Inspire some romance with this guide to the most romantic things to do during a weekend in London
Whether celebrating an anniversary, planning a proposal, or simply enjoying a romantic minibreak for two, London offers a cornucopia of amorous experiences for couples. From rowing on the Serpentine and watching the sunset along the River Thames, to museum lates and an opulent dinner in a private dining room, here’s how to plan the perfect romantic weekend in London.
For one of the world’s largest urban centres, London has a surprising number of beautiful parks and gardens. One that’s particularly romantic is Kensington Palace Gardens, located next to the home of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge. Explore the Sunken Garden and pass through the arched Cradle Walk for a taste of regal romance. Other stunning walks can be found at the Japanese-style Kyoto Gardens in Holland Park; the Chelsea Physic botanical gardens; and the world-famous Queen Mary’s Garden in Regents Park, home to a giant rose garden filled with around 12,000 roses.
Set within the scenic grounds of Hyde Park in central London (a stone’s throw from Corinthia Hotel London), the Serpentine is the city’s largest and most picturesque public lido. Have a Bridget Jones moment by renting a rowboat and reciting some poetry, or simply enjoy the view as you glide across the water.
Discover some of the most beautiful and precious jewellery in the world at the Tower of London, home of the British Monarchy’s Crown Jewels. Discover magnificent pieces worn by members of the royal family throughout history, such as The Imperial State Crown and The Sovereign’s Sceptre, which features the giant 530.2-carat Cullinan I diamond. Continue your discovery at the Victoria & Albert Museum in South Kensington, which displays over 3,000 fine jewels from across Europe.
Almost nothing sets the scene for an amorous weekend in London quite like a romantic walk along the River Thames at sunset. Amble along the South Bank and take in the city’s iconic riverside sites, historic castles and impressive bridges as the sky turns from blue to black and the twinkling lights of the London skyline begin to shine.
Browse your favourite exhibits without the crowds by attending one of the city’s museum lates; many leading museums across the capital offer late-night openings for those seeking a more intimate experience. The Tate Modern, for example, opens until 10pm on weekend nights, while many top establishments close late every Friday: the British Museum stays open until 8.30pm, the National Gallery until 9pm, and the Royal Academy of Arts until 10pm.
London is not short of places to enjoy a romantic dinner, but for an extra special occasion why not go all out and reserve a private dining room? Corinthia Hotel London offers two excellent options: The Northall Private Dining Room serves a dining menu of modern British cuisine in opulent surroundings, while the Massimo Restaurant Private Dining Room offers authentic Italian fine dining.
Get lost in the romance of a timeless tale at one of London’s iconic theatres. From large-scale West End musicals like The Phantom of the Opera, which tells the love story of a beautiful soprano and a mysterious, disfigured composer; to captivating ballets like the Royal Opera House’s Sleeping Beauty, based on the classic fairy tale; there are plenty of romantic productions to enjoy on a weekend in London.