Although London attractions and other venues have temporarily closed due to coronavirus, there are still plenty of ways to ramp up the romance from home – check out our Virtually London guide for ideas. Snuggle up to watch live shows, learn something new together or brush up on your cooking skills for a "date night" at home.
Dine at a romantic restaurant
- Enjoy a candlelit dinner at Clos Maggiore, often hailed as London’s most romantic restaurant.
- Press the "call for champagne" buzzer at plush restaurant Bob Bob Ricard.
- Fancy an aphrodisiac? Knock back oysters at celeb haunt J Sheekey, make use of oyster happy hour at Wright Bros. Soho or try creative takes using the crustaceans at The Oystermen.
- Splash out at one of London’s Michelin-starred restaurants – you can find some great deals on Michelin-star meals to impress for less.
- Gorge on afternoon tea at one of these fancy venues.
- Book a table at one of London’s top French restaurants.
- See the sights with dinner and a tour, including on water with City Cruises and Bateaux London or by bus with Bustronome.
- Dine in the dark at Dans le Noir ?.
- Be serenaded by opera singers in the opulent surrounds of Sarastro with its flamboyant food and quirky artwork.
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See romantic London theatre shows
- Be captivated by the multi-award-winning tale of the Phantom of the Opera.
- See the stage version of one of the most romantic films of all time, with Pretty Woman: The Musical.
- Tap your feet along to the songs of ABBA in the smash-hit Mamma Mia!.
- Watch the legendary Les Misérables in London's West End.
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Find romantic things to do in London at night
- Learn something new together in the intimate atmosphere of a museum late.
- Croon some love songs at one of London's karaoke bars.
- Dance to the beat at London's top live music bars.
- Break the ice in one of London’s quirky bars.
- See the world's top opera and ballet stars at the Royal Opera House or the London Coliseum.
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Snuggle up in romantic bars in London
- Cosy up to your other half at Ice Bar London, where the walls, bar and tables are made of ice.
- Sip a martini at the legendary Dukes Hotel Bar, where James Bond author Ian Fleming famously used to drink.
- Snuggle up in front of a crackling fire at one of London’s cosy pubs.
- Quaff a cocktail or two in one of London's many Dirty Martinis.
- Enjoy a cocktail and sweeping views of the Thames from the likes of Savage Garden, Lyaness, Skylon and OXO Tower Bar.
- Drink candlelit cocktails at the opulent Icon Balcony Bar, which has a balcony overlooking Leicester Square.
- Love gin? Enjoy a tasting or masterclass at the first distillery to open in the City of London for 200 years, at the City of London Distillery.
- Share a bottle of wine at one of the candlelit tables at the cave-like Gordon's Wine Bar.
- Seek out more fine vintages at Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels, Cork & Bottle or Noble Rot.
- Celebrate your love with a bottle of bubbly at one of London's champagne bars.
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Fun things to do in London for couples
- Competitive couples can play ping pong at Bounce.
- Vie for a hole in one at Puttshack.
- Strike it lucky at a retro-style bowling alley.
- Thrash your other half at table football at Bar Kick.
- Trust your partner with your life by belaying them at indoor rock climbing centre The Castle Climbing Centre.
- Take an uplifting expedition across the roof of The O2.
- Battle over a board game for two at Draughts.
- Get your hearts racing on an edge-of-your-seat speedboat ride along the Thames.
Soak up a romantic view
- Enjoy a spectacular sunset over London’s skyline from the top of Parliament Hill, on Hampstead Heath.
- See sweeping views of the city from level 72 of London's tallest landmark at The View from the Shard.
- Or sit back with a drink at Sky Garden, which is free to enter.
- Look down at London's famous buildings and attractions by soaking up the city's panoramic views.
- Gaze across the cityscape from one of London's rooftop bars.
- Book an exclusive Cupid's Capsule on the Coca-Cola London Eye, where you get a private capsule, your own waiter, champagne and chocolates. Or simply add a glass of bubbly with its Champagne Experience.
- Climb Primrose Hill for a breathtaking view of Regent’s Park and the city, and reward yourself with a cupcake at Primrose Bakery on the way back.
- Watch the sky turn pink at one of London's most Instagram-worthy sunset hotspots.
- Take a boat ride down the Thames, from tours with City Cruises, to Thames Clippers hop-on-hop-off river boat services.
Discover dates with a difference
- Take a tour of Wilton's Music Hall, the world's oldest and largest surviving grand music hall.
- Wander around Dennis Severs' House to soak up the sights and smells of an 18th-century family home.
