Valentine’s Day in London: Things to do

Afternoon Tea

With its wild, romantic scenery and rich history, 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, there’s plenty of love to go around in Britain!

With the most romantic day of the year fast approaching, why not treat your loved one on 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.

Admire the views from 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.

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Visit London's tallest building

shardThe 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 at once? 

The Shard is home to 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.

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Take a cruise on the Thames


Romantic and relaxing, a cruise on the River Thames offers a unique perspective of London's landmarks and unparalleled views of the city. London is centred around the Thames, meaning a trip along it is the perfect way to see many of the top sights in one go, including St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London, HMS Belfast and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, to name just a few.

For something really special, opt for either a lunch cruise or a dinner cruise on the Thames. Departing every day, the three-hour dinner 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 be able to admire the twinkling lights of London and dazzling skyscrapers of Canary Wharf after dark.

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Indulge in afternoon tea


London offers an afternoon tea for everybody, whether it's low key elegance or extravagant luxury you're after. Love-struck couples looking for a little something between lunch and dinner can choose from London hotels and terraces, 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. 

Indulge in a Shakespeare-themed tea in the picturesque surrounds of the Globe Theatre, or visit a historic Covent Garden hotel for a touch of class - glass of Champagne included!

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Have a decadent dinner date


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.

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Spend an evening at the theatre


What better way to spend your Valentine's evening than at a world-class show?  

London's West End theatre scene is legendary: whether you're interested in ballet, musicals, or choose to save money on tickets with a Theatre Passport, which gives you the best available seats at a wide selection of London’s biggest West End musicals and shows. If entertainment is your passion, you can even turn a romantic weekend into a fantastic value theatre break, including show tickets and a stay in a five star hotel.

See our top theatre deals >

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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