Romantic weekend in London itinerary for couples

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

Enjoy a romantic weekend in London, taking in some of the city's most seductive sights, dreamiest attractions and decadent London restaurants. There are plenty of fun things to do for couples in the capital - particularly around Valentine's Day.

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Friday in London

The Phantom of the opera embracing a woman with candles in the background.

Evening: See a London theatre show

Start your weekend by sipping chic cocktails and enjoying stunning views from the luxurious Radio rooftop bar. 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!, step into Simba's steps in the savannah in The Lion King, or secure tickets to an opera or ballet performance at Covent Garden's sumptuous Royal Opera House or the London Coliseum.

Before the show, feast on Mediterranean cuisine at Sarastro, famous for its opulent décor and flamboyant food or opt for a great value pre-theatre dining menu. Alternatively, book a table at the enchanting Clos Maggiore, which is one of London’s most romantic restaurants.

Saturday in London

Queen Victoria statue in Kensington Gardens with Kensington Palace in the background on a sunny day.

Morning: Explore London's 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: Be pampered at a London spa

If you're in need of a spot of pampering, indulge in a lunch of Spanish and Italian-influenced small plates at May Fair Kitchen in the May Fair Hotel, before relaxing at the opulent May Fair Spa: one of London's many luxurious spas.

Next, whisk your lover off to Burlington Arcade for some retail therapy, where you can shop for beautiful fragrances and fine jewellery at specialist artisanal shops, or pick up an extra-special Valentine's Day gift.

Then browse nearby Bond Street’s luxury stores including the sparkly Tiffany & Co, or wander over to Fortnum & Mason to be wowed by its foodie delights. Treat your sweetheart with a luxury hamper* filled with delicious delicacies.

Evening: Explore the South Bank

Enjoy 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 Lyaness or ramp up the romance with a scenic flight on the London Eye in your own private capsule.

On your way back to the hotel, stop off at 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.

Sunday in London

Greenwich Park on a sunny day with views of iconic buildings in the London skyline

Morning: Stroll around London's parks

Start your Sunday morning in London with a tasty breakfast: savour the likes of Indian pancakes at Cinnamon Club or opt for a full English at the National Cafe – where you can walk off your breakfast by exploring the halls of the National Gallery.

Once you've satisfied your early-morning appetite, take a dreamy amble through Hyde Park. Hire a rowing boat or paddle a pedalo on the Serpentine, and don't forget to stop off to smell the beautiful blooms in the Rose Garden.

Afternoon: Visit a museum in London

Keep it intimate by exploring one of London's best museums or galleries, such as the nearby Wallace Collection or see the latest blockbuster exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts. After viewing the exhibits, enjoy light refreshments (or champagne) at one of the museums' restaurants.

Alternatively, venture over to Greenwich with Uber Boat by 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 the peaceful Greenwich Park.

Grab a drink in The Gipsy Moth's lovely beer garden, which overlooks the iconic sailing ship Cutty Sark, before heading back into central London and hopping off at Embankment Pier.

Once on dry land, drop in for an afternoon tea in London or while away the afternoon in a cosy pub.

Evening: Discover Soho or Carnaby

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 enjoy a taste of China at Chinatown's best restaurants.

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. 

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.