Cuffing season is almost upon us which means that love is in the air. Rumour has it Cupid is working overtime to ensure that this cuffing season will be as romantic as ever. If you’re looking for some date inspiration, then don’t worry dear reader, we’ve got you covered. Here are eight romantic spots in London that are perfect for afternoon strolls, ‘candid’ couple pictures and stealing your other half’s kisses – even when the weather’s a scorcher like this one!
1. Petersham Nurseries, Richmond
Aside from boasting a lovely park, a host of deer, and one of the prettiest cafes in the capital, Richmond is also home to the charming Petersham Nurseries. Ideal for any budding romance, this tranquil garden centre in Richmond is the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Nature lovers (and lovers in general) will easily find themselves in awe of this horticultural haven and more enamoured than ever. As well as a lovely restaurant, they’ve also got an insanely Instagrammable teahouse which serves a selection of nourishing soups, bites and homemade cakes to takeaway.
📍Church Lane, Petersham Road, Church Lane, Richmond, TW10 7AB.
🚇 Nearest station is Richmond.
There’s no better way to feel like you’re alone with your loved one than while gazing at London’s dazzling skyline from on top of a hill. Just a stone’s throw away from Regent’s Park is Primrose Hill and it’s one of the most picturesque spots in London offering excellent panoramic views of the Big Smoke.
📍Primrose Hill Park, Primrose Hill Road, Camden, London, NW3 3NA.
🚇 Nearest station is Chalk Farm.
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 grass is definitely greener in this garden we think!
The waterfall, lanterns, fish and peacocks all come together to add a bit of tranquility to your day. Come here with your partner or date if you feel the need to escape overseas for an hour or two (without the airfare, of course).
📍Holland Park, Holland Park Avenue, London, W11 4UA.
🚇 Nearest station is Holland Park.
4. The South Bank
The South Bank may be up there with the most romantic places in the country. A stroll along the river with London’s iconic Landmarks to feast your eyes on and many eateries to actually feast on will make for a pretty unforgettable date, take it from me.
While the South Bank is a popular Summer hangout – there are some great terraces for a Bev here – they’ve also got loads going on during the Autumn and Winter months – including twinkling lights, igloos and even drag shows!
📍Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX.
🚇 Nearest station is Waterloo.
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 on a romantic getaway in a faraway country – we’re thinking Singapore or somewhere. We can all dream right? 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 – also well worth an wander of.
📍Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS.
🚇 Nearest stations are Barbican and Moorgate.
6. Hampton Court Maze
Yes, we know Hampton Court is technically in Surrey, however this palace’s beautiful garden maze is definitely worth heading 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 a romantic Tudor drama or your own Bridgerton spin-off, as you work your way through this never-ending garden.
📍Hampton Court Way, Molesey, East Molesey, KT8 9AU.
🚇 Nearest station is Hampton Court.
7. Syon Park
Speaking of Bridgerton, eagle-eyed viewers may have noticed Syon House in the Netflix hit series! The gorgeous, Grade I-listed building is located just beyond Kew Gardens and is somehow just as breathtaking in person – a worthy addition to this romantic spots in London roundup we say.
London’s last surviving ducal residence and home to the Duke of Northumberland, it boasts 40 acres of lovely gardens within an incredible 200 acres of wider parkland, as well as the stunning Great Conservatory. Don’t miss the chance to explore the gardens here – 40 acres of manicured lawns and beds which, between them, have over 600 years of history. You may be lucky enough to spot some wildlife as you walk about here too!
📍Brent Lea, Brentford, TW8 8JF.
🚇 Nearest stations are Syon Lane and Brentford.
8. Hampstead Heath
When it comes to romantic pots in the capital, it’s hard to beat Hampstead Heath. Incorporating almost 800 acres of undulating meadows, ancient woodland and natural swimming ponds, it’s a wonderfully-wild place that has featured in many famous rom-coms including Notting Hill.
There are numerous spots you could up the romance factor on a date – depending on how it’s going of course. But if it’s not raining, we’d suggest starting at Parliament Hill – from where you can see some of the best views in London – before making your way to the beautiful Kenwood House, one of the city’s hidden gems which is run by the National Trust. Then end up with a pint or two at The Spaniard’s Inn – rumoured to be haunted by none other than Dick Turpin!
📍Parliament Hill Viewpoint, Heath Lodge, London, NW5 1QR.
🚇 Nearest stations are Hampstead Heath and Gospel Oak.
So there you have it – a roundup of the most romantic spots in the capital. So, now that cuffing season is almost here, what better time to study this list and get planning on where to take your date?!