The capital of the UK is one of the most renowned cities in the world. From the Houses of Parliament to Buckingham Palace, the London Eye to the boutiques of Carnaby Street, its buildings and streets are steeped in history. It is certainly a fantastic location for an excursion. Whether you have long harbored a desire to soak up the tourist sights, or you’ve just met on a dating site and are planning your first weekend away, here are six of the most romantic locations.
Dominating the London skyline for miles around, you can book a pod at this hugely-popular visitor destination, then toast each other’s company with a glass of champagne while you pick out the many locations. Rising high above the majestic River Thames, the boats gliding by the impressive Houses of Parliament will soon be reduced to tiny toys. The beauty of this activity is that it rotates at a sufficiently slow speed to allow you to savor every moment of the journey.
London is an ancient city, home to civilizations as disparate as the Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Normans and it is now a melting pot containing inhabitants originating in every corner of the globe. Commencing around the meandering River Thames, it now sprawls in every direction, containing an abundance of architectural delights. What better romantic way to appreciate the vista than taking a helicopter ride across its famous landmarks? The ride will last almost 20 minutes, and definitely whet your appetite for welcome refreshments once you’re back on terra firms.
Visit the Shard
Obviously, London has hundreds of hotels to accommodate its millions of visitors, but few contain views as breathtaking as the Shangri-La. Located in the Shard, a towering structure that is currently Europe’s tallest building, waking up in a bedroom with a commanding outlook 50 floors above ground level will be an amazing experience. You can pick out the various landmarks while awaiting room service. If you fancy a memorable dining experience, Aqua Shard, situated on the 31st floor, will provide a sumptuous menu for you while you gaze over a galaxy of twinkling city lights.
Hyde Park Stables
If you’re feeling a little more adventurous on your romantic excursion, why not book a horse ride through Hyde Park? You may well be located in the midst of a sprawling metropolis, but once you mount your trusty steed and trot by the trees and the winding Serpentine lake, you’ll feel as if you’re miles away from the hustle and bustle.
Refreshments at Petersham Nurseries
While you might be spending time in a thriving financial hub and tourist hotspot, it’s always possible to seek out little oases where you can shelter from the hubbub. Here you can dine in a glasshouse restaurant, spend time studying the wonderful antiques or gifts in the nearby shop, then enjoy homemade cakes in the famous tea house.
Soak up the culture at The Globe
English-speaking culture is synonymous with the works of one William Shakespeare, and an especially memorable romantic excursion would be to watch one of his plays performed at the Globe Theatre. A faithful reconstruction of an open-air theatre dating from 1599 where many of his plays were performed, you can feel centuries of comedies and dramas echoing from the rafters. Whether you opt for the upper-level balconies or choose the authentic 16th-century audience experience of the spectators watching from the standing area before the stage, there’s nothing like a bit of culture to round off a hectic day of sightseeing in this wonderful city.