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8 romantic getaways that make London the new City of Love

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Laurenne Karmel Feb 13, 2019 11:33 am

Whether you’re in a long-term relationship or newly coupled-up, taking a vacation with your significant other is a big deal.

Heading on a trip to see Big Ben? Our London Travel Guides have got you covered! But if you and your partner are looking for a little bit of romance during your trip, then this is the list for you.

Here are eight beautiful and romantic places to stay in this elegant city, that will help you feel the love.

The Rookery

Rookery Hotel London

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This enchanting hotel allegedly dates back to 1764 and it exudes old English charm. With the antique furniture, rich colours, and open fireplaces, you’ll feel like you’re in a Jane Austen novel – but in real life!

Nearby romantic outing: For a great (and fairly private) view of the city, take an elevator ride up to the top of the One New Change shopping centre. We know – the top of a mall might not sound romantic, but it offers a fantastic view of St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the London Eye.

One New Change View

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Address: 12 Peter’s Lane
Neighbourhood: Clerkenwell
Phone: +44-20-7336-0931
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The Bingham

Bingham Hotel

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Discover this riverside oasis only 30 minutes outside central London. This boutique hotel is built out of a Georgian townhouse originally constructed in 1740, and is the perfect place for a romantic getaway. With picturesque views of the Thames, gorgeous old-fashioned copper bathtubs, and a tranquil waterfront garden, this is the relaxing vacation spot you need.

Nearby romantic outing: Wander through the Royal Botanic Kew Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Grab your sweetie by the hand and take in the views, like the laburnum archway in the Queens Garden, the Rose Garden, and the various glasshouses.

Kew Gardens

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Address: 61-63 Petersham Road
Neighbourhood: Richmond
Phone: +44-20-8940-0902
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Blakes Hotel

Blakes Hotel

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This boutique hotel knows exactly how to cater to couples. In addition to their lavish suites, four-poster beds, and luxurious amenities, the Blakes offers “Love Packages”. Enjoy breakfast in bed, complete with a glass of champagne, and your choice of ‘Nice’ (which includes rose petals on the bed, chocolates, and a copy of “Love Letters of Great Men”), or ‘Naughty’ (with a copy of the Kama Sutra and a Kiki de Montparnasse intimacy kit). Ooh la la!

Nearby romantic outing: Take a stroll over to the beautiful Victoria and Albert Museum. It’s said to be one of the most romantic museums in the world (who knew?). Then again, it’s hard not to be in a lovey-dovey mood while walking hand-in-hand through an enormous room full of beautiful artifacts… right?

Victoria & Albert Museum

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Address: 33 Roland Gardens
Neighbourhood: Kensington
Phone: +44-20-7370-6701
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The Henrietta Hotel

Henrietta Hotel

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You will literally feel like royalty in this Covent Garden haven. Gigantic, comfortable beds, his-and-hers sinks, and views of the London Eye – what more could you ask for?

Nearby romantic outing: You are in the heart of London’s theatre district. It’s the perfect opportunity for a sophisticated (and entertaining) night out!

Palace Theatre

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Address: 14-15 Henrietta Street
Neighbourhood: Covent Garden
Phone: +44-20-3794-5313
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The Mandrake Hotel

The Mandrake

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This eclectic hotel should definitely be on your radar for a couple’s retreat, with different rooms to suit your tastes. Enjoy the king-sized bed and rainfall shower. Dine in the Michelin-starred restaurant, or order a cocktail to drink on the incredibly Instagrammable garden courtyard. The penthouse suite even features a state-of-the-art Jacuzzi under a retractable roof. Talk about luxury!

Nearby romantic outing: The hustle and bustle of Oxford Street is at your doorstep. Do some window-shopping, or walk as far as Hyde Park and sneak a kiss under Marble Arch.

Marble Arch

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Address: 20-21 Newman Street
Neighbourhood: Fitzrovia
Phone: +44-20-3146-7770
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The Kensington

The Kensington

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Step back in time and enjoy the glamour of this Victorian hotel. You’ll feel like a queen (or a princess, or Duchess of Sussex), surrounded by crystal chandeliers, modern fireplaces, and gold-adorned claw-foot tubs.

Nearby romantic outing: Take a walk down to the river and visit the Chelsea Physic Garden. London’s oldest botanic garden was established in 1673 to grow medicinal plants for the Apothecaries. Today, it houses nearly 5,000 different plants. Check out the glass houses, Pond Rockery, and various garden beds – but resist the urge to pick a bouquet!

Chelsea Physic Garden

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Address: 109-113 Queen’s Gate
Neighbourhood: Kensington
Phone: +44-20-7589-6300
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The Berkeley Hotel

The Berkeley

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The minimalistic, contemporary style of this hotel serves as the perfect backdrop for your getaway. Take a dip in the pool, or enjoy a quiet moment on the rooftop garden. The outdoor space on the 7th floor is also used for yoga in the summer, and Christmas movies in the winter – complete with snuggly blankets, homemade hot chocolate and snacks, and an intimate cinema experience atop the bustling Knightsbridge streets. How cozy.

Nearby romantic outing: Cross the street for a lovely stroll through Hyde Park, in any season. Follow the curve of the Serpentine, or one of the many trails that will give you a view of Kensington Palace.

Hyde Park

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Address: Wilton Place
Neighbourhood: Knightsbridge
Phone: +44-20-7235-6000
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Shangri-La at the Shard

Shangri-La at the Shard

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This hotel might just be the epitome of luxury and romance. Picture yourself in a suite with panoramic views of London, in a lavish bed with 600 thread count sheets, or in a marble bathtub overlooking the Thames. Sound too good to be true? There’s also an indoor infinity pool on the 52nd floor, and an artisanal cake shop on the ground floor. You’ll never want to leave.

Nearby romantic outing: Even though London Bridge is the one with the song, it’s not much to look at. Luckily, Tower Bridge is just steps away, and is a sight to behold day or night.

Tower Bridge

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Address: 31 St Thomas Street
Neighbourhood: City of London
Phone: +44-20-7234-8000
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Stoke Park

Stoke Park

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While not technically in London, we couldn’t not include this gorgeous estate on our list. Stoke Park Country Club, Spa and Hotel is less than an hour away from the capital, and sits on 300 acres of garden and lake property. Featuring an award-winning spa, Swedish sauna, and outdoor hot tub and pool, this may be the ultimate romantic getaway.

Need more proof? Stoke Park served as the filming location of Bridget Jones’s romantic weekend away with Daniel Cleaver in Bridget Jones’s Diary. (Less romantic, but equally cool: you can also see the estate featured in two James Bond films, Goldfinger and Tomorrow Never Dies.

Nearby romantic outing: Not much, to be honest. What do you expect – it’s a 300 acre property! But there are plenty of things to keep you occupied during your stay. For example, you could take a rowboat out onto the lake, and recite poetry to each other. Just don’t stand up in the boat…

Bridget Jones's Diary at Stoke Park

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Address: Park Road
Neighbourhood: Stoke Poges, Slough
Phone: +44-1753-717171
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