Will you be planning Valentine’s Day with your sweetie in London? Make it a day to remember with this list of a few of the most romantic settings:
Paul A Young Fine Chocolates
33 Camden Passage, Islington, N1 8EA;
143 Wardour Street, Soho, W1F 8WA; and
20 Royal Exchange, Threadneedle Street, City of London EC3V 3LP
With locations in Angel, The City and a flagship in Soho, Paul and crew create some of London's finest chocolates. They eschew preservatives and additives for fresh herbs and spices, organic essential oils and fresh fruits. Everything is handmade, and the vast majority of the chocolates are created in the shops' downstairs kitchens. They have arguably the best brownies in London, and the sea salted caramels are to die for.
Hatton Garden, EC1N
The closest London Underground stations are at Farringdon and Chancery Lane.
Planning to pop the big question? Here's a proposal for a most enganged way to spend a few hours: visit Central London’s Hatton Garden – a Central London street considered to be the epicentre of the UK's diamond trade – for a concentration of jewelers (retail and wholesale) and a range of complementary shops for all your nuptial needs.
33 King Street, WC2E 8JD
The closest London Underground station is at Covent Garden.
Just a few steps from Covent Garden’s Piazza, this French restaurant has a dreamy conservatory featuring an indoor cherry tree and a fireplace, tops almost every list you're apt to read for most romantic restaurants in London. The restaurant offers fantastic pre and post theatre menus too.
Columbia Road Flower Market
Columbia Road, E2 7RG
The closest London underground station is at Bethnal Green.
What’s better than giving your Valentine a bouquet of flowers? How about spending a leisurely Sunday strolling through the popular and incredibly colorful Columbia Road Flower Market. One of London’s longest running street markets, it’s a favourite among locals and visitors alike.
21 New Globe Walk, SE1 9DT
The closest London Underground stations are at London Bridge and Blackfriars.
Unfortunately this replica of the famous Elizabethan theatre staging the plays of the world’s most famous English language writer doesn’t put on regular shows until the spring, but a behind the scenes tour, tickets to a performance later in the year, or a season pass to this extraordinary venue would warm the heart of any lover of literature and the stage. By the way, Romeo and Juliet is on the calendar for the 2015 seasons.