London for couples

London for couples - the capital’s most romantic spots

Planning your next date night? We discover the most romantic places in London for couples, including restaurants, bars and activities for loved-up duos.

If you’re looking for a romantic night in London, then the answer is to get creative. Forget your traditional candle-lit restaurants, you need to think outside the box for a truly romantic evening in the capital. Here’s how to do London for couples in style:
Go for Rooftop Drinks
Nothing like the setting sun to create some ambience. London rooftop bars can be crowded affairs – head to Aqua Nueva, a stone’s throw from Oxford Street, for one of the best hidden rooftop bars in the city. Here you can dine like a king on Spanish-inspired small plates, such as grilled chorizo, Iberica ham and Manchego cheese, whilst taking in the beautiful sights. They also have a killer cocktail list – make sure to try the Millionaire No.4 with Zacapa 23 rum, Sloe Gin, apricot liqueur and lime, it’s dreamy. Leave room for dessert – the caramelised pineapple with coconut jelly must be tried.
Explore Primrose Hill
Primrose Hill on a weekend is surely one of the nicest ways to spend a day. Full of cute coffee shops, brunch spots and picture-perfect townhouses, this area is undoubtedly one of the most romantic in the capital. Make sure to visit Ripe Kitchen for their famous vegan banana bread, and the best flat whites in town, before browsing the quirky local boutiques and stopping for some of the best eggs in town at Greenberry Cafe. No trip to Primrose Hill would be complete without a walk – stroll around the park, flowers in hand for the best local florist, and take in the fresh air with your loved one.
Catch a Flick
The cinema may not strike you as the most romantic evening, but The Everyman Cinema is not like any cinema you’ve been to before. With locations in Baker Street, Hampstead and beyond, the Everyman is a bespoke cinema experience, with private sofas, perfect for cuddling up to your partner, and waiter service, so you can order drinks, snacks and hot food to your seat. A great way to while away an evening with your other half, this is one of the most romantic cinemas in the capital – and they make the best hot chocolates around! The Everyman always has a specially-curated list of films showing, so perfect for a romantic evening out.
Have a Leisurely Brunch
Romantic meals don’t just have to be an evening affair; sometimes a long walk followed by lunch is just what you need to take the edge off the week. We recommend walking down the Southbank, which is always fun and lively on weekends, often with seasonal markets, followed by lunch at the OXO Tower. It’s a little bit special, and the views across London are sublime. The rooftop OXO Tower Restaurant, Brasserie and Bar has proved a dazzling success since opening in 1996; come for their famous sea bass, Jerusalem artichoke purée, samphire and artichoke chips, it’s delicious. Finish with an elderflower posset, and perhaps another walk.
Take a Day Trip
Sometimes you just need to get out of the city to feel the romance. For the most perfect Sunday lunch (which is well worth the drive), head to The Swan in Southrop. This seasonal British restaurant serves up the finest fare, using produce from their own farm and herb garden, including great Sunday roasts, fresh fish and the best British pudding. If you can, try their pumpkin ravioli with sage butter – it’s out of this world – and they also make the best sticky toffee pudding in town. Nothing says romance like sharing a dessert, right?
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