For all the child and family-friendly attractions in London and the numerous lone-traveller opportunities, there are just as many romantic things to do in London, making it the perfect place to enjoy a honeymoon. Simply booking into any of the Shaftesbury Hotel Collection is kicking things off to a great start, not to mention the window views from the Grande Royale Hyde Park, but here is a 3-day itinerary that will ensure you experience some of the most enjoyable, romantic times of your newlywed lives.
When you think of romantic dates, candle-lit dinners are often the first things that spring to mind. There is, after all, something inherently romantic about starlight and moonlight. However, the right daytime setting can be just as special: combine it with a delicious brunch spread and you have a winner. Dalloway Terrace in Bloomsbury, in tribute to author Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, is an outdoor terrace that has you feeling more like you are tucked away in a loved-up secret garden than within the bustling world of London’s West End. Between the flower-covered walls, marble tabletops and soft pastel colours, love flourishes as enthusiastically as the flowers.
Address: 16-22 Great Russell St, Fitzrovia, London WC1B 3NN
Just as lovely, but with a more rustic feel, is Chez Antoinette. A visit to this homely yet chic French restaurant is enough to make anyone feel the love, giving off the feel of a traditional French country kitchen, decorated with baskets of fresh eggs and sturdy wooden crates, yet serving up mature, developed and experimental flavours. The breakfast menu is bustling with all the French classics that make for a suitably delicious first morning of your honeymoon, from a classic Croque monsieur to homemade brioche and light, heart-warming pastries. Within the walls of Chez Antoinette, you feel like you are spending the morning in a bakery in Lyon, rather than in Covent Garden.
Address: 30 The Market Building, London WC2E 8RE
No food speaks the language of love quite as fluently as chocolate. But by the honeymoon stage of things, a heart-shaped box of them just won’t cut it. Head to Melt Chocolates, a boutique chocolatier, and get involved with one of their chocolate-making classes. Learn how to mix chocolate that will mould into whatever shape tickles your fancy, as well as the process of turning a cocoa bean into a chocolate bar that you can share with a nice cup of tea in your room at Shaftesbury Hyde Park International London. From chocolate truffles to praline delights, this course is the perfect activity for couples.
Address: 59 Ledbury Rd, Notting Hill, London W11 2AA
If you are more into savoury cuisine than the sweet stuff, you can’t go too far wrong with an Italian cooking course. From Lady and The Tramp to Eat Pray Love, Italian cuisine is a backbone in the world of romance in food. La Cucina Caldesi is one of London’s finest Italian cookery schools, whose mantra aptly reads: “Eat. Learn. Love” – the cornerstones of marriage, right? Eat food that evokes emotion and passion, learn how to replicate them in your home with your partner, and love what you are doing together.
Address: 4 Cross Keys Cl, Marylebone, London W1U 2DG
Your first day just got even more indulgent – Shaftesbury Hotels London offer world-class afternoon tea packages with all the well-loved British classics. There are a range of options to choose from across the Shaftesbury’s hotel spread, from Traditional Afternoon Tea, which includes the classics like scones, teas and custard tarts, to a Chocolate Afternoon Tea, including chocolate swiss rolls, macaroons, chocolate scones and more. There is also an extra-special, honeymoon-perfect Champagne Afternoon Tea – this is a celebratory time, after all. From this, you can expect all the classics of afternoon tea but throw in a glass of champagne each. Weather dependent, the tea will either be served in the restaurant or in the garden. Both are equally delightful options. Ask your concierge for details about the best location to visit near your hotel.
Head to Feng Shang Princess on Regent’s Canal: this floating Chinese restaurant gets the romantic aesthetic just right, balancing the delightful food with the red-lit ambience. The barge itself is remarkable; the hand-crafted, red pagoda peacefully perched on the water. The set-menus are crowd-pleasers of note, with a Peking duck that will blow your socks off. Enjoying a meal this lovely, in a location so unique and beautiful, makes for a romantic night in London to remember.
Address: Southern Star Cumberland Basin, Prince Albert Rd, London NW1 7SS
Though it will require a warm jacket and a bit of an early rise, the sunrise view from Primrose Hill will make it all worth the trouble. This spot, perched at the northern tip of Regent’s Park, has a view of the London skyline like nowhere else in the city. Though only a couple hundred feet off the ground, so not a strenuous climb, you really feel like you are on top of the world. A nearby bakery, Sweet Things, opens at 8.30am, so once you have enjoyed the rise you can take a casual stroll to this hub for all things pastry and a coffee.
Address: 138 Regent’s Park Rd, Primrose Hill, London NW1 8XL
Book an igloo at Coppa Club Tower Bridge. This may sound a little crazy, but hear us out. This London restaurant on the Thames has these incredible private glass igloo pods, making it seem like you are sat outside no matter the season and brandishing impressive views of Tower Bridge and the passing barges and ships on the river. With sliding doors to either keep out or welcome the breeze, depending on the season and the weather, these igloos are a quaint and intimate place to enjoy some sharing plates, pizzas and cocktails. If you stick around long enough, you can watch as the sky turns purple all around you and the lights turn on in the buildings lining the river. During the winter months, they are jazzed up and frosted to get a real igloo vibe. From within the igloo, you feel like you are in your own little bubble – just you and your loved one.
