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Romantic Evenings in Greater London London isn’t particularly known for its romance like other capitals in Europe such as Paris and Venice are, but that’s not to say lovebirds won't find a wealth of passionate places to stay.

With plenty of bars, restaurants and hotels offering intimate venues to woo the one you love, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

With a range of beautiful historical buildings and lush green parks its easy to see why more and more people are choosing Central London as a destination for a romantic weekend away.

There are many famous hotels in this area and one of the most romantic has to be The Grosvenor House [map], Park Lane, W1. This world-class five star hotel is the perfect place to take a loved one as a special treat or for an anniversary celebration. Not only does this hotel have elegant décor and king size rooms, there’s also stunning views across the London skyline and Hyde Park.

Alternatively, try an intimate bed and breakfast or smaller guesthouse where you can guarantee to be pampered. The best place for this kind of accommodation is the Bloomsbury district, WC2.

Dining opens up a myriad of possibilities. Choose from the best in European cuisine in The City [map] (EC1). If you’re feeling flush head to the former Bank of New York building, Leadenhall Street, EC3, which is now home to Prism restaurant [map]. Here you can enjoy discrete and personal service as well as a top class menu and extensive wine list.

When the evening comes there’s the glittering West End to take advantage of, or if you have the passion of an Italian tenor head to The Royal Opera House [map], Covent Garden, WC2, for world-class performances.

If you’re planning a weekend in West London you’ll want to make sure you book the perfect restaurant to create an intimate atmosphere.
140 Park Lane [map], W1, is a fantastic restaurant with an amazing atmosphere, exclusive food, and stunning views across London. The mood is set for a special night out and those looking for a romantic experience will enjoy taking advantage of the fresh summer menus.

For a taste of what Aphrodite might have chosen to dine on head to Apollonia [map], Percy Street, Fitzrovia, W1, which has been established for more than 20 years. This famous Greek taverna is a romantic venue with exciting authentic cuisine.

Located in elegant Mayfair, the Park Lane Sheraton [map] is a fantastic monument to art deco style. Many of the 307 well appointed bedrooms have views across Green Park. Have afternoon tea in the world famous Palm Court Lounge whilst being serenaded by the resident harpist, and when evening draws in dine at the award-winning Citrus Restaurant which serves fine contemporary Mediterranean cuisine.

North West London is known for its gastro pubs and there are plenty that can offer good food and a relaxed atmosphere for you to do your entertaining.

In terms of somewhere to stay you could treat your partner to the rich elegance of the Dorset Square Hotel [map] where each room is individually decorated to fuse the past with the present to maximise the feeling of luxury.

One of North London’s best hotels is Hilton Islington [map] . At the Hilton hotel on Upper Street you’ll be able to make the most of your time together. This stylish hotel has all the comforts you’d expect from a four star hotel in their standard rooms but there are also suites and deluxe rooms available if you really want to pamper your partner.

If you’re looking for the perfect restaurant then take your partner to Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen [map] restaurant or to Almeida [map], the latest in the Conran collection of fine dinning eateries. If you need the romantic ambience then Le Mercury [map] in Islington is worth a try and for good simple food make a booking at Lemonia [map] or gastro pub the North Star [map].

Finding somewhere to stay is easy in South East London. Go for Edwardian splendour, Victorian classical style or modern chic and do your wooing with a range of fantastic facilities available.

Treat your beloved to a really special night in one of South East London’s top hotels. The Hilton [map], Rotherhithe Street, SE1, is one of those hotels that instantly conjures up an image of complete luxury and doesn’t disappoint.

Nobody does romance better than the Italians so if you want to get some passion for your amore you’ll find plenty of great venues. Close to London Bridge you’ll find The Biagio Lanterna [map], Brockley Road, SE4, which specialises in home-cooked Italian food with a comprehensive range of freshly prepared cuisine.

There are splendid panoramic views to be had at The Peoples Palace [map], The Royal Festival Hall, SE1. This restaurant and bar is situated on level three of the Royal Festival Hall on London’s South Bank just two minutes from the London Eye [map]. A firm favourite with concert goers, this is the perfect place to dine before heading downstairs and enjoying a programme of world-famous music.

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