If you’re going to make 2018 the year you finally pop the question, there’s no better place to propose than London.
The city is full of romantic locations that would make a memorable spot to get down on one knee, whether you prefer an intimate location outside in nature, or a busier spot so you’ll have an audience to witness the occasion!
With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, it’s time to get shopping for those wedding rings and planning your proposal with one of these 10 unique and romantic proposal spots in London.
1. Kew Gardens
The Victorian Kew Gardens in Richmond is a fascinating and beautiful place to visit at any time of year and there are a number of attractive spots that would make a great place to propose.
The glass Palm house maintains a tropical atmosphere year round and would make a particularly fitting location if you’re planning an exotic location wedding. There’s also the treetop walkway, natural woodland walk, and Japanese garden – all of which make for picturesque backdrops to snap a few photos to remember the occasion.
Get there: Kew Gardens tube station (500m) and Kew Bridge train station (800m)
Ticket prices: £12.75
Open daily at 10am, closing times vary throughout the year.
2. St Paul’s Cathedral
St Paul’s provides the perfect backdrop for a proposal and there are plenty of buskers around that you can hire to play your special song at the pivotal moment.
For an even more unique and romantic way to propose, head inside to the Whispering Gallery – the dome of the cathedral with intricate carvings and paintings that offers a very special quirk due to it’s construction. Whisper your proposal against the wall on one side of the gallery and your beloved will hear it on the opposite side.
Get there: St Paul’s is a 2-minute walk from St Paul’s tube station on the Central Line, or a 3-minute walk from City Thameslink station.
Ticket prices: £18
Open Monday to Saturday for visitors from 8.30am to 4.30pm
3. Somerset House
Somerset House with its neoclassical architecture makes a stunning backdrop for engagement photos and is extra special in the winter months, when an outdoor skating rink provides a little added sparkle and magic (open until 14th January).
In the summer the ice rink turns into a fountain court, and there are often live music events held in the courtyard and interactive art exhibitions inside. Check the schedule to see what’s coming up so you can choose a perfect event to suit your relationship and personalities.
Get there: 5-minute walk from Temple tube station, or 10-minute walk from Charing Cross station.
Entrance is free but scheduled events are usually ticketed (check website for details and prices)
Open daily apart from Christmas Day. Fountain Court opens from 7.30am – 11pm; Check website for opening times of exhibition spaces and other areas.
4. Hampstead Heath
Hampstead Heath, with its spacious grass areas and panoramic views of the city, makes an ideal spot for a romantic picnic. If you’re trying to think up a unique way to propose, why not tuck a ring and a bottle of champagne away with your sandwiches?
Parliament hill is the best spot for views. If you can come up with a good excuse to be up so early, head there for sunrise to avoid the summer crowds and for the most romantic atmosphere.
Get there: Kentish town tube station and Gospel Oak rail station are the closest to Parliament Hill. Golders Green, Hampstead, and Hampstead Heath stations are alternative options.
Open 24 hours, free entrance.
5. The London Eye
It may be one of the city’s biggest tourist attractions, but the London Eye also provides a memorable and romantic proposal spot.
Book a private Proposal Capsule for a 30-minute ride with fast-track boarding that comes with a bottle of champagne and a box of Hotel Chocolat pink champagne truffles.
Get there: 5-minute walk from Waterloo tube and rail station.
Ticket prices: £24.30 for standard entry, £ 395 for private Proposal Capsule package.
Opening days and times vary throughout the year. Check the website for up to date details.
6. Hyde Park
Hyde park is another wonderful outdoor space in the city that offers many romantic locations for a proposal.
The Italian Water Gardens with their fountains and geometric flower beds provide a picturesque spot, or you could hire a boat to row across the Serpentine to ensure privacy when you pop the question
Get there: Hyde Park is accessible from Lancaster Gate, Marble Arch, Hyde Park Corner, and Knightsbridge tube stations.
Entrance to the park is free. Boating is charged at £12 per person for one hour.
Hyde Park is open from 5am to midnight daily. Boating available from 10am until sundown from April until 31st October.
7. London Sea Life Aquarium
If you’re looking for a proposal location that’s fun, unique, and definitely memorable, Sea Life London offers a special proposal package to help you ask that all important question.
The package includes a diver who will hold up a “Will you marry me?” sign in the Ocean Display, a celebratory bottle of champagne, and a photo to capture the occasion.
Get there: SEA LIFE London Aquarium, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road. Nearest tube stations are Westminster and Waterloo.
Normal entrance tickets to the aquarium start from £20.40 and the proposal package costs £250.
Open 10am – 6pm on weekdays and 9.30am – 7pm on weekends. Wedding proposal packages are available every Wednesday from 2.30pm.
8. Sky Bar
For one of the best views of the city, the Sky Bar at the top of Millbank tower provides the perfect backdrop to a romantic proposal.
Sky Bar offers their own proposal package, which includes one-hour of private venue hire and a bottle of champagne. You can also upgrade the package to include a personal planning service, rose petal walkway, screens displaying your personal photographs, luxury chocolates, canapés, music of your choice, bouquet of flowers, private butler service, and any other requests you make
Get there: 21 – 24 Millbank Tower, Westminster. Pimlico tube station is a 7-minute walk.
The proposal package starts at £395 and the gold package is £995.
Opening times vary
9. Royal Observatory Greenwich
What could be more romantic than a proposal under the stars? The Peter Harrison Planetarium at the Royal Observatory offers a special proposal package with the whole venue to yourselves and a dome display of a fly-out from the Milky Way or a tour of the constellations.
After your private planetarium show you can visit the Royal Observatory with stunning views of the city. Being on the Prime Meridian line, you’ll also be able to say you know the exact time you proposed.
Get there: Royal Observatory, Blackheath Avenue, Greenwich. 15-minute walk from Cutty Sark DLR or Maze Hill station.
Entrance to the Royal Observatory is £8.50 and the planetarium proposal package costs £120.
Open daily from 10am – 5pm
10. From a Helicopter
If you can’t choose just one spot in London, why not fly over the whole city and pop the question from a private chartered helicopter ride?
Several helicopter companies offer private flights over London so you can propose when flying over the location of your choice and your can also opt for champagne and flowers on landing.
The London proposal helicopter package starts at £650