Valentine’s Day is approaching and it is time to get on board the love train. The British capital is indeed a huge, bustling, crowded city, yet there are a surprising range of things to do for the romantically inclined. Hidden places that you can share only with your love one; and here are some of them:
Most romantic lovers’ arch
Kensington Palace Gardens is one of lovers’ favorite places to wander in London, not least because of the lovers’ arch that borders the flowerbeds in front of the royal residence. The vines form the perfect ellipse for romantic strolls, and maybe a secret kiss or two, in prince Willam’s and Kate’s back yard.
Most romantic cinema
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There is nothing like red velvet to add instant romanticism and passion to a room and this is what you will find in Electric Cinema in Portobello, where romantic film Notting Hill was filmed. The Electric in Notting Hill is one of London’s oldest cinemas and definitely the most romantic. Beautifully restored, with luxurious leather armchairs, footstools, lush cashmere blankets and waiter service delivering cocktails to your chair or sofa bed. What makes the Electric date-perfect is that seats on the front-row have been ripped out and replaced with six luxurious, velvet-lined double beds – ideal smooching. And best of all, it’s on Portobello Road, so you leave feeling like you’re in a Richard Curtis movie. So, get snuggly and cosy in the Electric with your love one.
Most romantic room in a museum
The William and Judith Bollinger Jewellery Gallery in the Victoria & Albert museum in South Kensington has enough giant gems to keep even the most museum-phobic lover’s eyes sparkling in wonder. The room has 3.500 jewels, including diamonds worn by Catherine the Great of Russia and tiaras fashioned by Cartier. If you are working your way to your Big Day, you can even use the room’s computers to design a ring inspired by the collection.
Most romantic boat ride
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Stuck in the middle of London’s largest park, Hyde Park, you will find the Serpentine lake. Just walking around seems lovely enough, taking your other half for a ride on a boat could be the most romantic thing. Just in front of the park you will find The Caesar hotel, offering the Stay&Love package for two, including strawberries covered in chocolate, a bottle of French champagne and a romantic bath with salts and rose petals, amongst other details that will turn this Valentine’s Day into an unforgettable experience.
Most romantic place for a kiss
Thinking that London is not romantic enough, Paris is not that far from here. St Pancras International Train Station connects both European cities thanks to the Eurostar train. Just there, you will find the famous 9 meters bronze sculpture of a couple embracing, from artist Paul Day. Because nothing says romance like the golden age of train travel, and nowhere tricks Londoners into believing we are still in it, than the most beautiful station in the city.