Whether celebrating an anniversary, planning a proposal or enjoying a romantic mini-break for two, London offers a cornucopia of amorous experiences for couples. Here's how to plan the perfect romantic weekend in London...
TAKE A ROMANTIC STROLL
For one of the world’s largest urban centres, London has a surprising number of lush parks and gardens. One that’s particularly romantic is Kensington Palace Gardens. Explore the Sunken Garden and pass through the arched Cradle Walk for a taste of regal romance. Other stunning walks can be found at the Japanese-style Kyoto Gardens in Holland Park, the Chelsea Physic botanical gardens, and the world-famous Queen Mary’s Garden in Regents Park, home to a giant garden filled with around 12,000 roses.
GO BOATING ON THE SERPENTINE
Set within the scenic grounds of Hyde Park in central London (a stone’s throw from Corinthia London), the Serpentine is the city’s largest and most picturesque public lido. Have a Bridget Jones moment by renting a rowboat and reciting some poetry, or simply enjoy the view as you glide across the water.
ADMIRE SOME FINE JEWELS
Discover some of the most beautiful and precious jewellery in the world at the Tower of London, home of the British Monarchy’s Crown Jewels. View pieces worn by members of the royal family throughout history, such as The Imperial State Crown and The Sovereign’s Sceptre, which features the giant 530.2-carat Cullinan I diamond. Continue your discovery at the Victoria & Albert Museum in South Kensington, which showcases more than 3,000 fine jewels from across Europe.
SOAK UP THE SUNSET
Not much sets the scene for a romantic weekend in London quite like a stroll along the River Thames at sunset. Amble along the South Bank and take in the city’s iconic riverside sites, historic castles and impressive bridges as the sky turns from blue to black and the twinkling lights of the London skyline begin to shine.
ENJOY A MUSEUM LATE
Browse your favourite exhibits without the crowds by attending one of the city’s museum lates. Many leading museums across the capital offer late-night openings for those seeking a more intimate experience. Every Friday, the British Museum stays open until 8:30pm, while the National Gallery and Royal Academy of Arts are open until 9pm.
SAVOUR AN INTIMATE MEAL IN A PRIVATE DINING ROOM
London isn't short of places to enjoy a romantic dinner but for an extra special occasion, why not go all out and reserve a private dining room? Corinthia London offers two stylish options: The Northall Private Dining Room serves exquisite modern European cuisine in opulent surroundings, while Kerridge's Private Dining Roomcelebrates British classics by Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge and Head Chef Nick Beardshaw.
WATCH A LOVE STORY
Get lost in the romance of a timeless tale at one of London’s iconic theatres. From large-scale West End musicals like 'The Phantom of the Opera' - which tells the love story of a beautiful soprano and a mysterious, disfigured composer - to captivating ballets at the Royal Opera House, there are plenty of productions to enjoy during a romantic weekend in London.