Last year in the run-up to Valentine’s Day I wrote about the most romantic travel destinations in the world. This year I’m bringing it home to Blighty to share my secrets about the most romantic locations in London. From the restaurant that will inspire love to the perfect spot for a kiss, here’s my list of the 14 most romantic places in London, just in time for February 14th…
Most Romantic Places in London
The most romantic places in London are:
1. St Pancras
2. Kynance Mews
3. Andrew Edmunds
4. Fox & Anchor
5. Connaught Bar
6. St Paul’s
8. Kensington Palace Gardens
9. Greenwich Park
10. Notting Hill
12. Regent’s Park
Read on for details…
Most Romantic Place for a Kiss in London
There’s nothing like a kiss to bring a little romance to an evening. If you’re like me, most of your kisses happen under the awkwardly bright fluorescent lights of London’s tube stations at the end of semi-disappointing online dates. But if you’re luckier than I, they could happen under the famous 30-foot (9-meter) sculpture of a couple embracing in St Pancras station. Because nothing says romance like the golden age of train travel, and nowhere tricks Londoners into believing we’re still in it than the most beautiful station in the city.
Most Romantic Place for a Walk in London
It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with London’s mews streets, and these pretty little lanes are the perfect places for romantic strolls (and clandestine kisses!). My favorite is Kynance Mews in Kensington, but there are plenty of others to explore, too.
Most Romantic Restaurant in London
Soho’s Andrew Edmunds is an establishment in London, and for good reason. Set in an 18th century townhouse, the candlelit restaurant’s warm ambiance and great sense of history inspire love. I went here on a date a few years ago, and I still consider it the most romantic restaurant in London.
Most Romantic Pub in London
The tiny wooden alcoves in the back of the Fox & Anchor pub in Clerkenwell are my favorite places for a secluded meal away from prying eyes. With the intimate feel of a confessional and the cozy comfort of pub food, they’re just the spot for falling in love over a plate of fish and chips (or with one, if you’re like me).
Most Romantic Hotel Bar in London
I fell in love with the Connaught hotel before I ever set foot inside. The name alone oozes luxury, and my first trip to the hotel’s Connaught Bar solidified it as one of my favorite places for a drink in London. That’s not least because the bar has a secluded, mysterious air to it that makes it the perfect place for a clandestine rendez-vous over a round of classic cocktails or a glass of champagne served in one of their gorgeous etched coupes.
Most Romantic Place to Whisper Sweet Nothings in London
There’s nothing like whispering sweet nothings in your lover’s ear, but when said ear is 110 feet (33 meters) away it can be a challenge. Enter the Whispering Gallery in the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral, where lovers can stand on opposite sides and still hear each other’s words. Just remember to keep those words clean, kids. This is a church.
Most Romantic Theater Production in London
A bittersweet love story set to music, Once is the perfect production to fall in love to. The story of an Irish boy and a Czech girl who find themselves growing ever more attracted to one another in spite of imminent separation, it’s a great musical to see if you’re feeling hopelessly romantic.
Most Romantic Lovers’ Arch in London
Kensington Palace Gardens is one of my favorite places to wander in London, not least because of the lovers’ arch that borders the flower beds in front of the royal residence. The vines form the perfect ellipse for romantic strolls (and maybe a secret kiss or two) in Will and Kate’s back yard.
Most Romantic View in London
There’s nothing like a beautiful view to inspire romance, and the one from the top of Greenwich Park is unrivaled in London. Heading up the hill with a lover to soak up the sprawling green lawn and Palladian architecture of Greenwich will put stars even in the eyes of the most jaded Londoner.
Most Romantic Place to Win Back Your Ex in London
We all have a “one that got away”, and no shortage of people have imagined scenarios in which they win him or her back. Thankfully, the film industry has given us a ‘real’ example in Julia Roberts’ character in Notting Hill. She shows us that we can all win back our Hugh Grant in what used to be the famous travel bookstore in Notting Hill. In case you’ve forgotten, it’s “I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.” If he doesn’t fall for that, he’s an idiot. Like Hugh Grant. Or his character. Or both. Even I wouldn’t cheat on Liz Hurley.
Most Romantic Place for Post-Wedding Bliss in London
In a move that mixes London’s nostalgia for the classic Routemaster bus and the need for mass transport at weddings, many of London’s old Routemasters have been converted into Wedding Specials. Nothing says love in London like sharing a post-nuptial kiss on the city’s most beloved mode of transportation.
Most Romantic Garden in London
If Valentine’s Day is any indication, roses are the perfect flower for telling that special someone how much you care (and how much money you’re willing to shell out on overpriced imports from Kenya). If just a bouquet isn’t enough, Queen Mary’s Gardens in Regent’s Park feature more than 12,000 of the flowers, and are the perfect place for a romantic stroll through the largest collection of roses in London. It might be worth waiting a few months, though. It’s seriously cold out there right now.
Most Romantic Room in a London Museum
The William and Judith Bollinger Jewellery Gallery in the Victoria & Albert museum in South Kensington has enough giant gems to keep even the most museum-phobic lover’s eyes sparkling in wonder. The room has 3,500 jewels, including diamonds worn by Catherine the Great of Russia and tiaras fashioned by Cartier. If you’re working your way to your Big Day, you can even use the room’s computers to design a ring inspired by the collection. Just make sure you have the cash to buy that giant gem to go in the middle.
Most Romantic Weekend Away from London
My favorite hotel in the UK is Lime Wood in Hampshire. There’s no better romantic getaway than a weekend break in the beautiful surroundings of the New Forest, and no wiser way to get in the mood than a bath in one of the elegant stand-alone tubs that sit in the middle of the guest rooms. Love.
How about you? What do you think are the most romantic places in London?