Whether you love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is approaching. If you haven’t already started making plans, best get to work. February 14th is one of the busiest days of the year with restaurants, cinemas and theatres packed to the rafters. Don’t wait any longer! If you’re struggling for ideas, consider the following options.
The Royal Observatory
The Royal Observatory in Greenwich will once again host an evening of romantic star gazing this Valentine’s Day. Here, you are your partner can look through an 18 tonne Victorian telescope while enjoying a nice glass of champagne. Tickets are just £30 and there are two available timeslots throughout the evening.
The London Eye
Imagine the look on your partner’s eye when you’re both gracefully rotating high above the River Thames. The Coca Cola London Eye is the world’s largest cantilevered observation wheel at a whopping 135 metres. As a modern symbol of England’s capital, taking a ride on Valentine’s Day seems fitting for the occasion. To make the experience extra special, consider renting out your own private capsule, complete with champagne and truffles.
The Shard was the winner of the Mills & Boon’s Romantic View award 2015. Here you and your partner can watch London light up throughout the night on the 244 metre high viewing platform. This Valentine’s Day doors will stay open until midnight, with the last entry at 10.30pm. To make this experience extra special by proposing, there is even a marriage concierge service that will ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible.
If you’re looking for something to do during the day, consider taking your date on the Valentine’s Afternoon Tea City Cruise. Here you can sample traditional sandwiches, pastries and scones, while sipping tea and watching the city drift by. Just for the occasion, City Cruises has also hired a live jazz band that will play a romantic set list along the way.
The Princess of Wales Conservatory in Kew Gardens will host a special Valentine’s Day event where you and your partner can enjoy the vibrant tropical flowers after sundown. Between 6pm and 9pm the glasshouse is illuminated with a mystical display of colours and art installations. After walking the romantic trail, you also have the option to partake in a Latin American dance class.
The Love Bus
On the Love Bus Valentine’s Day tour, you can view London’s most famous landmarks – including Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral and the London Eye – from an open-topped bus, while a live singer performs on board. All tickets come with a cosy blanket, two miniature bottles of Bucks Fizz and a box of chocolates.
The London Helicopter
If you really want to get in your partner’s good books and give them a Valentine’s Day that they will never forget, book a trip on The London Helicopter. There’s nothing more romantic than flying over the city and then enjoying a nice post-flight glass of bubbly.