7 of the most romantic getaways in London

Set your love ablaze in the big smoke.

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Home to hundreds of romantic dining rooms and countless rooftop bars, London is the perfect place to charm your loved one or perhaps pop that all-important question.

Here are our top picks of where to do it.

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1. The Rookery, Clerkenwell

It can be hard to find the streets less travelled in London, but The Rookery manages to do so. Hidden away in Clerkenwell, guests here can discover the old back streets of the capital city, home to traditional English corner pubs and hidden churchyards.

  • Star rating: 4 stars
  • Romantic features: Jacuzzi, library room, open fireplace, four-poster beds, roll-top baths, views of St Pauls and Old Bailey, honesty bar, room service and breakfast in bed
  • Why do we love it? If you’re really keen to impress your loved one, splurge on the Rook’s Nest, a two-floor penthouse suite with spectacular views over the city

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2. Shangri-La Hotel, Southwark

The Shangri-La brand has become synonymous across the world with pure indulgent luxury, and its London branch is no different. Stretching across the 34th to 52nd floors of The Shard, visitors can relax in Asian-influenced rooms, offering unrivalled views across the capital.

  • Star rating: 5 stars
  • Romantic features: Indoor pool, hot tub suites, couples’ spa treatments, afternoon tea, cocktail bar and three dining venues
  • Why do we love it? Surprise your loved one with the Romance in the Clouds package which includes flowers on arrival, rose petals on the bed, a complimentary bottle of champagne and breakfast in bed the next morning.

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3. Rosewood London, Holborn

Designed by Toni Chi and Martin Brudnizki this elegant and stylish hotel offers a calm oasis from the busy streets of central London. Relax with a bespoke cocktail in hand in Scarfe’s bar or make your own to enjoy in your room’s plush armchairs.

  • Star rating: 5 stars
  • Romantic features: Sauna, pillow menu, Scarfe’s cocktail bar, Sense spa with sauna and steam room facilities, DIY cocktail kit and Art Deco dining room with sommelier
  • Why do we love it? Make your trip even more memorable with a visit to the Royal Opera House, which just so happens to be one of your neighbours.

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4. Sunborn London Yacht Hotel, Royal Docks

You’ll be welcomed onto the Starborn Yacht by a curved double staircase and a grand chandelier. The luxuries continue onboard with spacious rooms and whirlpool baths in the executive suites.

  • Star rating: 4 stars
  • Romantic features: Balconies, river views, jacuzzis, sauna, private sun deck, romantic packages include a three course dinner, complimentary bubbly on arrival and rose petals in your room
  • Why do we love it? Despite all of its luxuries and its central location, prices start from just £110 a night for two people.

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5. Leman Locke, Whitechapel

Great for those who want to be a little more self-sufficient during their trip to London, Leman Locke’s pastel apartments come equipped with a kitchenette, outdoor bar and small coves for personal yoga or meditation.

  • Star rating: 4 stars
  • Romantic features: Purist cocktail bar, rain drench showers, city views and Locke Dream bed
  • Why do we love it? The kitchen comes complete with Smeg appliances and even a NutriBullet so you can keep on top of those healthy juices whilst away.

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6. K West Hotel and Spa, Shepherd's Bush

Perfect for those craving an urban spa break, K West Hotel is located in one of London’s quieter suburbs. Don’t worry though, excellent overground train and bus connections make it easy enough to reach all of the city’s tourist hotspots.

  • Star rating: 4 stars
  • Romantic features: Sauna, snow room, facial treatments, Turkish steam bath, fine dining restaurant, hot stone massage, hydrotherapy pool and sun meadow
  • Why do we love it? In a bid to replicate Finland’s hot-cold therapy, K West Hotel is home to London’s first Snow Paradise room, filled with real snow.

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7. Blakes Hotel, South Kensington

Whilst Blakes Hotel stands out in the streets of South Kensington for its black exterior, each of its inside suites have been decorated in a unique manner. While its white-washed Corfu suite is generally popular with loved-up couples, check out the Josephine Suite for fantastic examples of gothic furniture.

  • Star rating: 5 stars
  • Romantic features: Chocolate, champagne and oysters delivered right to your door, unlimited room service, late checkout, fine dining restaurant, and whisky and cocktail bar
  • Why do we love it? If you can’t bear to leave your pooch at home, Blakes Hotel offers a fantastic doggy concierge service. It can arrange everything from a dog bed to dog sitting and walking services.

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Where should I stay in London?

Choosing the right place to stay in London can be a tricky business. Here are a few of the most lovey-dovey suburbs in the city.

  • West London. Hotels in West London tend to be of the swankier kind, with lavishly decorated, spacious suites that come with steep price tags. You’ll have the advantage of being close to Hyde Park and Kensington Palace for romantic strolls and you’ll be close to some of the best shopping streets in the capital should you need to pick up last-minute gifts to impress.
  • Southbank. London’s centrally located Southbank stretches across several suburbs and includes the likes of the London Eye, Tate Museum and Borough Market. Though a little busy, a romantic stroll along Southbank at sunset to watch the street performers is a memorable way to spend an evening.
  • North London. While North London’s boundaries are debatable to some, Clerkenwell and Farringdon are perfect north-of-the-river suburbs that are still central enough to enjoy the city. Explore the small laneways behind the busy roads to uncover proper English pubs and boutique clothes shops.

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