February is the month of romance, thanks to Valentine’s Day. Besides celebrating 14th with your loved one, there are plenty of other romantic things to do in London this February.
Whether it’s your first Valentine’s Day together or your fiftieth, we encourage you to feel loved up all month London. Read on for our top 10 romantic things to do in London this February, covering both special events and activities that can be enjoyed any day of the month.
1) Join the Love Poetry of London Walk
This free, one-off event takes place on Valentine’s Day, and is led by best-selling author, award-winning playwright and tour guide extraordinaire, Lita Doolan. Lita will guide you through the most romantic places in London, whilst sharing the love stories behind the likes of Samuel Johnson and Jane Austen. Guests are welcome to share their own poetry on the walk, but if you’re too shy you can remain a spectator.
Free; Fri 14 Feb 10am – 11am; meet at St. Paul’s Cathedral
2) Share an afternoon tea
When the weather outside is gloomy, sharing a plate of freshly baked scones served with clotted cream and jam and a side of cakes with your loved one is the perfect antidote. Sit down to afternoon tea in London Paddington, an elegant and tranquil part of London, and take your time to enjoy the experience of an English afternoon tea. Don’t forget to add a glass of bubbles to make the occasion all the more special!
3) Dance the night away with Gatsby
One of the most passionate stories of the 20th century has been adapted for the London stage as an immersive theatrical event where the champagne flows and self-indulgence is encouraged. Taking place at the ‘Gatsby Mansion’ in elegant Mayfair, actors will bring the tale to life whilst guests revel in the glorious backdrop of the roaring 20’s. You can even add a Gatsby themed dinner to your booking! Don your dancing shoes, dress to the nines; this is a spectacular date night that you won’t forget.
Tickets from £29.95 per adult; Shows take place Weds – Sun all February; Immersive LDN, 56 Davies Street W1K 5HR
4) Take a romantic walk in leafy London
February is when the first signs of spring begin to creep out of the city and the weather begins to warm up, making it the perfect month for a walk among London’s green scenery. The waterways of Little Venice, the wild Hampstead Heath, and the rose gardens of Regent’s Park are romantic, dreamy choices for holding hands and exploring close to the Chilworth London Paddington. Bundle up with a scarf and winter woollies in case it does get nippy.
5) Breathe in the orchids at Kew Gardens
Whisk your loved one away to Indonesia… without getting on a plane. The theme of this year’s Orchid Festival at London’s flagship botanical garden in Kew is the exotic archipelago of Indonesia. Kew Gardens have captured the sights, smells and sights of the Indonesian islands, home to 5,000 species of orchids! Visit the exhibition to discover lush rainforests, and displays of orangutans and an erupting volcano made up of hundreds of stunning orchid blossoms. You’ll feel like you’re in Bali!
£13.75 per adult when booked online; 8 Feb – 8 Mar 2020, Kew Gardens, Richmond TW9 3AE
6) Hideaway in a hotel
If you and your partner are in need of some ‘me’ time then book a romantic night away in a hotel. Hotels such as the Chilworth London Paddington have a restaurant, spa, and deluxe amenities at your fingertips, making this a perfect destination for romance. Book a special package which includes dining and spa treatments to make your stay as perfect as possible.
7) Step into the Lightopia wonderland
The magical lantern and light festival, Lightopia, is running all month at Chiswick House and Gardens in west London. Follow the trails of Love Gate, Elysian Field, the Flower Road and Happy Valley as you clasp the hand of your loved one, and share a truly unique date night. The event also has food stalls to tantalise your taste buds and atmospheric live music performances.
£22 per adult; until 1 Mar 2020; Chiswick House and Gardens, Chiswick W4 2QN
8) Stay out late at the Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum have put out all the stops, and are hosting a one-off event on the evening of Friday 14th. With beginners salsa classes, screen printing workshops, fascinating talks from museum academics and live music, there is something for every couple at this special event. The entry ticket even admits entry to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition.
£30 per adult; Fri 14 Feb 2020; Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 5BD
9) Lust over world-class cuisine
Few things can be as romantic as gazing into each other’s eyes whilst sharing a sensual, delicious meal. With its close proximity to upscale Mayfair, classy Marylebone and leafy Little Venice, you can find plenty of romantic restaurants near Paddington to choose from. Alternatively, you can cuddle up in your romantic hotel in London and tuck into a nourishing meal either in the restaurant or in the comfort of your room with room service.
10) Surprise them with tickets a romantic musical
Seeing a West End show is on anyone’s bucket list and makes for an unforgettable and romantic date night in London! The musical adaptation of the hit 1990’s romantic comedy Pretty Woman starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere is opening in London, just in time for Valentine’s Day, so why not be one of the first to see it? With a musical score from Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, the plot has remained faithful to that of the original film. If you’d prefer to see an alternative musical, check out tickets to some of the longest running, hit West End shows instead.
Tickets from £17.74 per adult; from 14 Feb 2020; Piccadilly Theatre, 16 Denman Street, W1D 7DY