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Top 10 Romantic Things to do in London

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by Aimee Lewis (subscribe)
A Welsh advertising copywriter working London. Visit my blog at
Published July 10th 2012
Maybe you want to propose in London or perhaps you just want to show someone you care. Well never fear, here are my top 10 romantic things to do in London.

1.The London Eye at sunset.
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Beautiful when the sun goes down.

If you time things right it's possible to go up when its light and come down when it's dark. When the sun is setting, the London Eye can arrange a glass of Pommery Brut Royal Champagne to be served to you so you can toast your love. Awwww, the street lights just got twinklier.

2. Eat at a romantic French restaurant.
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The Bleeding Heart Restaurant

Andrew Edmonds in Soho is your picture perfect little French restaurant with hand written menus, rustic wooden tables and candles. Also French, The Bleeding Heart in Hatton Garden is the perfect restaurant for an after engagement ring shopping dinner. With perfectly cooked food, white table cloths and attentive waiters it's a special experience.

3. Cocktails at Skylon.
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Even better when its dark

In the winter when the nights draw in early, grab yourself a table by the large window of this South Bank centre bar and order exquisite concoctions whilst you look out over the dark waters of the river Thames.

4. Catch a flick at an independent cinema.
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Shortwave's intimate screen.

Have a drink then cuddle up in a seat at Richmix in Spitalfields, The Curzon on Shaftsbury Avenue or even, here's a very small one for you, Shortwave in Bermondsey Square. Shortwave has the added bonus of being next to the Del Aziz who's bakery at the back does some of the best cakes in London.

5. Take a romantic stroll in Kew Gardens.
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Taken by me.

Kew in the sun is a beautiful place. Hang on to your loved one on the tree top walk, or marvel at monarchs in the butterfly gardens. You could even have a picnic. Forgotten yours? Pick up some food up at the Pavilion or the Orangery.

6. Sip some champers at Kettners.
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bubbles darling, why I'd love to!

Kettners champagne bar in Soho has sumptuous curtained booths which you can hide in and canoodle whilst sipping some fine bubbles in beautiful old fashioned glasses. It's oldie-worldie upper class charm that will certainly impress - after all if it was good enough for Oscar Wilde, Edward VII, Lillie Langtry, Agatha Christie and Bing Crosby, maybe it's good enough for you?

7. Make her gooey at London.
.Zoo-ey ... ahem.
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PPPPPick up a penguin

Nothing makes me more cuddly than seeing animals and everyone is happy when looking at meerkats.

8. Hanky panky at a hotel.

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Room with balcony

Want to make it a really special night? Book into one of London's most romantic and beautiful hotels. There are so many to choose from. So here are a few to consider: The Sanderson with it's candle lit balconies. The Athenaeum with it's personal ice cream bar. Blakes with it's candlelit garden. The Ritz for a bed to fall on after your dinner dance.

9. A spa package for 2.
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The Mayfair Spa

Nothing can beat a spa day to make you unwind and think about romance. The Athenaeum offers a couples package with a 60minute treatment then use of the luxurious facilities. At The Mayfair you can enjoy a couples Moroccan couples treatmentlasting for 1hr 45.

10. Take a candlelit tour of a period home.

Yes, another candlelit thing - everyone loves candles. Take an exclusive Twilight tour of Dennis Severs house. The tour is conducted in silence and as you walk around your mission is to unravel the stories of the house - much like a work of art. The tour ends with champagne by the fire.
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Why? To help romance to blossom
When: Anytime
Where: London
Cost: Varying from the cheap - 13 a ticket for Kew to very expensive.
Your Comment
I thinks these are not very romantic ideas but useful and some of them are l like to try it.
by henry (score: 0|6) 3091 days ago
10 awesome ideas for the next trip :)
But the thing with vacations is that planning is not the same if you have a child.. Good thing it's London we're talking about :D
Some great do's and dont's for the newly-wed for the summer :)
by etahn (score: 0|2) 2706 days ago
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