How to spend Valentine’s Day in London

January 18, 2022Hayleigh Evans0

Sometimes actions speak louder than words. Let the special people in your life know you love them by planning an unforgettable time out in London this Valentine’s Day. These are the best ways to spend Valentine’s Day in London, from a themed friends brunch to a romantic evening out.

Romantic Restaurants


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Spend quality time with loved ones at these London restaurants with the perfect romantic atmosphere for Valentine’s Day. 14 Hills is a Valentine’s Day classic with both garden and city views in this jungle-themed 14th-floor bar and restaurant. Don’t miss their 4-course Valentine’s Day menu, which includes a glass of champagne. Prefer ambient lighting? Instead, try cosying up at Ayllu. This Peruvian and Japanese fusion restaurant sets the mood with dark green walls, elaborate decor and soft lighting. Flowers are a Valentine’s Day essential, and Clos Maggiore has you covered. This flower-filled conservatory is an excellent setting to enjoy modern French cuisine with your significant other.


Dinner and a show

Heading to a show after dinner is a date-night classic, and London’s West End has a collection of the world’s best theatre productions to choose from. Have the time of your life at Dirty Dancing! This iconic love story is returning to London just in time for Valentine’s Day, beginning 2 February. Another theatre option for ABBA fans is Mamma Mia, the show that celebrates love, music and friendship. Experience the West End’s most haunting romance with Phantom of the Opera, one of London’s longest-running shows. Find out more about winter West End shows here.


Love is in the air


Get some fresh air and take a romantic stroll through one of London’s many parks, gardens and green spaces. Head to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew for the annual orchid festival from 5 February to 6 March, just in time for Valentine’s Day! Take in the brilliant colours as you wander hand in hand through the garden and enjoy the series of art installations on display. Or, if you prefer to stay in Central London, try climbing Primrose Hill for a stunning view of the London skyline. Afterwards, head back down the hill to enjoy the rest of Regent’s Park where you can enjoy the ZSL London Zoo and Queen Mary’s Gardens.


Celebrate friendship


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Palentine’s Day is just as important as Valentine’s Day, so be sure to treat your best friends to a day out! Channel Elle Woods with your pinkest outfit and head to the Legally Blonde Galentine’s Brunch at Neverland London. Enjoy bottomless pink Prosecco and a special brunch menu with your closest friends. Another option for your more competitive friends is Palentine’s Day Shuffle Brunch at the London Shuffle Club. Get your team together for bottomless sourdough pizza and prosecco or beer for an afternoon of fast-paced fun. Wear your heart on your sleeve at The Berkeley’s Prêt-à-Portea: The Couture Cakewalk for tea and cakes inspired by designers from Balenciaga to Gucci. You can gather your best-dressed friends to try some fashion-inspired delicacies.


For art lovers
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Love has inspired some of the world’s best artists. Take your valentine to one of London’s many museums to admire priceless works of art. Head to the National Portrait Gallery to visit many artists’ muses throughout history. Travel back in time to the Romantics era in Tate Britain’s Romantics room, a time when emotion was celebrated in the arts. It’ll be easy for you to express your feelings after witnessing depictions of artists’ intense emotions in their work!


Set the scene for romance


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London has some of the best views that will set your heart racing! Set sail on the Thames with Bateaux London for their Dinner River Cruise Experiences. There are a variety of packages to choose from, and their Valentine’s Day Dinner still has availability on 12 and 14 February for a four-course cruise experience with live music and a photographer on board to capture this special night! Enjoy an evening under the stars with one of the many rooftop bars in the city, like Sabine, a secret oasis with breathtaking views of St. Paul’s cathedral. Check out our favourite rooftop bars here!


Satisfy your sweet tooth

Nothing says “I love you” like sharing your favourite Valentine’s Day sweets. Try The Chocolate Cocktail Club in Farringdon for sweet cocktails that appeal to all tastes, from the creamy strawberry with white chocolate Shamazing Strawberry cocktail to a dark chocolate Chocotini. Then, complement your cocktail with a waffle charcuterie board! Head to Melt London for a wide variety of chocolates handmade with love in Notting Hill. Watch the chefs work in the kitchen on the shop floor or stay for a more hands-on experience with the ‘Make your own amazing chocolate’ session.


Take your love to new heights
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For couples who aren’t afraid of heights, try these exhilarating activities that will take your breath away! Scale the roof of the world-famous arena at Up at The O2. Attempt this challenge together, and your relationship will certainly come out stronger after completing the climb. For those who want to sit back and enjoy aerial views of the city skyline, soar above the Thames in an Emirates Air Line cable car. Spend quality time with those you love as you travel from the Greenwich Peninsula to the Royal Docks.


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