Enjoy a romantic weekend break in London with our itinerary taking in some of the city's most seductive sights, intimate experiences and decadent dining. There are plenty of fun things to do for couples in London - particularly around Valentine's Day.
Friday in London
Evening: See a Show
Start your romantic London weekend by sipping cocktails and enjoying panoramic views of the City of London from Radio rooftop bar at ME London hotel. You'll be able to spot top landmarks such as St Paul's Cathedral, the London Eye, Tower Bridge, The Shard and the Houses of Parliament.
From here, the West End’s hit shows are right on your doorstep. Set the mood with feel-good musical Mamma Mia, enjoy the epic love story that is Phantom of The Opera, or secure tickets to an opera or ballet performance at Covent Garden's sumptuous Royal Opera House.
Before the show, sample Italian delicacies for less at Spaghetti House (branches in Cranbourn Street and St Martin’s Lane) or book into Clos Maggiore, one of London’s most romantic restaurants. You can also combine theatre tickets with a meal.
Saturday in London
Morning: Explore Historic Palaces
After breakfast in bed at your romantic hotel, treat your partner like a king or queen with a visit to one of London's Historic Royal Palaces.
Whether it's wandering the gorgeous gardens of Hampton Court Palace, seeing the sparkling Crown Jewels at the Tower of London or being seduced by the sedate majesty of Kensington Palace, you’ll uncover lots of love stories and historical tales. Plus, you'll also find plenty of secluded spots to steal a kiss or two!
Afternoon: Be Pampered
It’s now time to be pampered! Enjoy a lunch of Spanish and Italian-influenced small plates at May Fair Kitchen in the May Fair Hotel, before spending time relaxing in its opulent May Fair Spa, one of London's many spas.
Refreshed, whisk your lover off for some retail therapy to Burlington Arcade, where you can shop for handmade gloves, vintage watches and jewellery at specialist artisanal shops.
Evening: Explore the South Bank
Enjoy an early dinner on the south bank of the Thames. Skylon’s huge picture windows overlooking the river are bound to impress, while OXO Tower Restaurant provides a loved-up setting. Make sure to book well in advance to secure the most intimate table.
On your way back to the hotel, make sure to stop off at Millennium Bridge. It’s a popular spot for couples and it’s seen its fair share of marriage proposals over the years (not that we're dropping hints!).
Sunday in London
Morning: Brunch and Parks
Enjoy the tranquillity of a lazy Sunday morning in London with brunch out and about. Savour the likes of kedgeree or fresh pastries at The Wolseley or opt for a full English at the National Café – where you can walk down your breakfast by exploring the National Gallery’s famous works.
Once you've satisfied your early-morning appetite, take a romantic walk through Hyde Park. Here, you can hire a rowing boat or pedalo in the Serpentine and stop to smell the roses in the Rose Garden.
Afternoon: Galleries or Greenwich
Keep it intimate by exploring one of London's smaller museums or galleries such as the nearby The Wallace Collection, which offers a fascinating collection of paintings, porcelain and weaponry. Or see the latest blockbuster exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts. Once you've taken in the exhibits, enjoy light refreshments (or champagne) at the charming Wallace Restaurant or escape into the Royal Academy Restaurant’s tranquil Keeper’s Garden.
Alternatively, catch a river bus to Greenwich. The one-hour boat trip affords stunning views from the water. Once there, Greenwich offers a range of delights to suit every taste, whether you enjoy history at the National Maritime Museum or just lazing around Greenwich Park (keep your eyes peeled for the resident deer!)
It’s late afternoon, so it must be time for tea! Head to The Savoy, which serves its afternoon tea in the magnificent Thames Foyer. You’ll sample finger sandwiches, scones and other sweet treats while being serenaded by a pianist.
Evening: Discover Soho
Spend your evening in and around Soho, with its glut of cocktail bars, eateries and entertainment venues. Settle down to some jazz in the atmospheric Ronnie Scott’s or live acts in the intimate setting of Brasserie Zedel's The Crazy Coqs.
Round off your weekend of romance with a meal in bustling Kettners or the classy Dean Street Townhouse before a top tipple at one of the area’s cocktail bars. The Oscar Wilde Bar at Café Royal provides an elegant spot, or visit Aqua Nueva’s rooftop bar for stunning views over London.