Looking for the most romantic things to do in London? The UK’s capital is a city known for its buzz and busyness, but there are plenty of quiet cosy spots, fun couples’ activities and spectacular viewpoints for those looking to find a bit of quality time together.
So, whether you’re planning a special Valentine’s Day treat or a romantic weekend getaway, we’ve got the lowdown on the most romantic things to do in London that will have you falling in love with each other and the city.
London, the ultimate romantic city
As one of the most romantic cities to propose — third only to Paris and Rome — it’s no surprise that London has a lot to offer when it comes to curating the perfect date. Although the city’s known for its hustle and bustle, it’s also brimming with incredible history, beautiful buildings and an abundance of parks and lush green oases.
Amongst the busyness, there are quieter, more intimate spaces: quaint village-like streets, quiet gardens and charming bars. So, whether you’re a couple who seeks adventure, an indulgent dinner, relaxation, nature or romantic architecture, London can cater for all.
Top 25 romantic things to do in London
There’s a lot to love about London. Cooking, star gazing, fine dining, horse riding – the possibilities for romantic dates in London are endless. We’ve scoured the city to bring you the best that this charming capital has to offer. Let’s take a look at some of the most romantic things to do in London.
1. Watch a romantic musical
London’s West End is one of the most well-known and beloved theatre districts in the world. Whether it’s a classic Romeo & Juliet, a theatrical Moulin Rouge or a sexy Dirty Dancing show, with so many romantic musicals in London to choose from, you’ll be spoiled for choice. The theatres themselves are incredibly intricate and beautiful architectural marvels, so there’s a lot to soak up and enjoy before the show even starts.
See theatre websites for more details on available shows and tickets.
2. Feast your eyes on blooms at Kew Gardens
With its stunning landscapes, exotic palm house and beautiful tree top walk, Kew Gardens offers a calm oasis amidst the hubbub of the city. Make sure to check out the beehives and take a stroll through the Princess of Wales Conservatory to marvel at plant life from all across the globe.
Kew is a beautiful place in any season, but Christmas is particularly special with its twinkling lights, Christmas treats and festive music — a truly cosy and romantic date spot.
Opening times. Kew, Richmond, TW9 3AE.
3. Take a cooking class together
For food lovers, why not cook up a bit of romance with a couple’s cooking class? As a fun twist to a classic romantic meal, you’ll get to show off and learn some new culinary skills. Whether you’re looking to create some tasty Spanish tapas, partake in crafting some patisserie, or looking to add some delicious new vegan dishes to your repertoire, there’s a cooking class to suit all tastes.
See individual websites for more details on available classes and how to book.
4. Enjoy a romantic meal at a French restaurant
Bring a touch of Parisian romance with a date night at Brasserie Zédel. Its beautiful art deco interiors have been lovingly restored to their former glory, and you’ll find the Piccadilly restaurant brings a lively but relaxing atmosphere. It serves up delicious French classics like steak haché and French onion soup at affordable prices, and is host to a toe-tapping live band most evenings.
Open Monday to Friday 12pm – 11pm, Saturday 11.30am – 11pm and Sunday 11.30am – 10pm. Brasserie Zedel, 20 Sherwood Street, W1F 7ED.
5. Have a drink at a rooftop bar
Enjoy gazing across the cityscape over a cocktail at one of London’s many rooftop bars.
The Sky Garden offers a cool jungle-like interior and fantastic panoramic city views. You can book free tickets for the Sky Garden itself, but definitely head to the Sky Pod Bar or City Garden Bar to enjoy a tipple with the views.
Pergola Paddington is a vibrant and chic al fresco food market. Enjoy some goodies with a glass of bubbly and enjoy a cosy cuddle on a day bed as you take in the 360-degree views.
Sky Garden opening times vary daily between 6.30am and 1am. 1 Sky Harden Walk, Ec3M 8AF.
Pergola Paddington opening times vary between 12pm and 11pm Wednesday to Sunday. 5 Kingdom Street, Paddington Central, W2 6PY.
