London is one of the most romantic cities in the world, with a wealth of activities, from a cruise along the River Thames, to the West End and a huge choice of options for dining out.
It’s unsurprising that there are so many things to do for couples in London.
Why not enjoy a lovely evening of romance and fun with your other half.
To get you started, here are 23 of the most romantic things to do in London at night.
- 1. London Eye
- 2. Helicopter Sightseeing
- 3. London Sightseeing by Bus at Night
- 4. Sunset Sightseeing by Bike
- 5. Theatre, Shows, and Musicals
- 6. Dining Experiences
- 7. Learn about London’s Naughty History
- 8. Cruise on River Thames
- 9. London Pubs
- 10. London Night Clubs
- 11. London Food Tasting at Night
- 12. Culinary & Gourmet Date
- 13. Gin Experience
- 14. Wine Tasting
- 15. Silent Disco
- 16. Ghosts Tour
- 17. The Shard
- 18. Airline Cable Car
- 19. Natural History Museum Ice Rink
- 20. The National Gallery of London
- 21. Sky Garden
- 22. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
- 23. Christmas & New Year’s Eve Celebrations
1. London Eye
The London Eye is one of the best places to appreciate the romantic atmosphere of London.
Up in the capsules, you’ll see the Thames winding its way through the well lit streets, historical buildings, and modern skyscrapers that make up London’s cityscape.
Try a trip at sunset and add a glass of champagne and a private capsule to really impress your loved one.
Book a capsule between 6pm and 9pm if you want to see London light up at night.
2. Helicopter Sightseeing
Blow your partner away with an exclusive helicopter tour of the sights of London.
Sip Champagne while you see London’s top sights from above.
You’ll see landmarks including Westminster, St Pauls Cathedral, Trafalgar Square and the Tower of London amongst others.
It’s the perfect romantic setting for a proposal or anniversary treat.
These London skyscraper tours will be more than enough to make your partner fall absolutely in love with you!
3. London Sightseeing by Bus at Night
Go a stop further than London’s hop on hop off bus with a sightseeing bus tour by night.
Snuggle up in the seats as you drive past London’s famous monuments, while a commentator tells you interesting tales and facts about each attraction.
Seeing London by night has an awe-inspiring atmosphere that will spice up a sightseeing tour, making it that bit more special.
Here are a couple of tour recommendations.
London Night Sightseeing Tour
Hop aboard an iconic double-decker bus and see some of London’s most famous landmarks lit up.
The London Eye is great to watch with it’s colorful lights, you will also see Big Ben, Westminster Abby and Tower Bridge.
Luxury 6 Course Bus Dining Experience
A romantic gourmet tour of London’s top sights, stunningly illuminated at night.
Pass by famous landmarks including Trafalgar Square, Tower Bridge and Piccadilly Circus while enjoying delicious English and French cuisine.
4. Sunset Sightseeing by Bike
For active couples, a tour of London by bike is a great way to see London’s sights.
The relaxing pace of the bike means you soak up more of the atmosphere of London.
You’ll be able to cover more ground than you could on foot.
Cycling alongside the Thames will certainly ignite the magic as you absorb the cities sights and lights.
On most tours, you’ll also see the Tate Modern, the Globe Theater, St Paul’s, Big Ben and Convent Garden.
5. Theatre, Shows, and Musicals
It would almost be a sacrilege to visit London and see a show at the West End.
With around 40 theaters there is plenty of shows to choose from.
Every couple will find something to suit them, from a light-hearted musical such as Mama Mia, to a classic show such as Phantom of the Opera, or something a little more obscure such as Kinky Boots.
There are plenty of dinner and show deals too, so make sure you don’t miss out.
6. Dining Experiences
It will come as no surprise that London has a wide variety of culinary experiences on offer.
Who doesn’t enjoy a delicious meal and entertainment?
Treat your loved one to more than just a pub or bog-standard restaurant meal, with choices like Fawlty Towers, a British comedy experience.
Put on your detective hats at a Sherlock Holmes Murder Mystery Dinner, or enjoy a bite at the infamous Hard Rock Cafe
Alternatively, be surrounded by glamour at Planet Hollywood while enjoying a romantic dinner with your partner.
