How to Spend a Romantic Boutique Break in London

London is one of the most famous cities in the world. From the revived East End to the swish haunts of Notting Hill, London is effortlessly cool and romantic. There are glorious parks, historic squares, monuments galore; museums piled high with ancient artefacts, galleries where art soothes or surprises and theatres staging the hottest talent.

As well as all this, the British capital lets you eat and shop your way around the globe with its multi-ethnic cultures, sending you home sated and satisfied.

London is a fantastic city in which to spoil your loved one with a romantic boutique break.

Travelling to London
London is easily accessible from anywhere in the world as it is extremely well connected. The Eurostar has regular trains throughout the day from France and Belgium allowing easy travel into London from Europe.

London is also home to 5 major airports that are connected to the city. Heathrow, Gatwick and Stanstead all have regular express trains running from the airport terminals and each one will get you into Central London stations within 15 minutes. To fly direct to the city, take a flight to London City Airport.

Where to Stay?
Due to its size, London has its fair share of places to choose from as a base for a romantic break. The Montcalm London Brewery London City is highly recommended. This 5* hotel is located in the city centre so its great for getting out and about and as well as being one of the luxury hotels for families, it also offers romantic and honeymoon packages to make a stay there that little bit more special. Nothing says ‘I love You’ more than a spell binding break filled with pampering pleasures that will never cease to please and delight. The Montcalm London City at the Brewery Hotel ticks all the boxes for a luxury boutique stay in London.

What to Do?
London is filled with romantic destinations and things to do that will keep you and your significant other occupied all weekend and at any time of the day.

Some ideas of things to do include:
Breakfast Date
If you have been out exploring the city until the early hours, rather than wait for the night bus back to your hotel, take a dawn stroll around Lutyen’s Fountains in Trafalgar Square. The Fountains will be calm and peaceful at this time of day, undisturbed by tourists, but if you time it right you may even see them hiss back into life.  Then take a 15 minute stroll to Arlington Street for a fancy brunch at Le Caprice.

Nirvana Kitchen Restaurant in London

Other top brunch spots include The Hackney Pearl and the Counter Café in hackney wick; No. 67 at Peckham’s South London Gallery; the Wolesly in Piccadilly, where Lucian Freud used to eat breakfast; and Balthazar, the perpetually booked New York bistro transplanted to Covent Garden – breakfast time is the only time of day that you can walk in and find a seat.

Late Morning Browsing
Old English Literature is some of the most romantic writing to have ever been read. Browsing intimate, independent bookshops with a loved one is always romantic. Heywood Hill in Mayfair is a prefect destination for this. Aside from its snug, book-crammed interior, the shop is a monument to London’s literary scene. Once you have made your purchases and they have been wrapped neatly in brown paper, tuck them under your arm and, like any self-respecting romantic, head to Keats House in Hampstead. This is one of the prettiest spots in London.

If bookshops are not for you, then why not head for the busier shopping scenes of the capital. Chelsea is a popular destination for shopping and the shops run from the top of King’s Road, down to Sloane Square and into Knightsbridge. King’s Road became a famous celebrity haunt in the 1960sand still has its boutique shops such as The Shop at Bluebird. There are now also more branded high-street names making Chelsea suitable for shoppers with all tastes and budgets. Carnaby Street is also a fantastic place to shop.

Loved-up Lunch
A ‘date lunch’ can be truly romantic and can often surprise with the best meals and most inventive atmosphere. For example, in the restaurant at Petersham Nurseries in Richmond you can enjoy fine dining amid potted plants and salvaged artworks in the rain-proof safety of the glass houses.

Closer to town, you can choose rooftop dining at The Boundary, Terence Conran’s hotel in a renovated printworks. In winter it is kitted out with heaters and cosy Welsh wool blankets; in summer, you can toast each other with champagne or microbrews as you enjoy steak from the BBQ.

But nothing beats packing up a traditional picnic basket with your favourite delights and heading to the park. There are 8 Royal parks in London. All of them are picturesque in their own unique way and provide a perfect setting for your picnic lunch date for two.

Late Night Surprises
You can’t beat the faded gilt grandeur of Wilton’s Music Hall or its eclectic programme of concerts, plays and cabaret for Old World glamour and fun. On Monday’s in the Mahogany Bar you can hear musicians playing for free.

Late night events at museums are also popular spots for romance, especially candlelight night at Sir John Sloane’s Museum, when the stained glass sparkles and Egyptian antiquities peer from the shadows.

Cocktails with flamingos will undoubtedly impress at the Kensington Roof Gardens; or you could charm your other half with a game of Ping Pong at Bounce: it’s located in Holborn where the game was first invented in 1901. There are also gin cocktails and pizza to be had; it isn’t all about the game.

If you must do a romantic dinner, head to Galvin at Windows on the “8th floor of the Hilton. With its 360 degree, birds-eye view of the city, it is like flying to Hong Kong for the night. It is also sexy, Michelin-starred and very expensive.

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