Valentine’s Day Ideas in London
Though Brits aren’t exactly renowned as a nation of hopeless romantics, Britain has been the scene of some of the world’s most famous love affairs. From Romeo and Juliet to Will and Kate, Darcy and Elizabeth to Posh and Becks, Britain does do romance!
With the most romantic day of the year fast approaching, why not treat your loved one to Valentine’s Day in London and see why it’s right up there with Rome and Paris as one of the world’s most romantic cities?
The London Eye
Elizabeth Browning once proclaimed, “Love doesn’t make the world go round; love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” Love may not make the world – or indeed the London Eye – go round, but a ride in one of the Eye’s viewing capsules will certainly be a worthwhile experience on your Valentine’s Day in London. The ‘flight’ lasts 30 minutes and affords guests stunning views across the whole of London in all directions. For an extra romantic touch, you could even visit at sunset or splash out on a private capsule.
The View from the Shard
At 87 storeys high, The Shard is London's rival to the Empire State building and the Eiffel Tower - where better to indulge in each other's company and some incredible views all at once? There are three viewing platforms, including an open-top level on the 72nd floor, and on a clear day you can see as far as 50 miles away! Enjoy the spectacular views at your leisure, and get a unique perspective on the city, plus some memories you can take away for a lifetime.
Thames River Cruise
After enjoying an aerial view of London’s most famous landmarks, take your Valentine on the London Eye Thames River Cruise to get a closer look. Handily departing from (and returning to) the pier adjacent to the London Eye, the cruise passes St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London, Shakespeare’s Globe and many more of London’s iconic sights.
You’re sure to have a candlelit evening meal planned for Valentine’s Day, but there’s nothing romantic about mid-afternoon fast food. Luckily there’s a range of elegant venues offering sumptuous afternoon tea in London – perfect for love-struck couples looking for a little something between lunch and dinner. With a choice of the world-renowned Fortnum & Mason, the historic Grosvenor House Hotel and the luxurious Lutyens Lounge at the Bloomsbury Hotel there’s something for every taste. They do all have something in common, however: they all serve the finest teas and coffees and delicious sandwiches, cakes and those fabulously British snacks, scones.
London Pass Dining Guide
Just in case you haven’t arranged a candlelit meal for the Valentine’s Day evening, don’t worry – help is at hand in the shape of the London Pass Dining Guide. With over 35 great London restaurants offering up to 50% off their menu prices and special offers such as free wine or desserts, you and your Valentine are certain to find something to suit your tastes and budget. You can even turn Valentine’s Day into Valentine’s Week, as the guide is valid for seven days. With choice ranging from the rustic French food and romantic atmosphere of Auberge to the seasonal Italian cuisine of Little Sicily and the traditional English fare at Porters, one evening just won’t be enough!
You could go for another drink after dinner, or you could treat your Valentine to something a little more special. The Theatre Passport gives you the best available seats in a wide selection of London’s biggest West End musicals and shows, and what is more romantic than a night at the theatre?
Happy Valentine’s Day!