When you think of romantic cities in Europe, you’ll normally think of Paris, Venice, or Prague. However, London, with its many charming neighborhoods, is without a doubt one of the most romantic cities in the world. Filled with beautiful architecture, excitement, and history, you and your partner will never run out of things to see and do. Here are the 10 best things to do for couples in London.
10. Admire art at the Tate Modern
Impress your significant other with your art knowledge and admire all the galleries and exhibits at the Tate Modern. With thousands of pieces from names like Hockney, Rothko and Warhol, you’ll never run out of things to see and talk about Hit the museum’s Terrace Bar on the first floor of the Blavatnik Building after an afternoon of art appreciation and get your fix of coffee or cocktails, whichever fits your style.
Be on the lookout for Tate’s monthly late-night events like Hip Hop Karaoke, where art enthusiasts gather and release their creative spirits. DJs, performances, workshops, drinks and food- and in an art gallery at that. Definitely one of the best activities for couples to do in London.
9. Walk around Kew Gardens
The Kew Gardens is London’s romantic getaway. Walk hand in hand surrounded by fresh blooms and greenery, and chat about life, love, and everything in between. It’s the perfect activity to simply enjoy each other’s company.
Couples can wander through a vast array of beautiful and rare plants, magnificent landscapes, lakes, historic buildings, and glasshouses. There is a massive herbarium, a treetop walkway, museum and galleries, and the elegant Kew Palace. Kew Gardens also hosts events such as shows, walking tours and much more.
8. Explore Maltby Street Market
While there are more popular street markets out there, Maltby Street Market is London’s secret foodie paradise hidden away from the loud crowds and busy tourists. It’s the perfect London activity for couples as finding the market is a thrilling adventure in itself. The market is tucked away between London Bridge and Bermondsey stations, and sheltered next to the mainline railway so prepare to go sleuthing.
Once you successfully find the market, you’ll find a gastronomic surprise at every corner. You’ll arrive with an empty stomach and full wallet, and leave the other way around.
7. Movie date at Backyard Cinema
Make no mistake, this isn’t your average movie date. In unexpected or sometimes organic surroundings, there’s something undeniably romantic and special about watching a movie projected onto a big screen, and every summer, the city goes crazy for it. The Backyard Cinema is a Themed Pop Up Cinema in London delivering atmospheric cinematic experiences that make for fun dates with your friends or your significant other.
6. Have dinner at the Sky Garden
You may need to book tickets to the Sky Garden 3 weeks in advance, but a view of London from its highest public garden is definitely worth all that effort. Located on the 34th up to the 37th floors of the Walkie Talkie building, the Sky Garden will treat couples to the best unobstructed views of everything from Canary Wharf to Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Shard, and the London Eye.
Aside from the open-air 360-degree observation decks, the Sky Garden is home to a number of different restaurants and bars prepared to make your evening even more magical. With live music and flowers blooming all year round, going to the Sky Garden is definitely one of the best activities for couples in London.
5. Stargaze at a Planetarium
If a romance movie doesn’t have a scene with the couple lying outdoors and looking at the night sky, then is it really a romance movie? Stargazing outdoors, unfortunately, isn’t an option in London with all the light pollution and buildings towering across the sky but couples can get creative and head over to a planetarium instead.
The Royal Observatory in Greenwich has a brilliant planetarium that hosts events that provide an opportunity to visit the Observatory after hours. Their planetarium show, The Sky Tonight, provides a chance to look through a Victorian telescope and some time on the Meridian Line with amazing views and a hot drink.
4. Dine in complete darkness
Pretend you’re Tim and Mary from Richard Curtis’ romantic comedy film About Time and make sparks fly in the actual restaurant featured in the movie. Located in Clerkenwell, Parisian restaurant Dans Le Noir promises a sensory dining experience and culinary adventure in one.
With the restaurant masked in total darkness and your senses heightened, blind waiters will escort you to a table and serve you dishes from a surprise menu. You really can’t see a thing- you can’t see your phone, other people, or even each other. Relax, be your best self, and let your senses guide the conversation
3. Read poetry all around London
If you’re struggling to express your sentiments to your loved one, let others ‘ words speak for you. Take your date on a walk around London through London in Poetry to learn about history, architecture and the language of love. You will mainly be reading Classic poems but if you’re feeling a little bold and want to do something special for your parner, you’re welcome to participate in the grand final with one of your own works.
Read out your own lines or let the work of others capture you. Seeing London through the eyes of legendary poets who loved the city like no other is a must-do activity for couples in London.
2. Brave the London Dungeon
The London Dungeon may not be the most romantic place out there, but it is the perfect activity to do in London for couples who enjoy thrills and scares. It is a 110-minute long unique experience filled with 19 interactive shows over 1000 years of London’s dark history.
It is definitely one of the most interesting things couples can do in London if they want to take a break from the usual romantic dinners and scenic walks. Pro tip: pretending to be scared of the shadows also makes for the perfect excuse to hold your partner’s hand.
1. Go around Little Venice
This stretch of Grand Canal in northwest London is without a doubt a haven of romance and solemnity. There’s a sense of calm in London’s Little Venice that you just don’t get anywhere else in the capital, making you feel like you’re in the middle of the countryside where life is a little more laid-back and it feels like time has slowed down around you.
With canals, parks, and waterside restaurants and cafes, this hidden quaint corner of London treats couples to peaceful walks or boat trips along the canal traveling towards the city center, taking them through Regent’s Park and Camden Town and showing them the vast variety of shops, bars, and sights that this naturally romantic side of London has to offer.