You don’t need to go abroad to find romance, England has plenty of romantic destinations for lovebirds. Here’s our top five:
The English capital offers something for everyone when it comes to romance. Take a rowing boat out onto the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park, watch a show in the West End such as the critically acclaimed Ghost or enjoy a classical music concert or Opera at iconic venues such as the Royal Albert Hall. Immerse yourself in the wealth of markets, from gourmet food in Borough to vintage clobber and antiquities at Portobello Road in Notting Hill. If you’re after relaxation, London offers some of the country’s top spas, including couples massages and Moroccan treatments. For romantic dining, Galvin at Windows enjoys panoramic views of the city, whilst French restaurant La Bouchee serves delicious food in a cosy romantic atmosphere.
For those already based in London, Brighton makes a fantastic romantic destination, with trains leaving from Victoria regularly. Walk along the pier and indulge in your childhood memories as you try out all the fair rides, play the arcade games and finish up with a traditional fish and chip lunch on the beach. In the evening, head to English’s, where you can enjoy the seafood platter for 2 and a bottle of bubbly. The winding alleys of the Lanes will lead you to various vintage and antique shops, whilst the Royal Pavilion makes a great day out for culture vultures.
This historic city borders beautiful countryside, including the Cotswolds, so it’s a great option for those after a balance of urban and nature. Pamper yourself at the Thermae Bath Spa, where you can watch the sunset with a glass of champagne and receive couples massages amongst other luxurious treatments, head to the Pump Room for champagne afternoon tea or hire a vintage car to explore the city in style. For the adventurers among us, taking a hot air balloon over this stunning part of the UK is a must.
With winding alleyways and stunning historic architecture, York is the perfect destination for romance. Head to Middlethorpe Hall and Spa, a five star National Trust property, where you can indulge in a champagne afternoon tea, a couples massage and dinner in the 17th century dining room. The city made its wealth from chocolate, so taking a chocolate trail is a great way to learn a bit about the history and sample a few confectionary delights. For dinner, try the award winning Blue Bicycle or Italian L’antica Locanda overlooking the Shambles.
Oxford, known as the city of dreaming spires, has to be one of the most beautiful cities in England, dominated by the stunning architecture of its colleges and churches and a fantastic base to explore the bordering countryside. Stay in the charming ivy covered Old Parsonage Hotel or the grand Randolph Hotel before taking a tour of the University colleges. Underneath the University Church of St Mary, you’ll find Vaults and Gardens which serves traditional English high tea or if you’re feeling brave climb to the top of the church for panoramic views across the city. The city, like Cambridge, is synonymous with punting, so if the weather permits, punt down the Cherwell River with your loved one and enjoy a gourmet picnic. For a romantic dinner, Pierre Victoire serves delicious French cuisine, whilst Chiang Mai Kitchen is the place to go for Thai and a rustic ambiance in a timber framed building dating back to the 17th century.