6. Watch a romantic movie together
Take a classic movie date night to the next level with Electric Cinema. First opening in 1910, the picture house is a stunning example of Edwardian Baroque architecture. Grab an old-fashioned cocktail from the bar and settle into one of the comfy, luxurious chairs or sofa beds before the movie starts.
Open daily 8am ‘til late. Electric Cinema, 191 Portobello Road, W11 2ED.
7. Sing your favourite love song at a karaoke bar
Want to serenade your loved one with a rendition of your favourite song? Book a booth at The Star of Kings in London’s Kings Cross and enjoy a night of karaoke. Once you’re done singing to your sweetheart, head to the bar for a comfy seat, a drink and some delicious street food.
Open Monday to Thursday 12pm – 10pm, Friday and Saturday 12pm – 1am and Sunday 12pm – 6pm. Star of Kings, 126 York Way, N1 OAX.
8. Play crazy golf together
Put your putting skills to the test, and enjoy a fun date at the Puttshack. This tech-infused mini golf course includes lots of quirky games and opportunities for bonus points as you make your way around the Pac-Man, beer pong and wheel of fortune-themed holes.
Opening times vary between 11am and midnight. Locations can be found across London.
9. Enjoy a cruise on the Thames
With the London Eye River Cruise, marvel at some of London’s most famous landmarks like Big Ben, Tower Bridge and Shakespeare’s Globe from the water. Take the cruise on its own or couple it with a trip around the London Eye for some spectacular city views. For an even more romantic feel, take the boat cruise at sunset with a glass of fizz.
Sailing times vary seasonally between 10am – 8.30pm. Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7PB.
10. Look at the stars together
What’s more romantic than a night under the stars? Head east to Greenwich’s Royal Observatory and cosy up to your date as you take in a live planetarium show. You’ll have the opportunity for some star spotting as you gaze at the night sky through the 130-year-old Great Equatorial Telescope, as well as more modern-day versions.
Opening times vary seasonally, see the website for more details. Royal Observatory Greenwich, Romney Road, London, SE10 9NF.
11. Dance until dawn at a music festival
London is awash with live music and the summer months see the height of the festival season. So, if dancing the night away together is your thing, there are plenty of fun music festivals to choose from. For Hip Hop lovers, check out Wireless in London’s Finsbury Park, for more laid-back indie, jazz and soul vibes head to the London Palladium’s Higher Ground, or for more up-tempo dance take in North London’s Field Day.
See individual websites for dates and ticket information.
12. Hire a tandem bike
For something a little more active, take a tour of the 200-acre Battersea Park by tandem with London Recumbents. Situated next to the River Thames on the south bank, this lush historic park offers bags of green space and gardens to explore on two wheels. Stop for a coffee at one of the many cute cafes, or enjoy a chill picnic for some respite.
Open daily 10am – 5.30pm (winter opening hours may be shorter). Battersea Park, Carriage Drive North, SW11 4NJ.
13. Watch the city from the London Eye
Take in the stunning 360-degree views across London’s skyline on a ride around the London Eye. Make it the perfect unforgettable romantic date with a Champagne experience. In the winter months, a sunset trip is even more magical as you toast to each other while the sun goes down over the city.
Open daily 11am – 6pm in winter and 10am – 8.30pm in summer.
14. Enjoy a swim together
Take a dip together in one of London’s lovely open-air lidos. Swim alongside ducks in North London’s famous Hampstead Heath, then enjoy a stroll and admire the beautiful views across the city with a hot coffee afterwards. Alternatively, head to Hyde Park’s Serpentine Lido for a refreshing paddle before enjoying some lunch and a well-deserved glass of wine at the Lido Café Bar.
Hampstead Heath swimming opens daily 7am – 8.30pm. Hampstead Heath, NW5 1QR.
Serpentine Lido open daily over the summer 10am – 6pm. Hyde Park, W2 2UH.
15. Ride a horse in Hyde Park
Visit Hyde Park Stables for a unique and romantic horse riding experience in one of London’s most iconic parks. Offering private couples rides with a mounted escort, you can enjoy the tranquillity and beautiful scenery of Hyde Park by horseback.
