There are many major cities that come to mind when planning for an unforgettable vacation experience. London has all the perfect ingredients of a romantic city: great food, beautiful art, and incredible architecture come together to bring an air of romance to this ancient metropolis. At no time in the year is this more true than around Valentine’s Day. Just like others across the world, Brits go to painstaking lengths to make sure they show their loved ones exactly how much they care for them on February 14th.
Unfortunately or otherwise, planning the perfect Valentine’s Day in London Town is a lot easier than it sounds. As the BBC points out, there are over 130,000 hotel rooms in the city, making a hotel search extremely difficult. Plus, in a city known for its history, food from over 270 nationalities, according to The London Evening Standard, and countless other activities to consider, getting it right without going crazy is a considerable challenge.
If you’re struggling to plan the perfect romantic day or couple of days with the man or woman you love, never fear. Follow our guide to one of the most popular bookable holidays in London to have a night of romance you won’t soon forget.
Find Holiday Deals Offering Great Amenities
Many of London’s best hotels offer Valentine’s holiday packages, reducing the price of your room or adding a romantic touch to your stay. As About.com writes, simply mentioning that you’re honeymooning, commemorating an anniversary, or celebrating Valentine’s Day is often enough to earn chocolates, flowers, and more. Just remember to call and make hotel reservations ahead of time, mentioning why you’re interested in staying during one of the more popular bookable holidays.
Pick a Restaurant with a Great View
According to Londonist, a tourism website maintained by Londoners, the city is full of amazing restaurants, but only a few of those restaurants offer the incredible view of London’s skyline that a romantic meal should feature. The OXO Tower Restaurant, located in London’s South Bank area, perfectly fits the bill. The restaurant, located on the eighth floor of the OXO Tower, offers delicious food, an exhaustive wine list, and live jazz on select nights. Plus, while you revel in each other’s company, you can enjoy a spectacular view of central London from the comfort of your table.
Head to London’s Famous BFI Southbank
One of the best ways to end a romantic evening is with a romantic film. There’s no better place to do that than at the famous BFI Southbank, a cinephiles paradise. BFI Southbank has a number of well-known love stories screening this Valentine’s Day. “Only Lovers Left Alive” and “Blue is the Warmest Color” will both be shown on the 14th, giving you and the one you love an easy, affordable way to celebrate your life together.
If you’re looking to spend the most romantic of all bookable holidays with the one you love in London Town, keep these tips in mind. Naturally, you need a romantic, comfortable home-base for your romantic trip. After choosing your perfect hotel, make sure you find a romantic restaurant and choose a great love story to put a perfect cap on a beautiful evening.