With so many restaurants, museums, theatres and shops, London is a perfect destination for romantic travellers. When you’re feeling starry-eyed you don’t want to spend all your time travelling around on the bus, so we’ve looked at 2 special areas in the heart of London that are filled with romantic appeal.

Read on to discover romantic things to do in London this winter.

Covent Garden

For hundreds of years, visitors to London have been drawn to the elegant area of Covent Garden to visit the theatre, browse the markets, and view the beautiful architecture.

Covent Garden is currently festooned with thousands of sparkling lights for the festive season, as well as a stunning tree and other Christmas decorations. The famous market is housed in the historic piazza of Covent Garden, which provides independent and boutique shopping. Here you will find clothes, jewellery, perfume and more handmade and design led gifts. Make sure you stop at Venchi ‘chocogelateria’ to enjoy a luxurious chocolate treat, and think about a visit to a drop-in spa for a relaxing massage.

J Sheekey’s Oyster Bar in St Martin’s Court offers patrons a cosy setting in which to enjoy this most romantic seafood. There’s also a good chance you will recognise some of the other patrons from stage or screen – if you can tear your eyes away from your loved one.

Lovers of romance on the stage should head to the gorgeous Royal Opera House, home to both The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera. The incredible building has daily performances to suit every taste, and you can book tickets to see stirring tales of love like Romeo and Juliet, Carmen, and Giselle.

If you are feeling festive then head to the nearby Somerset House, where you can take your partner by the hand and go skating on a spectacular temporary ice rink in the heart of London. Treat yourself and your loved one to a special ‘Skate, Champagne & Chocolate’ ticket, and chill out after your flirtation with the ice with a cold glass of Piper Heidsieck champagne served with chocolate from master chocolatier William Curley. A Christmas Arcade currently overlooks the ice rink at Somerset House, and stocks a wide range of exclusive gifts and treats.

South Bank

A romantic day in London can be had in the stylish South Bank area. The South Bank has a diverse range of cultural attractions, many of which will appeal to couples visiting the city.

Start your exploration of the area with a glass of champagne as you see London landmarks from the London Eye. With a ‘Champagne Experience’, you and your loved one can enjoy a glass of chilled Pommery Brut Royal Champagne as you take in the sights from this famous attraction. During the festive season you can book a champagne experience on a special ‘frosty’ capsule and enjoy your chilled treat with twinkling lights and the smells of Christmas. If champagne isn’t your thing, then a ‘Hotel Chocolat Tasting Experience’ will be a tasty way to relax together as you admire the stunning views.

Take a stroll hand-in-hand along the waterfront to the Southbank Centre, where you can browse through Christmas markets at the annual Winter Festival. Cuddle up over a hot drink in one of the traditional wooden chalets then enjoy cheese, wine and chocolate tasting at one of the produce stands. The Winter Festival is also home to a designer market of fashion and craft, and in the Southbank Centre you can treat each other to some designer gifts and browse the famous Foyles bookshop.

Spoil your partner with an intimate dinner which has the wow factor at the OXO Tower Restaurant. See incredible views over the River Thames as you enjoy a superb meal, or book for a special dining experience or pre-theatre menu.

Also situated in South Bank is the National Theatre, where you can currently book tickets to see The Light Princess, a new musical which will appeal to romantics. Singer Tori Amos is the driving force behind this dark fairy tale production, which boasts stunning designs and a wonderful cast.

Round off your day in the area with a trip to South Bank’s Primo Bar. The designer venue offers exotic cocktails and free live music every night, and you can also reserve seating in the bar’s VIP area for great views of Big Ben.

Plan Your Visit

The stylish Park Inn, Heathrow Airport  is just a 15 minute train ride from these and more romantic London destinations. Relax at the end of your romantic day with a cocktail in The Lounge, and remember to take your swim suit so you can visit our jacuzzi.

The Park Inn Hotel is easily accessed from London Heathrow airport, so once you’ve booked your flights to the city the only thing left to do is pack your cuddliest clothes.

Where would you recommend visitors to London head for a romantic destination?