Ten romantic things to do in London will make your heart soar.

Romance doesn't have to cost the earth, that's why many of the romantic things to do in London are actually free, so that you can be as spontaneous, fun and loving as you want. Walks in Hampstead Heath, or a free picnic listening to music floating across the hill, and capped off with a beautiful firework display could be the perfect romantic evening in the summer. If you happen to visit London in the winter, then you can still enjoy the many parks and gardens, perhaps in the warm tropical glass houses in Kew Gardens, or inside eating at Petersham Nurseries, just up the river in Richmond.

Flying high above London on the London Eye while holding hands and ooohing and aahing at the enormity of this mega city could also be considered romantic. Surprisingly, London Zoo can also be very romantic. Particularly around February and Valentine's day, the zoo likes to advertise its loving couples and babies born, and watching comical chimpanzees or the love of a penguin for its fluffy baby can inspire warm loving feelings in almost anyone.

Books are often a romantic escape for many people, so the Charles Dickens Museum or various literary walks around Bloomsbury might be the perfect romantic day for a bookish couple. If you are not a Dickens fan, then head over to the British library for great informative exhibitions and lots more books to choose from. At least one of these will rekindle that loving feeling.



This institution is part gallery, part museum, and part library. With its fascinating exhibits, the library is a great place to learn about British history, especially political and literary history. Items such as the Magna Carta, which changed...  Read More



Churches, apart from St Paul's are mostly free to access in London, whether you want to get a bit of history, or take some time for quiet contemplation. St Bride's Church on London's fleet street is one of those places. Known as The...  Read More



Built in the Eighteenth Century as a pleasure palace for the Prince Regent, George IV, the Brighton Pavillion makes a great focus for a family day out from London. Its elegant onion domes and carved exterior cuts a breathtaking dash in the...  Read More

Chelsea Physic Garden


Established in 1673, London's first botanical garden is a quiet, green spot near the Thames. The park is now primarily a research and education facility, and several plant-based products have been discovered and tested here. Climate-controlled...  Read More



Spread across 300 acres, these gorgeous gardens are a year-round wonderland of sights, scents, and beauty. Horticultural specimens from around the world can be found either on the grounds or in a number of climate-controlled greenhouses. You'll...  Read More



Enthusiasts of English literature find much to appreciate in this fine home, the only one of Charles Dickens' residences still remaining. "Oliver Twist" and "Nicholas Nickleby" were penned here, and visitors can examine photographs and other...  Read More



Sited on what was originally the location of a Roman residence, this Gothic cathedral was built in the 15th century. In fact, a church has been on the site for hundreds of years. During its long history, Southwark was attended by Chaucer,...  Read More

Camden Town


London Zoo may have been open for 180 years, but its policy of survival through evolution, especially in the context of a growing awareness of animal rights, has paid off. This is a zoo you can visit with a clear conscience. Everything you'd...  Read More



London offers many places to catch great panoramas of the skyline and the Thames, but this attraction is one of the best. Run by British Airways, the Eye opened to great acclaim at the start of the new millennium; well-managed ticketing ensures...  Read More



Hampstead Heath is a sprawling, tree-lined area popular with walkers, joggers, and sports enthusiasts. Surrounded by attractive residential areas, the Heath includes several widely spaced hills that often host concerts, lakeside events, and...  Read More


Meet Emma Wallis

London gives Emma a warm fuzzy feeling every time she gets back to her home city. As a writer and broadcaster she travels extensively round Europe and the world, but is always happy to return to...  More About Emma