Valentine's Day is now just around the corner, and the more romantically inclined will no doubt be planning something special for their partner. And what better way to celebrate than a stroll around one of the capital's many beautiful neighbourhoods and parks. To help you plan your romantic day, we've handpicked some of London's best locations for a Valentine's stroll.
Little Venice may be just a short walk from the hustle and bustle of Paddington Station, but it somehow remains a wonderfully tranquil area of the capital that's just perfect for a casual romantic walk. Located where the Grand Union Canal and Regent's Canal meet, you'll find a variety of stunning narrowboats and other watercraft, many of which you can visit to enjoy a drink or bite to eat. And of course the canalway is given its' name because of the many beautiful mansions that line the banks. If you're planning on taking a winter picnic, then the Rembrandt Gardens located nearby would be ideal. Warwick Avenue and Edgeware Station are the two closest tube stops, with Paddington just a short walk too. If you're really wanting to make an occasion of it, then you can also get water taxis from a variety of destinations. It's also worth noting that there's no parking in Little Venice, so bear that in mind when you're planning your special afternoon or evening out.
Richmond Park and the Isabella Plantation
If you're hoping for something a little less metropolitan, then Richmond Park, London's second-largest area of greenery, is the natural choice. It's the capital's biggest Royal Park too, which means that it's beautifully maintained all year round. Stroll around the park at leisure, or plan a longer circuit around the near-1000 hectare grounds. The Isabella Plantation is a particular highlight, with its beautiful woodland gardens, streams and ponds. Because of the park's size, there's always sure to be a secluded area for those special moments. Richmond Tube station is the closest line to the park, or alternatively you can drive - there are several car parks with plenty of spaces outside busier weekends. We're also delighted that our Richmond Chase development is located just metres from the park.
The Thames Embankment is one of London's iconic scenes, and the Chelsea Embankment stretch is perhaps the very best for a romantic evening walk. It tends to be a little quieter than the South Bank and other areas, but it nonetheless a beautiful location. You can stroll along enjoying the beautiful architecture and design elements such as the classic street lamps and benches, many of which have been featured in famous films over the years, while looking out across the Thames. If you can time things right, then the view of the sunset is also stunning from the Chelsea embankment, which makes the ideal Valentine's highlight. It's one of the best locations if you're looking for that real London feel, so we'd have to recommended it if you live outside the capital. Sloane Square is the closest tube station to Chelsea Embankment, and there are some parking options nearby, but bear in mind that the main road is closed to traffic until April 2018. There's a collection of Berkeley Group developments just across the other side of the Thames near Battersea Park.