Whilst the cold of January might be upon us, February is just around the corner which means one thing in particular that warms up the new year – Valentine’s Day. As an historically romantic city, London isn’t bereft of great Valentine’s Day experiences, as any guest at the Park Avenue Hyde Park hotel can attest to. From romantic restaurants in the hidden depths of the city to once in a lifetime adrenaline rushes, there’s plenty for couples to enjoy when visiting London that you simply can’t find anywhere else in the world.
This blog will outline some of the most romantic activities available to guests at the Park Avenue J Hotel. Whatever your age, tastes and interests, the 1500 square kilometres that make up Greater London hold many secrets that are perfect for a couple’s getaway.
Picnics On The Heath
Nestled deep in the northwest of the city is Hampstead, an affluent and rustic area of London that evokes a quaintness that you won’t find in the city centre. Full of dog walkers, traditional pubs and cute bakeries, Hampstead’s wholesome character is cemented by its titular Heath, a vast expanse of hilly woodland that incorporates swimming ponds, cafes and the beautiful Parliament Hill. If the weather is right, the views of London from atop Parliament Hill are the perfect setting for a picnic or stroll, and especially potent if this is your first visit to London.
Thames Path Trails
The Thames Path may be 182 miles long, but you needn’t trek the whole trail into the Cotswolds if you don’t wish to. The Thames Path takes you through the heart of London through Richmond, Chiswick and much of West London into East. You can join the Thames Path at a variety of scenic points including Rotherhithe, Greenwich and Fulham, before following its meanders all the way to Woolwich and the Thames Barrier where it ends.
Little Venice Canal Walks
If you want to navigate waterways a little closer to your hotel room in Central London, then the canalside walks of Little Venice in Paddington are perfect. You can follow trails into Notting Hill, Camden and Regent’s Park, all promising enticing attractions in and of themselves.
There’s nothing quite like drinking in ancient jewellery or roaming the hallowed halls of British history with a loved one. Exhibition Row is the name given to the holy trinity of free museums built during the Victorian age in London. Located in South Kensington, visitors might find that these museums are chockablock with school trips and families during opening hours, but after hours tours and events do take place on their premises through the year. Of note on Valentine’s day are various tours at the V&A exploring Victorian Love as well as evenings learning about love in the natural world at the Natural History Museum. Book and research museum events on Valentine’s Day in advance as some tours may be affected by the ongoing coronavirus restrictions.
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Hotel Afternoon Tea
Getting romantic in London needn’t require lengthy tube journeys across the city. Indeed, some of your most memorable experiences might emanate from your very hotel. The afternoon tea deals at our Park Hotel restaurant mean you can enjoy a vast choice of traditional English pastries, sandwiches and refreshing teas from all over the world. A classic English tradition dating back centuries, unwinding on a weekend afternoon is just a few floors away.