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101 romantic things to do in London

Find the most romantic things to do in London to ensure you have the perfect date! From romantic restaurants, to fun date ideas, find the best things for couples to do in London.

Whether you are planning a romantic weekend getaway in London or looking for Valentine’s Day ideas, here’s our pick of London's most romantic things to do as a couple.

See romantic London theatre shows

Edward and Vivian embrace centre stage in front of neon signs with the Pretty Woman cast raising their arms up to them.
Pretty Woman: The Musical at the Savoy Theatre. Photo: Morris Mac Matzen. Image courtesy of Raw PR.
  1. See the stage version of one of the most romantic films of all time, with Pretty Woman: The Musical.
  2. Tap your feet along to the songs of ABBA in the smash-hit Mamma Mia!.
  3. Watch the legendary Les Misérables in London's West End.

Find more London theatre and top musicals.

Dine at a romantic restaurant

  1. Enjoy a candlelit dinner at Clos Maggiore, often hailed as London’s most romantic restaurant.
  2. Press the "call for champagne" buzzer at plush restaurant Bob Bob Ricard.
  3. 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.
  4. Splash out at one of London’s Michelin-starred restaurants – you can find some great deals on Michelin-star meals to impress for less.
  5. Gorge on afternoon tea at one of these fancy venues.
  6. Book a table at one of London’s top French restaurants.
  7. See the sights with dinner and a tour, including on water with City Cruises and Bateaux London or by bus with Bustronome.
  8. Dine in the dark at Dans le Noir ?.
  9. Be serenaded by opera singers in the opulent surrounds of Sarastro with its flamboyant food and quirky artwork.

Book into more romantic restaurants in London.

Soak up a romantic view

Looking out from behind foliage at the view from a large arching window at Sky Garden.
Sky Garden © Buchet.
  1. Enjoy a spectacular sunset over London’s skyline from the top of Parliament Hill, on Hampstead Heath.
  2. See sweeping views of the city from level 72 of London's tallest landmark at The View from the Shard.
  3. Or sit back with a drink at Sky Garden, which is free to enter.
  4. Look down at London's famous buildings and attractions by soaking up the city's panoramic views.
  5. Gaze across the cityscape from one of London's rooftop bars.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Watch the sky turn pink at one of London's most Instagram-worthy sunset hotspots.
  9. Take a boat ride down the Thames, from tours with City Cruises, to Thames Clippers hop-on-hop-off river boat services.

Retreat to romantic hotels in London

  1. Spend the night in one of London's most romantic hotels.
  2. Indulge yourselves with a stay in a boutique hotel room.
  3. Choose a room with bags of character when you stay at one of London's unique hotels.
  4. Or keep the costs low by staying at one of London's coolest hostels.

Check out more places to stay in London.

Find romantic things to do in London at night

  1. Learn something new together in the intimate atmosphere of a museum late.
  2. Croon some love songs at one of London's karaoke bars.
  3. Dance to the beat at London's top live music bars.
  4. Break the ice in one of London’s quirky bars.
  5. See the world's top opera and ballet stars at the Royal Opera House or the London Coliseum.

Discover more of London's nightlife scene.

Discover dates with a difference

A small room, whose walls are covered in paintings in gold-coloured frames. with wood panelling on the lower walls and a small fireplace.
The Picture Room at Sir John Soane's Museum. Photo: Gareth Gardener. Image courtesy of Sir John Soane's Museum.
  1. Take a tour of Wilton's Music Hall, the world's oldest and largest surviving grand music hall.
  2. Wander around Dennis Severs' House to soak up the sights and smells of an 18th-century family home.
  3. Enjoy a candlelit tour of the atmospheric Sir John Soane's Museum.
  4. Take a tour of Highgate Cemetery, where revolutionary Karl Marx and English novelist George Eliot are buried.
  5. Visit the beautiful Keats House, the former home of romantic poet John Keats.
  6. Take a look at the Watts Victorian memorial in Postman's Park, which features in the movie Closer.
  7. Chill out with afternoon tea in the Barbican Conservatory, which homes tropical plants, trees and fish.

Snuggle up in romantic bars in London

  1. Cosy up to your other half at Ice Bar London, where the walls, bar and tables are made of ice.
  2. Sip a martini at the legendary Dukes Hotel Bar, where James Bond author Ian Fleming famously used to drink.
  3. Snuggle up in front of a crackling fire at one of London’s cosy pubs.
  4. Quaff a cocktail or two in one of London's many Dirty Martinis.
  5. Enjoy a cocktail and sweeping views of the Thames from the likes of Savage Garden, Lyaness, Skylon and OXO Tower Bar.
  6. Drink candlelit cocktails at the opulent Icon Balcony Bar, which has a balcony overlooking Leicester Square.
  7. 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.
  8. Share a bottle of wine at one of the candlelit tables at the cave-like Gordon's Wine Bar.
  9. Seek out more fine vintages at Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels, Cork & Bottle or Noble Rot.
  10. Celebrate your love with a bottle of bubbly at one of London's champagne bars.

