Top 10 Valentine's Dates
When it comes to romance, some swear by Paris, but for those of us who are going to stick around for Valentine's, Love Camden has compiled a list of perfect Valentine locations within the borough. Who said you must travel to find romance? Love is just around the corner!
1. British Museum Late
Take your loved one on a surprise date to an evening event at the British Museum on Friday nights. Aside from current exhibitions they also offer a range of lectures, film screenings, music and dance performances.
2. Parliament Hill
On a sunny day, Parliament Hill is the place to go for a romantic walk. Even in the colder months this remains a beautiful destination to take your date, and maybe sneak in a cheeky cuddle. End the day with a hot drink to warm up in one of the pubs!
3. Keats House
Camden’s most famous romantic poet wrote his best work here while courting his lover Fanny Brawne, whom he later married. Browse through original manuscripts and breathe in the romance of this historic Regency villa! Don’t forget to check out our Historic Houses page for more information on Keats House.
4. Hatton Garden jewellery
Thinking about getting hitched? Or are you just after a present for your loved one? Hatton Garden has the best jewellers in the borough, and Holts Academy offers courses in jewellery making!
5. Take a canal boat ride from Little Venice to Camden
Forget Venice, this is the place to go for a romantic gondola-style boat ride. Get a seat on one of the historic Camden Canal Boats and cruise down the Regent’s Canal, all the way from Little Venice to Camden Market.
6. “The Meeting Place” at St Pancras Station
If you’re in the area, pop by the famous station to see Paul Day’s “The Meeting Place” sculpture of two lovers embracing.
7. Hill Garden & Pergola in Hampstead
Part of the lost grandiose estate of Lord Leverhulme, this beautiful pergola from 1906 may have lost some of its sparkle and shine, but is still a sight to see. Take in the atmosphere of faded grandeur and imagine what it would have been like to be a lord in ancient times.
8. Granary Square
During the summer the fountains at Granary Square may be a haven for children to play, but on February evenings the colourful lights turn the square into a romantic movie-set. Grab a bite to eat at Caravan or share some take-away dessert on one of the benches to watch the spectacle unfold. Find out more about what's on in King's Cross here.
9. John Soane Museum by candlelight
Technically a week before Valentine’s, but a must-see show is the Sir John Soane Museum Late. On the first Tuesday of every month, the museum welcomes its visitors to a gorgeous, candle-lit experience. As this is a very popular event, access is offered on a first-come-first-serve basis, so make sure you arrive on time!
10. London Zoo
This is a classic. Especially the Butterfly Paradise is bursting with romance, as the butterflies literally flutter all around you. Check out our article on ZSL here!
Note: If that still does not satisfy you, there is always the option of taking the Eurostar to Paris, leaving every day from Kings Cross St Pancras Station.