7. Learn about London’s Naughty History
Couples who enjoy tales of scandal and seduction will be intrigued by London’s naughty side.
London has a very salacious past, from it’s 18th century red-light district, to womanizers and mistresses.
London is a sex capital, driven by desire.
Bring out your cheeky side and learn about lusty London.
London Sex & Love Tour
Definitely not a tour for those who blush easily, this tour encompasses all there is to know about the sex scenes of London.
From the 18th century red-light district to royal mistresses and modern porn trade, this will certainly be a unique experience.
The Naughty London Tour
Take your sense of humor and discover stories of London’s naughty past.
This includes the origins of our favorite F****** swear word, how a vibrator was invented, and visit the nest of Satan.
8. Cruise on River Thames
The River Thames is 215 miles (346km) long, making it the longest river in England, and the second-longest (after the River Severn) in Britain.
It meanders through London on its way to the sea.
London wouldn’t be the city it is without the River Thames.
It arose as a port city, supplied by the river and with a growing economy it’s no surprise London has existed for over 2000 yrs.
As the Thames is such an important feature of London, it is an excellent place to see the sights and how London grew up around it.
A river cruise is a top pick for a romantic night out with your partner.
9. London Pubs
An English pub is iconic of the British way of life.
People spend their evenings socializing with friends, meeting new people, and it’s an enjoyable way to spend the night with their loved ones.
There are few people who haven’t had at least one date in a pub, so make sure you enjoy a ‘date night’ in the best pubs London has to offer.
There are plenty of pub-crawls to choose from, whether you prefer quieter, historical pubs visited by royals or lively modern pubs with the buzzing atmosphere of Central London.
Visit craft beers and local pubs of the tourist track for a more genuine experience of London’s social life.
Whatever you pub choose, a beer or two will definitely open up conversions for a romantic night out.
10. London Night Clubs
Night owls will love the London clubs, buzzing with music, lights, and plenty of energy.
Get jiggy with your loved one, and maybe rub shoulders with celebrities if you go to the right places!
There are plenty of clubs to choose from.
Visit the infamous Ministry of Sound, home of dance music.
Tiger Tiger’s 6 rooms mean it caters to most music tastes, and is the place to party.
Discover Strawberry Moon, a smaller VIP club built to impress, with cheesy music and tapas to nibble.
11. London Food Tasting at Night
London is a very multi-cultural city, and as such caters to an extensive range of cuisine.
Unsurprisingly, there is a huge range of restaurants, from cheap and cheerful to fine dining and everything in between.
You could have Indian, Turkish, Thai, or something more unique.
Woo your other half over a good old fashioned dinner date and discover the best restaurants for your chosen palette, be in Bolognese, international food, or even Scandinavian.
With so much variety, you won’t need to worry if you have special dietary requirements either; there is even a Vegan food tour!
12. Culinary & Gourmet Date
Satisfy your inner sweet tooth with chocolate and dessert tours around London.
Or try different cheeses and traditional British scones.
If you don’t want to appear like a pig or look like a mess on big meals, these are the type of tours to go on.
Explore the different flavours of London for your next romantic date.
13. Gin Experience
If you relax over a refreshing G and T with your loved one, then treat yourselves to a brilliant Gin tour.
The Purveyors of London Spirit, Portobello Road Gin – the Ginstitute is the place to learn all there is about the history and making of Gin, along with a few tastings.
Make your own Gin tonight to take home.
Try 4 different gins or gin cocktails as part of this intimate and interactive experience.
14. Wine Tasting
If you dream of being a wine connoisseur, then a wine tasting masterclass is the perfect way to spend the evening.
Learn how to pair wine with food depending on how its flavors complement different tastes.
Practice some professional wine-tasting techniques and tantalize your taste buds with some blind tasting games.
After a few drinks with your partner, we’re sure the fun will start!
15. Silent Disco
If you love to dance to feel-good classics, try a silent disco walking tour.
Lose your inhibitions as you boogie to uplifting dance classics through the provided Hi-Tec headphones.
