Things to do in London for Valentine's Day

Whether you are celebrating many years together, trying to impress on a first date or enjoying the single life, you’ll no doubt be looking for Valentine’s ideas in London for 2019. If you are visiting for a few days, there are many romantic things to do and places to go on Valentine's Day in London.

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Cool things to do in London on Valentine’s  Day

If you are spending the most romantic day of the year in the city, we have lots of great Valentine’s Day ideas in London. If this isn’t enough, check out our guide about things for couples to do in London and start planning your day.

London Theatre on Valentine's Day

Watch a love story unfold before your eyes as you sit hand in hand in one of the West End’s magnificent theatres. Go on a spellbinding adventure to see Wicked, immerse yourself in the beautifully tragic Les Misérables, allow the Phantom of the Opera to take your breath away or sing along to joyous love songs in Mamma Mia. Alternatively, you could watch La Bohème, a tragic love story by the English National Opera, or the beautiful Don Quixote ballet about love and friendship at the Royal Opera House.

Valentine’s Day Spa London

Wind down and relax with your love in a tranquil spa in London. Indulge in dual treatments, massages, beauty therapies and enjoy full access to spa facilities. You may be able to upgrade your selection to include champagne, personalised treatments and finer packages. There are a great number of spas in London including the Nobu Hotel Shoreditch, Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre in Hotel Cafe Royal and House of Elemis in Soho. You are sure to find the perfect place to unwind and celebrate Valentine’s Day and you might even find a great offer.

London Eye

Become part of the London skyline as you step onboard the London Eye with your special someone. Choose from a champagne experience and enjoy a glass of bubbly whilst you rise above the Thames or book a private Cupid’s Capsule. The Cupid’s Capsule experience includes a bottle of champagne and a luxurious box of Hotel Chocolat Pink Champagne Truffles, as well as entry to the Eye Lounge and 4D cinema experience. For the ultimate romantic setting, leave the world behind and enjoy a private moment on the London Eye.

London Helicopter Tour

Soar high above some of the world’s greatest landmarks and see London like never before. The Heli Air base is located in High Wycombe with great transport links from the city centre and free parking on site. Flights last for 45 minutes and may be shared with other guests. For that extra special experience, you can book an exclusive private flight and share iconic views of London with your loved one.

Vintage Cinema Date

You can’t beat a trip to the cinema and the Rivoli Ballroom is a romantic cinema experience like no other. The 1950’s vintage ballroom is transformed into a secret cinema. Celebrate some good old fashioned love with Pretty Woman showing on the 13th of February and Romeo and Juliet showing on the 14th. Tickets are £10 each, doors open at 8pm and there are two bars as well as hot dogs, popcorn and ice cream available. Whether you are on a first date or celebrating many happy years together, the Rivoli Ballroom near Crofton Park tube station is sure to impress.

Walk Through the Park

Pack a picnic, a cuddly blanket and a flask of something warm and take a romantic walk through one of London’s beautiful parks. Enjoy a crisp winter stroll and snuggle up together as you watch the world go by. A walk through the park doesn’t cost a thing and can be immensely romantic when you are strolling along hand in hand. Discover cosy hidden gardens within large parks, watch the sunset over the city from Primrose Hill or feed the ducks in one of the best parks in London.

Valentine’s Day Singles Events in London

Just because you’re single, it doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. Before the big day, try Valentine’s Day speed dating in London at All Bar One, Windsor, on Wednesday 13th of February. This is a great chance to try and grab a date for anyone aged 32-44 and tickets are just £20. Alternatively, head to London’s biggest Valentine’s party in The Gable, Moorgate, on Saturday the 16th. This event is for those aged 24-40 and tickets cost just £15. Speed dating on Valentine’s Day is also available during the party but you should arrive early to book your place and find a partner with the key to your heart.

Valentine’s Restaurants London

There is no better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than by heading to one of London’s beautiful romantic restaurants.

Valentine’s Afternoon Tea in London

Cosy up as you sip tea, nibble cakes and celebrate with a glass of champagne. There are so many places to treat your loved one to Valentine’s afternoon tea in London and you might be able to get a great offer closer to the day. Try a themed treat with an Enchanted Rose afternoon tea at the St James or a Mad Hatter tea at the Sanderson Hotel. Or, indulge in ultimate luxury at Harrods or the Ritz and check out our afternoon tea guide for more great places to share a great British tradition in London.

