From celebrating a special occasion to simply treating your loved one to a romantic getaway in London, the capital sure has plenty of hidden gems that are sure to turn up the feel-good factor on any date night
With its pastel-coloured houses, quaint cafés and boutiques to explore, it’s no wonder that the iconic 90s rom-com was based around here. Whether you’re a fan of the film or not, Notting Hill is one of the most romantic spots in London. Is there anything better than slowly wandering around markets and gardens with your beau by your side?
Cosy up in front of the big screen at outdoor cinemas in London this summer, as they pop up at cool rooftop locations and in historic estates and parklands around the capital. Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre will host screenings this summer as part of its 90th-anniversary celebrations, and the Floating Film Festival will return to St Katharine Docks from 12-24 July. What could be more romantic than a waterside screening of Pretty Woman? Find out more.
Kensington and South Ken
Wander around iconic museums, cobbled mews and beautiful green spaces in one of London’s wealthiest areas. At the V&A Museum, explore the 100-year history of the prestigious Royal Academy of Dance, and discover the beauty of fashion at Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear and Africa Fashion. Of course, no visit to the area would be complete without a walk around Kensington Gardens and Kensington Palace. While away the hours in the gorgeous gardens or see the Jubilee Blooms, Life Through a Royal Lens exhibition (to 30 Oct) or a film screening (3-7 Aug) at the Palace.
Places of worship
The scene of royal weddings and Coronations gone by, Westminster Abbey is an iconic Gothic abbey church in the City of Westminster. The Abbey’s five-manual Harrison & Harrison organ takes centre stage at the Summer Organ Festival (12 Jul-9 Aug) which is a unique experience. Across town, St Paul’s Cathedral is another icon of the skyline. Marvel at the incredible architecture and historic artwork, and climb the dome for unrivalled views across the capital.
Once known as Wentworth Place, this north London home was where romantic poet John Keats lived from 1818 to 1820. It is where he was inspired to write some of his most memorable poetry. It is now a museum devoted to the poet’s life and work, with the collection including paintings, prints and relics belonging to him and his contemporaries.
The Meeting Place, St Pancras International Station
Known as The Lovers by many, this 30-foot bronze statue was installed at the station in 2007. Created by the sculptor Paul Day, it was installed when the station was renovated in 2007. It stands proudly on the Grand Terrace and is often the first thing you see when you step off the Eurostar. While at the station, pay a visit to Europe’s longest Champagne Bar, St Pancras by Searcys.