London is a multicultural city of bright lights, big adventures, and oh so much romance. If you're planning a vacation with your loved one, then London is the perfect place to sweep them off their feet.
It's a big city, and you're going to want to find the perfect spot to stay while you're on your trip. Somewhere that offers a bucketload of romance on your doorstep while easily connecting you to the broader city so you can really start to explore during your stay. So, we've put together this list of the six best areas to stay in London for couples to help you decide!
Channel your inner Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts with a romantic stay in bohemian Notting Hill.
Known as one of London's most charming neighbourhoods Notting Hill has plenty to discover on a romantic trip to London. Spend an afternoon wandering it's pretty pastel streets playing 'imagine if we lived here', lose yourselves in Portobello Market in amongst the stalls laden with vintage and antique finds or spend a couple of hours hunting for famous movie spots. Find Hugh Grants' Blue Door' at 282 Westbourne Park Road and the 'Travel Book Co' at Notting Hill Bookshop and live out all your rom-com dreams.
For cosy pubs and canal strolls, Little Venice is the place to be. Located just as Regents Canal and the Grand Union Canal meet, Little Venice is a cute waterside slice of London life.
You will be spoilt for choice for romantic spots to share some food with numerous canal-side cafes, pubs, and restaurants. A rainy Sunday is instantly transformed by the Bridge House pub with its delicious roast dinners (a British staple that you just have to share while you're visiting), an open fire in the grate, and board games aplenty. If the weather brightens take to the water on a gentle boat ride along the canal to see London from a whole new point of view.
For nature-loving couples, a stay in Hampstead is all about long hot summer afternoons spent on Hampstead Heath. Pre-order the fanciest of picnics from Hampstead Butcher and Providore featuring British cheeses, local meats, and delicious bakery treats, pop your walking shoes on and pack the blanket.
Head up Parliament Hill for beautiful views over the London skyline, spread out the blanket, and pop a bottle of fizz. If you're feeling adventurous, or it really is that sunny, then a dip in the swimming ponds might just be the perfect way to round off the afternoon.
Located right in the heart of London's West End is Covent Garden. This buzzing area of London puts you in the centre of the city and within an easy reach of lots of great tourist options.
Being so close to the capital's amazing theatres means a night on the town in Covent Garden is wonderfully suited to those who like a little more theatre with their romance. Take your love out for dinner at Sarastro and be transported to a luxurious and flamboyant world, dripping in gold and red velvet, while being serenaded by in-house opera singers on the balconies above you.
Kensington and Chelsea
These two upmarket neighbourhoods sit next to one another in the fancy west side of London. Located just a stone's throw from Buckingham Palace, you'll be in royal company on your stay in this area. If date night for the two of you means getting your glad-rags on and spending an evening on the town, then there are plenty of beautiful cocktail bars to try. Rub shoulders with London's young elite at a local neighbourhood bar, Albert's in South Kensington.
If you're after a little fresh air the following day, then you are right on the doorstep of one of London's most famous green spaces – Hyde Park. Take a stroll along one of the many paths, hire a deckchair to relax in the sunshine or row a boat on the lake in the centre of the park.
For somewhere a little more relaxed but still, within easy reach of all of the great romantic spots across the city, we can highly recommend Pimlico. Located in zone 1 there are plenty of transport options to speedily get you around the city, and it's so close to the action that a 20-minute romantic stroll along the river will see you gazing up at Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.
Right on your doorstep, Pimlico offers beautiful garden squares that are perfect little pockets of green for a picnic amongst iconic white stucco terraced streets. For an afternoon of culture take a wander around Tate Britain followed by a delicious meal at the gallery's very own high-end Rex Whistler Restaurant.
Dolphin Square serviced apartments, in the centre of Pimlico, offer a beautiful place to rest your heads at night. Luxurious yet affordable, you and your love will have your own open plan apartment complete with pantry kitchen to create those all-important, cosy, breakfasts in bed. For the ultimate pamper there is a private full-size swimming pool, and a Moroccan inspired spa right on site. Treat yourselves to a romantic couples massage to wind down together after an action-packed day of adventuring and finish off your evening with a nightcap at the bar located just downstairs from your apartment.
With beautiful parks, fantastic restaurants, fascinating culture, art, history and so many adventures to be had, London is an excellent place for a romantic trip with the one you love. The city is big, but that means that there is a little pocket of it that will be just right for the two of you. However, we think that you will be so spoilt for choice on places to visit and things to see you might just have to plan more than one trip!