Impress that special someone with a perfect proposal, and get it right on the night with our comprehensive guide to getting engaged in the capital.
From romantic getaways, helicopter packages and picturesque canals, to the all-important engagement ring, there’s a proposal opportunity for everyone in London, especially around Valentine’s Day.
Top proposal packages
The View from The Shard
Opt for a London proposal package to be sure the day goes down without a hitch. Ascend the lofty heights of Western Europe's tallest building and try The View from The Shard's bespoke marriage proposal service. Enjoy exclusive hire of the attraction for 30 minutes while you pop the question. A dedicated proposal concierge helps to make sure everything runs smoothly, along with providing two glasses of champagne and a romantic soundtrack.
London Sky Bar
For a similar experience, London Sky Bar at the top of Westminster's Millbank tower offers a proposal package, where you can pop the question while enjoying panoramic views of London. Packages are tailored to meet your needs and can include champagne, chocolates, canapés, a photo of the proposal, flowers, a PA system and plasma screens.
The London Helicopter Tour
A private London Helicopter flight could even be the venue for the proposal itself. Fly over the sights of London with an exclusive hire, alongside up to four friends and family to witness the moment, and look out for special sunset Proposal Flight packages around Valentine’s Day.
SEA LIFE London
Try a quirkier proposal package and head to the SEA LIFE London aquarium for a special underwater proposal. The SEA LIFE proposal involves special priority access to the aquarium, help from expert divers who will hold up a signed message of your choice, and half a bottle of champagne thrown in for good measure.
Romantic places in London to propose
Coca-Cola London Eye
Some of us just love to do things the old-fashioned way, proposing with as much romance as we can muster. Hire a private pod in the Coca-Cola London Eye and deliver the question while gazing out across the capital's skyline, glass of champagne in hand.
One of London’s many bridges makes for a perfect proposal venue. Try Tower Bridge, especially during sundown, and your proposal will be picture perfect. Step inside via the Tower Bridge Exhibition and enjoy another unique proposal package, as you are given exclusive access to one of the Tower Bridge walkways. Play your own music and set your own LED lighting to tailor your proposal to what suits you, and receive a free glass of champagne afterwards.
Romance and luxury combined
Splash the cash and spend the night in one of London’s many romantic hotels, or if you want a proposal of pure luxury, stay in a spa hotel. London has many romantic hotels, many of them with wonderful views over the city that have almost been designed with proposals in mind. Try Corinthia Hotel or the Connaught, or if a spa hotel takes your fancy then why not opt for May Fair Spa and its sensational spa experience.
London has many river cruises, perfect for a romantic proposal. Glide along the Thames, before finding an opportune moment to ask for your partner’s hand in marriage.
Due to its spectacular views and Thameside location, South Bank is one of London’s most romantic areas, and there are many places along the lengthy promenade that would make for a prime proposal spot. Stop off at the Deck at the National Theatre, or head to Festival or Embankment Pier.
Unique marriage proposal ideas
Not everyone wants to propose in the old-fashioned way, and there are plenty of quirkier options in the capital for those looking to do something a bit different.
Try Little Venice, one of London’s premier canals. Hidden away from the centre, Little Venice is designed in the style of its namesake and is full of nooks and crannies that make for great proposal spots.
Head to the tranquil but lesser-known setting of the Kyoto Gardens in Holland Park and propose under the glow of the multi-coloured leaves and shrubs. Kyoto is especially good for a spring proposal.
Chessington World of Adventures
Animal lovers can journey outside of London to Chessington World of Adventures. Venture out in the safari, ride the rollercoasters in the theme park, and propose at sundown surrounded by all manner of creatures great and small.
Other potential quirky proposal spots include the Royal Observatory Greenwich, so you can forever remember the exact time you popped the question, or Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, for true fans of the Bard. Just make sure you don’t go down the same road as Romeo and Juliet.
Where to buy an engagement ring
Just remember, before you even think about the venue, you need to pick up the perfect ring. London’s many jewellers offer bespoke wedding ring services and there are plenty to choose from.
Hatton Garden is the capital’s jewellery quarter, head there and try out multiple jewellers, including Handley’s, Dynasty Jewels and Regency Jewels. Or try De Beers at The Village at Westfield London for a whole variety of wedding rings. Harrods department store has a fine selection of rings in its jewellery hall, including in Tiffany & Co.