Romantic Things To Do in London

London may not be considered one of Europe's most romantic cities, it's kind of hard to compete with neighbors Paris and Venice, but there are certainly plenty of romantic things to do to keep couples feeling sappy. London has the fairy-tale factor with princes and princesses, royal venues, the Thames river and charming gardens to roll into a romantic setting.

London at night is absolutely stunning especially along the Thames with the lights of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Riding in a private capsule on the London Eye takes passengers for a birds eye, memorable view of the capital. Pop a bottle of bubbly and your evening is off to a romantic start. From the Eye, stroll the Southbank, a pedestrianized river path which runs all the way to Millennium Bridge. If you are in search of a more economical evening, try the view from the OXO Tower Bar also on the Southbank.

Hyde Park draws couples for early morning walks, picnics and rowing across the Serpentine Lake is a scene right out of a film. Afterwards, take afternoon tea in the The Orangery, a charming 18th century greenhouse at Kensington Palace. More gorgeous views of London can be found walking the paths on the rugged Hampstead Heath and Parliament Hill.

In winter outdoor ice skating rinks appear all over the city. Skating in the evening in the courtyard of Somerset House is a idyllic setting for romance. Cliché yes, but candlelit concerts at St. Martin-in-the-Fields or a Thames river boat cruise sends lovers right back to their hotel for the evening.

Our Top 10 must include a few regal attractions for the starry-eyed. Explore the rose gardens in the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew or Westminster Abbey, the venue for many royal weddings.

London Eye: Private Capsule

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Westminster Bridge Road

Romantic rides for two above the Thames... read more

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Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens

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West Carriage Drive

Largest of the royal parks... read more

London Thames River Dinner Cruise

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Dinner Cruise... read more

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Hampstead Heath

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Hampstead Lane

Wild and rugged park overlooking London... read more

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Somerset House

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Strand
Strand

Multifaceted arts and cultural center... read more

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Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

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Off Kew Road
Kew

Officially the Royal Botanic Gardens... read more

St. Martin-in-the-Fields

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Trafalgar Square 5
Trafalgar Sq., WC2

Church in the Heart of the West End... read more

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Little Venice

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Off Blomfield Road

Venice Right Here... read more

Westminster Abbey

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20 Dean's Yard
Broad Sanctuary, SW1

Britain's National Shrine... read more

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Chocolate Ectasy Tours

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Suite 404 Albany House 324/326 Regent Street

Taste London's best chocolate... read more
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