You are guaranteed to have plenty of fun and laughs as you dance your way through convent garden.
This completely unique experience will no doubt leave you and your partner in fits of giggles at each others moves!
16. Ghosts Tour
Discover London’s spooky side on a ghoulish night tour.
As well as some of the major landmarks, such as the Tower of London and Westminster Abby, you will see ghostly sights like the Cross Bones Graveyard.
Cuddle up with your loved one on the shadowy double-decker bus as you learn tales of terror, including the infamous serial killer, Jack the Ripper and the demon barber of Fleet Street.
17. The Shard
Not only is the Shard iconic along London’s cityscape, the top floors can be visited for sightseeing.
Discover the architectural wonder from the inside too as you ascend the elevator to ‘the View’ on floors 68, 69 and 72!
It’s possible to see 360 views stretching 40 miles away.
There is no where else in London, and few buildings in the world with views like this.
Treat yourselves to a glass of Champagne to make it that bit more special for you and your partner.
18. Airline Cable Car
See London with a birds-eye view from its cable car, spanning 1 km of the River Thames and reaching heights of 90 m, it’s the highest observation point above the Thames.
Soar between the Greenwich Peninsular and the Royal Docks.
Cruise past many riverside landmarks, such as the Tate Modern and Westminster, as you arrive in style by boat.
Try and time you’re visit for sunset to make it an extra-romantic highlight of your trip to London.
19. Natural History Museum Ice Rink
Enjoy an evening on ice as you skate away on London’s most beautiful winter Ice Rink at the National History Museum.
What better way than to whisk your partner off their feet as you take to the ice, surrounded by London’s History.
Feel the rush of the years fly by, as Londoners have been skating for decades, and enjoy some heartwarming, good old fashioned fun.
If you’ve only just started dating, if the perfect time to hold hands as you glide across the ice!
20. The National Gallery of London
Whether you are enthralled by art, or are just a curious beginner in the art world, a private tour of the National Gallery is sure to satisfy you.
The National Gallery houses artwork from the 1300’s to the 1900’s.
It has on display some of the most famous pieces in the world, including Van Goghs “Sunflowers”.
In addition to marveling at works of art by famous painters, including Botticelli, Monet, and Rembrandt, you will learn about their lives and how art has changed throughout the centuries.
The evening tour starts at 5pm and runs for approximately 2.5 hours.
21. Sky Garden
Don’t miss London’s incredible Sky garden, an amazing botanical indoor world.
Three stories of exquisitely landscaped gardens create a fabulous setting to watch the sun go down.
In addition, the public gardens have observation decks, an open air terrace, and a choice of places to dine.
Even better, a visit to the gardens is completely free, although it must be booked in advance.
22. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
A visit to Shakespeare’s Globe is a must for anyone who thrives on theatre.
It is probably the most famous theatre in the world and an ideal place for a romantic date.
Built in 1599 by Shakespeare’s play company, it has seen countless performances of every play by Shakespeare over the years.
The building today is a faithful replica and is both an exhibition and homage to William Shakespeare.
He is undoubtedly one of the most famous playwrights in history.
23. Christmas & New Year’s Eve Celebrations
The bustling city of London becomes an even more incredible place to visit over Christmas and New Year, when hordes of visitors enter London to join the festivities.
You will be lucky to get snow; but with Christmas lights, trees and decorations surrounding you, who needs it?
Visit a Christmas market and enjoy mulled wine while you soak in the lights, or see them on a tour.
At New Years, don’t miss the amazing firework display; being there is an experience you will remember for a lifetime.
Book a cruise and watch it in comfort, or wrap up warm and arrive early for your free space on the bank opposite.
There is certainly no greater city than London to celebrate Christmas or New Years in.
With these 23 amazing romantic things to do in London at Night, the difficulty will be in choosing where to start.
Hopefully this list has given you a great choice, and plenty of ideas to wow your other half.
If you are planning on proposing, or have a special anniversary to celebrate, treat yourself with some luxury and champagne.
It doesn’t matter if you are 18, 80, or somewhere in between, London has plenty of romantic activities for all.