9 Fantastic Things to Do in London this Valentine's Day

Looking for a romantic escape this Valentine’s? Then why not visit London and impress your Valentine with one of the following, alternative date ideas?

Enjoy a romantic river cruise on the River Thames
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Enjoy a romantic river cruise on the River Thames


What better way to enjoy Valentine's Day than to whisk away your loved one for a romantic cruise on the Thames? London offers a number of different river cruise options targeted at different budgets but one thing common among them all is the stunning skyline views.

You could choose to spend a wonderful afternoon in London with a lunch cruise on the River Thames. Take in views such as the Globe Theatre, the Houses of Parliament, the Shard and the Gherkin as you sail down the river and then indulge in a delectable and freshly prepared three-course lunch with a bottle of wine. Sounds like a fun experience, isn't it? Book your lunch cruise on the Thames here.

Alternately, you could go for a Thames evening cruise with bubbly and canapes! Take in some of the capital city’s most famous landmarks including Big Ben, the London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London, all from the covered comfort of the boat's lower deck or the open-air upper deck, if you prefer that. Some of these cruises also offer live music/entertainment. You can spend a couple of hours enjoying the music, the views, a glass of bubbly and some tasty canapes. The perfect celebration of love! Book the Thames Evening Cruise here.


Feast on a scrumptious afternoon tea


When it comes to the food scene, there is nothing more traditional than an afternoon tea and London is the perfect place to indulge in one. Pick any part of London and you will find afternoon tea experiences to suit all tastes and budgets. With venues ranging from five-star hotels to vintage buses and from themed afternoon teas to afternoon teas with bottomless bubbles on the side, you are spoilt for choice. It's a treat not to be missed. Book your romantic and best afternoon tea here!

Afternoon tea London


Watch a West End theatre show


Another fantastic idea to enjoy a great night out with your Valentine would be to book yourself a seat at a West End theatre show. From classics like The Phantom of the Opera to modern shows like The Tina Turner Musical and popular ones like Disney's The Lion King, there is a wide range of shows to choose from. The productions are usually dramatic and lavish and make for unforgettable experiences. You can also choose to enjoy a meal before or after the show at one of London's popular restaurant. Check out some of West End's most popular shows and book your tickets here.


Up at the O2


My next recommendation is unusual but is one of the most romantic ways to experience London and ideal if your partner loves a bit of an adventure. Surprise your Valentine with the 'Up at the O2' experience, which is a thrilling 90-minute climb over the roof of London's most popular entertainment venue, The O2. Climbs are available at different times of the day but I would recommend the Sunset climb where you go up The O2 as the sun goes. The auburn sky adds to the romance and the climb is a wonderful way to experience London from a different perspective. Book your 'Up at The O2 Climb for Two' here.

Up at the O2


Indulgent spa day


What better way to spoil your Valentine than by treating them to a pampering spa session? You could choose a weekend spa break or opt for a spa day. There are a number of venues in London that offer spa treatments and experiences ranging from the affordable to the luxury. You could try the 'Pamper Treat for Two' – Smartbox by Buyagift which allows you to pick from over 500 indulgent beauty treatments nationwide and is priced at only £39.99 or go for something more luxurious like the 'Luxury Spa Treat with 60 Minute Treatment, Lunch and Fizz for Two' at The Athenaeum, a 5-star hotel in Mayfair.

Spa day in London

The View from The Shard


If you are looking to do something unusual for Valentine's Day, head up the Shard and enjoy spectacular panoramic views of London. The Shard is Western Europe’s tallest building and also boasts of London’s highest viewing gallery. With a glass of cocktail in hand, head out to the viewing platform and admire the sky-high views. It is sure to be an unforgettable experience. Book your Shard experience here.


Dine at a romantic restaurant


A meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant such as La Chapelle (in Spitalfields) is something to remember. Having won eight top restaurant awards in its first year, the restaurant is a hub for foodies. Chef brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin have created a three-course set menu, accompanied by a glass of Brut which is perfect for Valentine's evening. Book your experience here.

Dine at a romantic restaurant

Enjoy a game of darts at Flight Club


Flight Club is the world’s first Social Darts venue that has reinvented the game of darts for the 21st century. The traditional game has been given a makeover with a unique dart tracking technology, automatic scoring and a selection of pre-programmed games, all of which make the game fun and exciting social experience.

Currently, Flight Club has 4 venues in London - Bloomsbury, Islington, Shoreditch and Victoria. Head to any of them and you will find a fantastic atmosphere, fun games, great food & drink and an overall superb experience making it a fun alternative date idea for Valentine’s Day.

Enjoy a game of darts at Flight Club

Stay in a luxury hotel this Valentine’s Day


And my final suggestion to spoil your partner this Valentine's Day is to head away on a romantic weekend getaway to London. One of my top picks would be the Courthouse Hotel. The 5-star luxury hotel is ideally situated in Shoreditch, between stylish Mayfair, trendy Soho and London’s finest shopping districts. It is an ideal location to get out and explore the capital city. With a private cinema, Sanook Spa, award-winning restaurants and a roof terrace with views overlooking London’s skyline, the hotel has everything needed for an idyllic relaxing break. Sounds interesting? You can book your stay at the Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch here.

So, those are some of my suggestions on how you could spend Valentine’s Day in London. You are sure to create some special memories this year with these ideas. If you have any recommendations or suggestions, please let me know via the comments section below. Also, let me know which of the suggestions from above has caught your fancy.

10 comments:

  1. Watch a West End theatre show. We both love doing this and spending time together.

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  2. Dine at a Romantic Restaurant, which is exactly what we shall be doing this year. I cannot wait x

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  3. Afternoon tea - because we both love going for afternoon tea!

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    1. One of my faovurites too - a good, traadtional afternoon tea.

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  4. Afternoon tea for two - my Valentine is 87 - just perfect

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    1. Oh, that's lovely. Hope you have a wonderful time together.

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  5. A stay in a luxury hotel. We havent had a date since our second baby was born so this would be absolutely amazing!!

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  6. luxury hotel for some peace and quiet xx

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