Sweep your loved one off their feet with these romantic proposal ideas, from picturesque canals to unforgettable helicopter rides.
Get a yes when you pop the question by picking one of the top London proposal spots featured in this guide. Find beautiful restaurants to propose in, London proposal packages and where to buy the all-important engagement ring.
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Outdoor London proposal spots
1. Mayfield Lavender Farm
Take in the heady fragrance of the flowers at Mayfield Lavender Farm, located just 15 miles from central London. The picture-perfect spot is a great cheap proposal idea, delivering a dreamy setting for a small entry fee.
2. Kyoto Garden
For a secret romantic place to propose, head to the Kyoto Garden in Holland Park and ask the question under the glow of the multi-coloured leaves and shrubs. This pretty hidden gem is especially good for a spring proposal, with lots of pretty pink blossom.
3. Little Venice
Little Venice makes for a stunning proposal place in all seasons, with fiery leaves reflecting in the canal’s water in the autumn and pretty blooms emerging in spring. The area provides a wow factor without breaking the bank.
4. South Bank
Due to its spectacular views and Thameside location, the South Bank is one of London’s most romantic areas. There are many places along the lengthy promenade that make for a prime proposal spot: stop off at the National Theatre, or head to Festival Pier or Embankment Pier.
Top proposal packages
5. Tower Bridge
Often mistaken for London Bridge, the iconic Tower Bridge offers a fairytale location for your proposal. Add the wow factor and book the walkway overlooking the river for exclusive use. The Tower Bridge events team is on hand to design the perfect moment with bespoke decor.
6. The View from The Shard
Ascend the lofty heights of western Europe's tallest building and try The View from The Shard's tailored marriage proposal service. Enjoy exclusive hire of the attraction for 30 minutes while you pop the question in front of incredible views of London.
7. The London Eye
Nothing says love is in the air like a private pod in the London Eye. Work with expert engagement planners The Proposers to deliver an unforgettable proposal, while gazing out across the capital's skyline.
Romantic proposal ideas
8. Emirates Air Line
Soar above the Thames with Emirates Air Line on the cable car's round-trip from Greenwich. Choose to go at sunset for an extra dash of romance.
9. The Fitzrovia Chapel
The Fitzrovia Chapel is a hidden gem for a private proposal in the centre of London, complete with gorgeous mosaics and a vaulted ceiling with a gold leaf finish. The venue works with proposal companies who can provide musicians, flowers and candles to make the moment extra special.
10. River cruise
London has many river cruises, from sunset sailings to jazz evenings, perfect for a romantic proposal. Glide along the Thames, before finding an opportune moment to ask for your partner’s hand in marriage.
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11. Up at The O2
Love is a great adventure, reflect that with an epic proposal. Clamber to the peak of one of London’s famous landmarks and feel on top of the world as you get engaged at Up at The O2.
12. High Flying Helicopter
Take to the sky to propose with High Flying Helicopter. Departing from either north or south London, the helicopter flight passes over iconic landmarks such as Tower Bridge and Westminster Abbey. On your return, watch your partner’s eyes widen as they see “Will you marry me?” written on the ground.
13. Peter Harrison Planetarium
Find your love written in the stars at the Peter Harrison Planetarium in Greenwich. The Planetarium proposal team ensures everything runs smoothly, from providing fake e-tickets to maintain the surprise to giving exclusive access to the venue with an astronomer on hand.
14. SEA LIFE London
Head to the SEA LIFE London aquarium for a special underwater proposal. The engagement service 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.
London restaurants to propose in
For a rooftop proposal in London, few spots are as elegant as Aviary. Admire stunning views of the London skyline, while eating canapes made with the best British produce. In winter months, book a pretty igloo for an intimate setting for the big question.
16. Lecture Room & Library at Sketch
Put a smile on your loved one’s face by sampling fine cuisine in the three Michelin-starred restaurant at Sketch, a London townhouse with multiple venues. The Lecture Room & Library marries French fare with playfully decadent interiors.
Propose in front of panoramic views from one of London's highest dining terraces at Sushisamba, in the City of London. The atmospheric restaurant, complete with a magical tree sculpture, serves a fusion of Japanese, Peruvian and Brazilian cuisines.
18. Close Maggiore
Woo your intended beside the roaring fire at Clos Maggiore, one of London’s most romantic restaurants. The stunning decor is as sensational as the menu of fine wines and French cuisine. Be sure to book a table in the conservatory to sit under the canopy of flowers and twinkling lights.
Where to buy an engagement ring in London
Pick up the perfect ring at one of London’s many jewellers that offer bespoke wedding ring services.