Londoners may have a reputation for being a little aloof but we're a sentimental lot really and if you're heading over for a romantic weekend getaway, you won't be disappointed. From star-gazing to the best restaurant views in the city right down to the best London apartments for Valentines Day to stay in, we take a look at some of London's most romantic activities for loved-up couples. Whether it's Valentines Day or not, make your day a special one with our list of the top romantic places in London:
1. Sip bubbly at Europe's longest champagne bar
The nine-metre tall statue, 'The Meeting Place' at St. Pancras International Station commemorates the generations of couples that have been reunited at the station from across the rest of Britain. However, the station is also home to another attraction synonymous with romance. Nothing speaks of a special occasion more than the pop of a cork and the fizz of a nice glass of champagne. At the Searcys Champagne Bar, you can toast to future romance with some of the best champagne money can buy in the historic glamour of the sophisticated bar area.
2. Enjoy a lazy hot air balloon ride
To get the very best views over London, you need to get up into the clouds and fly away on a romantic hot air balloon ride. Rise up above the hustle bustle in the city and see the sprawling streets beneath you as you climb thousands of feet above the ground. From your wicker basket in the sky you'll get a bird's eye view of iconic London attractions, such as the London Eye, Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament. If you're not afraid of heights, it will be an experience to remember for a lifetime.
3. See city views from London's most romantic restaurants
Swap gazing into each other's eyes for looking out at London's stunning skylines at one of the city's best restaurants with a view. Try the Oxo Tower restaurant for riverside views; climb up to the trendy Duck and Waffle for tapas-style small plates and City sights; or splash out in Hutong at The Shard for Northern Chinese cuisine in the tallest building in Western Europe. If you're planning on heading to a romantic restaurant in London on Valentines Day, make sure to be prepared as these places will be hot tickets that book up months in advance!
4. Stargaze at the Royal Observatory
Star-crossed lovers should head over to Greenwich for some very different star gazing at the Royal Observatory. Discover the mysteries of the universe at London's only public planetarium and take a whirlwind tour of the galaxy with one of the Royal Observatory's astronomers. Each year, the observatory puts on an extra special event for Valentines Day too. In 2014, they held a 'Valentine Stars' event where you could explore the romantic sights of the sky through a Victorian telescope with a glass of champagne in hand.
5. Take a slow stroll around Little Venice
With its Gothic architecture and winding canals, Venice is widely known as one of the most romantic cities in the world. However, if you don't fancy making the trip over to the place itself, you can sample a little bit of its flavour at London's answer to the romantic city: Little Venice. A little north of Paddington, Little Venice is a slice of Venetian life smuggled into the heart of London. Head there to take a tranquil boat trip along the winding waterways and eat at the charming riverside cafes whilst watching the colourful narrowboats cruise by.
6. Whisper words at the Whispering Gallery
Climb 258 steps up the dome of St Paul's Cathedral to reach one of its more charming quirks. By a great feat of architecture, you can whisper against the walls of the dome and your voice will run around the entire interior before being heard by your loved on the other side. Whispering sweet nothing has never been more fun!
Primrose Hill in Regent's Park is known for having some of the most beautiful views of London and, best of all, they're free! Take your partner and climb up to the top of the hill with a picnic to enjoy fantastic panoramas over the city. You'll be able to see the London Eye, St Paul's Cathedral and The Gherkin all glowing in the sunset if you get your timings right.
8. Get cosy in a vintage-style cinema
Cuddle up on the comfy sofas or London's more chilled and old school cinemas. Head to the Electric Cinema in Portobello for indulgent red velvet double beds and baroque interiors or The Phoenix Cinema in Finchley for the latest independent and foreign films screened underneath the beautiful vaulted ceiling of the historic cinema.
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