London is one of the most famous and beautiful cities in the world, making it the perfect destination to spoil your loved one with a boutique break. Here’s my guide to the best ways to enjoy a romantic break in the capital.
Being the capital city of the England, London is extremely well-connected which makes getting there extremely easy. Travel in from Europe via the Eurostar which has regular trains arriving throughout the day from France and Belgium. London also has a number of airports connected to the city, with 5 providing the main access. Fly direct into London Heathrow, one of the busiest airports in the world and travel into the city via its Express train service that will see you in the heart of London within 15 minutes. To fly direct into the city, take a flight to London City Airport.
Where to stay
Being such a large city, London has it’s fair share of places to choose to be the base for an idyllic break. For a great boutique London hotel, I would highly recommend the Chiswick Rooms. Situated in West London, it is a short drive from Heathrow Airport and then into the heart of the city. With its modern design and 4* high-end quality service, the Chiswick Rooms provides luxury without breaking the bank, allowing you to spend more on giving your loved one a memorable time exploring London.
- Rooms per night: Double Room: £116; Compact Double £104
- Location: Goldhawk Road, London, W6 0SA
- Website: www.chiswickrooms.co.uk
Of course your boutique accommodation experience doesn’t have to be a hotel. It doesn’t get much more “boutique” than a serviced apartment. For the duration of your stay you’ll have an entire apartment to relax in, cook in if you want and be surrounded by all the creature comforts you’d want after a full day’s sight-seeing. Serviced apartments are becoming increasingly popular and much more affordable than you might think.
- Check out www.homefromhome.co.uk for more information on Serviced Apartments in London
What to do
London is filled with romantic destinations, sites and activities that will keep both you and your loved one busy for the whole weekend. For some fantastic entertainment, book tickets to see one of the many shows currently available in the West End, one of the world’s must see theatre destinations. Whether it’s a musical or a play, you’re sure to find a show you’ll love here in London’s Theatreland. There are also a number of independent cinemas that provide a wonderfully romantic setting for a date, with The Curzon in Soho being my pick of the best.
Quite literally push the boat out by visiting Hyde Park and take a boat out onto the lake for a romantic ride. You can even pack a picnic beforehand to have curled up on the green grass of the park. Once you’ve explored the city from below, take a sunset ride on the London Eye to witness the city from above. Alternatively, you can also take a trip up to the top of The Shard, now the tallest building in Western Europe which provides awe-inspiring views.
Shop Until You Drop
For me, there is no finer place to shop in London than Chelsea. The run of shops from the top of the King’s Road down to Sloane Square and into Knightsbridge is still the finest shopping experience I’ve had in the world. And I can certainly give shopping a good run for its money! Having become famous as a celebrity haunt during the 1960s, the King’s Road still retains its boutique shops such The Shop at Bluebird as well as bringing in more branded high street names. I would also recommend heading down to Carnaby Street which is a fantastic place to shop and home to Liam Gallagher’s Pretty Green store.
Eat, drink and be merry
Grab a bite to eat by indulging in that fine English tradition of Afternoon Tea and what finer place to do so than in London’s iconic Ritz hotel. Prices start from £45 per person and I would advise booking in advance via their website. London has a wealth of award-winning restaurants offering a wide variety of cuisines, opening up a culinary paradise for you. I would recommend Momo in Mayfair, which will not only provide heavenly food but also an utterly beautiful setting in this ornate and glamorous restaurant. Prices here for a set meal start at £45 each.
There’s no finer place to take a drink than in the Searcy’s Champagne Bar within St. Pancras station. Set in a stunning building, this is the longest champagne bar in Europe with an impressive menu to match.