Top Romantic Spots in London
London is an ancient city that seamlessly blends remarkable history with green spaces and modern-day attractions. On the banks of the iconic River Thames, it has so much to offer tourists of all kinds, from the backpacker to the family, the business traveller to the senior citizen. Couples are no exception.
“Romance” is defined as the excitement and mystery associated with both love and the unusual. Here are just five of the top places in London to go if you’re looking for a little romance...
What could be more romantic than London’s most famous botanic garden? Thirty minutes from central London, wander through the world’s largest collection of living plants: a vast array of beautiful and rare plants, gorgeous landscapes, lakes, historical buildings, and glasshouses. There is an enormous herbarium, a treetop walkway, galleries and a museum, and the beautiful Kew Palace. Kew Gardens also hosts events, including exhibitions, walking tours, and much more.
London Canal Boats
A true haven in northwest London, the Grand Canal is like another world: quiet and unique. Stroll by the canal and enjoy the colourful and charming houseboats, or step onboard a canal boat for a delightful and relaxed canal trip to Camden Lock and the historic markets there.
“Romance” and “Cemetery” might not seem to go hand in hand, but Highgate Cemetery is an exception. Situated in North London, this great Victorian Cemetery offers a uniquely gothic romantic outing with cultural, historic and even wildlife attractions such as foxes and birds, as it is a nature reserve. Wander winding paths through architectural wonders such as beautiful tombs and graves, chapels, catacombs, mausoleums, and Victorian buildings. Notable permanent residents of the cemetery include Karl Marx, author George Eliot, poet Christina Rossetti, and actress Jean Simmons. The East Cemetery is open for general admission; the older West Cemetery is accessible only via guided tour.
This recreational lake in the heart of Hyde Park was created for Queen Caroline in 1730 and has a rich and interesting history. A wonderfully romantic activity in Hyde Park on a sunny day is taking a picnic and boating on the Serpentine. Look for mute swans that nest in the area near the Italian Garden; enjoy expansive views across the park to Kensington Palace. Row boats are available for hire.
This largest of London’s Royal Parks is situated in southwest London, easily accessible by bus, river or train. It was created as a hunting deer park by King Charles I, and has inspired writers and artists for centuries. Still home to Fallow Deer, it has many attractions and beautiful areas, walking paths, bridleways and cycle ways, but perhaps the most romantic spot in the park is the Isabella Plantation. This enchanting woodland garden offers lush displays of vibrant rhododendron, ponds, streams, and wonderful views over London.