Whether you’re planning a romantic day in the Capital with your loved one, or prefer to keep things simple with an intimate meal at one of London’s fine restaurants, then look no further. Visit London, the official city guide, is here to make the decision process easier. Read on to discover some of the most special ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2017…
Make it a day to remember
You may have seen your favourite actors fall in love on the big screen, but this year, it’s your turn to play the lead role. Take your loved one on a Brit Movie Tour, and visit the locations of some of the most memorable rom-com moments from the past decade. Reimagine your favourite characters falling in love, as you soak up the iconic sights of the Capital and visit cinematic landmarks. You could also take a trip to ZSL London Zoo, walking arm-in-arm spotting tiger cubs, giraffes and mischievous monkeys. For an extra special surprise, or even a first date, book a ‘Meet the Animals’ experience to make your visit truly unique. If you’re seeking some romantic inspiration, why not turn to the royals, and visit The Queen’s House, to indulge in a prosecco afternoon tea, while hearing love stories from those who lived in the ‘House of Delight’? Or for a thrilling celebration, guaranteed to set your pulses raising, plunge feet-first at the ArcelorMittal Orbit and brave the UK’s tallest and longest tunnel slide. However, if you prefer to keep things a little calmer, why not serenade your loved one with some help from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra? Spend the evening in the beautiful surroundings of Cadogan Hall and sing along to a programme of ‘60s love songs and romantic classics.
Wine and Dine
Spoil your sweetheart and raise a glass to your love at Lancaster London. On offer at their award-winning ‘Island Grill’ is an exclusive nine course tasting menu of sharing dishes and speciality cocktails. Elsewhere, sip champagne and enjoy a special Valentine’s Day menu at Babylon, as you soak up one of the best scenic views of the city’s iconic skyline. For a date night to remember, take a seat in the romantic surroundings of THE BAR at the Athenaeum, before indulging in a five course meal at Galvin, guaranteed to be a talking point of your romantic celebrations. Some say Shakespeare’s most famous lovers were the perfect pair, and at the May Fair Bar, you can enjoy bespoke Valentine’s Day themed ‘Romeo’ and ‘Juliet’ cocktails to get your celebrations started.
Spa breaks and Hotel stays
Sweep your partner off their feet and into the calming environment of the indulgent spa at InterContinental London – The 02. Complete with prosecco and chocolates, treat yourselves to a treatment and spend the day relaxing with your loved one. Or why not take advantage of some of the city’s great Valentine’s Day packages, and enjoy a special stay at one of London’s luxurious hotels. After a private film screening and dinner for two, wake up in a romantic suite at One Aldwych, with fresh fruit and flowers delivered daily. For those looking to go the extra mile, book a special overnight stay at The Langham, where champagne, chocolates and beautiful rose petal arrangements are guaranteed to take your loved one’s breath away. For a truly memorable visit, a stay at The Berkeley includes personalised bath robes, breakfast in bed and a late check-out, to extend your Valentine’s Day celebrations for as long as possible.
For more inspiration on how to spend Valentine’s Day in London, check out: visitlondon.com/valentines