Address: 3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames St, London EC3R 6AH
Following the theme of waterside-wonders for lunch, you could also visit Wright Brothers Battersea. One of the Battersea Power Station developments that everyone is talking about, this restaurant offers excellent views of the Thames. Most notable, though, is its reputation for mouth-wateringly delicious seafood and particularly, their oysters. These iconically romantic marine delicacies come from all over, with options from the Channel Islands, Ireland’s Bannow Bay and Lancaster’s Morecambe Bay. You can order them on their own, or get them tempura fried, baked or cured, dripping in the most delicious dressings, like their Devon crab and seaweed butter or lime, chilli and coriander. If oysters are your romantic fancy, then Wright Brothers Battersea ought to be the spot to dabble.
Address: Battersea Power Station, 26 Circus West Village, London SW8 4NN
London is known for the snaking River Thames that weaves its way through the city. As a result, London is scattered with quaint, beautiful little canals that feed off the river. One of the most well-loved canals is Regent’s Canal, which starts at the aptly-named Little Venice and ends in the Docklands. There are a number of boats for hire, as well as ones with drivers if you aren’t comfortable taking the reins, which makes for the perfect sunset cruise along the canal, bobbing along in the water and enjoying the greenery on the way. Though you are not quite on a romantic mosey down the canals of Venice, Little Venice does a stellar imitation of one of the world’s most recognised romantic things to do, with its own London flair.
While it may seem like the easiest meal to turn romantic, romantic dinners in London are so plentiful that it can be hard to pick where to go. We have made that decision for you: head to Aqua Shard, a modern British restaurant on the 31st story of London’s iconic Shard building. Enjoy an exquisite glass of wine from their expansive list and eat the sensational food on offer all while enjoying panoramic views of the city lit up like a Christmas tree.
Address: Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas St, London SE1 9RY
Alternatively, make your way one floor further up to the 32nd floor to enjoy an evening with equally enchanting views of both the West and East side and food at Oblix. Between the shareable truffle flatbread and the tender signature dishes, like the suckling pig or rotisserie duck, you are going to go head back to your hotel feeling like you have had a lifetime of experiences packed into one day.
Address: Level 32, The Shard, 31 St Thomas St, London SE1 9RY
Is it a honeymoon without a bubbly brunch? We think not, which is why you need to b-line for Aster, a short walk from Victoria Station, available every Saturday and Sunday. Their two or three-course Nordic-French cuisine pairs extraordinarily well with bottomless fizz. Think Bloody Mary garnish station, smoked salmon, hollandaise sauce and Colchester Rock oysters – and that’s just to name a few!
If your special honeymoon getaway falls during the week, then Aster might not be an option but you certainly aren’t at a loss of places to enjoy a free-flowing brunch. Megan’s at Battersea Power Station sits right on the waterfront and between the glistening fairy lights and the bubbles in your glass, you will fall in love all over again. Weather permitting, you can bask on the terrace and on the colder days, you can cuddle up in the magically-lit private booths.
Address: 150 Victoria St, Westminster, London SW1E 5LB
There’s nothing quite like the combination of views and cocktails from 12th Knot on the 12th floor of Sea Containers London on the South Bank. A colourful, chic, luxurious perch, a sparkling roof of intricately designed light fittings and views of London’s skyline all come together to give you one of the most romantic places to watch the sunset in London. Not to mention the eclectic, scrumptious range of cocktails on offer. Try a stylish “Snack Pack”, which contains Aperol, bourbon, amaretto and all variety of delicious ingredients, or an outstanding “Orient Express”, which is brimful of gin, pistachio and rum reminiscent of the Orient Express’ glamorous appeal.
Address: 20 Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PD
Following on with the pattern of your Orient Express cocktail, head to Bob Bob Ricard in Soho for a romantic meal and experience that you will never want to end. Walking into this Russian-inspired modern-British restaurant is like taking a step onto Kenneth Branagh’s film set. The whole aesthetic screams luxury and decadence, dripping with uncontested class. The most honeymoon-worthy feature of the restaurant is their “Press For Champagne” buttons on every table/booth. The name speaks for itself, mostly – you press the elegant brass button, and the waiting staff will rush over with champagne.
Address: 1 Upper James St, Soho, London W1F 9DF
Perhaps you have already visited Bob Bob Ricard on previous trips to London, during stays at Grand Royale Hyde Park. While repeat-visits promise new and exciting food and experience on most occasions, the restaurant has just launched a new branch, Bob Bob Cite. Though similar is art-deco, modern design in faux train carriages, this restaurant serves Classic French food – an arguably more inherently romantic cuisine and a great way to finish a classic 3-day honeymoon in London. The “Press For Champagne” feature remains a sparkling temptation throughout your visit.
Address: Level 3, 122 Leadenhall St, London EC3V 4AB
Unless you can’t be dragged away from the dessert menu at Feng Shang Princess, then Soho’s Basement Sate is your next stop. This is a late-night dessert bar that sells exclusively desserts and cocktails to compliment those desserts. The plates resemble artistic culinary creations. Even just the set-up is romantic, with its speakeasy aesthetic in its underground location. It is chic and highly worthy of a honeymoon date-night excursion – the proof is in the pudding!
Address: 8 Broadwick St, Soho, London W1F 8HN
Three days can seem quite short, especially when we are talking about your honeymoon and arguably the most romantic time of your married life. But when following this itinerary, three days can seem more like a lifetime given how many classic, romantic things there are to do in London.