:

  • The London Eye
  • GONG at the Shangri-La Hotel
  • Greenwich Park
  • Little Venice
  • Oxo Tower
  • Primrose Hill
  • Richmond Park
  • Sky Garden
  • Sushisamba
  • The Gherkin
  • The Ivy Tower Bridge
  • Up at The O2
  • The View from The Shard

The best thing about this list is that not all of them require you to spend any money. So, seek out whichever one suits your needs best. Then tell your special person exactly what you think of them as the sun sets in London on Valentine’s Day.

Go Forth and Be Romantic This Valentine's Day in London

There are many other things you can do on Valentine’s Day in London, but the list we have provided here gives you some of the best things to do and some of the best places to visit. You can also check out the London City-wide Events Calendar for other special shows and opportunities.

Whatever you choose to do, we hope you have a great Valentine’s Day in London, and we hope this guide has been helpful to you.

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