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By Nina Derham in London—
Valentine’s Day is upon us again and love is in the air, so come on Cheapos, it’s time to pull out all the stops and show that special someone you care with a romantic (and budget-friendly) day out in London!
1. Escape the city on a romantic walk
Many visitors to London go no further than Regent’s and Hyde Park when in search of green spaces, but to really escape the madness of the city, just head north to Hampstead Heath. This wild and rambling area of parkland is the perfect place to get away from it all and whisper sweet nothings.
Lakes, swimming ponds, rolling hills and woodland all make for the perfect romantic backdrop. So, if the weather is good, take along a picnic and make a day of it. Don’t miss the climb to the top of Parliament Hill, one of London’s highest points, where you can take in a spectacular view of the city’s major landmarks including The London Eye, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Canary Wharf and the Gherkin, to name but a few.
Highgate Road NW3 7JR
2. Snuggle up at the movies
Make a trip to the cinema even more romantic and visit the Everyman. In each of the four Everyman cinemas you can choose to reserve a plush sofa for two complete with footrests and “sofa service” so you can sit back and enjoy a more intimate cinema experience. Although a little more pricey than a normal cinema ticket, with sofas priced at £13 per person, it certainly adds a touch of romance and is perfect for a special occasion.
Everyman Cinemas (in Hampstead, Belsize Park, Baker Street and Angel)
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3. Splurge on a romantic view of the city
Enjoy the ultimate romantic London experience and head for a sunset drink at the newly opened Oxo Tower Bar. Whilst just thinking about dining at the Oxo Tower Restaurant or Brasserie is enough to leave most Cheapo’s out of pocket, sipping on an early evening drink is easier on your wallet and certainly worth the splurge. Located on London’s South Bank, the Oxo Tower is one of the city’s most iconic restaurants and the views across the river are unbeaten.
Oxo Tower Wharf
South Bank SE1 9PH
Tube: Waterloo / Southwark
4. Wine and dine by candlelight
There’s no better place to cozy up together and enjoy a great meal than at Gordon’s. Opened in 1890, this atmospheric haunt claims to be London’s oldest wine bar and offers excellent wine, exquisite cheese platters and tasty traditional English fare at reasonable prices (meals cost between £6-£12).
Gordon’s Wine Bar oozes character with low lighting and candlelit tables tucked away in the nooks and crannies of this underground cavern. It is entirely unique and is the ideal setting for that special romantic meal.
Gordon’s Wine Bar
47 Villiers Street WC2N 6NE
Tube: Embankment / Charing Cross