As a major holiday destination and a travel hub, London is the perfect place for a romantic vacation. With a variety of things to do and see, it’s a city that can speak to any couple looking to get away. Though just being with the one you love sounds romantic in itself, finding a way to make romance a reality can be a challenge as you plan a trip, especially when you travel someplace new. To get you on the right track, we’ve put together some tips to help you plan a romantic vacation in London.
Eliminate the Stress to Focus on Each Other
While you’ll find that public transportation in London is an excellent way to get around the city, you’ll also discover that with a city so large, it’s easy to get lost. This can lead to stress. If there’s one thing that can kill the mood of a vacation, it’s stress. To reduce this possibility, there are several ways to make sure you are able to navigate London easily.
First, you’ll need to make it to the city from the airport. By using GoEuro’s London Airport Infographic, you’ll be able to find the fastest and cheapest way to get from the airport to the city center. Once there, downloading apps such as City Mapper or Google Maps will help lead you through the city itself, from stop to stop. You can plot your destinations beforehand or use the apps as you go. With these in your travel arsenal, you’re likely to focus more on each other and where you’re going rather than thinking about how to get there.
Set the Mood With the Right Accommodations
After a day exploring the city with romance in mind, you’ll probably want to return to a hotel that helps enhance the mood. There are lots of romantic hotels in London, and where you choose to stay depends on what you’re looking for during your time together.
You can choose to stay at a quaint bed and breakfast, a luxury hotel that takes care of all your needs, or a short-term apartment rental that offers ultimate privacy. Whatever you choose, you’ll want to make sure that at the end of the day, you return to someplace that’s the definition of romance for both of you.
Pair Off With London’s Top Attractions
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Many of London’s top attractions offer a romantic experience. Try a turn on the London Eye at night as the city lights illuminate and create a stunning view. Take a stroll through Greenwich Park and gaze together over Central London and the Thames. Picnic on Hampstead Heath, an ancient park with some of the best views of the city. You can also spend some quality time together in Queen Mary’s Gardens in The Regent’s Park, where you’ll be surrounded by tens of thousands of fragrant roses.
Find Romance Away From the Crowds
The Ruins of St. Dunstan-in-the-East may not be unknown, but this isn’t one of the first places that comes to mind when visiting London. Hidden on a side street, it’s a parish church left in ruin after being bombed in the Blitzkrieg during World War II. With its overgrown vines and trees, the area is a romantic secret garden waiting for couples to stroll through, hand in hand, as they simply enjoy being with each other.
Step Back in Time With Romantic History
While many present-day attractions keep the romance flowing, London is also teeming with historical love stories and remnants of a romantic past. Stop at The Royal Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens to see an ornate monument constructed out of true love by Queen Victoria as she mourned her husband’s passing.
There’s also the Hampton Court Palace. Though the story ends in tragedy, the beginning of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s relationship was filled with sacrifices for love. You’ll find some of that at the gatehouse named Anne Boleyn’s Gate.
All it takes to have a romantic vacation in London is some prior planning and an eye for the romantic sights of the city. By keeping our tips and ideas in mind, you’re sure to enjoy a special vacation with the one you love in a city that offers romance around almost every corner.
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