With Paris and Venice only a stone’s throw away, London is often overlooked as a city of love. But with its picturesque palaces and spectacular skyline, the home of the great British rom-com is the perfect destination for sweethearts.

1. Embrace the attraction(s)

Young friends on thrilling roller coaster ride. Young women and men having fun at amusement park.

Cling to your other half in delight as you enjoy over 40 rides and attractions at Alton Towers Resort. Book your ticket online. With its 7 world-class rollercoasters (including the brand new Wicker Man) you’ll be head over heels. Temperature checks, regular cleaning, and a limited number of visitors means you can relax in the romance of the day. Just don’t look down.

2. Swoon over the stars

Even the most devoted couples have secret celebrity crushes. At Madame Tussauds, you can snap a selfie with the two most important people in your life — your partner and a wax version of the superstar that got away. The museum features sculptures of well-known heartthrobs alongside actors, musicians, royalty, and more.

3. The thrill of the chase

Girl using virtual reality simulator gesturing hands to bright purple light while playing video game in 3D

Just as safe, yet equally thrilling is Thorpe Park Resort. Let Derren Brown play the mind games as you two join forces to face the Demon: an immersive VR experience that will leave you both weak at the knees. Or go to heaven and back on one of Europe’s tallest and fastest rollercoasters, Stealth. Va va voom!

4. Go with the flow

Tourist woman in a trench coat enjoys the view over the Thames river to the skyline of London, United Kingdom

If a laid-back date is more your level, why not relax on the river? Nothing says “I love you” like a spectacular view at sunset. Gently tour down the Thamesyou’ll sip on bubbly, nibble on canapes, and listen to live music as you sail past the Houses of Parliament, the iconic London Eye, and Shakespeare’s Globe. If cruises be the food of love, row on!

5. I can show you the world

Soar above the skyline on the wings of love. Well, in a glass capsule 135 meters high. Attached to the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel. Same difference. Skip the queues on the London Eye and immerse yourself in your own little bubble. What’s more romantic than gazing 40km over a cityscape with the one you love?

6. Waves of emotion

Or rather than a day on and by the water, what about one under it? Dive in to SEA LIFE London Aquarium and soak up the 500 different species on display. From penguins playing to Piranhas prey-ing, you can get up close and personal from underwater tunnels and suspended glass platforms. Who knew you could have a date in the Amazon without ever leaving London? An adventure awaits.

7. Knight in shining armor

LOW ANGLE VIEW OF HISTORIC BUILDING AGAINST BLUE SKY

Just over 80 minutes from London is the magical, mythical Warwick Castle. More than 1,100 years of history will captivate your imagination. One of Britain’s finest medieval fortresses, you’ll be catapulted back in time. Watch fantastic falconry displays, be spellbound by storytelling, and explore the 64 acres of stunning grounds and gardens. Let Cupid and the Bowman demonstrate their archery. They’ll set you all a quiver.   

Have your own romantic spot in the city? We’d love to know. Share it with us in the comments below.

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