101 Romantic Things to Do in London

Find the most romantic things to do in London to ensure you have the perfect date! From romantic restaurants, to fun date ideas, find the best things for couples to do in London.

Whether you are planning a romantic weekend getaway in London or looking for Valentine’s Day ideas, here’s our pick of London's most romantic things to do as a couple.

Table for Two at a Romantic Restaurant

1. Enjoy a candlelit dinner at Clos Maggiore, which is oft-hailed London’s most romantic restaurant. 
2. Dine out at the plush Bob Bob Ricard, in which every table has a 'call for champagne' buzzer.  
3. Taste upscale Indian cuisine in a former library at The Cinnamon Club.
4. Fancy an aphrodisiac? Knock back oysters at celeb haunt J Sheekey
5. Splash out at one of London’s Michelin-starred restaurants.   
6. Treat your loved-one to a meal at one of London’s most romantic restaurants
7. Gorge on afternoon tea at one of these fancy venues
8. Book a table at one of London’s top 10 French restaurants
9. Dine in the dark at Dans le Noir

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Cafe Culture

10. Share a milkshake at American-themed media cafe The Love Shake in Shoreditch. 
11. Indulge in some luxurious tea and cake at Petersham Nurseries.
12. Bond over coffee at one of London's top 10 independent coffee shops.  

Retreat to a Romantic Hotel

13. Spend the night in one of London's most romantic hotels
14. Indulge yourselves with a stay in a boutique hotel room
15. Lap up some luxury in one of the capital's five-star hotels

Romantic Things To Do At Night

16. Soak up London’s sexy skyline from Aqua Shard, on the 31st floor of Western Europe’s tallest building The Shard.
17. Learn something new together in the intimate atmosphere of a museum late.
18. Croon some love songs at one of London's karaoke bars.
19. Hear some live jazz at the legendary Ronnie Scott's.
20. Break the ice in one of London’s quirky bars.

Showstoppers

21. Experience the magic of Tchaikovsky’s enchanting ballet with The Nutcraker at the Royal Opera House.
22. Enjoy the quirky Kinky Boots at the Adelphi Theatre. 
23. Head to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on a warm summer's day. 
24. Sob your heart out to the tragic Phantom of the Opera.
25. ABBA fans will love Mamma Mia, a musical tale of love and friendship. 
26. Experience a whole new world of Disney magic with Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre.

Romantic Bars and Cocktails

27. Cosy up to your other half at the Icebar, where the walls, bar and tables are made of ice. 
28. Sip a martini at the legendary Dukes Hotel Bar, where James Bond author Ian Fleming famously used to drink. 
29. Snuggle up in front of a crackling fire at one of London’s cosy pubs
30. Quaff a cocktail in one of the many Dirty Martinis.
31. Enjoy a cocktail and sweeping views of the Tower of London and the Thames from Skylounge.
32. Drink candlelit cocktails at the opulent Icon Balcony Bar, which has a balcony overlooking Leicester Square. 
33. Treat your partner to a Hanky Panky cocktail at The American Bar at The Savoy
34. Love gin? Take a fun-filled tour of London's finest cocktail venues on a Gin Journey.
35. Share a bottle of wine at one of the candlelit tables at the cave-like Gordon's Wine Bar.
36. Celebrate your love with a bottle of bubbly at one of London's champagne bars.

Activities for Couples

37. Competitive couples can play ping pong at Bounce
38. Strike it lucky at retro-style bowling alley Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes
39. Thrash your other half at table football at Bar Kick
40. Trust your partner with your life by belaying them at indoor rock climbing centre The Castle Climbing Centre
41. Take an uplifting expedition across the roof of The O2.
42. Sniff out some culinary delights at Maltby Street Market.

Soak Up a Romantic View

43. Enjoy a spectacular sunset over London’s skyline from the top of Parliament Hill, on Hampstead Heath.
44. London's newest landmark The View from the Shard offers sweeping views of the city.
45. Look down at London's famous buildings and attractions by soaking up the city's panoramic views.
46. Gaze across the cityscape from one of London's rooftop bars.
47. Book an exclusive Champagne Experience aboard the London Eye where you get a private capsule, your own waiter, champagne and chocolates.
48. Climb Primrose Hill for breathtaking view of Regent’s Park and the city, and reward yourself with a cupcake at Primrose Bakery on the way back.

