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Romantic London

London after Midnight
Romantic London
From romantic strolls along the river, to private capsules on the London Eye, to strolling around a picturesque castle or among fields of lavender, London and its environs have a range of activities for couples to enjoy.
By Savi and Vid, AFAR Local Expert
Photo courtesy of VisitBritain
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    London after Midnight
    London after Midnight
    London is fascinating by day, but truly enchanting after midnight. The crowds might have dispersed but street musicians linger on. Revisit all the landmarks of the city and soak in the magic that surrounds them at this time of day. Alternatively, escape to the Millennium Bridge for a spot of stargazing or catch an all-night film marathon at The Prince Charles Cinema. If you're planning on proposing to your beloved, it is said that doing so right on the stroke of midnight ion Eros in Piccadilly Circus will bring your marriage with good luck.
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    Romantic Castles
    Romantic Castles
    Windsor Castle provides a perfect romantic retreat for heritage lovers. Escape the chaos of the city and spend your day exploring the magnificent rooms of the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. You can take in the expansive gardens and grounds on foot, or even indulge in a spot of horseback riding. Laze away the afternoon alongside dreamy stretches of the Thames in the neighboring village of Eton, or go for a private boat trip offering stunning views of Windsor Castle. End your day with a dinner for two—and some superb people-watching—at a local English pub.
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    Luxurious Pampering at the Spa
    Luxurious Pampering at the Spa
    Take a break from all that sightseeing and treat yourselves to a day of romantic pampering at one of London's premier spas. High-end options just a include Ajala Spa City in the Grange City hotel and the Spa at Four Seasons London at Park Lane. Both offer a luxurious retreat from the pace of the city; facilities on offer include swimming pools, Jacuzzis, massage rooms, and hot tubs. For something a bit more historic—and cheaper—try one of London's Turkish bathhouses, built in the Victorian and Edwardian eras: The Porchester Spa's interior has been recently refurbished.
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    Romantic City Strolls
    Romantic City Strolls
    London is the perfect place for romantic city walks. Start at the London Eye, a gigantic wheel that boasts soaring views out over the city. Continue along the South Bank until you reach Tower Bridge. Time it right and you can snuggle up and watch the light of the setting sun play over the water. Another good route stretches from Waterloo Bridge to the Houses of Parliament along the Victoria Embankment. Explore the farmers' markets and pop-up stalls along the way, and enjoy the panoramic views and people-watching. To wander around a different stretch of water head to the canals of Little Venice—one of London's best-kept secrets—just north of Paddington; there are plenty of places to eat and drink next to the water.
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    Cozy Up on the London Eye
    Cozy Up on the London Eye
    London's iconic wheel on the South Bank, the London Eye, allows anyone looking to make the ultimate romantic gesture to book a private capsule named Cupid's Capsule. The intoxicating combination of chocolates, champagne, and your loved one is complemented by the equally-heady views of London. See how many of the city's major sights you can spot as your capsule paints lazy circles in the sky. It is a wonderful way to spend a special occasion, and your own personal host ensures you will have an unforgettable experience, whether it's an anniversary, a birthday, or just another day.
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    Movie Time under the Stars
    Movie Time under the Stars
    If you’re visiting London in the summer don’t miss the chance to watch a film under the stars. The mattresses, dip-dyed bed sheets, and food stalls, all combined with the romantic setting, make for a unique and fun date night. There are a number of locations that host open-air cinema events. Some of the most popular include screens at Somerset House, Chiswick House, the Scoop amphitheater at South Bank, the Queen of Hoxton's Rooftop Film Club, and Dalston Roof Park. There's even a floating cinema among the canals of East London. Be sure to check the screening schedules to choose a movie that suits your taste—or just go anyway to enjoy the experience.
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    Take In a Show
    Take In a Show
    London's dazzling array of plays and musicals has been wowing audiences for years; catching a show in London's West End is an iconic date, whether it's HamiltonThe Phantom of the Opera, Dreamgirls, or Aladdin. But there's plenty of drama to be found outside the West End – from major arts centres like the National Theatre and the Barbican to intimate neighbourhood theatres like the Almeida or al fresco experiences at Shakespeare's Globe.
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    Drinks with a View
    Drinks with a View
    There is always something special about drinking at a terrace bar. The romantic ambiance and breathtaking views help, and the bottle of champagne never hurts. Madison at One New Change has an amazing view of St. Paul's Cathedral, while the Rooftop at the Trafalgar St. James Hotel offers a panorama of London's most prominent landmarks, including Nelson's Column and Big Ben. Radio Rooftop Bar at the ME Hotel has some seriously dizzying  views of the Shard, St. Paul's and the bridges across the Thames. After a long day of sightseeing these bars are perfect to curl up with a sundowner—and continue your sightseeing, but this time from up high.
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    A Rendezvous among the Flowers
    A Rendezvous among the Flowers
    Escape the city for a romantic rendezvous at the Mayfield Lavender farm in Surrey. There, you will find thousands of stems of powdery lavender dancing in the sunshine; endless rows of blue, mauve, and purple perfuming the air as bumblebees wobble buzzily from stem to stem. Just 15 miles from Central London, the farm is an otherworldly escape from the city. Pick up afood hamper and have a picnic for two amidst the flowers. The farm is also a good spot for souvenir shopping: wreaths, bath oils, satchels, tea, and shortbread are all available. Summer is best for capturing the lavender at its most colorful, but the farm is photo-friendly year-round.
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    Dining on the Thames
    Dining on the Thames
    You’ll spend plenty of time around the Thames while visiting London. Take your river experience to the next level with a dinner cruise. Lunch options are available, but the most romantic option is to dine by candlelight whilst watching the nighttime lights of London drift past. Most cruises have multiple dinner package options available, so you will find one that meets your preferences. The romance of the setting is a given; live music and champagne will make it even better. After dinner you can dance the night away while cruising past the city's riverside landmarks.
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    Dress up for Cocktails
    Dress up for Cocktails
    For a drinks date to remember, try a cocktail bar that's got something special. Some of the world's best bartenders operate in London and a whole host of different vibes. Want old-school martinis? Head to DUKES Bar. Fancy some live jazz? Go to The Nightjar. In a true speakeasy that even the locals barely know about, The Bar With No Name offers some of the most innovative mixology on the planet.
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