Steeped in history as well as being one of the most vibrant cities in Europe, London is a perfect choice for a romantic getaway this Valentine’s Day
Romantic Strolls along the River Thames
England is not known for its great weather, and let’s faces it; in February it’s most likely going to be really cold. That said, London is utterly beautiful on a cold, crisp winters morning and there is nothing more romantic than strolling along the Southbank, taking in the sites along the way. Walking along the riverside is one of the best ways to really take in what London has to offer and for me, there’s no better route along the river than this one:
Take the tube to Westminster. As soon as you exit the tube station you will be faced with the magnificent structure that is Big Ben.
Once you’ve caught your breath then turn left and head over the bridge. This particular bridge is called Westminster Bridge, made famous my William Wordsworth’s poem, Composed upon Westminster Bridge.
As you walk over the bridge turn to your right and look behind you as you will be able to get an uninterrupted view of the Houses of Parliament – a true architectural marvel.
Take a trip on the London Eye
As you head over the bridge you’ll see the London eye straight in front of you. If the weather is clear then a private pod on the London Eye complete with champagne is the perfect way to treat your loved one on Valentine’sDay as the views will take their breath away!
Notting Hill – A Hidden Gem off The Beaten Track
When people think of Notting Hill they mainly think of the Brit flick staring Hugh Grant & Julia Roberts. However, speaking as someone who used to live in Notting Hill, the area is far more than just an ex-film set. The streets are teaming with individual restaurants and bars as well as yummy deli’s and bakery’s. Every weekend Portobello market hosts an array of beautiful boutique stalls offering anything from vintage jewellery to global cuisine.
Treat Yourself to a Post Sightseeing Beverage
If you are a beer lover then once you’ve finished wandering through Portobello market head up towards Notting Hill gate to a pub called the Prince Alfred – a great and slightly quirky watering hole perched on the edge of Notting Hill complete with a beer garden (but be quick as seats go fast in the summer!)
If, however, you want to go a bit more up market then keep on walking towards High Street Kensington and stop off at Kensington Roof Gardens. Hidden a top a tall building opposite the offices of the Daily Mail, the Kensington Roof Gardens is an oasis boasting several themed gardens and even a roof top stream! By day, it’s a wonderful restaurant and by night it’s a buzzing nightclub filled with London’s most glamorous of revellers. All in all, the Kensington Roof Gardens is the perfect setting for your valentines break.
For me, London is one of the most romantic cities in the world and the sites mentioned in this article are just scratching the surface of what London really has to offer. If I was you I’d get booking your trip to London today.
Ginny is a new lifestyle blogger
who specialises in documenting all the fantastic things in life including travel, food and all things in between.