Where to Propose in London

To some people London may not seem the obvious place for a romantic proposal. The weather is unpredictable, and the hustle and bustle of the capital city can be overwhelming. However most people who have visited London will tell you there is a buzz and an energy to it that makes it truly unique, and in a city so full of history, fashion, art, and culture there are bound to be plenty of exceptional places to ask that all important question.

Iconic places to propose in London

There are plenty of monuments and iconic locations in London that are associated with love and romance, so having some idea where these are can help you to plan your proposal. The statue of Eros in Piccadilly Circus might be a busy spot but thousands of couples have got engaged beneath it. The tradition states that if you propose under the statue on the stroke of midnight you will have good fortune in your marriage, assuming she says yes of course!

Another well known monument is the clock at Waterloo station, and lovers have been meeting under it for years. Ideally you’d arrange to meet your girlfriend there and propose immediately, but that might be a little tricky if you’re travelling to London together.

The River Thames plays a huge role in the geography of London, and proposing with a view of the river is sure to add a touch of romance. Tower Bridge is the best known location along the river and it is spectacularly lit up at night. You can walk across it and propose in the middle or take a boat trip and propose as you sail up to it.

The London Eye is often described as the best place to propose in London, and it certainly gives you a spectacular view over the city. However, unless you want to pay around £300 for a private capsule you will be enclosed with a number of other people which can reduce the romance factor a little. There are other places where you can enjoy great views, such as the top of The Monument, erected to commemorate the great fire of London, which usually has fewer tourists although, or the many bars and restaurants in Tower 42.

Places to Propose in London in the Winter

London has a special atmosphere in the winter and many people flock there for Christmas shopping, which can be a great cover story for a proposal vacation. On a sunny frosty day there are plenty of places to propose such as the Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park, where an ice rink surrounds a Victorian bandstand and you can enjoy the Christmas markets.

If you do decide to propose in London in the winter, you might want to plan an indoor alternative in case of bad weather, and a great choice is afternoon tea at the Ritz with champagne. Make sure you book in advance as this is a very popular experience.

Garden Locations for a London Proposal

If you’d like somewhere a little quieter to propose, and perhaps you’d like to combine your proposal with a scenic walk and a picnic, London has a surprising number of parks and green areas. One of the most popular is Primrose Hill, north of The Regent’s Park, which is the highest point in London and has open spaces and beautiful views. If it looks somehow familiar, that’s probably because it has been used as a location in a number of movies.

Parliament Hill, the gateway to Hampstead Heath, is another great spot for a picnic proposal with a view over the city, or if you want to stay closer to the centre of London you could take a stroll in Hyde Park and hire a rowing boat on the Serpentine. Nature lovers could consider Kew Gardens, London’s botanical gardens, which houses a huge variety of proposal locations alongside its exotic plants.

Where to Stay in London

London is packed with hotels to suit all budgets and tastes, and with so many to choose from it can be difficult to know where to start. Deciding on your proposal location and then finding a hotel in the same part of London is often a good plan as getting from one side of London to the other can take a lot longer than you expect, even if you take the underground. Here are some very romantic hotels that are guaranteed to impress your future bride.

Budget Blowing Hotels in London

If you really want to treat your future wife and you’re happy to splash out on a really memorable stay, there are several well known top quality hotels in London where you can mingle with film stars and socialites. These include Claridges, a luxury five star Art Deco hotel with impeccable service, and The Dorchester, the epitome of sheer indulgence and traditional values, which are both located in the heart of Mayfair.

The Savoy Hotel is another luxurious option and its location alongside the Thames makes it ideal for a riverside proposal, while also being very convenient for the theatre district. The Savoy has been recently renovated and the Art Deco and English Edwardian interiors are superb. For the ultimate in sophistication, you could check into the famous Ritz, located on Piccadilly near Green Park. The Ritz prides itself on fantastic service, due to the ratio of more than two staff members to a room, and you can even hire your own private butler or the iconic Ritz Rolls Royce.

Boutique Hotels in London

For those that can’t quite justify splashing out on one of London’s top hotels, but still want somewhere beautiful, luxurious, and romantic, one of the capital’s superb boutique hotels could be just the answer. One good example is 41, a magical and mysterious boutique hotel on Buckingham Palace Road that gives the impression of a traditional London Club and features fabulous monochrome interiors.

The Athenaeum , a small luxury hotel located on Piccadilly, is an ultra modern home from home, and the beautiful rooms, including a rooftop suite, are designed with comfort in mind. No 5 Maddox Street is a small luxury boutique hotel in Mayfair which combines the practicality of serviced apartments with the luxury and services of a five star hotel.

Arty Hotels in London

For those of you looking for cool, quirky, or arty hotels, London has plenty to offer. The Dean Street Townhouse in Soho, formerly the notorious Gargoyle club from the 1930s to 1950s, has plenty of character and a beautiful interior. Also located in Soho, Hazlitts is a group of Georgian houses with a literary charm. Blake’s Hotel is another excellent boutique hotel located in Chelsea, which is described as sexy, decadent, flamboyant and luxurious. Many of the stylishly decorated rooms and suites have an oriental feel.

Where to Dine in London

London is packed with great restaurants, and whether you want traditional British fare, European cuisine, or something with a little more spice you can be sure to find something to suit your needs. Here are some great places to book a table during your proposal weekend.

Romantic Activities in London

No romantic break to London would be complete without a theatre trip, and whether you decide to splash out on a box in a west end theatre, or soak up atmosphere at an open-air Shakespearean delight at the Globe Theatre, you should certainly consider booking a show of some sort.

London is famous for its markets, and you can find all manner of treasures at Camden market or at Portobello Market in Notting Hill, London’s most famous street market. Convent Garden is always worth a visit for the performers and the ambience, as well as the market itself.

Champagne and proposals go together like strawberries and cream so once your girlfriend has become your fiancée you’re sure to be on the lookout for some fizz. Check out the Vertigo 42 champagne bar in Tower 42, or drink at the world’s longest champagne bar in St. Pancras Station.

A tour of London is always a fun choice but if an open top bus isn’t your thing try taking a tour by mini cooper instead. There are also ghost walking tours starting at St. Paul’s tube station if you want to be sure your girlfriend will be gripping your hand tight.

If you’re looking for an engagement ring pay a visit to Hatton Garden, London’s jewellery quarter, and browse the gems on offer. You can even have a jewellery making lesson at the London Jewellery School.