Romantic weekend in London itinerary

Sweep your loved one off their feet during an unforgettable getaway with our romance-packed guide.

Friday in London

Evening: Explore London's South Bank

Kick off your romantic London weekend with a magical evening stroll along the South Bank. You can stop off for dinner at the iconic OXO Tower Restaurant or impress your partner with panoramic views across the Thames at Skylon, but make sure to book well in advance to secure the most intimate table.

Afterwards, toast to your special weekend break in London at the Rumpus Room or ramp up the romance with a champagne flight on the Coca-Cola London Eye in your own private capsule.

Don't forget to stop by Millennium Bridge. It’s a popular spot for couples to swoon over London's landmarks, and has seen its fair share of marriage proposals over the years.

Saturday in London

Morning: Stroll around London parks

Start off your Saturday in London surrounded by 1920s art deco luxury with breakfast at The Wolseley, where the most important meal of the day is taken very seriously. Enjoy a classic full English, or one of The Wolseley's specialties, including smoked haddock kedgeree. 

Once your morning appetite is satiated, take a walk through some of London's most beautiful parks. Stroll through peaceful Green Park and make a brief stop in front of Buckingham Palace before making your way into St James's Park to spot the famous resident pelicans and tame squirrels.

Afternoon: Visit a museum in London

Keep it intimate by exploring one of London's smaller museums or galleries, such as the Institute of Contemporary Arts. You can also head into Trafalgar Square to wander the halls of the National Gallery, or take in centuries of people, both famous and unknown, captured in time at the National Portrait Gallery, next door. 

Alternatively, walk down to Embankment Pier and venture over to Greenwich with MBNA Thames Clippers. On arrival, the leafy London area offers a range of delights to entertain all lovers, whether you enjoy history at the National Maritime Museum, stargazing at Royal Observatory Greenwich or just lazing around in peaceful Greenwich Park.

Evening: See a London theatre show

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Opt for an early pre-theatre dining menu at one of London's many restaurants. Book ahead to nab a sought-after window table at the Portrait Restaurant, in the National Portrait Gallery where your meal will include unparalleled views of Trafalgar Square and across Whitehall to the Houses of Parliament and the Coca-Cola London Eye.

Alternatively, book a table at the enchanting Clos Maggiore, which is one of London’s most romantic restaurants.

From here, the West End’s hit shows are right on your doorstep. Get on your feet with great hits in Motown the Musical, marvel at majestic costumes in The Lion King, or secure tickets to an opera or ballet performance at Covent Garden's sumptuous Royal Opera House.

For a post-theatre nightcap, why not head to the dark, glamorous surroundings of the Beaufort Bar at The Savoy Hotel for signature cocktails served until the small hours of the morning. 

Sunday in London

Morning: Feel like royalty at Historic Royal Palaces

After enjoying 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 through the gorgeous gardens of Hampton Court Palace, admiring the sparkling Crown Jewels at the Tower of London or being seduced by the sedate majesty of Kensington Palace, you’ll uncover lots of historical love stories (and might also find a secluded spot to steal a kiss or two).   

Afternoon: Enjoy a British tradition with a Sunday roast

After you've worked up an appetite exploring in the morning, there's nothing better on a Sunday afternoon than a delicious Sunday roast. As the name suggests, the team at Roast in Borough Market know a thing or two about this particular meal. Or, for a truly decadent experience, try Simpson’s in the Strand, where carvers wheel trolleys to the table and slice juicy roasted beef directly onto your plate.

Alternatively, snuggle up beside log fires and sink into plush armchairs at one of London's best cosy pubs, such as Hampstead's The Holly Bush.

Evening: Discover Soho and Carnaby

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Round off your weekend of romance in and around Soho, which is home to an array of cocktail bars, eateries and entertainment venues. Settle down to some jazz in the atmospheric Ronnie Scott’s, and splash out during dinner at Michelin-starred Social Eating House.

Alternatively, swing over to the cool area of Carnaby. Head to the vibrant Kingly Court for a bite to eat, or tuck into French fare at Antidote before finishing the night at one of the area's cocktail bars.

The Oscar Wilde Lounge at Cafe Royal provides an elegant spot, or try another of London's best luxury cocktail bars for the perfect end to your romantic weekend in London.

If you're looking for more inspiration for your romantic weekend getaway, take a look at 101 loved-up things to do in London or impress that special someone with these fantastic Valentine's Day ideas, including the best Valentine's restaurants.