London is a wonderful city to visit as a couple, and winter provides a wide variety of great events and activities sure to make your trip even more fun! Whether you prefer a slower pace to your travels or want to immerse yourself in London’s lively festive entertainment, let’s take a quick look at five of our favourite ideas for couples visiting the city this winter…
Go ice skating at Somerset House
There are lots of incredible ice rinks around London during the winter months, each offering a unique take on this fun seasonal activity. However, our favourite venue for couples is Somerset House. Combining romantic surroundings with lengthy opening hours, the venue also includes DJ sets to help set the perfect festive mood while staying at luxury suites in London.
You don’t need to be an expert skater to give this idea a try – and if you’d rather stick to the sidelines, there’s a bar where you can grab a few drinks and enjoy the scenery.
See a West End show
Year-round, London’s West End is a popular date idea for couples staying in the city. However, the winter brings a new season of shows – many of them increasingly elaborate and lavish! Whether you want to see a drama, a comedy, a musical or an experimental piece of theatre, world-class entertainment is all here.
We recommend booking in advance for the more popular shows, but if you’re feeling spontaneous, you can simply go for a stroll from your hotel next to Harrods and head to your chosen box office for tickets.
Browse a Royal Palace
Buckingham Palace isn’t open during the winter months, but you can still take a look at the city’s other foremost working palace – Kensington Palace. Home to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and surrounded by beautiful gardens, it was the childhood home of Queen Victoria, and still stands out as an area of great beauty and regal splendour.
Treat yourselves to tea at the Orangery on site, or simply take a walk through the gardens for the perfect romantic day out during your stay at luxury suites in London.
Visit Winter Wonderland
Feeling more active during your wintry break? Then a trip to Winter Wonderland is a must, with everything from markets to fairground rides available to try. This seasonal extravaganza is located in Hyde Park, and welcomes huge crowds of Christmas visitors year after year.
There are a few ticketed events, but most can be enjoyed for free – so wrap up warm and head out on a festive adventure.
Explore a Christmas market
There are many festive markets in London, most taking place from November onwards. Some of the most popular offer foodie gifts, drinks and crafts, as well as unique ideas for unusual Christmas presents. The Southbank Centre Winter Market is a particular favourite with locals, and includes live music, theatre and street food – all beside the effortlessly creative Southbank Centre.