The infamous city of London is a thriving metropolis, full of historical sights and rich, entertaining culture. Honeymooners can visit Westminster Abbey, take a ride up the River Thames or mingle with some London locals. Regardless of what activity that honeymooners choose to participate in, the city of London is full of adventure, romance and relaxation. From the beautiful buildings to the enlightening museums, London will make sure that honeymooners have a great trip.
Things to know before you honeymoon in London
- Weather: It’s definitely rare that London faces extreme temperatures. This great city has a mild climate, which means there’s no bad time to travel to beautiful London.
- Free museums: British Museum, Natural History Museum, The Museum of London, and The National Portrait Gallery are a few of the many free museums that honeymooners can and should visit without any cost.
- Public transportation: It’s usually quick, it’s easy and it’s cheap. Most travelers will rent a cab but London’s safe public transportation is a convenient way to explore the city.
When to honeymoon in London
Peak season of London travel is between June and September. The weather is usually wonderful and it’s a great time of year to explore the city. Unfortunately, honeymooning may be more expensive because it is peak season. Couples who are willing to explore the city alongside fewer people can also plan between the months of January and March.
What to pack for your London honeymoon
- Comfortable walking shoes: There are so many incredible places to visit in the city of London. And walking is a great way to truly experience some of them. Make sure to pack a pair of comfortable walking shoes so you can do as much as possible without having to ice your feet at the end of the day.
- An umbrella: While the climate in London stays temperate, rainstorms are frequent. Packing a windproof umbrella that folds up easily will be helpful when that unpredictable rain shower blows through. .
- UK Power Adapter: This one is a given if you’ve ever been overseas. No, American electronics and UK outlets do not mix well together. Yes, there’s an easy remedy to keep your phone charged and your hair curled on your romantic honeymoon. Pack a power adapter and make sure to remember that in certain places within London and the UK, you’ll often have to flip a switch to turn the outlets on.
- Lipstick-Sized Portable Charger: Hopefully your beautiful London honeymoon is full of long and adventurous days with plenty of wonderful pictures and memories. A portable charger comes in handy in big cities in which you’re using your phone for pictures, for communication with others back home or for emergencies.
- Casual outfits (with layers) for exploring and museum tours: Many places that honeymooners will explore in London will be fairly casual. Grab a black top and you’ll fit in quite nicely. So casual clothes are a quick and comfortable way to dress when seeing the city. But layers are a great idea (sweatshirt or cardigan) in case the wind kicks up or the sun shines too hard.
- Nice outfit for a high tea: If you plan on taking high tea, make sure to dress accordingly. If you’re not sure how fancy is too fancy, just give the hotel or restaurant a call and inquire about the dress code, establishments are typically happy to help.
Day trips from London
Looking for a break from the busy streets of London? Stonehenge is only an hour and a half away from London. Stonehenge is a beautiful prehistoric monument that people have spent years debating. No one is truly sure of stonehenge’s origin but forming your own theory and taking in the views along the rolling English hills is a romantic and relaxing way to spend the day.
The scenic birthplace of WIlliam Shakespeare is a great idea for a day trip from London. The cobblestoned streets and beautiful historic cottages will transport honeymooners back in time. You can also climb the tower at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre or grab delicious dinner before you grab a show at a close theatre.
Bath is only a 90 minute train ride from London and totally worth the time. Here, you can tour the Roman and Georgian bathhouses and explore the exciting streets while shopping. Plus, you can also visit the UK’s natural geothermal spa, Thermae Bath Spa.
Bristol is a famous seaside town not far from London. It may be the best day trip from the city ever. There are plenty of boating expeditions to go on and many bridges to take a romantic stroll down with you honey. Honeymooners will also love all the unique parts of the city with shopping and beautiful harbourside views.
What to do on your London honeymoon
SIP CHAMPAGNE IN A PRIVATE POD ON THE LONDON EYE
The London Eye is probably a contender for the most romantic place in London. With sweeping views over the capital and a luxuriously slow pace, it is the perfect destination to connect with your loved one.
Most of the time, you’ll be sharing the pod with others, but for an extra cost, you can have a pod with just you and your loved one. You’ll be able to enjoy champagne in the privacy of your own pod while looking at the beautiful city beneath you. What could be more romantic?
DINE AT DANS LE NOIR? RESTAURANT
This is a restaurant with a difference – everything is in the dark! You can choose from a variety of set menus, and you will be served everything in the pitch black. It helps you taste things more intensely and have a real sensory experience.
It’s a unique way to connect with your loved one, as you both discover a different way of dining in the British capital. They are adaptable to allergies and dietary requirements.
