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.

Dine at a romantic restaurant

  1. Enjoy a candlelit dinner at Clos Maggiore, often hailed as London’s most romantic restaurant.
  2. Press the "call for champagne" buzzer at plush restaurant Bob Bob Ricard.
  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 French restaurants.
  9. Dine in the dark at Dans le Noir ?.
  10. Be serenaded by opera singers in the opulent surrounds of Sarastro with its flamboyant food and quirky artwork.

See romantic London theatre shows

  1. Be captivated by the multi-award-winning tale of the Phantom of the Opera.
  2. Journey to magical world of Agrabah with Disney's Aladdin.
  3. Tap your feet along to the songs of ABBA in the smash-hit Mamma Mia!.
  4. Watch the legendary Les Misérables in London's West End.

Retreat to a romantic hotel

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

Find romantic things to do at night

  1. Mix cocktails with dazzling views from the 35th floor of Sky Pod Bar at Sky Garden.
  2. Learn something new together in the intimate atmosphere of a museum late.
  3. Croon some love songs at one of London's karaoke bars.
  4. Hear some live jazz at the legendary Ronnie Scott's.
  5. Break the ice in one of London’s quirky bars.

Snuggle up in romantic bars

  1. Cosy up to your other half at Belowzero Ice Bar, where the walls, bar and tables are made of ice.
  2. Sip a martini at the legendary Dukes Hotel Bar, where James Bond author Ian Fleming famously used to drink.
  3. Snuggle up in front of a crackling fire at one of London’s cosy pubs.
  4. Quaff a cocktail or two in one of London's many Dirty Martinis.
  5. Enjoy a cocktail and sweeping views of the Tower of London and the Thames from Savage Garden.
  6. Drink candlelit cocktails at the opulent Icon Balcony Bar, which has a balcony overlooking Leicester Square.
  7. Treat your partner to a Hanky Panky cocktail at The American Bar at The Savoy.
  8. Love gin? Take a fun-filled tour of London's finest cocktail venues on a Gin Journey.
  9. Share a bottle of wine at one of the candlelit tables at the cave-like Gordon's Wine Bar.
  10. Celebrate your love with a bottle of bubbly at one of London's champagne bars.

Explore activities for couples

  1. Competitive couples can play ping pong at Bounce.
  2. Strike it lucky at retro-style bowling alley Bloomsbury Lanes.
  3. Thrash your other half at table football at Bar Kick.
  4. Trust your partner with your life by belaying them at indoor rock climbing centre The Castle Climbing Centre.
  5. Take an uplifting expedition across the roof of The O2.
  6. Sniff out some culinary delights at Maltby Street Market.
  7. Find a board game for two at board game cafe Draughts.
  8. Get your hearts racing on an edge-of-your-seat speedboat ride along the Thames.

Soak up a romantic view

  1. Enjoy a spectacular sunset over London’s skyline from the top of Parliament Hill, on Hampstead Heath.
  2. See sweeping views of the city from level 72 of London's tallest landmark at The View from the Shard.
  3. Look down at London's famous buildings and attractions by soaking up the city's panoramic views.
  4. Gaze across the cityscape from one of London's rooftop bars.
  5. Book an exclusive Champagne Experience on the Coca-Cola London Eye, where you get a private capsule, your own waiter, champagne and chocolates.
  6. Climb Primrose Hill for a breathtaking view of Regent’s Park and the city, and reward yourself with a cupcake at Primrose Bakery on the way back.
  7. Watch the sky turn pink at one of London's most Instagram-worthy sunset hotspots.
  8. Take a boat ride down the Thames.