Rides take place daily 9am – 3pm. Hyde Park Stables, 63 Bathurst Mews, Tyburnia, W2 2SB.
16. Have a good laugh at a comedy club
For couples who like to laugh, a night at Angel Comedy Club offers the perfect fun-filled evening. From first-time stand-ups to famous faces trying out new material, the Angel provides free comedy to keep you giggling seven nights a week.
Angel Comedy Clubs can be found across London. See individual websites for opening times and details.
17. Ice skate during the festive season
Ice skating at Somerset House offers a uniquely special festive experience for winter visitors. Overlooked by the gorgeous neoclassic Somerset House, you can hold hands as you skate around the transformed winter courtyard under the sparkling lights of a 40-ft Christmas tree. Warm up with hot cocoa and some tasty gourmet goodies afterwards.
Open over the winter season 10am – 9.30pm. Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA.
18. Enjoy a game of bowling
Enjoy hotdogs, cocktails and maybe a few turkeys at All Star Lanes’ retro bowling alley. With karaoke and darts also on offer, you can keep the fun going long after you’ve finished showing off your bowling skills.
Venues can be found across London. See the website for more details on opening times.
19. Discover the Sealife aquarium
Wonder at the marvels of the underwater world at the Sealife aquarium. Get up close and personal with VIP shark snorkelling, penguin and turtle experiences. Or, if you’re ready to take the plunge, you can go all out with an underwater proposal service too!
Opening times vary daily between 10am and 5pm. Sealife, Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7PB.
20. Get fit together
For couple’s fitness goals, head to one of London’s many gyms or parks. Whether it’s an early morning yoga session, a park run, a dance class or a high-intensity weight-training session, you’ll find endless ways to get active together in and around the capital city.
Cheap romantic things to do in London
Sharing special moments with a loved one needn’t be expensive, and there are plenty of budget-friendly options too. Let’s take a look at some of the best free romantic things to do in London.
21. Enjoy stunning city views
London has lots of green spaces and parks that are free to wander around and enjoy. Whether it’s the leafy Primrose Hill or Hampstead Heath’s famous Parliament Hill viewpoint, you can enjoy gorgeous daylight or sunset views of the city skyline without spending a penny.
22. Re-enact a romantic movie
Remember the romance of the famous Notting Hill movie? Retrace the steps and re-enact your favourite movie scenes with a wander around London’s picturesque Notting Hill neighbourhood. Visit some familiar sights like Rosmead Gardens, Portobello Road Market and the famous Travel Bookshop.
23. Have a picnic in a park
London is awash with gorgeous green spaces, so you won’t have to go far to find a peaceful spot in one of the city’s many beautiful parks. If you’re keen to keep it budget-friendly but want to make things feel special, then M&S is a great option for picking up some upmarket ready-made eats, a few strawberries and a bottle of bubbly.
Go east to the beautiful Greenwich Park, west to Holland Park or stay central with Primrose Hill. Make sure to check out the website for individual opening times.
24. Walk along the South Bank
Full of riverside restaurants, buskers, and unrivalled views of some of the city’s most well-known landmarks, a walk along the South Bank is one of the best free romantic things to do in London and an enjoyable way to spend an hour or two in each other’s company.
25. Ride a bike in the city
A bike ride around some of London’s beauty spots is a cheap but romantic way to spend the day with your loved one. From a canal ride in Little Venice to a leafy cycle down Parklands Walk, there are plenty of routes and areas to suit your interests and fitness levels.
On a final note
Whether a romantic sunset boat trip, a rooftop cocktail or even an underwater proposal, whatever you enjoy doing together, London’s sure to have a romantic date spot to suit.
For those who like to keep off the well-trodden path, check out our guide to more hidden gems in London or for a highbrow afternoon treat, take a look at cheap afternoon tea in London.
For friendly and affordable accommodation in London, take a look at Clink261 Budget Hostel or Clink78 backpackers youth hostel in King’s Cross, or if you’re travelling with a bigger group, check out our cheap group accommodation in London, too.