Kitty Fisher’s

With sultry dim lighting, plush pink booths and floral decorations, Kitty Fisher’s is a great place to spread the love. Nestled in the heart of Mayfair, Kitty Fisher’s offers a range of meat and vegetarian dishes as well as an extensive wine list. Choose from a list of elegant and innovative cocktails to enjoy before and after your Valentine’s Day dinner in London in this beautifully romantic setting.

Pied à Terre

If you or your partner are vegan, Pied à Terre is the perfect compromise for a vegan Valentine’s Day in London. With private wine tasting, kitchen cookery experiences and a delightful chefs menu, you will be spoilt for choice. Treat your loved one to a 7-course meal from the vegan, vegetarian or regular tasting menu or enjoy a dish from the a la carte or pre-theatre menu before a night at the theatre.

Sarastro

Inspired by the English opera, Sarastro on Drury Lane is a flamboyant feast for the senses. With the focus on fun rather than fancy, the Sarastro menu has a Mediterranean theme and is very reasonably priced. Two courses with wine will cost around £30 on average and there is live entertainment most nights. This varies from a jazz pianist or swing and Motown show to sultry Latin or opera performances.

Romantic Valentine’s Day Hotels in London

Escape to the city on a romantic getaway to celebrate Valentine’s Day in London 2019. There are so many great hotels and places to stay in London, but be sure to make this year extra special.

The Chesterfield Mayfair

From classic rooms to stunning suites, The Chesterfield Mayfair is in a great location. With wonderful service, a breakfast buffet and afternoon tea available, there are so many ways to spoil your special someone. Enjoy an evening meal in the Butler’s Restaurant, showcasing fine British cuisine and end your night in the Terrace bar with sultry sounds from the resident pianist.

Bingham Hotel

From cosy double rooms to river rooms with standing bathtubs, The Bingham Hotel is a hidden gem in Richmond. The Georgian townhouse overlooks the Thames with magnificent bay windows and a tranquil riverside garden. The restaurant celebrates British cuisine and there is also a peaceful bar lounge with a beautiful view. Book afternoon tea for two, followed by a relaxing walk around the garden, or head to the well-being centre just minutes from the hotel.

Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites & Residences

Perfectly located within walking distance to many iconic landmarks, Taj 51 is a truly remarkable place to stay. Not far from Buckingham Palace, you will be treated like royalty when you spend the night in one of the spectacular suites. There are 3 restaurants in the hotel, including the Michelin starred Quilon as well as an Alice in Wonderland themed afternoon tea. For the ultimate Valentine’s break, visit the wellness centre for relaxation and beauty treatments.

Romantic Cocktail Bars

End your London Valentine’s Day with some drinks in a fine cocktail bar. Visit somewhere fancy or relax in a casual bar if that’s more your style.

The Bloomsbury Club Bar

Celebrating the great artists and intellectuals of the early 20th century who loved and lived in the garden squares, The Bloomsbury Club bar is a charming grotto in central London. Snuggle up in the cosy alcove with twinkling fairy lights and choose from cocktails or a selection of spirits. There are light bites available at the bar as well as a cigar menu and live music on selected evenings.

Scarfes Bar Rosewood Hotels London, Holborn

With the decor of a drawing room and the atmosphere of a gentleman's club, Scarfes Bar is the perfect place to choose a comfortable armchair by the roaring fire. Scarfes Bar offers an innovative cocktail menu and live music, and there are many other bars in the Rosewood Hotel. If your partner loves books as much as they love you, they will adore the library-esque feel to this place as the walls are filled with classic books.

The Shard

There are restaurants and bars for everyone at The Shard. Treat yourselves to spectacular views of London from GŎNG bar on the 52nd floor, the highest hotel bar in western Europe. Alternatively, the Aqua Shard also offers stunning views from floor 31, with a 3 story bar and a wonderful restaurant serving up British cuisine. If you would prefer something more casual, head to Bar 31 at the base of The Shard for an authentic community space with local musicians, craft ales and tasty light bites.

Between relaxing and romancing, explore the city from an open top bus with The Original Tour. Make Valentine’s Day 2019 in London one to remember as you wine and dine your special someone and plan some great surprises.