Four romantic London locations for a walk on Valentine's Day
With Valentine's day fast approaching, we thought it would be lovely to bring you the best spots in London for a romantic stroll. There are nearly 9 million people living in London and yet it is still possible to find places with the perfect balance of serenity and enchantment for a courtship to ensue.
We start our trail of affection in North London. Undoubtedly one of London’s hidden treasures, the raised walkway of Hampstead’s Pergola is an Edwardian masterpiece. Estate owner Lord Leverhulme began work on his raised garden in 1904 to entertain his friends and throw lavish parties. Now overgrown with trailing plants and exotic flowers the majestic Pergola oozes atmosphere. You can easily lose yourself here imagining what life must have been like for old Lord Leverhulme and his lucky guests.
The beautiful Pergola is set within Hampstead Heath, 790 acres of ancient parkland. Walk on Hampstead Heath on a clear morning and you’ll feel as though you are the first to discover its delights. If you’re looking for the perfect location for a special proposal then the woodland clearings of the Sandy Heath area are secluded, or if you prefer a grander affair, the grounds of Kenwood house are for you. And if you simply fancy a relax with someone special after a long walk, get cosy in front of one of many open fires at the Spaniards Inn.
Going east from Hampstead now and onto Waterlow Park in Highgate. Waterlow Park, next door to the historic Highgate cemetery, was given to the public as a ‘garden for the gardenless’ by Sir Sydney Hedley Waterlow. There are plenty of romantic views and rest spots for a smooch at this wonderful park.
Regents canal and its towpath stretches from East to West, it’s basically the original “Crossrail” of the 1800s. You can join the path at any point, but we love the recently regenerated Kings Cross area. Now home to Central St. Martins art school, street food stalls and vibrant eateries, this area has risen from its recent industrious past to become a must-see for visitors and Londoners alike. Walk west along the towpath. Stop off at the famous Camden lock for some Madness inspired meandering around the markets and then, if your legs are still going strong, onwards to Regents park and its John Nash designed gardens. From here you can carry on to Little Venice, but we recommend staying here and continuing your romantic stroll through the gardens at Regents park.
And don’t forget to come back in the summer to witness the 12,000 beautiful roses that grow at Regents Park.
And if you hate Valentine's Day, like a few of us here. Then these lovely places are perfect for you to explore with your friends and family too!