Uncover more London pubs and bars.

Fun things to do in London for couples

  1. Competitive couples can play ping pong at Bounce.
  2. Vie for a hole in one at Puttshack.
  3. Strike it lucky at a retro-style bowling alley.
  4. Thrash your other half at table football at Bar Kick.
  5. Trust your partner with your life by belaying them at indoor rock climbing centre The Castle Climbing Centre.
  6. Take an uplifting expedition across the roof of The O2.
  7. Battle over a board game for two at Draughts.
  8. Get your hearts racing on an edge-of-your-seat speedboat ride along the Thames.

Treat your loved one to a gift

A man and women stroll along a street with shopping bags in hand, while another woman looks in a shop window.
Shopping in Covent Garden. Image courtesy of
  1. While away a Sunday at one of London’s top markets.
  2. Shop for beauty products and fragrances in specialist boutiques in Covent Garden, St James's, Mayfair and London's West End.
  3. Hop between jewellery shops at Hatton Garden, or pick special items from the likes of The Alkemistry or royal warrant holder Bentley & Skinner.
  4. Browse the picture-pretty shops in the opulent Burlington Arcade and Princes Arcade.
  5. Hunt down men's fashion accessories along Jermyn Street.
  6. Declare your love for each other at one of the capital's tattoo shops.
  7. Pick up sweet treats at one of London's fabulous chocolate shops, including Charbonnel et Walker's heart-shaped boxes full of truffles.
  8. Browse London’s best florists for a bunch of red roses or spoil your loved one with flowers from Columbia Road Flower Market.

Find more gifts in top shopping areas.

Quirky date ideas in London

  1. Learn to make lots of delicious treats together at The Cookery School at Little Portland Street.
  2. Take your love to new heights with a shared or private London Helicopter Tour.
  3. Whisper sweet nothings to one another at St Paul’s Cathedral Whispering Gallery.
  4. Go ice skating in one of London's pop-up winter ice rinks (open from November to January).
  5. Go star-gazing at the Royal Observatory Greenwich's planetarium, which offers romantic-themed shows on and around Valentine's Day.
  6. How deep is your love? Pop the question in the SEA LIFE London aquarium using an “underwater” proposal service.
  7. Looking for active romantic date ideas in London? Why not take your date to a swing dance class.
  8. Get an eyeful of sequins, feather boas and more at a saucy burlesque show.
  9. Share a giggle at a stand-up comedy night.
  10. Pose for a couplie (couple's selfie) next to the Love Lane sign in the City of London.

Find more fun date ideas in London.

Enjoy romantic London walks

Two women, wearing winter clothes, smile at each other while holding glasses of drink, while fairy lights and the London Eye are illuminated in the background.
The South Bank in winter © Pipe.
  1. Be amazed by beautiful blossoms, autumn colours and city views in Greenwich Park.
  2. Take a stroll around the beautiful St Katharine Docks.
  3. Walk along the South Bank at night from London Bridge to Waterloo.
  4. Amble through the idyllic Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park.
  5. Wander around the gardens of Eltham Palace and explore every room of this luxurious art deco residence.
  6. Find your way out of Hampton Court Palace's famous maze.
  7. Stroll on a soaring walkway amid the tree canopies at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  8. Walk hand-in-hand through London's oldest botanic garden, Chelsea Physic Garden.

Romantic things to do for culture lovers

  1. 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, or Paris Bordone's A Pair of Lovers at the National Gallery.
  2. Watch a movie from a shared double seat at one of London's unique cinemas.
  3. 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.
  4. Follow in the footsteps of famous movie couples by visiting one of London's film locations.
  5. Admire the stunning art collection at the Queen's House, a gift from King James I to his wife Anne of Denmark.
  6. 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

People lay on the green grass on a sunny day, with the London Eye in the background.
Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden ©
  1. Soak up the views while sipping a pint at one of London's riverside pubs.
  2. Marvel at the Kyoto Japanese Garden in Holland Park.
  3. Enjoy theatre under the stars at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.
  4. Make the most of the sunshine and dine alfresco, for laid-back romantic dates in London.
  5. Gaze lovingly at blooms in Regent’s Park and Hyde Park's dedicated rose gardens.
  6. Hire a rowing boat on the Serpentine lake in Hyde Park.
  7. See one of the Bard's romantic plays at Shakespeare's Globe.
  8. Enjoy a rooftop view of the South Bank at Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden.
  9. Share an ice cream at one of London’s best ice-cream shops.
  10. Go deer-spotting in Richmond Park.
  11. Dance together in the sunshine at a top music festival in London.
  12. Take a canal boat ride from Little Venice to Camden.
  13. Hire a Santander bike and cycle to one of London's parks for a picnic.
  14. Go horse riding together through Hyde Park.

For more loved-up romantic ideas in London, check out romantic things to do in London on Valentine's Day, our top ideas for dates and ideal romantic spots in London to pop the question.