Many people liken exploring a new city to falling in love- the excitement of finding out something new, the romance of being somewhere you’ve never been before and the memories that will stay with you forever. And, for lots of first time visitors to London, that’s exactly how they feel. It’s hard not to be seduced by the cosmopolitan side of the city, wooed by the urban side and thrilled by the beautiful nature that is all around if only you stop to look. For these reasons, and many more besides, London is becoming a popular choice amongst lovers looking for a romantic city break.
Whether you’re looking to surprise someone special for an anniversary or birthday treat, or just want to whisk your special someone away for a weekend of spoiling, there’s nowhere better than the city that has it all- London. Keep your eyes peeled in the months leading up to your trip for London hotels special offers in order to make considerable savings when booking accommodation to make your money go even further.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that the city is full of gimmicky tourist attractions, as there are plenty of those around, Madame Tussaud’s, for instance. However, London is also a classy city that lends itself to a whole host of romantic activities that you can undertake together.
London Eye experience
Allow night to begin to fall before embarking upon this sky tour which will give you glorious views of the sights of the city. As lights begin to be switched on, you can watch as the whole city illuminates to give a nod to your relationship. What could be more romantic than standing hand in hand as you look out over London’s expanse dreaming together of where you will explore next and allowing yourself to briefly think about your future together. There’s something about twilight that makes for great conversation and wonderful memories, and both can be yours whilst enjoying a trip on the London eye.
Even if you aren’t convinced that London is a romantic capital, you certainly can’t argue with the fact that Venice is perhaps the most romantic destination there is. This little area close to Paddington, is a much smaller scale version, but is every ounce as charming as the real deal. With canal boats, floating cafes and quaint riverside restaurants, it’s the perfect spot for a romantic evening date. Ask for a window seat at one of the waterside restaurants to look out over the illuminated waters and liken them to the sparkle in your date’s eyes for extra brownie points.
Take a chocolate tour
If your significant other is a self-confessed chocoholic then head to Scrutton Street for a tour with a difference. Not only will you get to sample chocolate drinks and learn about London’s chocolate history, but you’ll also have chance to purchase some luxurious chocolates to take away and enjoy at home. Handmade chocolates, a chance to learn something new and amazing company- if there’s a better way to spend an afternoon, it’s not been found yet.
Picnic in the park
Nothing says cute and romantic quite like a hand packed picnic hamper, so why not make a list of all of your partner’s favourite snacks and package them up in a rucksack or hamper before heading out to one of London’s Royal parks. If you wanted to picnic by moonlight for added ambience, then Hyde Park is open until late, making it the perfect spot for some star gazing whilst you eat some snacks and toast your relationship under the night sky. Or, if you wanted to make the most of a sunny day, make for Richmond Park instead. In this authentic yet alluring wildlife park, you’ll spot free roaming deer along with many species of birds and butterflies, making it the perfect backdrop for your very own fairy-tale to unfold.
Go and see a show
London’s west end has plenty to offer by means of entertainment, and is most well-known for its incredible stage musicals. So whether you want to enjoy a classic such as ‘The Lion King’ or ‘Wicked’, or laugh along with something modern and not altogether Politically correct, such as ‘Book of Mormon’ or ‘Avenue Q’, it’s all in the west end waiting for you. Often tickets for shows can be purchased cheaply on websites such as ‘lastminute.com’ although if you call into the box office on the day, there may be discounted tickets available there too.
Wherever you decide to fall in love in London, you’re bound to have fun making memories that will last a lifetime. However, after a day of fun, you’ll no doubt be ready to retire to bed for a night of rest to recharge your batteries for the next day. The Park Grand Paddington Court hotel London, offers rooms that ooze class and comfort, and the oversized beds are second to none- even better is that nightly rates are very competitively priced. Allow the London underground to get you back to the hotel quickly and easily so that you can drift away to the land of nod, shutting the world out for a few hours, before waking up next to the one you love.
Don’t forget to elongate your morning bliss with a hot cup of coffee and some breakfast at the hotel before heading out for another jam-packed day of romance and discovery. Doing so will provide you with plenty of much needed energy to ensure that you get the day off to the best possible start, and allow you to have another fun day together, falling more in love with London, and with each other.