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Top 13 Most Romantic Things to Do in London for Couples

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Romance most definitely isn’t dead in London. The UK Capital is one of the best places in the world for couples to indulge in some quick romantic escapades. If you are looking for some of the most intimate, seductive or just exciting things for couples to do in London, then we’re here to help.

A Quick Blitz of Romantic Things to Do in London

Don’t have enough time to read our full article? How about these ideas to get you started?

  • Why not walk through some of the most romantic locations in London, from Kew Gardens to the Southbank?
  • Romantic dinners and exciting show experiences are all part of the romance of London.
  • It’s not all rushing about – consider spending a long, languishing afternoon at one of London’s top spas.
  • Don’t forget gifts! From engagements rings to chocolates, London has it all.
  • Most important is picking the right place to stay. Sanctum provides five star service in our private and spacious apartments – why not book today?

Walk Through The Most Romantic Places in London

London has some truly inspiring places to visit and just walk around. Despite being a bustling capital city, it’s relatively easy to get away from the traffic and enjoy some natural spaces. Conversely, join the throng and sightsee some of the most famous sights in the world.

1 - Kew Gardens

London’s famous botanical garden is a true delight. From its humble origins in 1759 as a 9-acre garden established by Princess Augusta, Kew grew under royal care, with King George III expanding it massively in 1772 and further expansion and additions throughout the following centuries. Today, Kew Gardens has over 50,000 living plants over 326 acres of stunning natural beauty.

For the romantics out there, Kew provides a stunning location for a luxurious picnic, offers a range of events and exhibitions to inspire, and is simply a beautiful place to spend a long languishing afternoon.

2 - Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens

Right in the centre of London lies Hyde Park and its sister space, Kensington Gardens, both fabulous natural spaces rich with royal history. Hyde Park was once a hunting ground for King Henry VIII, but is now a beloved public park that contains the Serpentine Galleries for art lovers, the awe-inspiring Albert Memorial overlooking the Royal Albert Hall, and the delights of the Serpentine Lake where romantic couples can enjoy a rowboat or pedalo together.

Kensington Gardens, of course, is the grounds to Kensington Palace, the official London residence of the Prince and Princess of Wales. Visit the beautiful Italian Gardens or just walk through the serene locations soaking in the heart of London.

3 - Southbank and the London Eye

How about a walk along the Thames? Crossing to the Southbank provides a range of fun activities for couples in London. 

Enjoy the impromptu delights of the street performers, visit the Tate Modern, or take in a performance at Shakespeare’s Globe. Prominently overlooking the river and with a view of the city is the London Eye, where it’s possible to book a private pod taking in the sights, along with champagne and other refreshments to really make the experience extra special.

4 - Regent’s Canal

Start from Little Venice and enjoy the canal boats and waterfront cafés of the area before heading eastward towards Maida Vale and Camden. It won’t be too long before you reach Camden Lock itself, where you can peel off from the canal to enjoy the markets and range of sumptuous street food stalls. After that, return to the canal path to continue through some of North London’s most vibrant locations, enjoying a unique view of this busting part of the city, swapping the busy roads for delightful canal bridges and hidden walkways.

Finish the walk in Regent’s Park where you can spend an enjoyable late afternoon in another of London’s beautiful centres of nature.

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Dinner and a Show - A Classic London Evening for Couples

Once the evening sets in, head to London’s West End for a delicious evening meal and then experience some of the most incredible live theatre performances anywhere.

5 - Dinner at Bob Bob Ricard

With its art deco interior, rich and indulgent menu, and infamous “Press for Champagne” button, Bob Bob Richard on Upper St. James Street is a perfect dining experience for couples on a romantic evening out in London. Enjoy oysters or caviar, sample lobster or world-class steak, and of course pressing that button to keep the champagne flowing.

6 - Enjoy going Back to the Future!

One of the best musicals of the season, Back to the Future – The Musical is fast becoming one of London’s show highlights. Relive Marty McFly’s adventures put to song in this five star performance at the Adelphi Theatre. Not to be missed!

