London is for lovers on Valentine's Day. The city has the ideal mix of cool, quirky, sweet and spectacular.
Impress your date with panoramic views of London during Valentine's Day dinner. Alternatively, catch a West End show, take a romantic stroll, snuggle up in a cosy pub, or soak up some history and culture.
Whatever your preference, London has plenty of Valentine's Day ideas to offer and London in February will always provide something romantic for you to do.
London Restaurants with Romantic Views
Even if you can't take your eyes off your loved one for more than a couple of minutes, it's always romantic to combine a Valentine's Day dinner with a stunning view over London.
Valentine's Day Ideas: River Views
Several London restaurants take advantage of their location near London's river Thames.
- OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie, eight floors up on the south bank of the Thames, offers fine dining with a great view of St Paul's Cathedral
- Royal Festival Hall's Skylon restaurant and the Tate Modern Restaurant are great locations for hot dates taking a romantic stroll around the South Bank area
- For couples on a budget, wander down the Thames to More London to Strada and Dim T, which both look out onto Tower Bridge and the Tower of London
Valentine's Day Ideas: Views of Parks and Gardens
- Further afield, Valentine's Day lovers can enjoy romantic Michelin-starred restaurant dining 28 floors above London at Galvin at Windows, overlooking Hyde Park
- At the other end of the Royal Park, Chinese restaurant, Min Jiang, boasts an impressive vista over Kensington Gardens
- Also in Kensington, Valentine's Day couples can dine 100ft above London's streets when booking a romantic liaison at Babylon Restaurant overlooking the The Roof Gardens
Valentine's Day Ideas: Views of Central London
- The Asian cuisine at Minako at the Met makes an inviting accompaniment to the restaurant's romantic dinner setting on the 23rd floor of the Hilton London Metropole
- The view from The Portrait Restaurant peers across Trafalgar Square and over to Big Ben, creating a Valentine's Day dinner you're unlikely to forget
Romantic Walks in London for Valentine's Day
Before or after you've eaten your Valentine's Day dinner, you might like to take a romantic stroll. London has plenty of lovely places to wander, even in frosty February.
- Wrap up warm and walk arm-in-arm along the Thames
- Take in some air in London's Royal Parks
- Enjoy the magnificent winter display at Kew Gardens
London's Most Romantic Places on Valentine's Day
London is full of romantic places to visit with your significant other on Valentine's Day.
Hyde Park is an ideal spot to rendez-vous, and with the park's 4,000 trees, a lake, a meadow, rose gardens, and magical Peter Pan statue in Kensington Gardens, it's easy to forget you're in Central London.
For Valentine's romance mixed with culture, see an opera or ballet at London's Royal Opera House, the scene of many fairytale romances, both on and off the stage!
Historical romantics will enjoy Hampton Court Palace, where Henry VIII wooed his many wives.
Cosy Pubs for Lovers in London
Once you've enjoyed a romantic Valentine's Day walk, snuggle up in one of London's many cosy pubs.
For a dose of rakish charm, try the Spaniard's Inn next to Hampstead Heath, where 18th-century highwayman Dick Turpin used to drink. The Clarence in Central London has a special Pol Roger Champagne room upstairs, with amazing views over Whitehall. In Covent Garden, try The Harp for real ales or The Lamb and Flag, one of London's oldest pubs.