For years now London has been represented in romantic comedy movies and literature, making it one of the most recognisable cities, at least in fiction. This international recognition comes with good reason too; London has always had a stunning landscape and memorable attractions, making the cityscape one that is always sought after for weddings, romantic getaways and even just a selfie.
With Valentines Day just around the corner, there’s more reason than ever to indulge in the amazing range of events happening throughout the city. Whether you’re on the lookout for a nourishing dining experience, adrenaline-fuelled activities or just a moment of serenity with your other half, this list of incredible Valentines’ Day events and tips will make your February 14th that little bit more special.
First things first, you’ll no doubt want to sort your accommodation before Valentine’s Day. Luckily, the time of year lends itself nicely to couples holidays, and many hotels in the city will be offering discounts, free bonuses and much more for your romantic Valentine’s night.
If you’re reading this, then the Shaftesbury Hotel Collection will no doubt be at the top of your list for London accommodation. The Shaftesbury group has 11 hotels to choose from, all dotted around Central and outer London. This means that you have plenty of amazing locales to choose from, all of which brings a unique personality and atmosphere to the city.
And with flexible hotels comes flexible rooms. Whether you’re opting for a deluxe honeymoon suite or a standard double, the choice available at the Shaftesbury Hotel Paddington and the many other hotels in the city offer a broad range of Club Rooms and bedding choices to choose from.
Room service for a night in
If it’s a night in you’re after, then room service options available are certainly a must-try. With restaurants such as the Shaftesbury Hyde Park International offering speedy and discreet room service, you can be sure that your couples night in ticks all the gourmet boxes.
If room service wasn’t enough, the romantic package deals available at selected Shaftesbury hotels give guests an indulgent selection of chocolates and flowers delivered to their room, as well as a bottle of wine and a continental breakfast and full English to get your first morning in London as a couple off to an energised start.
So, that’s your Valentines hotel sorted, now all you have to do is find a way to fill your day. As mentioned before, you’re lucky enough to be staying in one of the most romantic cities in the world, so that shouldn’t be too hard!
Hyde Park Pedaloes
This is an easy way to start. For guests at the Grand Royale London Hyde Park, the alluring pedaloes on the historic Serpentine River will no doubt literally float your boat. With amazing views over the most central Royal Park and great value (for central London) hourly rates, you’ll be swept away by these cute parkland boat rides.
Valentines Day Cinema Screenings
One of the most popular valentines day activities, whether with friends or your other half, is cinema trips. With plenty of screenings across the city and a broad variety of one-off events, a crisp end of winter Valentines day is the perfect time to snuggle under a blanket and watch a film.
The Prince Charles Cinema just off of Leicester Square is famous for its wide catering programming. From musical sing-alongs to film festivals, the annual programme and film selection is certainly not one to miss. This is especially true of valentines day when romantic classics Sleepless in Seattle and Amelie will be screened.
Natural History Museum
Though not usually hauled in as a silver screen space, the Natural History Museum is certainly cinematic in its spectacle and magical exhibitions. Furthermore, on Valentines Day, the Natural History Museum will be hosting a screening of Pretty Woman within its historic halls.
Romantic Pubs of London
For something a little more intimate and in keeping with the very British tradition of drinking away sorrows or indeed, celebrating your happiness, there are many romantic pubs across the city that blend history and heart.
The Mayflower is an intimate and historic pub in the Rotherhithe area of the London Docklands. Here you’ll find a broad variety of ales and lagers on tap, alongside great pub grub and all within an old seafarer setting. Full of dim lighting and intimate tables, the views out to the River Thames from the pub terrace are well worth the trek into deep East London.
The Joker of Penton Street
Located in the bustling Angel area, the Joker of Penton Street is a brilliant escape from the commuter hubbub. Whether it’s for an after-work drink with your crush or a romantic night out, the cosy pub offers a programme of live entertainment that promises comedy, music and DJ sets. Of course, Valentines Day will be no different either, with an especially curated night of couples entertainment.
Sites and Attractions
As mentioned before, London is well known for having some of the best views in the city. Whether it’s a stunning vista from the top of a skyscraper or a secret garden reserved just for you and your other half, there’ll undoubtedly be a London city attraction to suit every couple.
Explore Little Venice
Based in the winding streets of Notting Hill, Little Venice is one of West London’s hidden gems. Full of winding canals and beautiful green gardens, this cafe clad network of waterways will no doubt remind wandering couples of the Italian home of romance from where the district got its name.
For a priceless mix of the urban and the natural, the Sky Garden on the top floors of 20 Fenchurch Street promises a variety of cafes and bars, as well as three whole floors kitted out with beautiful botany. Pair this with the 360-degree view of the London skyline and you’ll have a romantic day out you won’t soon forget.