London has some of the most alluring spots that you could hope to find, from cosy wine bars to secret gardens and quaint streets. There is tough competition for the 20 most romantic places in London, yet we’ve whittled it down to our absolute favourites that we hope you’ll enjoy reading about and visiting.
The 20 Most Romantic Places in London by Area
Eros Statue, Piccadilly
If you’re looking to capture the heart of that special someone, look no further than the Eros Statue on Piccadilly. It’s been a popular meeting point since it was first unveiled in 1893. After viewing the statue, why not take your loved one for a romantic picnic in the park nearby.
Gordons Wine Bar
The scene of many a first date, Gordon’s Wine Bar on Villiers Street has been popular with Londoners since it opened in 1890. It’s considered to be the oldest wine bar in London and has a very relaxed vibe. Take a walk in the adjacent Victoria Embankment Gardens beforehand – there’s often a brass band playing in Summertime.
The Wallace Collection
One of the best art museums in London, The Wallace Collection is famous for its decorative art from the 15th to 19th century. From Old Master paintings to French porcelain and armour, there’s lots to see. The 18th century Marylebone townhouse has a lovely tea room where you can whisper sweet nothings to your date whilst admiring the surroundings.
From the top of Primrose Hill, you can enjoy one of the best London views, all the way to Canary Wharf. The high street is a charming place on which to grab a coffee or why not enjoy a Martini in the courtyard garden at Michael Nadra.
The Meeting Place, St Pancras
Although it’s officially called The Meeting Place, this 30 foot bronze statue in St Pancras International Station is nicknamed The Lovers by many. Created by the sculptor Paul Day, it was installed when the station was renovated in 2007. After admiring the statue, there are lots of things to do in Kings Cross nearby, such as checking out Platform 5 and ¾.
Swan Pedalos, Alexandra Palace
There are a few boating lakes in London including the iconic Serpentine in Hyde Park but the swan pedalos in Alexandra Palace really have our heart. If swans aren’t your thing, you can reserve a sportscar pedalo instead.
Secret Garden, Regent’s Park
We could tell you where this place is but first we’d have to kill you. Joking aside, this little park makes a wonderful date destination in Summertime. Head to the Inner Circle in Regent’s Park and you’ll find an unmarked gate with a wisteria-clad tunnel. Inside St John’s Lodge Gardens as they are known, there are some lovely statues, park benches and lawns on which to enjoy a picnic. If in season, take a look at the rose garden in Regent’s Park afterwards.
You’d almost believe you were in the countryside, not London when visiting Kenwood House. The Georgian former stately home in Hampstead has been recently renovated and has some superb artworks to admire. It features in a scene of the film Notting Hill where Julia Robert’s character, Anna, is making a period drama. Talking of movies, there are some great luxury cinemas in London if you are meeting up with your date on a rainy day.
This huge open space has some more intimate areas such as the Hill Garden and Pergola, a Georgian arbour popular for engagement photo shoots. Afterwards, head to The Spaniards inn, one of the most romantic pubs in London with its open fire and large garden.
We always find being near water romantic and the canalside walks in Little Venice are no exception. If you’d like some romantic restaurant suggestions, The Summerhouse overlooks the canal and does a good line in brunches and seafood while at Clifton Nurseries you can enjoy coffee and cake inside a greenhouse.
Who could resist a stroll along the Southbank, whilst admiring the river views and street performers. Stretching from Westminster Bridge to Blackfriars Bridge where it becomes Bankside, it’s packed with museums, restaurants and other interesting attractions.
The London Eye
One of the highlights of the Southbank is the London Eye. Standing 443 feet tall, the views over London are pretty good and you can hire a whole capsule to yourself.
Time will seem to stand still in Greenwich, as you walk on the Meridian Line which divides the eastern and western hemispheres of the Earth. You can also gaze at the stars from within the Peter Harrison Planetarium. Finally, the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College is a joy to behold and the covered market is also a good place to browse around if it’s raining.
Whispering Gallery, St Paul’s Cathedral
Whilst the whole of St Paul’s Cathedral is impressive, the Whispering Gallery has a real sense of intimacy. Climb the 259 steps up and due to the unique acoustics, you can hear someone whisper from the opposite side. It’s one of the best places to propose in London.
The Young Lovers Statue
Just outside St Paul’s Cathedral, you’ll find a romantic statue named the Young Lovers. It was created by George Ehrlich, an Austrian sculptor who lived in England.
Columbia Road Flower Market
Every Sunday, the streets of East London come alive with the scent and sight of beautiful flowers. Along Columbia Road and the surrounding streets, it’s a charming place for a romantic walk but arrive early to beat the crowds. There are many gift shops and coffee houses to enjoy as well.
One of the best hidden gems of London, St Dunstan-in-the-East has a certain melancholic romance to it. The ruins of this medieval church are a peaceful haven from the buzz of the city and popular with workers and tourists alike. St Dunstan-in-the-East was bombed during the Second World War, however the tower designed by Sir Christopher Wren and the north and south walls still remain.
King Henry’s Mound, Richmond
As if seeing wild deer roaming around Richmond Park wasn’t romantic enough, there’s a secret spot that we just have to tell you about. King Henry’s Mound is a protected viewpoint and on a sunny day you can see all the way to St Paul’s Cathedral through a whole in the trees. In late April and at the beginning of May, there’s an extra treat in store as nearby Isabella Plantation blooms with evergreen azaleas and rhododendrons. For an extra dose of romance, reserve lunch at Petersham Nurseries.
Whether you’re a fan of the film or not, Notting Hill is a picturesque place. Many of the houses are painted in pastel colours and there are some quaint cafes and boutiques to explore. If you’re keen to see the film locations, 142 Portobello Road is where Hugh Grant’s character had his travel bookstorel. Hugh’s character, William, lived behind the blue door at 280 Westbourne Park Road and Rosmead Gardens is the private square that he and Anna, Julia Robert’s character, broke into. Don’t attempt that as we hear that the walls are very high and the drop on the other side is severe!
Since opening 250 years ago, Kew Gardens have been a tranquil oasis for nature-lovers. The majestic conservatories are well worth a look and the new treetop walk is fun for kids and dates alike. If your loved one is into art, then the Marianne North Gallery, tucked away to the rear of the garden is sure to delight. Marianne was a talented artist who broke free from Victorian convention to travel and make highly detailed botanical paintings of which 833 are displayed in this purpose built gallery.
The Original Maids of Honour tea room has been doing a roaring trade in cakes for over 120 years. It’s just outside the main entrance to Kew Gardens, so do pop in if you need refreshment afterwards.
Romantic London Street Names
Alternatively, choose one of these romantic London street names as your meeting point: Love Lane in the City, Date Street in Southwark, Valentine Road in Hackney or Lovers Walk in Dulwich. If you believe that chivalry isn’t dead then make Chivalry Road in Wandsworth your starting point!
As you can see, love is alive and well in the capital there you have our complete list of the most romantic places in London. Check out the best places to propose in London as well as our list of luxury cinemas in London, handy for a rainy day London date!
Are there any romantic places in London that you would add to this list? What’s your favourite romantic spot in your home town?
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