London is one of the most romantic cities in the world, with vibrant culture, iconic views and parks, and world-class dining and entertainment options. With Valentine’s Day falling on a Sunday this year, even more people than usual will be heading to the city to celebrate the weekend with their other halves. If you’re one of them, here are a few suggestions as to how to spend your time.
The West End is rightly regarded, along with New York’s Broadway, as the home of world class theatre. There are loads of world famous shows to choose from, including ‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’, the ever-popular ‘Wicked’, and the magical ‘The Lion King’. For a particularly romantic evening’s entertainment, we suggest ‘Close to You: The Burt Bacharach Musical’, which includes romantic classics like ‘The Look of Love’, ‘What the World Needs Now is Love’, and ‘There’s Always Something There to Remind Me’. The Piccadilly London West End is one of the most luxurious hotels in the West End of London, not to mention one of the best meeting places to start your romantic excursions. If you’re less about the stage and more about the silver screen, the May Fair is re-opening its private cinema for exclusive, romantic screenings of new and classic films this Valentine’s weekend. On Friday and Saturday, they’re showing new film ‘Brooklyn’, which has been tipped for success at this year’s Oscars, while Sunday sees a screening of the classic couple movie, ‘When Harry Met Sally’. At the Prince Charles Cinema, meanwhile, ‘Before Sunrise’ and ‘Breakfast at Tiffanys’ are receiving special romantic screenings.
Culture vulture couples should check out the National Gallery, where a special ‘Valentine’s Late’ evening is being held on Friday 12th February – the perfect way to start your weekend getaway. This is an interactive event, where visitors will get the chance to try their hand at drawing with drop-in classes, and even taste some historical aphrodisiacs. There’s romantic art on display, of course, with beautiful landscapes from masters like Turner, Constable and Delacroix. This event is first come, first served, so get there early to avoid disappointment. Of course, Valentine’s weekend is as good a time as any to take advantage of London’s free museums and galleries. Visitors are often astounded to learn that admission to most of London’s world-renowned cultural remains completely free. That includes the ancient artefacts and spooky mummies of the British Museum, and the awe-inspiring nature collections at the Natural History Museum. The likes of the Tate Britain, Tate Modern and National Portrait Gallery are all free of charge too.
With any luck, the weather will have perked up by the time Valentine’s Day comes around, and a walk in London’s parks can be a very romantic experience at this time of year. Regent’s Park in particular is picturesque at this time of year, as it comes alive with the blossoms and emerging flowers. Alternatively, head down to Richmond Park and say hello to the herds of red and fallow deer which call it home.