Love is in the air. All you need is love. Roses are red, violets are blue… In the name of love… Don’t go and buy a cliche gift for your special someone this year. Skip the petrol station flowers and plan a perfect night out to knock their socks off. Here are some of our favourite romantic date ideas in London, or if you want to whisk them away, the Southend coast.

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Romantic date ideas in the big city

Sweep your date into secluded Fenchurch Street station. OK we admit the station won’t be the highlight of the date, but it’s much calmer than nearby Liverpool Street. It’s pretty handy having London, one of the most glamorous cities in the world, right on your doorstep. Nearby date ideas could include:

  • Stroll across Tower Bridge and take a pic of you and your loved one. It’s one of the most iconic bridges in the whole world and it’s Gothic grandeur is timelessly romantic. Across the bridge you’ll be in buzzy Bermondsey with it’s elegant bars and gourmet restaurants. Plus if you fancy wooing your date with a bit of culture or even just a cocktail, the stunning Bridge theatre is bound to impress.
  • Walking along the Thames will never lose its romance. And the South Bank is the perfect place to linger over the views. There are myriad restaurants and bars to cosy up in after your walk. Or add a dash of movie magic and take them to the BFI and snuggle up in front of a film.
  • You could also take your date to dizzying new heights with a trip to the top of the London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral or the Shard. When you take the train you could also benefit on 2FOR1 entry, saving pennies for those special extras.

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