Where to Stay in London for Couples? 10 Romantic Locations
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From birthdays to anniversaries, or even just a treat for your loved one, you can’t beat a romantic night away. City breaks are perfect for short stays as all you need is close by, with London being no exception.
Often, booking a London staycation leaves you needing a holiday in itself, as there is such a wide range of areas, hotels, and apartments to choose from in the UK capital. There’s no need to worry though because we are on hand with our top picks of where to stay in London for couples.
Romantic Spots in London | Our Top 3 Picks
For cute scenery: Notting Hill
For romantic park walks and access to shopping: Regents Park
For heart-pumping activities: Camden
The 10 Most Romantic Places in London
1. Covent Garden | Best for Dinner, Drinks, and a Show
A stay in Covent Garden is sure to be the ultimate date night with a vast selection of restaurants and bars available to suit all budgets that will be sure to invoke a bit of passion. There is an excellent range of boutique shops that are great for romantic strolls, but if you are looking for entertainment, then you are in the right place! Covent Garden is in the heart of London’s theatre district, so book a last-minute matinée, to escape the outside world and watch a love story play out on stage.
2. Notting Hill | Best for a Romantic Brunch
Not only is Notting Hill known for one of the greatest romantic comedies of all time but the adorable homes, in sugared almond shades, running along its quaint streets offer a whimsical charm that is perfect for a romantic stroll. Pop in to one of the glorious independent cafes for a couple’s brunch and then peruse the stalls of Portobello Market for enchanting antique mementos of your trip away.
3. Mayfair | Best for Glamour
If you are looking for romantic places in London with a touch of the glamourous A-list life, head to Mayfair. With some of the best luxury hotels in the capital, not to mention top designer stores and sumptuous restaurants, this is an impressive destination for a couple’s trip away.
What’s it good for: Designer shopping sprees, luxury hotels, and Michelin starred dinners
Top romantic restaurant: Ormer Restaurant, 7-12 Half Moon Street, Mayfair, W1J 7BH
Top romantic activity: Profess your love with his and hers iconic Love Bracelets from Cartier on New Bond Street- there is no greater romantic luxury gift!
4. Camden | Best for Fun Activities
Not every couple is into PDAs and all things lovey-dovey. If you and your partner prefer activity-based dates to get the heart pumping, Camden is a fantastic part of London to stay. It has a unique atmosphere with plenty to see and do. Head to Babylon Park, an indoor theme park complete with a mini rollercoaster, bumper cars, and even a Ferris wheel. Once the thrill seeking is complete, you can spend time playing arcade games together.
The romantic accommodation selection in Camden isn’t necessarily as extensive as other parts of London. You could consider staying nearby, perhaps in the more romantic Maida Vale, where you can find Sanctum’s luxury serviced apartments. Use a company, such as Karshare, to hire a car to get to and from all your activities.
What’s it good for: Fun activities and a walk around the infamous Camden Market.
Top romantic restaurant: Shaka Zulu, The Stables Market, NW1 8AB
Top romantic activity: Ok, so it isn’t necessarily our first idea of romance…but for those that love activities and adventure, try DNA VR. This exhilarating virtual gaming experience sees you working together to battle through zombies, diving into oceans, or flying high into outer space.
5. Regent’s Park | Best for Park Views
This beautiful part of London is perfect for couples, not only thanks to the stunning setting of the park itself, but also for its close proximity to popular parts of the city, such as Marylebone and Oxford Street. Take a romantic walk through the park, stop for a selfie, and then head over to the shops for a little retail therapy. We have many one bedroom apartments in Regents park which are worth taking a look at if you are aiming to have a luxury trip to London.
What it’s good for: Pretty park settings and a trip to the shops.
Top romantic restaurant: Odette’s, 130 Regents Park Road, Primrose Hill, NW1 8XL
Top romantic activity: If you’d prefer to stay at one with nature after your trip to the park, head to London Zoo to catch a glimpse of some super cute animals.
