London is why of the most romantic cities on the planet. After all, where else can you leisurely stroll hand in hand along one of the world’s most famous rivers, stopping off to see the iconic sights and finishing in a cosy pub, or a Michelin starred restaurant to refuel and relax?
So, put simply, why would you want to go anywhere else?! Take advantage of all the wonderful things this city has to offer to those in love, by enjoying a refreshing and romantic staycation in the heart of the capital.
Start with the perfect setting – an opulent, sophisticated and charming stay at the Shaftesbury Hyde Park International – and plan the perfect long, dreamy weekend for the two of you. But don’t worry – we’re here to help. Here are our favourite six romantic things to do during a staycation in London with couples in mind.
- Have a leisurely walk around Hyde Park
Right on your doorstep of the Grand Royale London Hyde Park, is of course, one of the city’s best green spaces – the world famous Hyde Park. Whether you want a simple, relaxing wander around the whopping 360 acres, taking in some of the lovely sights, or want to do something a little more active or engaging as a pair, this royal park has it all.
At the north-eastern section of the park, you will experience top attractions like the Marble Arch, the Animals in War monument and Speaker’s Corner. Heading to the north-western section of Hyde Park lies the Diana Memorial Playground, Kensington Palace, the Kensington Gardens and both the Queen Victoria and King William III statues.
Things to see located in the south-western corner include The Albert Memorial, the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain, and the Serpentine Gallery. Icons found in the south-eastern section of the park include the Hyde Park Bandstand, Achilles Statue, and the Holocaust Memorial Gardens. So there’s something to discover and discuss whichever part of the park you find yourselves lost in.
- See the sights from above, on the London Eye
If you fancy seeing all of London’s amazing sights with minimal effort (and more time to each other!) then there’s no better way than with a ride on the London Eye. (See if you can spot your hotel, the Shaftesbury London, from above!).
Unveiled back in March 2000 (time flies!) to commemorate the new millennium, the London Eye was never meant to be a permanent city feature. Now it’s so strongly associated with the capital, it is here to stay and has become the country’s most popular paid-for attraction.
Though it’s also one of the most romantic things to do in the city, as you can pre-book your own private pod, treat your loved one to champagne and chocolates, served by your very own private waiter. Now that is romantic!
- Set sail on a river cruise
Or if heights aren’t your thing, but you still want to experience the wonderful London sights with your loved one by your side whilst you relax, a river boat cruise along the Thames may be just the ticket.
You could opt for either a restaurant or just a sight-seeing cruise or river boat tour. One of the most popular places to embark on your journey is from either Embankment or Westminster Pier, which puts you both right in the middle of the action from the get go. On your journey, you’ll get a unique view world famous sights such as the Houses of Parliament, London Bridge, Tower Bridge, the Docklands and the Millennium Dome, whilst you sit back, relax and snuggle up to your other half.
- Catch a seriously soppy show at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
Shakespeare is of course one of the most famous people to have come out of the UK, and one of the main things he was most renowned for was his stories of love (and often loss) that were brought to life on stage.
The best place to see one of his famous plays is at the Globe Theatre, located on the Southbank of the river. Just stepping into the theatre alone feels like going back in time, with the reconstruction of the site highly praised for its authenticity.
Whilst you might not always get to see the most famous (yet tragic) love story by the Bard – Romeo and Juliet – his other romantic works are always on rotation in terms of showings. Enjoy a love story with a side of laughs with the productions currently showing – A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Merry Wives of Windsor.
- Enjoy the intimate atmosphere of the Museum Lates
The city has some of the best museums and galleries in the world, so understandably, they can get incredibly busy and hectic, particularly around the school holidays. However, luckily, a variety of London’s museums and galleries often have late openings with talks, performances, workshops, films, DJs, food and drink and more to enjoy, which is far more romantic! Exploring a museum out-of-hours like this is so intimate, it really is a one-of-a-kind experience made all the more better with a loved one.
To find out about Museum Lates, check on the websites of the museums and galleries that you’re interested in, and their social media feeds for details of the next event.
- Sit back and see the stars at the Royal Observatory
The romance certainly doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. Visit the Royal Observatory in the heart of an already-romantic area of the city – Greenwich. It is home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), the Prime Meridian of the world and London’s Planetarium, and this makes for a seriously soppy afternoon for you and your other half.
After all, what could be more romantic than looking at the stars with your significant other?! Visit the planetarium and explore the night sky from the comfort of your seat at one of their amazing shows, presented in real-time by Royal Observatory astronomer. As well as being the perfect couple’s activity in London, you’ll learn a lot, too!