It’s almost that time again.
You know, that event that takes place every 14th February where if you’re in a couple, or you’re in the process of trying to woo someone you have a crush on, sitting idle with your head in the sand just won’t do.
No sir, no ma’am, if you want to impress this Valentine’s Day you’re going to have to pull out all the stops – whether you think the day is a money-making conspiracy or not.
If you live in or around London, you’re in luck, because there are plenty of romantic spots you can take your Valentine to with ease. Who knows, you might even enjoy yourself (or the end result of your efforts).
And we’re going to tell you what they are – no need to thank us; we’re just happy to help.
The Globe Tavern
Okay, this might appear to be your average cosy London boozer, but when you tell your loved one why you picked it, they could well be like putty in your hand.
Remember the iconic London rom-com, Bridget Jones’s Diary? Of course you do. Well, the Globe Tavern provides the external shots of Bridget’s flat and provides the backdrop for the climactic scene of the movie featuring a certain Mr Darcy.
So, head into The Globe Tavern, spin the yarn above and enjoy a lovely pub lunch accompanied by a few wines or ales, before taking a romantic stroll through nearby Borough Market.
Gordon’s Wine Bar
Just yards from the majesty of the meandering Thames on Embankment, Gordon’s Wine Bar is an ambient drinking cave world’s away from the hustle and bustle of the Big Smoke.
Take your Valentine into the depths of Gordons’ wine cave, pull up an ambient pew and chat (or smooch) the evening away over few bottles of red and a big old cheese board. Magic.
Radio Rooftop Bar
When it comes to getting the romance going, a stunning view and a potent cocktail usually do the trick.
That said, Radio Rooftop Bar offers both in spades. Scale to the summit of this wonderful rooftop haven, order a couple of signature cocktails, grab some tapas and look out longingly at panoramic views of Tower Bridge, The Shard, the Tate Modern, Somerset House and the Houses of Parliament.
When you think about the romance of Valentine’s Day proportions, Venice is a place that often springs to mind – but if you’re in London, you needn’t go far to enjoy the same kind of magic.
Jump off the tube at Warwick Avenue (do you remember that Duffy song?) and lose yourselves in the heart of this curiously quiet pocket of Inner London. Explore the petit canal branches, marvel at the selection of barges and then retire for a few beverages at one of the area’s many waterside bars.
For a romantic Valentine’s Day hideaway in the heart of London, Holland Park’s sensational Kyoto Garden will go down a treat.
Nestled within Set 22.5 hectares of Kensington and Chelsea’s biggest park, these vibrant Japanese gardens boast a waterfall, lanterns, fish and lots of wildlife – an idyllic London Valentine’s Day setting that is sure to win you piles of Brownie points.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our London Valentine’s Day tips and that they’ve helped give you the inspiration you need to win this 14th February.
We know it’s still a little chilly, but if you’d rather not venture out this Valentine’s Day, but you’d still like to dazzle your loved one, check out our top tips on making your garden into a mini staycation.