6. Little Venice | Best for Romantic Walks
For a simply charming glimpse of London life, away from the hustle and bustle of the inner-city, book a romantic night away in London’s Little Venice. This picturesque place offers a more peaceful break with your loved one, where you can gently stroll along Regent’s Canal making stops in the restaurants, pubs, and shops on offer. If you are blessed with sunshine on your trip, head to the romantically named Rembrandt Gardens for an afternoon sit down in this well-tended green space.
What’s it good for: Hand holding strolls along the leafy riverbanks.
Top romantic restaurant: The Waterway, 54 Formosa Street, W9 2JU
Top romantic activity: Take the London Waterbus along the canal, from Little Venice to Camden Lock and look at some of the trendy offerings over at the market.
7. Soho | Best for Cocktails
If you are a couple that loves nightlife, cocktails, and a spot of dancing, book a stay in Soho. There are great hotels around that provide the perfect place to kick back and relax after a night on the town.
What’s it good for: A cocktail bar-crawl and a late-night romantic boogie.
Top romantic restaurant: Andrew Edmunds, 46 Lexington Street, W1F 0LP
Top romantic activity: Head to Ronnie Scott’s and spend the evening listening to exceptional jazz musicians. Nothing says romance like the harmonic sound waves of a saxophone.
8. Knightsbridge | Good for Luxury
For an opulent date, look no further than Knightsbridge. This affluent part of town offers upscale bars, boutiques, cafes, and restaurants. If you want to take in some of London’s culture, you could head over to the V&A museum where you can take in some exciting exhibitions and collections from the worlds of art, design, and performance. Once you’ve finished, head to Harrods for a romantic, luxury afternoon tea in one of the world’s most famous stores.
What it’s good for: Sophisticated dates filled with luxury shopping and expensive champagne.
Top romantic restaurant: Zuma, 5 Raphael Street, SW7 1DL
Top romantic activity: Win the key to their heart with a romantic shopping spree in Harvey Nichols, where you’ll find an array of impressive designer goods. Shop til you drop and then, sit back and relax in the comfort of The Fifth Floor Bar, whilst sipping on a craft beer or delicate glass of ice cold champagne.
9. St. Paul’s | Best for Charm
This part of the capital offers charming, traditional London architecture and great accommodation options. St. Paul’s has laid-back bars and restaurants that offer a casual atmosphere, perfect for those who don’t like more glamorous settings.
Of course, you could always take a tour of the Cathedral itself. This impressive construction is breathtakingly beautiful and utterly romantic.
What it’s good for: Impressive city scenery and casual dining.
Top romantic restaurant: The Ivy Asia, New Change, EC4M 9AG
Top romantic activity: For a more secret romantic place in London, walk over to the Statue of Two Lovers in Festival Gardens, the perfect for a loving stroll in peaceful surroundings.
10. Hampstead Heath | Best for Couples Picnic
If you are after ideas for more relaxed romantic getaways in London, look at Hampstead Heath and its surrounding areas. The heath itself is ideal for a couple’s walk and in warmer months a champagne picnic. There are many hotels to choose from, but you could also consider a stay at a serviced apartment, such as Our Belsize Road Apartments, which is only a 12-minute Uber away. These luxury apartments offer many of the benefits of a hotel with added privacy, space, and freedom.
What it’s good for: Relaxed walks and down time.
Top romantic restaurant: Gaucho, 64 Heath Street, NW3 1DN
Top romantic activity: Spend the day at the Heath itself, take in the panoramic London skyline views at the top of Parliament Hill, and, if the weather allows, have a dip in the Hampstead Heath swimming ponds!
There are some incredibly romantic breaks in London. Whether you are looking for London anniversary ideas or just a romantic getaway for the weekend, there is plenty to see and do.
So, if you are wondering how you spend a romantic day in London, we think we’ve given you plenty of food for thought! Relaxed breaks, high energy activities, candlelit dinners, fancy cocktails, and even a trip to the theatre; romance in London is never ending!