Best Valentine's Day Ideas in London

Romance in London

London can be a wonderfully romantic city to spend Valentine's Day. Here are some ways to help you have a perfect day.

And so have a look at the Best Places to Kiss in London.

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    Want to know where to see love locks in London? This guide includes directions between the locations too. Read on...


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    Samuel Pepys and a Rat

    Here's an oddball idea for the day of love. On Sunday 14 February 2016, living history company, Tales of Plague, are hosting a heart-stopping walk welcoming amour into their pestilential tour around the city of London.

    Alongside the characteristic thrills of their regular walk you will: 
    • Be wooed by Samuel Pepys as the famous diarist reads romantic, Valentine-themed extracts from his diary 
    • Hear an exotic tale of love unearthed from the time of plague 
    • Receive a romantic, pox-ridden gift at the walk’s conclusion. 

    This Valentine's Day Plague Walk is at 2pm and leaves from just outside Tower Hill tube station. The cost is £10 per head and singles, couples and groups are welcome to join in the contagious fun. Pre-booking for this walk is essential.

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    This large bronze statue is often called "The Lovers" so what better place to meet your loved one this Valentine's. Drop enough hints and you might get whisked away on the Eurostar as this is the right station!

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    From Friday 12 until Sunday 14 February, The London Eye has a range of experiences perfect for loved-up couples.

    New for 2016, the ‘Only Have Eyes for You’ Cocktail Experience will be sure to delight the senses. Couples can indulge in two expertly crafted cocktails; the first being the signature “Love Potion No.9” with sensual Madagascan vanilla and Belgian chocolate, guests can then choose between “Poetry in Motion” - with dark rum, fig and fizz, or “Love is All Around" with a fruity rhubarb and apricot aroma.

    Guests looking to take their love to new heights can choose the Valentine’s Day Champagne Experience. The lucky couple will be served a crisp glass of Pommery Brut Royal Champagne, alongside a box of luxury Hotel Chocolat chocolates whilst taking in the exquisite 360 degree views of London.

    For those looking for the ultimate romantic experience, the London Eye will be offering a private Valentine’s Cupid’s Capsule. Lovers can enjoy the stunning views of London's skyline...MORE exclusively from a private capsule for two - with a bottle of Pommery Brut Royal Champagne and a luxury box of Hotel Chocolat Pink Champagne Truffles, all served by your own personal host.

    Alongside the capsule experiences, the London Eye will also be offering a romantic river cruise complete with spectacular sightseeing. The Valentine’s Champagne River Cruise will take guests on a romantic journey along the River Thames whilst sipping on a chilled glass of Pommery Brut Royal Champagne.

    And ahead of Valentine’s Day, lighting is being installed on the London Eye to illuminate it as a giant engagement ring, in classic diamond solitaire style – which will be visible from across the capital. Oh yes, they are looking for proposals this year!

    Find and more and book in advance at

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    Canary Wharf Ice Rink

    Take you loved one ice skating at the temporary Ice Rink Canary Wharf that remains open until the end of the month. Hold each other up as you glide around the fairy lit skate path.

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    A romantic cruise along The Thames is an excellent idea for you and your loved one and Bateaux London have lots of dining options with live entertainment and the wonderful views. Find out more...

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    Wicked at Apollo Victoria Theatre, London
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    When you come to London you want to see a West End show but the cost of the tickets can be off-putting. Here are some tips on How To Get Cheap London Theatre Tickets.

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    Harrods London
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    If you love fragrances, you may well enjoy these London perfume shops for their expertise and unique English style.

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    Find out where to buy and try Chocolate in London. My favorite is Hotel Chocolat (Buy Direct) who produce luxury chocolates and have many gift ideas. Hotel Chocolat is a British-owned company who has been committed to producing real, authentic chocolate for over ten years. Their success has a lot to do with the quality ingredients they use – they even have their own cocoa plantation, Rabot Estate, in the West Indies.

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    Valentines Card


    The best card shop in London has to be Paperchase on Tottenham Court Road. Paperchase is considered the brand leader in design led and innovative stationery in the UK. The range is constantly changing which makes return visits more fun. They also carry a great range of unusual papers and art materials as well as all the more widely available stationery, greeting cards, gifts, and gift packaging.

    • Paperchase, 213 - 215 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7PS
      Nearest tube stations: Tottenham Court Road / Goodge Street
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    Teddy Bear

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    Some romantics are big softies and a teddy bear would be the perfect gift. Hamleys on Regent Street is the biggest toy shop in the world so is bound to have something for your loved one. Another option would be a Harrods teddy bear as they are collected around the world. Many are limited editions and all are quality teddies to keep forever. Or you could build a custom bear at a Build-a-Bear Workshop in Hamleys or Covent Garden piazza.

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    Hatton Garden is London's jewelry quarter. The streets are lined with exclusive stores, many who have jewelry production in-house so they can create bespoke pieces. All stores are open Monday to Friday but not all open on the weekend as Hatton Garden is on the edge of the City of London (the financial district) which is mostly closed at weekends. My favorite jewelers there is Anthony Gray.

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    Romantic meal in a restaurant
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    London has some extremely romantic restaurants that can make that first date/Valentine's Day/anniversary really special. The Top 10 Romantic London Restaurants all have something that makes them stand out.

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    Valentines Day couldn't pass without a trip for the men to a lingerie store. Agent Provocateur is the designer lingerie store in London. The staff know about their products and never make you feel uncomfortable if you have questions. They have a few branches but I like the Soho branch as it's a great area to visit.

    • Agent Provocateur, 6 Broadwick Street, Soho, London W1
      Nearest tube stations: Oxford Circus/Tottenham Court Road