Most Romantic Winter Spots In London
With crisp winter skies and snow on the ground London can be one of the most romantic cities in the world. It’s simply a matter of knowing where to go. We asked five of London’s top dating experts to unlock the very best romantic spots in the capital. And they had a whole host of different suggestions.
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Charly Lester is a dating industry expert, creator of the 30 Dates blog, and Founder of the UK Dating Awards. She’s a regular guest on Woman’s Hour, and has written dating advice for The Guardian and Time Out – as well as appearing on Newsnight.
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“My hidden London gem in wintertime is the café at the top of the Tate Gallery. The views of London are incredible. Go for a wander around the exhibitions downstairs, and then finish the date with bubbly and a slice of cake in the café. I also love the South Bank at all times of year.
The international food market on weekends is a great option for lunch or dinner, and the Christmas market along the riverside brings out the inner child in everyone. Ice skating might seem clichéd, but it’s a lot of fun! And where better to do it than in the magnificent Somerset House?’
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“I love Greenwich in wintertime. The twinkly lights in the trees, the backdrop of Greenwich park and the air is filled with the smell of spices from the steaming mulled drinks on sale in the market. Home to plenty of cosy cafes with delicious homemade cake, you’ll find Peter de Wit’s Café to be one of the best. Grab a table and watch the hustle and bustle of the shoppers at the market, selling everything from paintings to handmade jewellery.
If relaxing by a roaring fire with a glass of sauvignon blanc is more your scene, you’ll be in luck, as Greenwich is famed for its excellent pubs with the Plume of Feathers dating back to 1691, one of the oldest in London. If it’s romance you’re after though, nothing can beat wrapping up warm and taking in the view of London from the peak of the park. It’s a steep hill but you’ll be rewarded with a stunning backdrop of London. If the temperature gets too chilly you can always head into the Royal Observatory and no matter what the time, lie back and watch the stars.”
Saskia Nelson is the talent behind internationally acclaimed ‘Saturday Night’s Alright’, the UK’s coolest dating photography business, specialising in creating dating photos that win dates for hundreds of single people.
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“I love Shoreditch! Not an obviously romantic place but it was my birthday recently and my boyfriend surprised me with a booking at the Ace Hotel. When we checked in we hung out in our cool room taking advantage of the record player and random 80s and 90s vinyl they had left out for us. We hit the mini bar and listened to jazz and disco before heading out for dinner at one of the Vietnamese restaurants on Kingsland Road followed by a night at Ace Hotel’s club, Miranda.
The next morning we headed to Columbia Road Flower Market, a must for any die-hard romantic, and then headed back to Boundary Street for lunch in Dishoom. The outdoor bit is really romantic, with fairy lights, heaters and comfy armchairs. It’s more like being in a really cool house rather than a restaurant and the food is just amazing.”
Hayley Quinn is a dating coach with a prolific YouTube presence, who runs dating training seminars.
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“In London romance gravitates towards the Thames: Tower Bridge, The South Bank, and Gordon’s Wine Bar at Embankment are all great meeting spots. My favourite place is the Albert Bridge in Battersea. I love the fairytale architecture and lights. A walk along the bridge at night reminds us why we don’t need to escape to Paris to feel romance.”
James Preece is known as the ‘Dating Guru’. He has worked as a consultant for many dating sites and is involved in a wide variety of different areas, such as personal dating coaching, Online Dating, speed dating and matchmaking.
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“Hyde Park is definitely one of the most romantic places in London. Set over 350 acres, it’s perfect all year round and there’s always something different for couples to do. If you visit during the Summer you can take a picnic or take a boat out together on the Serpentine Lake.
In the Winter it becomes the magical “Winter Wonderland” which is simply breathtaking with its ice sculptures and seasonal activities. It’s even more romantic after dark on a clear evening, when you can see the stars.”