When living and working in London, it’s hard to imagine such a thing as a quiet, secluded space (particularly when you can’t even get your own seat on the tube). Yet, the beauty of our city is that these hidden, romantic spots do exist and when we find them, we can treasure them even more. These places are perfect for strolling around (even when the weather is brisk) and stealing your other half’s kisses.
1. Petersham Nurseries, Richmond
Ideal for any budding romance, this tranquil garden centre in Richmond is perfect to getaway from the city for a morning. Visit the Tea House, which is open daily, for a selection of nourishing soups, bites and homemade cakes and then walk it off as you potter around the plants. For more information and opening times, visit the website.
2. Primrose Hill
There’s no better way to feel like you’re totally alone with your loved one than looking at London’s dazzling skyline from afar. North of Regent’s Park, Primrose Hill is simply waiting for couples to come, wrap up together and let the time just pass. And when you’re in need of an early evening drink and some classic pub food, head towards either the New Inn or the Princess of Wales.
3. Kyoto Garden, Holland Park
Set amidst 22.5 hectares of Kensington and Chelsea’s biggest park, the colourful Japanese garden is a peaceful pocket in the heart of the city. The waterfall, lanterns, fish and wildlife all come together to create a sense of calm. Come here with your man/lady if you feel the need to escape overseas for an hour (without the airfare).
4. Granary Square
Although the square’s choreographed water features are most suitable for (the rare) hot summer days, they’re also quite the site when lit up at night. Plus, at this time of year, your romancing is less likely to be disturbed by kids splashing around the fountains. Granary Square, by King’s Cross Station, is also home to the House of Illustration – a gallery celebrating illustration in all forms. Well worth a visit if you both need a dose of culture.
5. Hampton Court Maze
Yes, we know Hampton Court is technically in Surrey, however, its beautiful garden maze is definitely worth trekking out to Zone 6 for. Covering a third of an acre, you’ll easily get lost (in love) as you make your way around the UK’s oldest surviving hedge maze. Pretend you’re in some romantic Tudor drama or something, if that tickles your fancy.
This indoor haven contains tropical plants, trees, birdlife and over 2000 species of exotic fish. Under the safety of its glass roof, you can (almost) pretend that you’re in a faraway country. Hidden behind the leafy shrubbery, it’s easy for the two of you to hold hands and wander around uninterrupted. You’ll find the conservatory inside the Barbican Centre in Moorgate. It is open between 12pm and 5pm daily. For more information, visit the website.
7. The Drawing Room at Benugo Bar and Kitchen
Within the British Film Institute on the Southbank lies, what appears to be, a pleasant, yet seemingly ordinary, restaurant. Behind the secret bookcase door, however, you’ll find the more intimate Drawing Room bar. Here you can hide away, slowly sipping on cocktails while talking in husky tones and soaking up the sense of privacy.
8. The Great Conservatory at Syon Park
Syon Park’s glorious glass and metal dome, which was the first of its kind, is located just beyond Kew Gardens, Middlesex. It’s definitely worth sneaking away to on sunny a crisp weekend, so you can enjoy the sunlight with a roof over your head. The Great Conservatory and Gardens do not re-open until March this year, however, we thought we’d be naughty and share it with you in advance because, quite frankly, it is rather gorgeous! Keep you eye on their website for opening dates and events.
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