With its glamorous, inspiring history, rolling Royal Parks and amorous artistry to be found in its greatest galleries, London really is the ideal locale for a romantic getaway…
Be bewitched by Greenwich
Truly one of London’s most beguiling areas, Greenwich is the utterly charming ‘Royal Borough’ on the banks of the Thames that’s chock-full of Restoration/ Georgian architecture, art and landscape design. If you’re staying in the centre of the city and it’s a fine day, take a Thames Clipper down-river and take a look at Christopher Wren’s Royal Observatory and the exquisite painted ceiling in the Old Naval College, not forgetting to playfully straddle the Prime Meridian line and picnic on the luscious rolling green of the Royal Park.
Kiss – and more – in Kensington
As mentioned, you may have chosen the base for your stay somewhere central (and you’d be well advised to do so – with so much to do in the middle of the city), like the London Premier Notting Hill London, for instance; one of the many Shaftesbury hotels. And, if that’s the case, you’ll find one of the most exquisite districts is right on your doorstep in the shape of Kensington. Admired as one of the most prestigious, privileged, elegant and – yes – expensive parts of the capital, it’s also home to the glorious Hyde Park and the wonderful Kensington Gardens – and, within the latter, the superb Serpentine Gallery. Indeed, with all their lakes, ponds, and Italian-style flowered nooks and crannies, these two Royal Parks can make for the perfect romantic refuge.
Let Marylebone put you in the mood
For sure, art in its different forms is the appeal of Marylebone for the amorously inclined. One of the biggest draws of this graceful district slightly north of the centre is the outstanding fine arts gallery that’s the Wallace Collection – its many paintings making for a genuinely very romantic demonstration of artwork across 400 pivotal years in art history (the 15th-19th Centuries), thanks in no small part to glorious works from Rembrandt, Reubens, Caneletto, and Velasquez. Following this, it has to be on to the delight that’s Regent’s Park and, in particular, the bright, colourful but peaceful and beautiful Queen Mary’s Rose Garden (perfect this time of year) and then the Open Air Theatre for a fantastic theatre performance under the stars while sipping a chilled ‘G and T’.
Be lovingly moved in Richmond
Alternatively, you may like the idea of getting out of the hustle-bustle of the city altogether for some real quiet(er) time with your loved one. If so, there’s nowhere better than Richmond Park in the west. Why? Because, being the largest of London’s Royal Parks (at a whopping 2,000-plus acres), it’s a place of outstanding natural beauty, so much so it’s classified as a National Nature Reserve and a European Special Area of Conservation. Most significant of all, though, it’s full to brimming with fantastic flora (including the botany treasure trove that’s the Isabella Plantation) and fabulous fauna, chief among the latter the graceful deer, of whom around 600 walk freely throughout the parkland.