Romantic things to do in London: 10 great dates
When looking for romantic things to do in London, you’re spoilt for choice. Katie Ramsingh shares 10 of the best, from picturesque picnics to romantic restaurants
1. Visit Columbia Road flower market
If you and your date are early risers, make the most of your Sunday morning and head to Columbia Road flower market. Discover stalls packed with incredible blooms before having breakfast at one of the local independent cafes. Want to really woo them? Take note of the flowers they linger by and buy a bouquet.
Columbia Road flower market, Columbia Road, London E2 7RG, columbiaroad.info
2. Picnic on Primrose Hill
When the weather’s good, one of the most romantic things to do in London is to pack up a hamper and head to Primrose Hill for a picnic. With its clear views across the city skyline – and plenty of space – the park is the perfect place to share an intimate moment (without running into anyone you know!)
Primrose Hill, Primrose Hill Road, London, NW3 3NA, royalparks.org.uk/parks/the-regents-park/things-to-see-and-do/primrose-hill
3. Have a glass or two at Gordon’s Wine Bar
Drinking wine by candlelight is always romantic, but when you’re in a 19th century cellar the romance reaches new heights. Gordon’s is the oldest wine bar in London and its special subterranean atmosphere is hard to find anywhere else.
Gordon’s Wine Bar, 47 Villiers Street, London, WC2N 6NE, +44 (0)20 7930 1408, gordonswinebar.com
4. Boat on the Serpentine
Looking for romantic things to do in London with a difference? Take to the Serpentine with someone special and you’re sure to have a laugh as you work as a team to keep the boat steady across the lake. Whether you row or pedal your boat, it’s sure to be a day to remember. Be sure to check out the views of Hyde Park as you go.
The Boat House, Serpentine Road, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH +44 (0)207 262 1330, solarshuttle.co.uk/hyde-park.htm
5. Take afternoon tea at Hotel Café Royal
Served in the ornate Oscar Wilde lounge – where Wilde fell in love with Lord Alfred Douglas – afternoon tea at Hotel Café Royal is a dream date. Ideal for those who like to keep things traditional (and eat cake!)
Hotel Cafe Royal, 68 Regent Street, Soho, London, W1B 4DY, +44 (0)20 7406 3333, hotelcaferoyal.com
6. Listen to live music at Nightjar
Live music and artisanal cocktails make this speakeasy-style bar the perfect place to find old school glamour. Impress your date with the rare spirits on offer, then watch the acts together before asking for a dance.
Nightjar, 129 City Road, Hoxton, London, EC1V 1JB, +44 (0)20 7253 4101, barnightjar.com
7. Have dinner at Clos Maggiore
Regularly voted one of the most romantic restaurants in London, Clos Maggiore should be your first choice for dinner if you’re looking to make a statement. Alongside its excellent menu, the restaurant’s cherry blossom-filled conservatory and roaring log fires set the mood.
Clos Maggiore, 33 King Street, London, WC2E 8JD, +44 (0)20 7379 9696, closmaggiore.com
8. Explore the canals of Little Venice
Few pleasures are as simple as a quiet walk along the waterways of Little Venice. Set just north of Paddington, this charming area offers canal boat rides and cute cafes. It’s sure to be a great romantic date spot, come rain or shine.
Little Venice, off Blomfield Road, Pool of Little Venice, London, W9 2PF, +44 (0)20 7985 7200, canalrivertrust.org.uk/places-to-visit/little-venice
9. Walk across Albert Bridge at night
Romantic dates in London don’t have to be expensive. Taking a late-night stroll across Albert Bridge is totally free and makes you feel like you’re in a scene from Love Actually. Epic views of the city, accompanied by hundreds of twinkling lights, means special memories will be made here.
Albert Bridge, Albert Bridge Road, London, SW11
10. Watch a film at Electric Cinema
The UK’s oldest working cinema, the Electric in Portobello is effortlessly charming. Film fans can watch the latest releases from leather armchairs or cosy sofas. And if you feel like splashing out, book one of the front row double beds.
Electric Cinema, 191 Portobello Road, London, W11 2ED, +44 (0)20 7908 9696, electriccinema.co.uk/portobello
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