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Unusual Date Ideas

49. Take a tour of Wilton's Music Hall, the world's oldest and largest surviving grand music hall.
50. Wander around Dennis Severs' House to soak up the sights and smells of an 18th-century family home.
51. Enjoy a candlelit tour of the atmospheric Sir John Soane's Museum.
52. Take a tour of Highgate Cemetery, where revolutionary Karl Marx and English novelist George Eliot are buried.
53. Get inspired by the Romantic poet while visiting beautiful Keats House

Best for Gifts and Shopping 

54. While away a Sunday at one of London’s top 12 markets.
55. Shop for jewellery at Hatton Garden.  
56. Browse the shops in the opulent Burlington Arcade.
57. Shop for fancy underwear and saucy treats at Coco de Mer.
58. Feast on chocolate at one of London's fabulous chocolate shops.
59. Browse London’s best florists for a bunch of red roses.

Fun Things To Do As a Couple

60. Go deer-spotting in Richmond Park.  
61. Fly kites on Parliament Hill
62. Take a canal boat ride from Little Venice to Camden.   
63. Treat your loved one to flowers at Columbia Road Flower Market
64. Pose for a couplie (couple's selfie) next to the Love Lane sign in the City of London. 
65. Marvel at the Kyoto Japanese Garden in Holland Park
66. Take a look at the Watts Victorian memorial in Postman's Park, which features in the movie Closer.
67. Chill out in the Barbican Conservatory which homes tropical plans, trees and fish.
68. Find your way out of Hampton Court Palace's famous maze.
69. Hire a Boris bike and cycle to one of London's parks for a picnic. 
70. Stroll on a soaring walkway amid the tree canopies at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. 
71. Follow in the footsteps of famous movie couples by visiting one of London's film locations
72. Go horseriding together through Hyde Park. 
73. Walk hand-in-hand through London's oldest botanic garden, Chelsea Physic Garden. 
74. See St James's Park's five resident pelicans from the Blue Bridge which crosses the lake.  
75. Share a giggle at a stand-up comedy night.  

A Romantic Walk

76. Take a stroll around the beautiful St Katharine Docks. 
77. Walk along the South Bank at night from London Bridge to Waterloo.
78. Amble through the idyllic Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park
79. Wander around the park of Eltham Palace and explore every room of this luxurious art deco residence.

Naughty but Nice

80. Get an eyeful of sequins, feather boas and more at a saucy burlesque show

Do Something Different Date Ideas

81. Learn to make lots of delicious treats together at The Cookery School
82. Take your love to new heights with a shared or private London Helicopter Tour.
83. Say "I love you" at St Paul’s Cathedral Whispering Gallery.
84. Go ice-skating in Somerset House’s stunning courtyard. 
85. Go star-gazing at the Royal Observatory Greenwich's planetarium. 
86. How deep is your love? Pop the question at the SEA LIFE London Aquarium using an “underwater” proposal service.
87. Take your date to a swing dance class.

Art and Film Dates

88. See amorous painting The Knight Errant by John Everett Millais at Tate Britain.
89. Take a peek at Paul Gauguin's famous nude Nevermore at the Courtauld Gallery.
90. See a movie from the comfort of a front row red velvet double bed at the Electric Cinema Notting Hill. 
91. Film buffs can share popcorn while catching a flick at the BFI Southbank
92. Discover how much Queen Victoria loved Albert at the Victoria Revealed exhibition at Kensington Palace.  
93. Follow in the regal footsteps of William and Kate who married at Westminster Abbey.

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Summer Dates

94. Soak up the views while sipping a pint at one of London's riverside pubs.
95. Enjoy theatre under the stars at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
96. Make the most of the sunshine and dine al fresco
97. Dine amongst the flamingos at Kensington Roof Gardens
98. Gaze lovingly at Regent’s Park's stunning rose garden. 
99. Hire a rowing boat on the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park. 
100. Enjoy a rooftop view of the South Bank at Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden.  
101. Share an ice-cream at one of London’s best ice-cream shops