London is a wonderful city to explore with someone you love, and it’s a great spot for a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway. Whether you’re visiting the classic sights, enjoying stunning views from Tower Bridge or simply strolling hand in hand along the Thames, there’s a lot of romance to be found in London. If you’re thinking of or planning a visit to London in February, here are some of our favourite things to do, most romantic spots and the best ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in London!
Romantic Valentine’s Dinner Spots in London
A romantic dinner out is the most classic way to spend Valentine’s Day with your loved one. With an abundance of choices—from romantic spots to internationally renowned chefs—London has a wonderful selection of restaurants. Located on the 8th floor of the OXO Tower on the South Bank of the Thames, the OXO Tower Restaurant has stunning views and features pan-Asian and modern British cuisine. Guests staying in our Chelsea vacation rentals for Valentine’s Day can stroll to Restaurant Gordon Ramsay near the Thames for fine dining in this award winning restaurant. If you’re looking for a romantic spot to propose to your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day, Le Gavroche is one of the most popular choices. This Michelin two star restaurant specializes in French fare just as it has since opening in 1967. Head to Covent Garden for excellent fish and seafood at J. Sheekey, which is conveniently located near London’s theatres in the West End. Restaurants will book up quickly for Valentine’s Day so we highly recommend that you make your reservations as early as possible.
Thames Dinner Cruise
Enjoy lovely views of classic London sights while gliding along the Thames on a romantic dinner cruise for Valentine’s Day in London. With music, entertainment and the stunning backdrop of London, it’s a memorable way to enjoy a romantic night out. Several companies offer dinner cruises, including the Valentine’s Day Thames Dinner Cruise with Bateaux London and even a Thames Dinner Cruise with Jamie Oliver’s Fabulous Feasts. If you’re planning a romantic dinner cruise on the Thames, be sure to book early for the best window seats!
London Eye at Sunset
For a bird’s-eye view over London, head to the London Eye for a romantic “flight” while enjoying the sweeping views over the city. Plan your visit at sunset to capture the rosy glow while making a toast with the London Eye’s Champagne Experience. Make the experience even more spectacular with the Champagne Capsule, and enjoy a private flight around the London Eye. Before or after your visit to the London Eye, enjoy a romantic stroll along the Thames on Queen’s Walk.
A Night at the Theatre
Surprise your loved one with tickets to a show in London’s famous West End on Valentine’s Day! There will be a wonderful selection of shows on in the Theatre District in February 2013, but you’ll want to order your tickets well in advance since shows will sell out quickly on Valentine’s Day. Looking for a great show for a romantic night at the theatre in London? Her Majesty’s Theatre on Haymarket will be presenting Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beautiful classic The Phantom of the Opera. The Adelphi Theatre on the Strand will have romantics swooning with The Bodyguard featuring hits by Whitney Houston. For a whimsical night out, head to the Old Vic Theatre for Cole Porter’s classic musical Kiss Me, Kate. Just a few of the wonderful shows that will be on for Valentine’s Day in London!
If you’re looking for a romantic getaway in London walking distance to the best theatres in London’s West End, check out our charming Eden studio rental with an excellent location on a quiet street near the Strand and Trafalgar Square.
Sweets for Your Sweet
London’s specialty chocolate shops are the perfect spot for a little something sweet for Valentine’s Day that you might not find back home. Stop by the William Curley shop on Ebury Street in Belgravia for a delicious selection of chocolates and sweets from this well-known British patissier and chocolatier, who has been honoured as “Britain’s Best Chocolatier” four times by The Academy of Chocolate. You can also find William Curley chocolates and more for sale in their concession at Harrods. Visit the lovely Princes Arcade in Piccadilly where you’ll find Prestat, a Royal Warranted chocolatier as well as London’s oldest surviving chocolatier. The brightly packaged Valentine’s Day Chocolates from Prestat are lovely for gifts. Missing something sweet from America? Stop in one of the Hummingbird Bakery locations for cupcakes, pie, brownies and more.
Walk Along the Serpentine
Enjoy a romantic stroll hand in hand through beautiful Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. Follow the pathways around the Serpentine while watching the swans floating along, stop in the Serpentine Art Gallery or warm up with a hot chocolate or tea at one of the restaurants overlooking the water. It’s a romantic escape right in the heart of London!
Romance at Tower Bridge
As if the views weren’t romantic enough, Tower Bridge sets the scene for lovers on Valentine’s Day with music, champagne and sweets along the walkways between the towers of London’s most famous bridge. A top spot for proposals every year, it’s a lovely choice for enjoying a romantic London experience with your sweetheart. After your visit to Tower Bridge, stroll to nearby Shad Thames where you’ll find a nice selection of restaurants with river views in this popular London dining spot.
Located 10 miles outside central London in Richmond, the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens are among the finest public gardens in the world. Easily accessible on the London Underground’s District Line, spend a morning or leisurely afternoon strolling through the gardens, warm up while seeing the outstanding floral displays inside the glass Palm House or Temperate House and bundle up for a walk through the beautiful gardens. Enjoy a romantic lunch or dinner at the elegant Orangerie Restaurant at Kew Gardens. Book in advance as it’s a sought-after spot for holidays.
A Romantic Stay with London Perfect
While there’s a lot to do in London for Valentine’s Day, one of the most romantic ways to celebrate the day is with a stay at a lovely and romantic London Perfect vacation rental. In the comfort and privacy of a beautifully decorated London apartment, you may just choose to stay in and plan a romantic evening at home for Valentine’s Day. Stop by the local market for all the supplies to prepare a gourmet dinner, put on your favourite music, pop the bubbly and enjoy in a leisurely dinner in a charming and intimate setting.
With a lovely garden and fabulous location, our sweet Cornwall vacation apartment in Kensington is the perfect spot for a romantic getaway in London. Enjoy a stay in Chelsea in our charming Hamilton one bedroom vacation rental located between King’s Road and the River Thames. For a cosy and romantic stay right in the heart of South Kensington, our Queensgate studio loft is a lovely choice. With a gorgeous contemporary decor, our one bedroom Mayfair vacation rental is a wonderful setting in central London. We invite you to view all of our London Perfect vacation rentals, or contact us and we’ll be pleased to help you find just the right romantic spot for your Valentine’s Day in London.