Has the 9-to-5 life left you pining for a mini holiday? Or maybe you’re in the dog house and need something that’s sure to impress your significant other? Or perhaps, the idea of watching a show with your partner in one of the most vibrant cities in the world has your cultural buds tingling? Whatever your reason, there’s nothing like falling in love with London on a romantic theatre break for two.
There’s something magical about the capital city. Weaving around the River Thames (cue the Eastenders theme song), London is both distinguishable and distinguished. It’s always been at the forefront of romance, tragedy and excitement, home to Queens, Kings, poets, playwrights…and Harry Potter! It’s also home to many characterful and charming districts to explore – from bustling Camden to the glittering West End.
What more could you ask for in a romantic city getaway?
But just before whisk your partner away, you need to start planning the logistics. Luckily our guide divulges the dreamiest hotpots and happenings, helping you plan where to stay, where to eat and which shows to watch. So scroll below and start designing that romantic theatre break in London now.
Where to stay: the most romantic hotels in London
Complete with all the requirements for a romantic theatre break in London, the California offers a stylish Art Deco lounge bar, a private terrace and a central location. Not to mention the individually-decorated rooms – one of which includes a dreamy floating bed! It has a clandestine yet cosy feel, featuring some of the original characteristics of the Georgian townhouse.
And an added bonus, The California is located close to Kings Cross and St Pancras stations, only a half hour walk away from the West End.
“A unique, sexy, seductive London boutique hotel, with a true design heritage, unmatched anywhere. Blakes is the original.”Neil McMillan, General Manager at Blakes
The room choices at Blakes are second to none, where you can opt for a luxury doubles to signature suites. Each have stunning decor and bespoke extras – to make the stay extra special. Admittedly, Blakes is so spectacular you might not see much of London!
For those who do manage to tear themselves away, the 5 star hotel is situated in the stylish Kensington-Chelsea districts. It’s also close to central lines, meaning you can be in the heart of the West End in approximately 20 minutes.
“Good by name, good by nature. This innovative and ultra-trendy floating hotel is unlike any other hotel stay in London.”Becky Moore, Founder of GlobalGrasshopper.com
Aptly named, this hotel has so many good things about it. It’s a profit for non-profit hotel, so helps charities, NGOs and local businesses. It’s also a floating hotel, which hovers in the Royal Victoria Docks. Thanks to the rooftop terrace, you and your significant other can enjoy dramatic, panoramic waterside views! What better way to take in the magic of London than stargazing while overlooking the Thames – drink in hand of course!
Proudly among the few B&Bs in London to achieve approval from Conde Nast Johansens, guests of Twenty Nevern Square can expect high end vibes with a warm and friendly touch. From four poster beds to Egyptian sleigh beds, to private alfresco dining and roll top baths, it brings glamour and grandeur for a romantic and charming stay in the capital.
Close to a variety of parks and museums, Twenty Nevern Square has the perfect location that’s both central and calm. Why not take a romantic stroll through Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, passing Buckingham Palace on your way to London’s famous theatre district?
In the thick of Soho and right in the heart of the West End, this Georgian home really takes you back in time. With period features, it’s easy to conjure the history of Dean Street Townhouse. The site has been a hangout for aristocrats and artists since the early 18th century, attracting the likes of Noël Coward and Fred Astaire over the years.
There’s over 39 bedrooms on site, ranging from ‘tiny’ (don’t be fooled by the name – they’re still spacious enough to include a rainforest shower), to ‘bigger’. Some of the larger rooms also include a freestanding bathtub for added charm and romance.
“The Bermondsey Square Hotel seems to be the only hotel in London to offer a room that has its own private hot tub, on a rooftop, with a gorgeous view of the London skyline.”Mehreen Amira, Founder of Wrap Your Lips Around This
Taking into consideration London prices, this hotel is surprisingly more affordable than you’d expect. And with such a stunning panoramic views of London, a suite in the loft of the Bermondsey Square Hotel guarantees to make this romantic theatre break unforgettable.
The 4 star hotel comprises designer rooms, each with a ‘drench’ Grohe shower. It’s also situated in one of London’s oldest boroughs, Southwark. Close to cinemas, an antiques market and the Southwark Playhouse, the Bermondsey Square Hotel is on the doorstep of interesting, cultural things to do. If you’re one of those couples that believe in training together, you can also make use of the nearby gym that’s free of use for hotel guests.
