This year the celebrated (or dreaded, depending on your feelings) day of romance, Valentine’s Day, falls on a Friday, so it’s the perfect opportunity to extend your weekend and spend some quality time with someone special.
London is arguably one of the most romantic cities in Europe, so you’ll find plenty of ways to spend the day – or a weekend – if you decide to celebrate VD there. Here are just a few things you could get up to…
Enjoy a romantic meal with a view
With a fair few restaurants towering above the city, including Duck and Waffle, OXO Tower, the Darwin Brasserie and Aqua Shard, there are multiple chances to have dinner with a difference. Whether you fancy views over St Paul’s Cathedral, the River Thames or London City’s iconic skyline, there’s a restaurant for you.
Relax at a spa day
Life can be stressful sometimes, so this is a chance to cast your worries aside and spend some all-important downtime with the one you love. There are city centre spas, as well as those more secluded on the outskirts – it all depends on the setting you’re hoping for.
Take a trip to the theatre
London is one of the best cities in the world for theatre, with 38 different West End venues to choose from. Whether it’s comedy, drama or musicals that are up your street, you’ll be truly spoilt for choice. Why not combine your show ticket with a pre-theatre dining experience, too, and make a proper night of it?
Check in to a lavish hotel
If it’s a little luxury you’re after, London has hundreds of gorgeous hotels, each with their own plus points. For a romantic location, there are several Hyde Park accommodations within a short walking distance of one of the most beautiful parks in the city, like the Park Grand Hotel Hyde Park.
Wander the picturesque streets
London is packed full of iconic landmarks and beautiful architecture, so if the weather permits, try wrapping up warm and exploring the hidden streets and mews. You don’t necessarily have to have an end destination in mind and you never know what you might stumble across, from cute cafés and secret bars, to independent stores and little markets.
Shop until you drop
With so many shopping districts in and around the city centre, there are many places to explore if you’re looking to treat each other to a little gift. Covent Garden, Regent’s Street, Carnaby Street and Knightsbridge are all great options for splashing the cash.
Sip on some fine cocktails
There are lots of cool and quirky cocktail bars dotted around the city, each with their own individual charm. No matter what your favourite tipple, you’ll find it – and probably one that tops it, too!
For a romantic stopover, this Hyde Park London hotel could be just what you’re looking for, with cosy rooms and a central location.