London is a beautiful city that has a lot to offer everyone and anyone, from families with little ones to couples wanting a romantic break.
If you’ve got kids, then the chances are that you tend to head to London mostly for family days out, but that’s not all that this metropolitan city is good for. If you and your partner fancy some one-on-one time and Grandma and Grandpa are happy to babysit, why not plan a city break with a twist? I could really use a break with just the hubby right now!
No kids, no theme parks, no child-friendly restaurants, just you and your partner spending some much-needed quality time together. Doesn’t that sound amazing?
To plan an adult-only city break to London and make the most of your quality time with your partner, here’s what you need to know:
A luxury hotel is a must
If you want to spend your weekend away in style, a luxury hotel is, of course, a must. What’s a romantic city break without a little pampering? London is home to hundreds of incredible hotels. However, you will find that accommodation in West London tends to be more luxurious. This is because the area itself is more affluent than the rest of London, and so, its hotels and other amenities tend to be slightly posher. To get a great deal on rooms in some of London’s best hotels, go online and compare prices – by doing this, you’re sure to find the best price.
Test out some of the hottest bars and eateries
The chances are that when you normally head into the city with the kids in tow, you end up eating in places like Nandos and Pizza Express – places that are child-friendly. So, take advantage of the opportunity to eat out somewhere a little fancier than where you would usually eat. If you and your partner love Mexican food, Habanera on Uxbridge Road is a must, or if you love pizza, Portobello Organic Kitchen is somewhere that you have to visit. Notting Hill is home to some incredible eateries, as well as some amazing bars, so make sure to take the time to have a good look around before choosing where to eat.
Take in the city’s culture
A child-free city break is the perfect time to take in all of the culture that you usually miss out on. You might enjoy visiting the zoo, the aquarium and The London Dungeons, but that doesn’t mean that you don’t miss being able to soak up some culture. So, use your city break to take in London’s culture and spend some time immersing yourself and your partner in it. Head to a museum, wander around an art gallery – the Tate perhaps, explore some of the city’s most iconic pieces of architecture. Keep an eye out for any exhibitions that are on, or pop up attractions that you could visit. London always has something going on; it’s just a case of finding out what’s happening where, and they’re often free. Get a Time Out magazine which will give you some ideas.
London has impressive parks and open spaces, Hyde Park is one of my favourites, there’s also St James’ Park which is opposite Buckingham Palace, and Regent’s park has an amazing Rose garden and you feel like royalty walking down the manicured paths. If you go in summer time, there are open air plays on in the theatre there.
City breaks with the kids are lovely, but sometimes it’s nice to spend some one-on-one time with your partner, which is why adult-only getaways are a must.
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