A nucleus of culture, history, and endless sights and sounds, the streets of London are an urban honeymooner’s dream playground. Pretend to be princess and prince as you explore the splendor of Buckingham Palace, or opt for the peace and quiet of a romantic boat ride on the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park. If you’ve had your fix of historic sights and cultural experiences, fashion aficionados can get their retail fix at a seemingly countless array of cosmopolitan shops and boutiques.
Dress up for a night at the Royal Opera House, a stunning building that is an experience in itself. If you’re feeling something simpler, cruise authentic London pubs for beer and fish and chips at watering holes dating all the way back to the 1600s. Once known as dens of iniquity for peasants to let off steam, they’re now an iconic element of the beating social heart of the city. That’s right – in London, even drinking a couple of beers is an historical experience! And if you want to experience high culture and history on a peasant’s budget, you can make it happen – most of London’s museums are free.
World-class honeymoon hotels and resorts are just the icing on the cake. The Brits take service and class to new levels, with features from historic architecture and butler service to welcome champagne and complimentary tea and crumpets. Explore, escape, and relax – whether you spend it like blue-blooded royals, fun-loving peasants, or somewhere in between, London is a romantic experience you’ll both remember forever.
At a Glance
- Gorgeous Parks: From St. James’ Park, once used as a deer hunting ground for royals, to the gorgeous nature reserve of Richmond Park, London’s green spaces provide gorgeous natural escapes right within the city limits.
- Royal Palaces Galore: From Westminster to Buckingham, London’s palaces are a must-see attraction.
- The London Eye: Hold hands and ride up the London Eye, a riverside Ferris wheel that lets you relax in each other’s arms with stunning city views.
- Pub it Up: Be sure to experience some of London’s old-world pubs, or you won’t have gotten the full experience. Cheers!
- Tate Modern: Sip coffee overlooking the Thames River, then browse gallery after gallery of contemporary art.
- Trafalgar Square: London’s squares are the perfect place to sit down and people-watch. Soak up their rich histories, or just watch the citizens of London pass you by.
- Tower Bridge: Watch the boats float by beneath you on this iconic river landmark.
- The Tower of London: This impressive castle was a local prison all the way from the 12th century to the 1950’s!
- When to Go: Springtime is a delight for exploring London’s famous gardens, and winter lights up the city with festive holiday cheer, but expect it to get dark early and beware of shopping crowds. Most visitors go between April and September for the more pleasant, summery weather. Two final tips: October is rough because school vacations unleash crowds of children, and July-August can be unpleasantly sweaty.
- Getting In: Heathrow Airport (LHR) is one of the world’s busiest airports, and services most incoming flights. Some flights, however, arrive at Gatwick Airport (LGW), a bit further from the city. Taxi services and car rental stations at either airport can help get you get some wheels for the drive to your hotel. Train and bus service is also excellent from the major airports into London proper.
- Getting Around: The London tube, or subway, is a great way to get around the city. Driving in London isn’t recommended, as it’s chaotic both in terms of traffic and city design. Rush hour is even worse. Do yourselves a favor and use the tube, taxis, buses, and bicycles to get around with minimal stress.
- Tipping: Many restaurants add a service charge, making tipping unnecessary. Pub workers don’t expect tips, and taxi drivers appreciate if you round up the fare or tip 12-15%. Always look for the service charge on your bill to see if a tip has already been added.