Where to eat: romantic restaurants around London
“Bob Bob Ricard is the best date spot – I mean it doesn’t get sexier than pressing a button for champers. It’s guaranteed to get you in the good books.”Jules Pearson, Founder of London On The Inside
A luxury English and Russian restaurant that is ridiculously glamorous! Bob Bob Ricard is exquisitely designed in Art Deco flair, and has lots of elegant touches (yes we’re in love with the champagne buttons too!). The decor is vintage-inspired blue leather and gold finishings, invoking the spirit of Gatsby and the Jazz Age.
The food also comes highly recommended, scoring a couple of Michelin stars and rave reviews. Bob Bob Ricard is definitely the place to impress. If you’re happy to splash to cash to make an impression on your date, you’re certainly going to do so here.
“Hutong offers a spectacular view of London, where guests can enjoy excellent food and cocktails. Our selection of shareable Northern Chinese dishes are the perfect way to enjoy a romantic meal for two. These include our Shandong shredded chicken with homemade butterfly buns, and our Kung Po-style whole lobster with Sichuan pepper, diced onion, cashew nuts.
We also recommend our signature cocktail menu to make the evening extra special, including Hutong Sunset, Make a Wish, Chinese Lanterns, to name a few.“General Manager at Hutong
If you don’t fancy wearing a suit and tie but still want epic food and atmosphere, Hutong is a great option for you. The award-winning restaurant serves northern Chinese fare against the magnificent backdrop of the London skyline. It sits at level 33 of The Shard, London’s tallest building meaning you can literally see…well everything!
The food has glowing reviews too, with Hutong frequently making Top 100 lists across the media! It’s been described as ‘one of those fabulous discoveries you want to keep to yourself’ (inStyle). Of course, we had to share it with you! So go ahead and explore London from above – just make sure your partner doesn’t suffer from vertigo first!
“The movie About Time has a blind date scene, that was filmed at our London restaurant. If this isn’t the perfect representation of romantic, what is?“Iris Bocage, PR Officer
Super sexy and sensual, Dans Le Noir is the ideal place to reconnect with your partner. Dining in the dark is sweeping the industry as a completely new experience, one that has allured 1.5 million visitors worldwide.
Staff members are visually impaired, and therefore take you on our journey to explore and listen to secondary sensors. This helps guests tune in and really listen to each other. The restaurant has found that eating in the dark helps couples to be more open to discussion. There’s no worries about appearances, it’s all about connecting. Consequently, Dans Le Noir also report lots of hand holding!
“Recently, a couple came for a blind date. They let us know in advance so one of them could come 10 minutes early, and that way we could take them in the dark room separately. We love to arrange for these dates for guests and they had a lovely time.”Iris Bocage, PR Officer
Named after the Barbary Coast (and its famed Barbary lion), the restaurant is inspired by the area located in the Atlas Mountains. The region was inhabited by Berber people, and was also known for pirates and slave traders.
As a poignant region with a rich history, the land has cultivated a story of sharing stories, cultures and influences. This Covent Garden restaurant draws on its melange of ingredients and creative recipes for an evocative dining experience. Exotic dishes are cooked by fire through grilling on coals or baking in old clay ovens. Taste and tradition – and of course sensuality – are at the core of The Barbary.
“The decor feels like you’re stepping back in time and into a glamorous Chinese film set. Don’t miss the cosy bar below for post dinner drinks.”Jules Pearson, Founder of London On The Inside
As you step through the red doors, you leave London behind. Park Chinois is seductively thrilling, with velvet textures, dim lighting and a concierge to greet you. It has an air of luxury and clandestine secrecy, screaming romance for you and your significant other. Take your pick from their long list of cocktails and sit back to enjoy jazz, cabaret and an impressively-creative cuisine.
“Guests can choose from the romantic Salon de Chine that is resplendent in red fabrics and gives a nod to the grandeur of 1930s Shanghai. Or if you’re seeking a sassy vibe then dine downstairs in Club Chinois that oozes dark, gold glamour and mischievous entertainment as you dine.”Lyndsay Anderson, Marketing Consultant
“Because of the fun, upbeat, lively atmosphere, we find the pressure is off on couples to solely rely on themselves to entertain. And, as the food is tapas and perfect for sharing, Copita is high on the list for a romantic night out.”David Garcia, Director
There’s nothing sexier than sultry Spanish vibes, which is exactly what you get at Copita. It’s a relaxed environment where you can sit side by side at a long sharing table, or on stools at the bar. This takes the formality and distance between you and your partner out of the mix. But the laid-back vibes are matched with top class food, as Copita steps beyond the bravas to make tapas playful and experimental.
