There's no doubt that London is one of the most picturesque cities in the world. But what most people don't realize its that it's also one of the best locations for a romantic getaway. There are literally hundreds of places around London that make for amazing scenes and experiences to share with your loved one, and it's difficult to really experience the city over the course of one weekend. However, if you really want to wow your Valentine's Day date this year, here are some of our better recommendations that will truly make this year memorable.
Few locations provide a stunning romantic backdrop of this caliber for an evening stroll.
Primrose Hill — Mike Rolls via Flickr
With a number of iconic landmarks along the Southbank, including the Tate Modern, Shakespeare's Globe and the iconic London Eye, it's the perfect place to combine sightseeing and sweet nothings. And the view becomes even more euphoric as the sun sets. Landmarks such as Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament are illuminated against the dark sky, creating a picturesque setting that will burn in your minds for as long as love burns in your hearts.
Big Ben — James Waghorn via Flickr
With a wide range of restaurants along the Southbank, you can stop off for a meal or some drinks as well.
Let's face it, selfies are a way of life, one that's likely not going away anytime soon. Luckily, London is full of great photo spots for you and your loved one to strike a pose. A few of the more picturesque spots for you and your beloved include Tower Bridge (not to be confused with London Bridge), as well as at Westminster Abbey, the stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site. Never heard of Westminster Abbey you say? It's where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate, got married. Perhaps you'd like to practice your wedding walk a bit early...
Westminster Abbey — Richard via Flickr
Romantic Nights Out
London is world renowned for its growing food scene and wealth of restaurants. It seems as if a new independent restaurant, pop-up or multi-cuisine establishment opens its doors each day. You'll have plenty of flexibility to decide where to eat, as many restaurants don't require reservations. In fact, we recommend popping into a few different locations, if only to sample a few cocktails first!
Gordon's Wine Bar — Chris J via Flickr
And while you'll find that great cuisine can be enjoyed all throughout London, some of our favorite areasinclude Soho, Angel & Islington and Shoreditch. You won't struggle to find a candlelit restaurant, that's for sure! After dinner, head to Camden for a more vibrant and upbeat atmosphere, or to Piccadilly Circus where you can even get your Valentine's messages shown on the big screen!
London offers a wealth of roof tops to take in the views over the impressive cityscape. The ultra-trendy Boundary in Shoreditch, or the Radio Bar at ME London on the Strand are both excellent starting points. The latter even overlooks the stunning St. Paul's Cathedral! Of course, we highly recommend taking a trip to the gorgeous Shard as well.
ME London — David Terrar via Flickr
The Shard — Ian Patterson via Flickr
The Shard offers unparalleled 360 degree views over London — even on a cloudy day — and two five-star restaurants on the 31st and 32nd floors. Another option is the Heron Tower by Liverpool Street, which is home to Sushi Samba and Duck & Waffle, a perfect setting to celebrate Valentine's day.
The Shard Oblix 32nd Floor Restaurant — Gill Griffin via Flickr
So, no pressure or anything, but London is pretty much the perfect Valentine's day destination. If you're in the area over the 14th of February, there is nothing to stop you from taking romantic selfies, seeing the sights of the city at sunset or treating yourselves to a slap up meal to celebrate Valentine's Day.
[H/T: The London Pass]