- Enjoy a candlelit tour of the atmospheric Sir John Soane's Museum.
- Take a tour of Highgate Cemetery, where revolutionary Karl Marx and English novelist George Eliot are buried.
- Visit the beautiful Keats House, the former home of romantic poet John Keats.
- Take a look at the Watts Victorian memorial in Postman's Park, which features in the movie Closer.
- Chill out with afternoon tea in the Barbican Conservatory, which homes tropical plants, trees and fish.
Treat your loved one to a gift
- While away a Sunday at one of London’s top markets.
- Shop for beauty products and fragrances in specialist boutiques in Covent Garden, St James's, Mayfair and London's West End.
- Hop between jewellery shops at Hatton Garden, or pick special items from the likes of The Alkemistry or royal warrant holder Bentley & Skinner.
- Browse the picture-pretty shops in the opulent Burlington Arcade and Princes Arcade.
- Hunt down men's fashion accessories along Jermyn Street.
- Declare your love for each other at one of the capital's tattoo shops.
- Pick up sweet treats at one of London's fabulous chocolate shops, including Charbonnel et Walker's heart-shaped boxes full of truffles.
- Browse London’s best florists for a bunch of red roses or spoil your loved one with flowers from Columbia Road Flower Market.
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Enjoy romantic London walks
- Be amazed by beautiful blossoms, autumn colours and city views in Greenwich Park.
- Take a stroll around the beautiful St Katharine Docks.
- Walk along the South Bank at night from London Bridge to Waterloo.
- Amble through the idyllic Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park.
- Wander around the gardens of Eltham Palace and explore every room of this luxurious art deco residence.
- Find your way out of Hampton Court Palace's famous maze.
- Stroll on a soaring walkway amid the tree canopies at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
- Walk hand-in-hand through London's oldest botanic garden, Chelsea Physic Garden.
Quirky date ideas in London
- Learn to make lots of delicious treats together at The Cookery School at Little Portland Street.
- Take your love to new heights with a shared or private London Helicopter Tour.
- Whisper sweet nothings to one another at St Paul’s Cathedral Whispering Gallery.
- Go ice skating in one of London's pop-up winter ice rinks (open from November to January).
- Go star-gazing at the Royal Observatory Greenwich's planetarium, which offers romantic-themed shows on and around Valentine's Day.
- How deep is your love? Pop the question in the SEA LIFE London aquarium using an “underwater” proposal service.
- Looking for active romantic date ideas in London? Why not take your date to a swing dance class.
- Get an eyeful of sequins, feather boas and more at a saucy burlesque show.
- Share a giggle at a stand-up comedy night.
- Pose for a couplie (couple's selfie) next to the Love Lane sign in the City of London.
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Romantic things to do for culture lovers
- See amorous painting The Knight Errant by John Everett Millais at Tate Britain, John Gibson's reliefs of Cupid and Psyche at the Royal Academy of Arts, Paris Bordone's A Pair of Lovers at the National Gallery, or study works by the Romantics at the National Portrait Gallery.
- Watch a movie from a shared double seat at one of London's unique cinemas. Seek out lesser-known films at BFI Southbank, emulate the stars at one of Leicester Square's cinemas, and enjoy a post-shopping flick at The Cinema at Selfridges.
- Follow in the footsteps of famous movie couples by visiting one of London's film locations.
- Admire the stunning art collection at the Queen's House, a gift from King James I to his wife Anne of Denmark.
- Explore the history-filled galleries and follow in the regal footsteps of Prince William and Kate Middleton, who married at Westminster Abbey.
Unwind on a summer date
- Soak up the views while sipping a pint at one of London's riverside pubs.
- Marvel at the Kyoto Japanese Garden in Holland Park.
- Enjoy theatre under the stars at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.
- Make the most of the sunshine and dine alfresco, for laid-back romantic dates in London.
- Gaze lovingly at blooms in Regent’s Park and Hyde Park's dedicated rose gardens.
- Hire a rowing boat on the Serpentine lake in Hyde Park.
- See one of the Bard's romantic plays at Shakespeare's Globe.
- Enjoy a rooftop view of the South Bank at Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden.
- Share an ice cream at one of London’s best ice-cream shops.
- Go deer-spotting in Richmond Park.
- Dance together in the sunshine at a top music festival in London.
- Take a canal boat ride from Little Venice to Camden.
- Hire a Santander bike and cycle to one of London's parks for a picnic.
- Go horse riding together through Hyde Park.