Which show to see: thrilling shows to enjoy together
Across the city, there are over 230 theatres ranging from historic and exquisite landmarks to contemporary modern venues. You can find anything from world class musicals direct from Broadway to brand new, cutting edge plays. So planning that romantic theatre break in the ever-eclectic London means you can tailor it according to interests and budget.
Emotive soundtrack and an even more emotional storyline, Disney’s The Lion King is adored by the masses. The 1994 animation recently became a record-breaking blockbuster in 2019. But there’s nothing quite like seeing it on stage for the full – captivating and immersing – effect. Pack the tissues and prepare to be spellbound beneath the Serengeti plains.
Where: Lyceum Theatre
When: until February 2020
The Great Gatsby
Step into the seductive world of jazz, champagne and swinging parties at this immersive event. F Scott Fitzgerald’s immortal novel The Great Gatsby comes alive with this theatrical experience. It’s the perfect opportunity to dress up with and escape into the 1920’s with your other half.
Where: Gatsby’s Drugstore
When: until 31st December 2019
What else could make your heart melt and want to party at the same time? The epic love story between Gloria and Emilio Estefan unfolds in this stunning hit musical. It charts their Cuban beginnings through to international stardom, featuring a host of memorable tracks from their career.
Where: London Coliseum
When: until 31st August
Nothing screams romance more than two lovers planning a wedding on a Greek island and unearthing past passions. Oh and let’s not forget about the mega ABBA soundtrack too! Mamma Mia calls dancing queens and kings to to have the time of their lives, so what are you waiting for?
Where: Novello Theatre
When: 7th March 2020
Since 1989, The Woman in Black has been *the* show to see in London for horror-lovers. It’s terrifyingly spooky…and the perfect way to cosy up to each other. Like the cinema, horror is the ultimate date genre, and the same goes for the theatre. So prepare for thrills and chills on your romantic theatre break in London’s West End.
Where: Fortune Theatre
When: until 28th March 2020
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s timeless musical is world famous for a reason. It’s the doomed tale between opera star Christine and the besotted Phantom, combining tragedy, mystery and intrigue. The powerful music adds to the drama, making it one of the most moving and romantic theatre shows to see.
Where: Her Majesty’s Theatre
When: until 4th April 2020
Deliciously heart-warming and outrageously funny, you can’t go wrong with Waitress for a romantic theatre break in London. With a killer soundtrack by 7-time Grammy-nominee Sara Bareilles, the musical guarantees a good time. The plot centres around food and love after all, what could be more romantic than that?
Where: Adelphi Theatre
When: until 4th January 2020
The story follows a young French girl who silently meddles with people’s lives to spread happiness and love. Similarly to the 2001 award-winning film of which the show is based, the musical is set in idyllic Paris (the city of love as it happens). It’s whimsical and inspiring, and will certainly lift your spirits.
Where: The Other Palace
When: until 1st February 2020
And here’s TickX’s Top Blogger tip…
London is an exciting place to visit with your partner, whether it’s rekindling your relationship or just the beginning of your love story. With so many enchanting places to see, stay and enjoy, it has everyone falling in love! Blogger of Diary of a Londoness, Scarlett Roitman shares her top tip for a romantic theatre break, outlining her must-visit venues that are living proof of London’s historical relationship with romance.
“The Royal Albert Hall, home to the Proms concerts and one of London’s most famous performance venues, was a memorial from Queen Victoria to her beloved Albert. She laid its foundations in 1867, six years after his death, declaring “it is my wish that this hall should bear his name to whom it will have owed its existence, and be called The Royal Albert Hall of Arts and Sciences’.” When it officially opened in 1871, the mourning monarch was too moved to speak.
Make sure you also check out Queen Vic’s other grand romantic ode to her late husband: the Albert Memorial and its soaring canopy, tucked just behind the Royal Albert Hall. It was designed by the Gothic architect George Gilbert Scott, grandfather to Giles Gilbert Scott who was creator of the iconic red phone box.”Scarlett Roitman, Founder of Diary of a Londoness
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