Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, but no matter what time of year you want to whisk your loved one away on a romantic stroll around the city, London is packed with places of such remarkable beauty that you’ll never be short of date ideas.
Whether you want to explore the UK capital’s renowned architecture and history, escape into the greenery of some of its famous parks, or seek out somewhere tranquil by the water, London has a romantic walk to suit your mood. Here are some of our favourites from around the city, suitable for everyone, and guaranteed to get your heart all aflutter.
This vast London park is ideal for exploring with someone who loves wildlife and the great outdoors. A blissful escape from the busy city, you really do feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere here, and there are so many routes that you can please yourself as to length and strenuousness. If you’re both fit and love a good hike, you can take the Thames Path all the way from Richmond to Windsor. It’s a 30-mile walk along the river that’s packed with beautiful views of Ham House and more. We found an interesting article on the Choice Hotels blog which provides a detailed guide to the route, where they recommend the Harte & Garter Hotel & Spa in Windsor as a final destination point – and for a romantic walk we couldn’t agree more.
The South Bank
If you’re keen to pack in as many landmarks as you can shake a stick at, this is the walk for you. Perfect for impressing a date who’s new to London, as you’ll pass not only the London Eye but County Hall, Big Ben, the Tate Modern, Oxo Tower, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Shakespeare’s Globe and more. This walk is spectacular by night, the lights of London sparkling on the Thames as you stroll the river. The only downside is that it can become incredibly crowded – but it can be fun for people-watching. And if it all gets too busy you can always slip into the back row at the British Film Institute and catch a romantic Hollywood classic instead.
Whether at night or during the day, this riverside stroll presents a pleasantly peaceful alternative to the more popular South Bank. Whereas the South Bank is as packed with tourists as it is must-see sights, this walk is blissfully calm and never crowded. Enjoy the Thames flowing by as you head past Vauxhall Bridge, Chelsea Bridge and then on to Albert Bridge and back through the truly beautiful Battersea Park. The whole way you’ll be surrounded by stunning architecture, flats and homes you can dream of sharing in your uber-rich fantasy future, as well as basking in the shadow of one of London’s coolest disused structures – the magical Battersea Power Station.