London welcomes over 14 million visitors each year, according to the Evening Standard, making it one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. Those planning a romantic stay in the city can select from many intimate destinations to keep them apart from the tourist crowds. A walk through Hyde Park, a candlelit champagne dinner or a private capsule ride over the city are a few of the romantic settings awaiting couples in London.
The London Eye
For a romantic ride over the city, board a capsule on the London Eye and see the sites 40 kilometers, or 25 miles away, including Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey. Add some bubbly to the views by booking a champagne flight, which includes priority fast track boarding and a complimentary mini-guide. Or, reserve a private capsule with champagne and finger food served and remain aboard for a free second rotation of the eye to enjoy the hospitality. The London Eye is easily accessible by rail, coach, car or boat and tickets are available inside County Hall, the building adjacent to the structure.
The Merlin Entertainments London Eye Riverside Building County Hall Westminster Bridge Road London SE1 7PB 011-44-870 990 8883 londoneye.com
Watch the sun set over the city and impress your loved one by reserving a table at one of the most elegant destinations in London: Vertigo 42 Champagne Bar. With floor-to-ceiling windows and minimalist décor, the emphasis is on the view and champagne paired with gourmet bar fare from Rhodes twenty four restaurant. Foie gras, organic salmon, seared scallops and English strawberries are a few of Vertigo 42's carefully chosen plates to share at an intimate table for two. The dress code at Vertigo 42 is smart-casual and reservations are required as the bar's capacity is for 70 patrons. Vertigo 42 is located on the forty-second floor of Tower 42 near Liverpool Street and the Bank of England Museum.
Vertigo 42 25 Old Broad Street London EC2N 1HQ 011-44-20 7877 7842 vertigo42.co.uk/
Kensington Roof Gardens
During the day, sneak away to the Kensington Roof Gardens atop the old Derry and Toms department store. Check to be sure a function is not scheduled by calling ahead and sign in at the front reception before boarding the lift to reach a one-and-a-half acre garden 100 feet high above Kensington Street. Stroll through three distinct gardens, 70 full size trees, a stream and a pond with flamingos and ducks. Stop to smell the roses and your significant other will wonder how you found this hidden treasure of London. Kensington Roof Gardens also features a restaurant on the seventh floor serving lunch and dinner and a nightclub open on the rooftop on weekend nights. Kensington Roof Gardens is located on Kensington High Street and the building entrance is found on Derry Street.
Kensington Roof Gardens 99 Kensington High Street London W8 5SA 011-44-207 937 7994 roofgardens.virgin.com/en/the_roof_gardens