Valentine’s Day in London – Things to do

Afternoon Tea

Though Brits may not be renowned as a nation of romantics, Britain has been the setting for some of the world’s most famous love affairs. From Darcy and Elizabeth, Will and Kate, 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. Each flight lasts 30 minutes and provides 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.

A cruise on the Thames

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, HMS Belfast, Shakespeare’s Globe and many more of London’s iconic sights.

For something really special, indulge in a dinner cruise on the Thames. Departing every evening, the three-hour cruise is a fabulously fun evening, including a luxurious four course meal at a candlelit table, complete with sparkling wine and live entertainment. Not only is there time to dance the night away on the boat's very own dancefloor, you'll get spectacular views of the twinkling lights of London by night – including dazzling Canary Wharf.

Afternoon tea

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. Visit the luxurious Lutyens Lounge at the Bloomsbury Hotel and enjoy a selection of the finest teas and coffees, with a delicate array of delicious sandwiches, cakes and, of course, those fabulously British snacks – scones. 

Dinner for two

If you're planning to indulge in a classic dinner date, avoid the queues and stress of last minute booking by reserving a table at one of London's top restaurants before you go! Treat your date to drinks at trendy Soho cocktail bar Obica, award-winning tapas at La Tasca, or a quirky, modern Indian meal at Imli Street, with over 200 of the top dining experiences in the country to choose from!

An evening at the theatre

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 at a wide selection of London’s biggest West End musicals and shows. What could be romantic than dinner and a show?

Happy Valentine’s Day!