If you find yourself in quandary about what to do this Valentine’s with your significant other, then let us help you make the decision.
London is an incredibly romantic city, with plenty to offer for couples looking for a special way to enjoy each other’s company. You can go straight down the line and keep it classic; sharing a plate of spaghetti, moonlit stroll along the river and a couples massage. Or, you could try something a little different- white water rafting anyone?
Whatever you want to do, London is the palace to do it; so book the finest London suites Montcalm hotels offer at The Barbican Rooms, London. Enjoy the perfect spa weekend and comfort of a stunning room, you can even include breakfast with the Montcalm’s London city breaks package deals.
Now that accommodation has been sorted, let’s take a look at some of the best and most romantic things you and your partner can do on Valentine’s day in London.
Thames Riverboat Cruise
The Thames is a pretty magical place as the darkness descends upon the city. The lights start to twinkle, and some of the city’s most iconic buildings are lit in a spectacular fashion- it’s arguably the best time to see St. Paul’s and the Houses of Parliament.
Take your partner on a river cruise and celebrate Valentine’s day in pure style. There will be live music, great food, drinks, amazing views and of course, questionable dancing.
There are actually lots of cruise options to choose from including an afternoon tea sightseeing cruise, a jazz dedicated evening cruise, a murder mystery themed evening and just a standard romantic dinner.
It’s a really special way to experience the magic of the city, and something you will remember for a long time.
The London Eye
You can actually hire a private ‘pod’ on the wheel, they call it ‘Cupid’s Pod’ and despite the cheesy name it’s actually pretty great.
You’ll get a bottle of rose champagne, a box of truffles and a private host there to serve you for your entire rotation. If you book a sunset pod it’s easy to see how this would be a very romantic way to spend an evening, before heading out for a delightful dinner in the city.
Hampstead is one of London’s hidden gems. It’s a little off the beaten track, but still easy enough to get to on the Northern Line.
It is home to one of London’s best parks- Hampstead Heath. You’ll find wild meadows, thick woodlands and some stunning ponds. It makes for an amazing romantic walk.
You can also check out the Keats House Museum, home to the renowned British romantic poet, John Keats. Also try the Sunday Artisan Market for some incredible handmade goods and beautiful jewellery.
At the end of the day you can retire to the Spaniards Inn for a cosy meal by a roaring fire. This is one of the city’s best pubs, and the perfect place to wind down.
The Shard is not just home to busy viewing platforms packed with tourists; it is also home to 3 incredible restaurants and several stunningly good bars.
Enjoy dinner with a view in one of the restaurants, then retire to the 52nd floor where you’ll find Gong- an asian themed late night bar.
You’ll find amazing cocktails that you’ve never even heard of, a stunning interior and a down right spectacular view of the city’s nighttime skyline.
Watch the Sunset from Primrose Hill
Primrose Hill is also something of a hidden gem, but right in the city centre this time.
It’s located on the northern end of Regent’s Park, just across the road from the ZSL Zoo.
London is a relatively flat city, but the gradual rise of Primrose Hill brings you up to a point where you have a simply stunning view of the skyline.
It really is the perfect place to watch a sunset, with a delightful picnic and maybe a cheeky bottle of bubbly.
Head to an Everyman Cinema
If you’re a real film buff, and watching a great movie is your idea of the perfect Valentine’s day then head straight to an Everyman Cinema this year.
Instead of the usual half-comfortable cinema chairs with only one arm rest, you’ll find yourself and your partner in a plush and extremely comfortable two person sofa.
The drinks and snacks on offer are infinitely better than regular cinemas, you can order delicious burgers to your seats or enjoy some incredible milkshakes, ice creams and sweets.
It’s pretty much the perfect cinema experience.
Get your Adrenaline Fix
You may be surprised to find out that London has its fair share of adrenaline fuelled activities on offer- so if you’re looking for something a little different this Valentine’s day then check out these adventurous London activities:
The Arcelormittal Orbit
Remember that giant red tower from the 2012 London Olympics? Well that is actually the UK’s tallest sculpture (and 22 metres taller than the Statue of Liberty!) and it’s home to the world’s longest tunnel slide!
It takes 40 seconds to descend the slide and you reach speeds of 30 miles an hour! If that’s not enough for you then try abseiling from the top of the tower!
White Water Rafting
Another legacy project from the 2012 games is the Lee Valley Regional Park, where you can hop on a boat with up to 8 people, and challenge yourself on the incredible rapids!
Climb the O2
Yes you read that right. You can harness up and climb to the very top of the O2 Arena.
There are several tours available, but the best one for couples has to be the twilight climb finished off with a bottle of champagne and an amazing view!
The City of Love
So there you have it, the absolute best things to do in London this Valentine’s day. Make it an extra special one, you and your significant other will never forget.
After a wonderful day of romance and adventure, you can retire to your Chiswell Street hotel room at The Barbican Rooms, and enjoy a cosy night’s sleep. Absolute bliss.