Although there are countless reasons to plan a visit London, when it comes to capturing memorable moments, the city has a never-ending supply of photogenic destinations. In today’s social media-driven world, these Instagrammable destinations are the perfect places to celebrate the day of love. With a little bit of planning, you’ll be guaranteed some unique snaps of London to look back on when you arrive home.
We’ve selected our favourite parks, destinations, restaurants and cafés so you’ve got plenty of choices during your visit.
Richmond Park is the largest of London’s ‘Royal Parks’ located to the southwest of the city. Created in the 17th century by Charles I as a deer park, there’s no better way to escape to the fresh air and to surround yourself with nature and wildlife. Walking the park can take 2.5-4 hours depending on your pace. Don’t miss the wild deer that roam the park, but don’t get too close!
Located in western Central London adjacent to Hyde Park is Kensington Gardens on the border between the City of Westminster and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Did you know the park is the setting of J.M. Barrie’s novel Peter Pan? The park is only a few minutes stroll from Cheval Gloucester Park, Cheval Thorney Court and Cheval Harrington Court. There is even a commissioned artwork at Cheval Gloucester Park inspired by the fact the story was written in the local area. Each of the books in the frame dates back over 100 years.
Natural History Museum
A building with magnificent Romanesque-style architecture loved by many influencers is the Natural History Museum, a few minutes down the road from Cheval Gloucester Park and Cheval Harrington Court. At the museum, you’ll be able to uncover the world’s natural discoveries. Whether you intend to visit to take pictures, to learn more about dinosaurs, or just to discover the life-size blue whale model in the atrium, the Natural History Museum is definitely worth the visit. There is no entry fee to the museum however it does get very popular, particularly during school holidays.
A moment in the sky on the London Eye
It’s hard to believe 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of the London Eye. Like the Eiffel Tower it was only intended to be temporary but is now one of the city’s most iconic attractions. Why not spend your Valentine’s Day admiring the city on Europe’s largest Ferris wheel?! There are 32 capsules, each representing a London Borough, although capsule number 13 is absent for the usual superstitious reasons! Whether you’re seeing the London eye from the opposite side of the river or from the capsules, you’ll still be guaranteed some great shots. If you plan to see the city from a new angle, we can guarantee the views will not disappoint.
Restaurants and cafes
Spice up your Valentine’s Day at the Greyhound Cafe with Thai food with a twist! As well as an interior that is appreciated by bloggers and their Instagram fans, the dishes served aren’t just for show – they also satisfy the tummy. Enjoy noodle dishes from Pad Thai to exciting small plates like ‘complicated noodles’. While there, grab a snap with a Thai style Tuk Tuk taxi.
With every meal of the day covered, from breakfast to afternoon tea, you’ll be spoiled for choice during your visit to Sketch, a unique cafe that opened 17 years ago. With an interior inspired by art and creativity, this is a perfect destination for couples who enjoy fine dining prepared by Michelin-star chefs and surrounded by carefully curated art. GQ magazine even named Sketch the best-looking dining room in the UK in 2018!
Peggy Porchen Chelsea
To make things sweeter this Valentine’s, head over to Peggy Porchen for delicious pastries. The café is visited by many bloggers because of its pink aesthetic interior and stunning cake and cupcake designs. Peggy Porchen cafés are scattered across the city, so it’ll be easy for you to stop by the closest branch to grab a bite and a snap to remember your sweet moments.
Images Credit: Richmond Park by @dominic.lucaciu, Kensington Gardens by @_emma.and.co, The London Eye by @madamelena_, Greyhound Cafe by @carmen_inlondon, Sketch by @curiousdogsees, and Peggy Porchen by @peggyporschenofficial.