Discover dates with a difference

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  1. Take a tour of Wilton's Music Hall, the world's oldest and largest surviving grand music hall.
  2. Wander around Dennis Severs' House to soak up the sights and smells of an 18th-century family home.
  3. Enjoy a candlelit tour of the atmospheric Sir John Soane's Museum.
  4. Take a tour of Highgate Cemetery, where revolutionary Karl Marx and English novelist George Eliot are buried.
  5. Visit the beautiful Keats House, the former home of romantic poet John Keats.
  6. Take a look at the Watts Victorian memorial in Postman's Park, which features in the movie Closer.
  7. Chill out with afternoon tea in the Barbican Conservatory, which homes tropical plants, trees and fish.

Treat your loved one to a gift

  1. While away a Sunday at one of London’s top markets.
  2. Shop for jewellery at Hatton Garden.
  3. Browse the shops in the opulent Burlington Arcade.
  4. Declare your love for each other at one of the capital's tattoo shops.
  5. Feast on chocolate at one of London's fabulous chocolate shops.
  6. Browse London’s best florists for a bunch of red roses.
  7. Spoil your loved one to flowers at Columbia Road Flower Market.

Enjoy romantic walks

  1. Take a stroll around the beautiful St Katharine Docks.
  2. Walk along the South Bank at night from London Bridge to Waterloo.
  3. Amble through the idyllic Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park.
  4. Wander around the gardens of Eltham Palace and explore every room of this luxurious art deco residence.
  5. Find your way out of Hampton Court Palace's famous maze.
  6. Stroll on a soaring walkway amid the tree canopies at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  7. Follow in the footsteps of famous movie couples by visiting one of London's film locations.
  8. Walk hand-in-hand through London's oldest botanic garden, Chelsea Physic Garden.

Plan a quirky date

  1. Learn to make lots of delicious treats together at The Cookery School at Little Portland Street.
  2. Take your love to new heights with a shared or private London Helicopter Tour.
  3. Whisper sweet nothings to one another at St Paul’s Cathedral Whispering Gallery.
  4. Go ice skating in Somerset House’s stunning courtyard (open from November to January).
  5. Go star-gazing at the Royal Observatory Greenwich's planetarium.
  6. How deep is your love? Pop the question in the SEA LIFE London aquarium using an “underwater” proposal service.
  7. Take your date to a swing dance class.
  8. Get an eyeful of sequins, feather boas and more at a saucy burlesque show.
  9. Share a giggle at a stand-up comedy night.
  10. Pose for a couplie (couple's selfie) next to the Love Lane sign in the City of London.

Seek out art and film-lovers' hotspots

  1. See amorous painting The Knight Errant by John Everett Millais at Tate Britain.
  2. Study loved-up works at the National Gallery, from Paris Bordone's A Pair of Lovers, to Paolo Veronese's Happy Union.
  3. Watch a movie from the comfort of a front row red velvet double bed at the Electric Cinema in Notting Hill.
  4. Share popcorn while catching a flick at the BFI Southbank.
  5. Admire the stunning art collection at the Queen's House, a gift from King James I to his wife Anne of Denmark.
  6. Follow in the regal footsteps of Prince William and Kate Middleton, who married at Westminster Abbey.

Unwind on a summer date

  1. Soak up the views while sipping a pint at one of London's riverside pubs.
  2. Marvel at the Kyoto Japanese Garden in Holland Park.
  3. Enjoy theatre under the stars at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.
  4. Make the most of the sunshine and dine alfresco.
  5. Gaze lovingly at Regent’s Park's stunning rose garden.
  6. Hire a rowing boat on the Serpentine lake in Hyde Park.
  7. See one of the Bard's romantic plays at Shakespeare's Globe.
  8. Enjoy a rooftop view of the South Bank at Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden.
  9. Share an ice cream at one of London’s best ice-cream shops.
  10. Go deer-spotting in Richmond Park.
  11. Dance together in the sunshine at a top music festival in London.
  12. Take a canal boat ride from Little Venice to Camden.
  13. Hire a Santander bike and cycle to one of London's parks for a picnic.
  14. Go horse riding together through Hyde Park.
  15. See St James's Park's five resident pelicans from the Blue Bridge which crosses the lake.