Sometimes, there’s nothing better to do with your loved one than to explore the city’s hidden gems, walking hand-in-hand. We’ve compiled a list of the most romantic places in London where you can take that special someone.
Built by the architects that brought us the London Eye, Rhizotron and Xstrata Treetop Walk at Kew Gardens connects 18-metre high, 200-year-old chestnut, lime, and oak trees in a relatively short but nevertheless charming walk. A view of the London skyline, including Wembley Stadium, make for a perfect romantic rendezvous. The city’s lights are mesmerising from this perspective.
Alluding to what is considered the most romantic city in the world is Little Venice in London. Walk around this area for a tour of splendid early Victorian architecture in the residential district of Maida Vale, a stone’s throw away from Paddington. Enjoy quaint floating markets and cafes, which are vibrant in the summer and tranquil during winter. The abundance of waterside restaurants allows for a truly romantic evening.
Chocolate has become an emblem for romance, so why not choose to take a Chocolate House Tour of London. Learn about the brutish Spanish Conquistadors quest to conquer empires for the sake of chocolate, and sample the same delectable drinks that corrupted gambling dukes. There will be opportunities to shop for luxurious chocolates to take home with you.
Constructed amid the ruins of St Dunstan Medieval Church, this garden takes advantage of a green inner city space. Cobbled paths set out a route for a venture among exotic plants. A historical landmark, the site will attract lovers and explorers alike. The garden was awarded a Landscape Heritage Award in 1976, and is still worthy of this title today.
Walking as a romantic activity has meditative powers. For a chance to discover the depth of its healing properties, explore the sequestered traditional Japanese Zen Garden. Donated by the Chamber of Commerce of Kyoto in 1991, the space is hidden away in Holland Park. With cascades reminiscent of mountains and gorges and a pond representing the serenity of the ocean, inner tranquillity will be achieved by a walk through this garden.
An alternative route to the touristic Southbank is a wander around Hammersmith Bridge. This corner of the Thames is often host to rowing competitions in the summer. Pubs along the waterside guarantee a back-seat view of the hustle and bustle of busy London, allowing you and your significant other to cuddle up and watch the world go by.
Starting at the Saatchi gallery and continuing through the Physics Garden in Chelsea,this walk takes you across the Albert Bridge. Enjoy views of Battersea Park from across the waters. The bridge was previously dubbed ‘The Trembling Lady’ due to a flawed infrastructure, however, it has now been remodelled.
Romance can be felt in the crisp country air. For a taste of outer city greenery, head over to Richmond Park, abundant with fairytale-like wildlife. Being London’s largest Royal Park, this spot guarantees couples private retreats to stroll, rest or picnic. The park is an area of conservation and of special scientific interest, and is home to freely wandering Red and Fallow Deer.
Known as one of England’s greatest treasures, there is a lot to explore in this historic venue. Delve into the peaceful surroundings and fine architecture, and discover the final resting place of Karl Marx.
John Keats’ house is located in Hampstead Heath, where the romance of his poetry resonates. It was at this residence that he was inspired to write Ode To Nightingale upon becoming enamoured with his neighbour. He planned to marry her, and the ring he proposed with is part of an extensive collection of his belongings inside the house. These star-crossed lovers were not destined to live a long marriage, as Keats died young from tuberculosis. Hampstead itself offers stunning scenery and other locations to stroll leisurely. The ponds are particularly enchanting – you can even swim in them.