7 - Steak at Hawksmoor Seven Dials

Renowned for its exceptional meat dishes, Hawksmoor Seven Dials in Covent Garden is one of London’s finest locations for a steak. For couples looking for a sumptuous meal and incredible cocktails in a beautiful building, Hawksmoor Seven Dials is one of the best.

8 - Run from the Martians at the War of the Worlds

Immersive theatre has been surging in the past two decades and what was once a niche theatre option now provides big-budget engaging experiences. The War of the Worlds experience in Leadenhall Street is one of the best, revitalising Jeff Wayne’s seminal version of HG Wells’ original novel in a mind-blowing modern way.

For couples looking to have a thrilling evening, the War of the Worlds Immersive Experience is a modern and unique option.

Relax in Pure Luxury

Of course, one of the most important aspects of any romantic getaway in London is a little bit of relaxed indulgence. London has some of the finest spas in the world, dedicated to giving your mind and body everything it needs to revitalise and reset before returning to the hectic pace of life.


Surely one of the best anniversary ideas in London is to take your beloved to be looked after, massaged, and pampered!

9 - ESPA Life at Corinthia

With their holistic approach to well being, the ESPA Life spa situated in the Corinthia Hotel close to Trafalgar Square is a fantastic place to spend an entire day. Enjoy traditional massages and facials, or head to the incredible thermal floor with its amphitheatre sauna, ice fountain, and experience showers. Plus, if life’s been a bit too much, why not try a sleep pod, designed to enhance relaxation and rejuvenation?

10 - The Bulgari Spa, Knightsbridge

For a tranquil day of relaxed indulgence, head to the Bulgari Spa in the Bulgari Hotel. Focused on tranquillity, the Bulgari spa offers private treatment rooms where its unique signature treatments are sure to delight. There is a vitality pool complete with hydrotherapy jets to enjoy alongside a luxurious steam room and sauna. The romance can continue on the roof garden, where you can relax together while taking in the incredible views of London’s skyline.

Shop Until You Drop

Romance comes hand in hand with gifts. Whether looking for something small as a memento of the perfect time together, or a more extravagant gift to declare your love, London provides the best luxury and quality places to shop together.

11 - Jewellery Shopping

There are many places where you will find unique jewellery to sparkle and warm any heart. Consider Bond Street for some divine jewellery boutiques from well-loved brands such as Tiffany and Co., Cartier, and Bulgari. Or go to Hatton Garden, London’s historic jewellery location where you can find everything from contemporary engagement rings to vintage brooches, as well as plenty of places that will design custom pieces for that extra-special romantic touch.

Some of London’s department stores are also experts in jewellery, and both Harrods and Selfridges have exquisite ranges to explore.

12 - Getting Those Designer Goods

Head to Knightsbridge, home of Harrods and Harvey Nichols among many others, or The Royal Exchange in the city of London for a spread of both boutique shops and top quality brands. In these locations you and your loved one will be able to find everything from shoes to scarves and a lot in-between.

13 - Discover the Unusual

London has shops for every taste. Head to Camden for some of the newest young designers, a wide range of arts and crafts, and delicious street food; look to Charing Cross Road to visit both antiquarian and modern book shops; visit Selfridges on Oxford Street, Liberty’s on Regent Street, or explore Mayfair for furniture and homewares; and visit the markets at Portobello Road to see antiques and collectibles.

The really adventurous couples might enjoy a trip to Hackney to visit The Last Tuesday Society, where a number of unusual curios can be found, including taxidermy and natural history artefacts.

Stay in the Perfect Location

When the day comes to an end, however, the perfect romantic time in London needs a perfect place to return to at the end of the day. Sanctum’s serviced apartments provide spacious and private five-star luxury in three key locations across London – exactly what you need for that special time together. We are here to make sure your time in London is relaxed and trouble free. Why not contact Sanctum today to book a romantic London holiday like no other?

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