While studies show that the New Year can be make-or-break time for relationships, we’re throwing in our hats with the optimists. For those happy couples that enter the year with the firm resolution to propose, what destination could be more romantic than London, birthplace of Shakespeare and Keats?
When considering the perfect setting for your romantic London proposal, make sure you reserve the Conservatory Master Suite at Hotel 41, where opulent luxury meets timeless romance. Here you can sleep beneath the stars, or close the blinds to enjoy complete privacy within your split-level penthouse suite. And of course, we’d be delighted to provide champagne, rose petals, chocolate-dipped strawberries, and candles for an atmosphere so romantic it’ll be impossible to resist.
If you’ve always imagined popping the question at one of London’s iconic landmarks, here’s our tailored list of beautiful places to propose where you’re virtually guaranteed a ‘yes’.
For the View from Above:
Nothing says high romance like a soaring vista over the City of London, and where better to achieve it than the impressive new View from The Shard? Officially the tallest viewing platform in London at 310m, The Shard is London’s answer to the Eiffel Tower – and fortunately much less clichéd.
If modern skyscrapers aren’t your thing, head up the old stone staircase of St Paul’s Cathedral to the Whispering Gallery and take advantage of the unique acoustics to whisper your proposal audibly across the famous domed space. Or, climb 271 more steps to the intimate Golden Gallery, where you can enjoy a beautifully romantic setting with panoramic views across London.
For Timeless Romance:
For those old-fashioned romantics among you, the best place to propose might be aquatic: consider boating on the Serpentine in Hyde Park. This tried-and-tested formula is watertight (apart from the weather), and requires only champagne, strawberries, a picnic blanket – and of course, the ring.
Another timeless suggestion is The Statue of Eros at Piccadilly Circus, where tradition states that if you propose here at the stroke of midnight, you’ll have good fortune in your marriage thanks to Eros, the god of love in Greek mythology.
For Literary Lovers:
If it’s good enough to inspire one of the great Romantic poets and his own love story with neighbour Fanny Brawne, then it’s good enough for you. The famous Keats’ House near Hampstead Heath is open to visitors year-round, and there are future plans to allow wedding ceremonies.
Alternatively, you could propose at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, following the closing scene of a romantic Shakespearean comedy such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which will be showing 2nd-7th June 2014.
For Blossoming Ever Afters:
Assuming that neither you nor your partner suffers from hayfever, why not take a leisurely amble along the Columbia Road Flower Market, which takes place every Sunday from 8am to 3pm. Beautifully original and wholly unaffected, a declaration of love among the dahlias would be hard to resist.
Otherwise, try the Kyoto Garden in Holland Park – a tranquil Japanese garden oasis in the heart of London, and the perfect setting for an intimate, romantic stroll.