14 Fun Things to do in London this Valentine's Day
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We're coming up to that time of year. Yes, it's February and Valentine's Day is right around the corner. If you haven't planned where you'll be taking your date yet, we've got you covered. From discovering a new neighbourhood to going on a romantic trip, there's bound to be something you both will enjoy. Below are 14 fun things to do in London this Valentine's Day.
1. Splash out on a romantic weekend break for two at a top London hotel.
If your budget allows it, why not spend a couple of nights at one of the city's most luxurious hotels? Choose from the likes of The Savoy Hotel
in the Strand, Claridge's
in Mayfair, The Lanesborough
in Hyde Park, and The Ritz
2. Spoil your date with a fragrant bouquet from Columbia Road Flower Market.
This bustling market is situated in Bethnal Green and only opens on Sundays – so you won't be able to go on actual Valentine's Day itself – but it's definitely worth checking out for the vibrant atmosphere and stunning floral arrangements.
3. Stroll hand in hand through Hyde Park.
Considered London's most famous park, Hyde Park is an ideal place to take a date this Valentine's Day. You can wander through the Rose Garden (although it's not yet in bloom), go boating in the Serpentine, or simply walk around and look out for wildlife.
4. Admire the colourful flowers in Kew Gardens.
While the weather is likely to be grim on Valentine's Day, there are still hundreds of flowers to spot in Kew Gardens, and you can discover rare plants in the world's largest Victorian glasshouse.
5. Cuddle up in a cinema.
Instead of watching a movie at home this Valentine's Day, head out to one of London's many cinemas. There are so many brilliant films out at the moment, including The Fabelmans
and Magic Mike's Last Dance
6. Enjoy a romantic dinner cruise.
Sail away on a magical cruise down the River Thames, passing by several of the city's most iconic sights. Book through City Cruises
7. Explore Notting Hill.
Having featured in films such as Notting Hill
, Love Actually
and About Time
, it's not surprising that Notting Hill has become one of the most romantic neighbourhoods in London. You can easily spend a whole day in Notting Hill, perusing the stalls in Portobello Road Market, taking selfies outside the pretty houses, or discovering quirky independent stores.
8. Treat yourself (or your other half) to something sweet.
Valentine's Day is a great excuse for indulging in tasty treats, and London is no stranger to delicious desserts. Devour an extravagant milkshake, tuck into a warming apple crumble from Humble Crumble
, or try the Instagrammable delights from Milk Train
9. Learn to dance the tango.
For something completely different, book a lesson for you and your partner at Tango Academy
, where you'll be taught the passionate dance by trained professionals.
10. Watch a show in the West End.
Start your evening with a musical such as Hamilton
, We Will Rock You
or Mamma Mia
, or experience some of the city's best dramas, including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
, Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons
, and Cirque Du Soleil: Kurios
. Finish the evening with a reservation at your favourite restaurant.
11. Lose yourself in the magical Hampstead Heath.
Sprawling over 800 acres, Hampstead Heath is a truly picturesque park that is ideal for a date this Valentine's Day. It has plenty of woodlands to explore.
12. Step back in time at Hampton Court Palace.
Home of several generations of British royalty, Hampton Court Palace
makes a fun and historical day out. It's situated a fair way out from central London, but you can easily reach it by train.
13. Climb up Primrose Hill.
Taking in the spectacular views from Primrose Hill is a classic romantic activity in London and one you can never grow bored of. Head to the park just before sunset for the best photo ops.
14. Spend the day in Little Venice.
Located just north of Paddington, Little Venice is a tranquil area that is a brilliant spot for spending time with your significant other. Meander down Regent's Canal, pop in for a bite to eat at a waterfront café, or find London's canal bookshop.
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