Valentine’s Day falls on a Thursday this year. So if you’ve got someone to impress or just fancy a love-in with your mates, you’ll be wanting some options on either the weekends either side, or on the day itself. Alternatively, you could just stay in and watch TV in your pyjamas, no judgement here. If you don’t want to do anything official, we’ve got a few suggestions for romantic things you can do in London, no bookings required. But for those of you who want to go the full hog, we’ve got some restaurant recommendations, spa days, afternoon tea, cosy cinema ideas and special love-themed events to see you through from morning til midnight. Here are our favourite romantic things to do in London.
London Theatre on Valentine’s Day
Watch a love story unfold before your eyes as you sit hand in hand in one of the West End’s magnificent theatres. Go on a spellbinding adventure to see Wicked, immerse yourself in the beautifully tragic Les Misérables, allow the Phantom of the Opera to take your breath away or sing along to joyous love songs in Mamma Mia. Alternatively, you could watch La Bohème, a tragic love story by the English National Opera, or the beautiful Don Quixote ballet about love and friendship at the Royal Opera House.
Valentine’s Day Spa London
Wind down and relax with your love in a tranquil spa in London. Indulge in dual treatments, massages, beauty therapies and enjoy full access to spa facilities. You may be able to upgrade your selection to include champagne, personalised treatments and finer packages. There are a great number of spas in London including the Nobu Hotel Shoreditch, Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre in Hotel Cafe Royal and House of Elemis in Soho. You are sure to find the perfect place to unwind and celebrate Valentine’s Day and you might even find a great offer.
Become part of the London skyline as you step onboard the London Eye with your special someone. Choose from a champagne experience and enjoy a glass of bubbly whilst you rise above the Thames or book a private Cupid’s Capsule. The Cupid’s Capsule experience includes a bottle of champagne and a luxurious box of Hotel Chocolat Pink Champagne Truffles, as well as entry to the Eye Lounge and 4D cinema experience. For the ultimate romantic setting, leave the world behind and enjoy a private moment on the London Eye.
London Helicopter Tour
Soar high above some of the world’s greatest landmarks and see London like never before. The Heli Air base is located in High Wycombe with great transport links from the city centre and free parking on site. Flights last for 45 minutes and may be shared with other guests. For that extra special experience, you can book an exclusive private flight and share iconic views of London with your loved one.
Vintage Cinema Date
You can’t beat a trip to the cinema and the Rivoli Ballroom is a romantic cinema experience like no other. The 1950’s vintage ballroom is transformed into a secret cinema. Celebrate some good old fashioned love with Pretty Woman showing on the 13th of February and Romeo and Juliet showing on the 14th. Tickets are £10 each, doors open at 8pm and there are two bars as well as hot dogs, popcorn and ice cream available. Whether you are on a first date or celebrating many happy years together, the Rivoli Ballroom near Crofton Park tube station is sure to impress.
Walk Through the Park
Pack a picnic, a cuddly blanket and a flask of something warm and take a romantic walk through one of London’s beautiful parks. Enjoy a crisp winter stroll and snuggle up together as you watch the world go by. A walk through the park doesn’t cost a thing and can be immensely romantic when you are strolling along hand in hand. Discover cosy hidden gardens within large parks, watch the sunset over the city from Primrose Hill or feed the ducks in one of the best parks in London.
Valentine’s Day Singles Events in London
Just because you’re single, it doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. Before the big day, try Valentine’s Day speed dating in London at All Bar One, Windsor, on Wednesday 13th of February. This is a great chance to try and grab a date for anyone aged 32-44 and tickets are just £20. Alternatively, head to London’s biggest Valentine’s party in The Gable, Moorgate, on Saturday the 16th. This event is for those aged 24-40 and tickets cost just £15. Speed dating on Valentine’s Day is also available during the party but you should arrive early to book your place and find a partner with the key to your heart.