In the midst of a cold, wet January, February is quickly approaching and with it the love-filled occasion of Valentine’s Day. Read on for the #NestorGuide on the best things to do in London this Valentine’s Day❤️

Whether you’re spending the day with your partner, or friends, or treating yourself, there’s plenty to choose from. ≈Nobody enjoys a Debbie Downer. And while you’re out on the town, you can enjoy a drink in a cosy and romantic bar, or indulge in a sophisticated wine or cocktail tasting. 

If you’re an anti-Valentine’s kinda person (there’s always one), there are also a bunch of alternative things to consider. Head out on a stroll through one of the many beautiful Royal Parks, escape the rain with a museum visit, or catch up over the capital’s best brunches. 

Take A Romantic Walk

Heading out for a walk on Valentine’s Day is romantic in itself, with the city offering beautiful canals, parks and gardens to explore. For a touch of love, opt for a London Rom-Com Walking Tour, which will take you through the pretty streets of West London. 

Notting Hill

Along the way, you’ll get to visit locations from some of the best romantic comedies, such as the bookshop from Notting Hill, and other locations featured in Sliding Doors and Love Actually while learning about the history of the area. While you’re there you might pick up a gift for the day at the bustling Portobello Road Market or head to the farmer’s market near Earl’s Court to pick up some ingredients for a romantic homemade dinner in the evening. 

If rom-coms aren’t your thing, there are plenty of alternative places to discover on foot or even by bike. Cycle along the stunning canals near Paddington, or get a ticket to Kensington Palace where you can also wander around its elegant gardens. Also close by is the pretty Holland Park, which has its own rose garden; although they might not quite be blooming in February so perhaps you’re better off picking up a bunch of flowers while you’re in Notting Hill. 

Silent Disco

When you think about Valentine’s Day, discos might not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, this year the Natural History Museum is hosting a super unique Valentine’s Event. Get exclusive access after closing hours, to the amazing exhibitions and artefacts in the museum, before the central hall is transformed when the sun goes down. Underneath a giant blue whale skeleton, everyone will get a pair of glowing headphones and be able to enjoy any music they like while dancing into the night. Pair this with a free drink and plenty of cocktails, and you have an alternative and fun Valentine’s Day date night, perfect for new couples or partying with friends.

If you’re hit with London’s winter weather, you can make a day of the museums, all of which are located in West London. Start by browsing the paintings and sculptures at the V&A museum, and to continue the art tour, visit the Design Museum in its new location in Kensington.

If you’re celebrating Valentine’s with kids in tow, the Science Museum is also an ideal option with lots of interactive shows and exhibits.

Explore Hidden London

If you’re keen to get out and see the real London, a walk might not be enough. Pair up with a loved one or even your whole family, and take part in a special Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt in London. Starting in Soho, you’ll have four hours to race around the city completing tasks, such as serenading a stranger and discovering new locations. The prize is a meal for two at Paternoster Chop House, London’s romantic restaurant where First Dates is filmed. 

There are tonnes of other great tours for exploring the capital, such as historic cycling tours, afternoon tea bus trips and even kayaking trips along the Thames!

Enjoy A Relaxing Brunch

If you’re not coupled up for February, there’s no reason not to celebrate with friends instead. Have a fun start to your own Galantine’s Day by enjoying one of London’s many delicious brunches. 

From bottomless brunches to boozy breakfasts, brunch discos and healthy spreads, it’s a tough choice! One of the best is Sunday in Brooklyn in Notting Hill, which serves tasty dishes like Hazelnut Praline pancakes and shakshuka.

For veggies and vegans, Farmacy, also in Notting Hill, is 100% sustainable, and plant-based, and offers banana waffles, kale Caesar salads and a mushroom benedict with guacamole. These are just two of the not-to-be-missed brunches taking place in London, of which there are also tonnes of vegan options and cuisines from across the world. 

Feel The Love With Nestor

If you’re planning a romantic London getaway, Nestor has you covered. All of our properties are based in leafy green West London, just a stone’s throw from all of the activities above and many more. The area is surrounded by many of London’s best restaurants and the glitzy West End which can be quickly reached by bike or on foot. 

When you book a stay with us, we’ll plant a tree, which you can do on behalf of a loved one this Valentine’s Day. Our apartments are always spacious and comfortable, with amenities such as fridge stocking or sustainable toiletries, so whether you’re spending a couples’ weekend in the capital, planning a big proposal or spoiling yourself with a city break, you’ll have the perfect base while visiting London. 

Valentine's Day

All of our properties are within walking distance from tube stations which quickly connect to national rail and airport services. What’s more, our properties have handy QR codes, which allow you to order breakfast quickly before you head out for the day. Or, you can fill in this form prior to your arrival.

The Carlyle
Luxe stays @ The Carlyle
Bathroom, Warwick Hotel
Modern bathrooms @ The Warwick

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