You have the tickets and hotel booked, Timeout’s London site bookmarked, and hundreds of ideas for how to spend your weekend in London. Now all that’s stopping you is the long, arduous process of planning – but don’t worry, we’ve taken care of it for you.
Hit up Soho for happy hour
Some of London’s best happy hour deals can be found in Soho. While Friday’s happy hour is Soho’s busiest, there is no shortage of small, romantic bars with special nooks. Zenna on Dean Street whips up exotic, spice-infused cocktails in their basement bar, a downstairs den with plenty of luxe sofas and intimate corners for couples.
Upstairs, The Red Fort serves upmarket Indian-fusion cuisine to sate spice-seeking appetites. Like many of the surrounding restaurants, they offer a pre-theatre dinner menu that is kind to wallets and stomachs.
Seeing a play on the West End is entertaining as well as romantic. Hold hands in the dark theatre as you watch Once, the musical adaptation of the indie film, or Phantom of the Opera – the ultimate romantic musical. For some more upscale culture, check out the Royal Opera House for some Puccini or Wagner. You can book box seats for you and your sweetheart for some extra privacy.
Day trip in Camden
Camden Market is one of London’s quirkiest and most popular attractions. The seemingly endless supply of stalls will keep you entertained for hours. There are plenty of opportunities to shop and you can grab some exotic food from stalls next to the canal. The view is especially romantic.
Camden may be known for its market, but its nightlife is equally quirky, with plenty of bars and pubs lining the streets off the Chalk Farm Road. Start your evening with a bite at Fogg’s, a small restaurant serving food inspired by Phileas Fogg of Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days , then head over to Meccabingo in Camden, where you can win some money while spending quality time together.
Learn London’s history
With thousands of years of history dating back to the Romans, London abounds with museums. The Tate Britain has eye-watering pieces from the early nineteenth century Romantic Movement, and The National Portrait Gallery has over 185,000 portraits in its collection. If you both have more contemporary tastes, the Tate Modern is the best modern art museum in the UK.
The stretch of Thames between the museums – The Tate Britain to the Tate Modern, for example – is a romantic and long walk. If you wish to make it shorter, you can hop onto one of the River Tours, which are run by Transport for London and stretch from North Woolwich in the south-east to Kingston-upon-Thames in the south-west.
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