GAZE AT THE STARS AT THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY GREENWICH
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Greenwich is a very romantic place to stroll around with your loved one. The suburb is historic and quaint, and there is a park that’s perfect for a picnic. If you’re wondering where to stay in London and seeking somewhere that is romantic and a little quieter than central, it’s a great option.
The Royal Observatory is one of Greenwich’s prime attractions. Here, you can lay with your loved one and gaze at the stars – it’ll be the best star scape you’ll get during your time there! You’ll also get the opportunity to stand on the Meridian Line – where east meets west – and learn the history of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
ENJOY A THAMES SUNSET CRUISE
Seeing London from the water is a great way of experiencing the capital from a different angle. You’ll see the best sights of London, from the London Eye to Greenwich. And what better than to enjoy it as the sun is setting? You’ll feel a sense of magic with your loved one, as you enjoy glasses of bubbly drifting along the river.
GO ICE SKATING AT THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
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Ice skating is a really fun date idea, and the Natural History Museum, with its historic décor, is a beautiful destination for this. It is open from late October to early January throughout the day and the evening and skating sessions last 50 minutes.
Checking out the Natural History Museum itself is a must-do as well; it is free to enter and has interesting attractions about dinosaurs, flora and fauna and the workings of the globe.
STROLL AROUND HAMPSTEAD HEATH
Set in London’s north, Hampstead Heath is the perfect place to go for a romantic stroll with your loved one. Hampstead Heath is a beautiful open space and is a registered charity funded by the City of London.
Highlights of Hampstead Heath are Parliament Hill, Golders Hill Park, an open-air Lido and various trails. Grassland and ancient woodland are available to be enjoyed as well. You and your partner will have a lush time getting a little lost in nature.
EXPLORE PORTOBELLO ROAD MARKET
Saturday is the best day to visit Portobello Road Market, where it is full of antique and specialist shops and stalls. Whether you want fashion, furniture or bric-a-brac, you’ll pick up a great souvenir in Portobello Road.
WALK ALONG SOUTH BANK
A stroll along South Bank with your partner will help you see the best attractions in London. You’ll pass by the exterior of the Imperial War Museum (which is free entry, by the way!), the House of Vans which are disused railway tunnels containing a skate park and a cinema, and Leake Street which is adorned with Banksy pictures.
You’ll also stroll past Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye, while strolling along the side of the Thames.
SAVOR AN AFTERNOON TEA
There couldn’t be a more quintessential British experience than enjoying an afternoon tea with your partner. It typically consists of a sharing platter of sandwiches, cakes and biscuits and different types of teas.
Prices can be expensive, but it’s a really delicious thing to do in the British capital. For the crème de la crème, check out The Ritz – which has a glamorous atmosphere and serves high-quality tea.
FEEL LIKE ROYALTY AT WINDSOR CASTLE
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Feel like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as you stroll around the beautiful Windsor Castle. There have been over a dozen royal weddings at Windsor Castle throughout the years, and it’s got to be one of the most romantic places in London.
The architecture is beautiful, and there are 900 years of history waiting to be tapped into. It has been home of 39 kings and queens of the country, and you can check out the State Rooms, Queen Mary’s Dolls House, the Semi-State Rooms and St George’s Chapel – where Harry and Meghan married.
You’ll need to take two trains to get there – from Paddington to Slough and then to Windsor & Eton Central – but it takes around 45 minutes from Paddington.
Romantic accommodations in London
Blakes hotel is unique property that stands out in Chelsea. It’s wonderful reputation for excellent service and wonderful in-house design. This is a great spot for honeymooners looking for a romantic getaway. Blakes Hotel has been in operation for 40 years and has 45 individual rooms. Couples can get an exclusive lovers package that comes along with overnight stays, champagne, English breakfast and additional amenities. To top it all off, the hotel’s location is a quick walk from some of the best shopping and eating in town.
The Landmark Hotel
The Landmark Hotel in London can be found right in the middle of Marylebone. Their 300 room property screams romance and relaxation. Their spacious rooms will make couples never want to leave their room. But if they do, their central atrium and bar and restaurant will mean that honeymooners will never want to leave The Landmark.
The Zetter Hotel
The Zetter Hotel has a great reputation of being anything but conventional. The Zetter, also nestled into the chic streets of Marylebone, this Georgian townhouse has 24 bedrooms, a beautiful cocktail lounge and their in-house bar is a great place for honeymooners to relax and grab a drink. A romantic honeymoon getaway at the Zetter comes with candle-lit dinners, cocktails, appetizers and an afternoon tea.
Shangri La At The Shard
The Shangri-La Hotel at the Shard can be found between floors 34-52. Their beautiful breathtaking views of London and their skyline view is unbeatable. Their well rated restaurant’s cocktails are served late at the highest bar in London. Each guest room has beautiful windows that look out over London and feature the body-contouring-technology ‘Shangri-La Bed’.