The summer holidays are over. The kids are back in school. So, what better time to enjoy a romantic getaway to London? Here are our picks for the most couple-friendly things to do in the UK capital this season.
Take a romantic amble
There are countless romantic walks in the city, from riverside strolls along the Thames to late-night rambles through the Royal Parks. But to make the most of London’s nature this fall, head to Primrose Hill. This small, green mound on the northern edge of Regent’s Park is the perfect place for a leisurely walk, offering clear views of Central London in one direction and the expansive Hampstead Heath in the other. Take along a picnic on a sunny autumnal day to enjoy the view under the changing leaves.
There is nothing more romantic than watching the sun set over a historic city, so the London Eye is the perfect couple’s activity — especially when the famous London landmark offers a dedicated Cupid’s Capsule. This private ride for two comes complete with a host serving Pommery Brut Royal champagne and Hotel Chocolat champagne truffles, with one 30-minute spin costing around $525.
Tuck into a non-candlelit meal
London is one of the world’s great gastronomic capitals, and there is no shortage of places to go for a dimly lit dinner. But for a uniquely romantic dining experience, cast aside the candles and dine at Dans le Noir?. This high-concept restaurant offers dinners in total darkness that are guided and served by the blind. It’s designed to not only make you appreciate food in a new way, but also to allow couples to see each other in a new light, as this is a date where conversation is king. The three-course meals come in four styles — seafood, vegetarian, meat eaters and chef’s surprise — and are composed of line-caught fish, free-range meats and organic produce.
Share a sumptuous cocktail
What could be more romantic than sipping delicious cocktails in a designer bar opposite the one you love? Perhaps all of that with 360-degree views over London’s skyline. Skyloft, located at the very peak of the iconic Millbank Tower in Westminster, was created as a pop-up for the 2012 Olympic Games, but the lounge has proven so popular that it has yet to close down. Beer, Bellinis and brilliant cocktails pour on Friday and Saturday nights from 7 p.m.
Whisper across the room
St. Paul’s Cathedral is one of the city’s most enduringly popular attractions, but come near closing time on a weekday and you will find it emptier than you’d expected. Couples should make a beeline for the Whispering Gallery where, due to the acoustics, one can whisper against the wall and the other will hear it across the room. It is a rare chance to whisper sweet nothings in your partner’s ear from a distance. St. Paul’s is open Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Photos Courtesy of Graham Lacdao and Leah Larkin