Team Stylist’s favourite romantic spots in London
First things first: romance doesn’t have to involve another person. From a wild nature reserve in Walthamstow to the capital’s most beautiful bridge, these no-entry-fee spots will sweep you off your feet
Albert Bridge, Battersea Park, SW11
Fancy recreating that famous scene from Manhattan in London? Do it here. “The bridge is painted candyfloss pink and mint green, and at night it’s lit up with hundreds of tiny lights,” says Sarah, Stylist’s digital commissioning editor. “Even better, they’ve recently built benches in Battersea Park so you can sit by it and watch the sunset.”
Of course, if you’re going to be outside on a February evening, you’ll need to stay warm. Wrap yourself in an oversized scarf and pop on some sustainable touch-screen gloves to get that obligatory Instagram snap. Find out more
Horniman Museum and Gardens, SE23
Gazing up at a taxidermied walrus might not sound romantic, but trust us: the oversized star of this eccentric museum in Forest Hill is well worth a visit. “He was stuffed by Victorian taxidermists who’d never actually seen a walrus IRL,” explains Stylist Loves’ deputy editor Moya. The result? “A RIDICULOUSLY huge sea mammal with suspiciously smooth skin.”
Once you’ve got those lols out of the way, head to the Horniman’s aquarium and butterfly house, take a turn around its spun-sugar Grade II-listed conservatory, and explore the acres of beautiful museum grounds – boasting breathtaking views across the capital. Find out more
Hampstead Heath, NW3
It’s a classic for a reason. “The heath reminds me of dreaming about moving to London – I always imagined myself as a dachshund-owning Highgate resident, which unsurprisingly has yet to happen,” says Stylist’s digital writer Hollie. “I did go on a lovely date there once, but I’ve had equally romantic days there with my friends.”
While the weather’s still chilly, stomp over the heath in sturdy trainers and a cosy coat. And once it warms up, take Hollie’s advice and have a picnic on Parliament Hill, complete with a proper rug and a bottle of prosecco. Magic. Find out more
This expansive east London nature reserve hosts plenty of soul-soothing workshops – think dried flower arranging and wildlife drawing. But it’s also “a lovely spot for a blustery walk amid reservoirs and over-wintering geese and ducks,” says Stylist’s food editor Jenny.
She recommends heading south to the Grade II listed Coppermill Tower for views as far as Ally Pally, looping back round to the northern side and exiting via Lockwood Way. “Then stroll down Blackhorse Lane to Wood Street Coffee for a well-deserved flat white and courgette and corn fritters with spiced tomato chutney.” Find out more
Named after one of the most famously happy royal relationships of all time, there’s a certain romance built into the stonework of The Victoria & Albert Museum. “I love standing on the steps and looking up at the ornate architecture,” says Stylist’s digital writer Megan.
But the museum is also hugely enjoyable to explore with friends – or alone – and this weekend is your last chance to catch the wildly popular Mary Quant exhibition (it’s had 400,000 visitors so far). Swing by the gift shop to treat yourself to an art print on your way out: we love this drawing of birds by Edward Lear. Find out more
Spring is on the horizon, so celebrate with vibrant orchid displays, a boundary-pushing exhibition and a Fleetwood Mac-themed party
Love Fleetwood Mac? Head to The Troxy in Stepney tomorrow night for Sea of Love Disco, a plastic-free party raising money for ocean charity Sea Shepherd, where they’re playing nothing but Mac remixes all night long (9pm-3am; £22).
Over the weekend, celebrate LGBT History Month with a trip to the Science Gallery at King’s College London: new exhibition Genders features everything from a film about drag kings to a set of non-binary Instagram filters (until 28 June; free). Or journey to Kew Gardens to marvel at their 25th annual orchid festival, which is inspired this year by the rich wildlife and culture of Indonesia (until 8 March; from £16.50). Floral, fantastic.
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