Getting married? It’s an overwhelming whirlwind of planning these days. Weddings need so much that most of us have never thought about before – place settings, bridesmaid gifts, bachelor and bachelorette parties, kitchen teas, bridal showers, transportation, music, photography, and the list goes on. And woe betides you if you leave your honeymoon plans until last! The honeymoon needs just as much attention to detail as the wedding ceremony and reception. The good news is that, while planning a wedding involves catering to the whims of friends and distant relatives, the honeymoon is one thing where nobody else’s opinion matters. It’s just you and your brand new spouse, free to do whatever takes your fancy and enjoy each other.
Many couples choose London as their honeymoon destination, with good reason. It’s up there with Paris on the list of all-time most romantic cities. Stand on Waterloo Bridge at dusk, watching the city light up with Big Ben in the distance, and you’ll understand why.
However, with so much competition for the best London honeymoon suites, it’s essential to plan ahead. Peak seasons, holiday times and big events can affect hotel rates and visitor numbers so that you end up paying more throughout your trip. But if you’re smart, you’ll find your perfect honeymoon spot and lock it down months in advance.
Summer is London’s peak season and it’s easy to see why. The weather is beautiful, not too warm and not too cold, and it encourages everyone to enjoy the outdoors, which gives the capital a bit of a carnival atmosphere. You’ll find pop-ups, music festivals, comedy galas, rooftop bars and beer gardens throughout the city, ready to create some perfect honeymoon memories. And don’t forget to throw in the more traditional attractions, like a ride on the London Eye – where you can hire a cabin for just the two of you – or a romantic boat trip down the River Thames.
The best London honeymoon suites will throw in plenty of pampering extras to make your special vacation memorable. At Montcalm hotels, you can expect a VIP welcome with chocolates and flowers – and that’s just the start. In your suite you’ll receive complimentary wine and champagne, and you can look forward to a three-course gourmet meal at the hotel’s premium restaurant. Next day, wander through historic streets and enjoy yourselves. Perhaps you’ll enjoy a ride on a slow boat along picturesque Regents Canal, or if you’re the adventurous type, you can navigate it in a kayak. Make sure you work up an appetite, because your package also includes a complimentary Montcalm afternoon tea. Newcomers often make the mistake of assuming that afternoon tea is a light meal – in reality, you can look forward to stuffing yourself with sandwiches, cakes, tea and champagne until you burst, so you might want to consider skipping lunch.
In the evening, why not head to the West End and take in a show? There is always a huge selection to choose from, and theatre junkies can fill every evening with a new stage experience. You can plan ahead by booking tickets online far in advance, guaranteeing you’ll get great seats – or if you’re the impulsive type, you can try your luck at the many half-price ticket counters scattered around Leicester Square. These are best for impulsive days, going to whichever show suits your moods. Choose from crowd-pleasers like Wicked, Les Miserables, Matilda and The Commitments as well as an ever-changing lineup of dozens of smaller shows. For a classy evening, there’s also the Royal Ballet and the Opera – make sure you have your classiest outfits packed.
A hotel with a spa is always a fantastic idea to help you both unwind from all the stress of the wedding. You’ll probably be exhausted when you arrive, so what better way to relax than complimentary facials at the Montcalm spa before a cosy night in one of the best London honeymoon suites ? You can also make use of the fitness centre, pool, hot tub and steam room as well as booking extra spa treatments for the ultimate in relaxation.
London has a reputation for being crowded with people, and in many senses that’s true. But with the right planning, the two of you can take your time in this big beautiful city to truly focus on each other.