Is it your honeymoon or are you just looking for a way to bring the spark back into your relationship? Flowers and candy are certainly nice and candlelight dinners have their place. But if it’s all beginning to seem a bit deja vu, could be you need some fresh romantic ideas to surprise your significant other. Cast your eye over these romantic things to do in the UK for inspiration.
• Make your own Jewellery – The London Jewellery school in Hatton Gardens is a good place to start learning and practicing. Get creative and make a silver pendant, keyring or pair of earrings. No experience or skill required. Better still, go as a couple and make something for each other.
• Chocolate Walking Tours –The London Chocolate tours in Chelsea / Knightsbridge offers hot chocolate, chocolate sampling and VIP discounts. An exploration of the origin of chocolate and modern chocolate trends (if you like the sound of chilli chocolate this is your tour!), this is a chocoholic’s dream! A Mayfair tour, Evening and full day tours are available too!!
• Hold Hands on a Beautiful Beach—the nice thing about walking along a beautiful beach is that it’s just as romantic in cold – or even stormy weather – as on a bright sunny day. The UK has some really gorgeous beaches, carved out by wind, by the glaciers of the ice age and by long distance Atlantic currents. Check out some of the most beautiful beaches in England and Wales.
• Book the Honeymoon Suite—Why should Valentine’s Day be the only time you run off for an intensely romantic break in a lovely, glamorous room or suite? And why should honeymoon suites be reserved for honeymooners? Book a romantic break for some other time – honeymoon suites are very reasonable in mid-winter or early spring – and give your significant other the reservation, tucked in a box of chocolates, perhaps, as a Valentine’s Day gift for the future.
• The Cartoon Museum – Perfect for spending quality time with your loved one, the Cartoon Museum is dedicated to preserving the best of British cartoons, caricatures, comics and animation.
• The best brunch in London – Get cosy, take in the view and enjoy the most amazing brunch London can offer. Overlooking Chelsea Harbour, The Wyndham Grand Sunday brunch is an experience in itself. The best brunch in London starts with a welcome cocktail followed by a choice of healthy breakfast options, the bespoke Egg Station with delicious hot accompaniments (truly amazing), a selection of fresh salads, main courses and tempting desserts.
• The world’s longest Champagne bar – Arrange to meet at St. Pancras station (how about under Paul Day’s 30-foot tall statue, The Lovers?) then drink champagne at the world’s longest champagne bar, on the station platform. Impressive!
• Get Cozy in a Cottage—Vacation rental – or self-catering – is not just for families and groups. Cottages in the country can be great hideaways for couples. Think of it, all by yourselves beside a roaring fire, beautiful views and loads of privacy.
• Lose Yourselves in a Maze—The English are great creators of elaborate hedge mazes and they’re not just family attractions. Back in the heyday of English maze design; three or four hundred years ago, mazes were places for flirtation and secret lovers’ trysts. Go when the kids are in school and have plenty of private time for snogging (that’s British for smooching), between thick walls of yew hedges.
• Visit the Sexy Giant—The Cerne Abbas Giant could well be the sexiest ancient monument in the British Isles. Best let the National Trust, that most respectable of British institutions, describe him – “A huge outline sculpted into the chalk hillside above the village of Cerne Abbas representing a naked, sexually aroused, club-wielding giant.”
Childless couples and those hoping for a bit more spice in their relationships have been drawn to amorous encounters near the Giant’s most upstanding feature. In the past, some even spent the night there. If you are tongue-tied on Valentine’s Day, consider that some pictures – even ancient ones carved out of chalk – can speak a thousand words.