Love is in the air with Valentine’s Day on the horizon this month, and if you’re planning to make a great impression on someone special, then a Valentine’s date in London is the perfect way to do it.
With plenty of wonderful places around the city to enjoy a memorable date, you’ll find just the right place for you in the capital. To help you get inspired, read on for some great ideas on what to do for date night.
Enjoy a captivating sunset from above
There’s nothing quite like the sight of the London skyline from above, and luckily, there are plenty of great places where you can admire the view. If you’re staying at the Hyde Park International Hotel, you’ll be just a short train ride or walk away from some of London’s best rooftop bars and restaurants, an can soon be admiring the beautiful sight of the city unfolding below you, with a special someone beside you.
If you’re planning more fun later in the evening, but want somewhere special to start off with, then it’s worth getting in a booking at the fabulously stylish Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street, commonly nicknamed, “the Walkie Talkie building”. With impressive 360 degree views all around the capital and a beautiful, tropical garden atmosphere, it’s a wonderful place to start your Valentine’s celebration. And if you plan to take your date on to another impressive location afterwards, make sure you’ve checked out London hotels special offers for a great night’s stay.
Sunset isn’t the only time that London looks impressive from up high – it’s equally magnificent by both day and night. A ride on the London Eye – close to your Hyde Park accommodation – is a great way to experience the city, and you can even book a special Champagne experience, where you and your date can be treated to some delicious treats to savour as you ride around. Or for striking views of the city lit up after dark, head to the Shard, where you can take in some incredible views over London, from the city’s highest viewing platform. There’s something indescribably romantic about the view of London’s magnificent sparkling lights at night, and it’s a great way to make Valentine’s extra special.
Savour some delicious food
If heights aren’t your thing, then food might be the perfect way to express your love, and London has plenty of delicious ways to say how you feel. For guests staying in Hyde Park accommodation, you can enjoy some wonderful places to eat out close by, from intimate and casual eateries, where you can enjoy sharing some tempting small plates together while having a great conversation, to sophisticated upmarket restaurants, featuring some of the best chefs in the city and stylish, gourmet cuisine.
When it comes to Valentine’s though, it’s worth making a little extra effort so if you really want to impress your date, check out some of the city’s special Valentine’s offers across its various restaurants. The London Cabaret Club will take you back to the 1920’s, for a vintage-themed Valentine’s dinner, featuring live dancers and musicians, while the iconic Bentley’s Oyster Bar in Mayfair has a sumptuous menu of irresistible oysters and champagne.
Or for the ultimate in romance, secure a table at Galvin La Chapelle in Spitalfields, renowned for both its exceptional, Michelin-starred cuisine and beautifully romantic ambience. Their special Valentine’s menu offers mouth-watering treats including fresh lobster and Cumbrian beef fillet, as well as handmade chocolates and some exquisite desserts.
Visit some of London’s most iconic sites
While London is always an impressive city at any time of the year, the romantic atmosphere of Valentine’s often gives its special locations a lovely ambience, making them even more alluring.
The captivating Kew Gardens is a perfect place to enjoy the spirit of love, with copious amounts of special blooms and plants all around you. By night, the wonderful botanical garden is beautifully lit up, making it even more of a memorable sight. And the magnificent Royal palaces and buildings around the city, such as Kensington Palace or the Tower of London provide a perfectly regal place to enjoy a romantic date, surrounding you with plenty of opulence and splendour.
Some of London’s most romantic attractions are often off the beaten track, but well worth hunting down. The adorable area nicknamed Little Venice, close to Paddington Station, provides a beautiful spot close to the canals, filled with greenery and colourful barges, while the hidden arches of the ruins known as St Dunstan in the East, a church that was damaged during the Blitz, provides the perfect spot for an impromptu romantic photo shoot. Filled with trailing ivy plants around the beautiful and evocative arches and pillars, it’s a world away from the busy speed of modern London, and provides some timeless charm.
Enjoy a romantic walk through the city
Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating the one you love, and sometimes the best way to do this is by simply making more time to enjoy together. With great deals on London hotels special offers, why not treat yourselves to a charming walk around some of London’s most scenic locations, where you can imagine you’re in your very own romantic movie, with some breathtaking, iconic city sights around you?
The River Thames is always a special sight to see at any time of the day or night, and there’s something truly captivating about seeing the ripples sparkle on the water as the sun shines down. Take a stroll along the South Bank, passing charming street performers and musicians, while you enjoy the distinctive spirit of the city and some great conversation. Or head out afield for a little more open air and personal intimacy, in some of London’s top parks and open spaces. The rambling fields of Hamstead Heath are perfect for a bookish, romantic picnic, while the wild deer of Richmond Park set the scene wonderfully for a wintery Valentine’s date.