They say London is expensive, but there are so many ways to have a bit of romance in the city without raising alarm bells with your bank manager. Below I will take you through some of the cool and romantic things to do on London’s Southbank, especially now that summer is here. I love summer in the city as it simply a delight to explore on foot, just as well because this little romance guide will require you to have comfortable shoes on. Make sure you are well prepared for what to pack for London as I shared tips in my recent post with packing tips for London.
1. Start your journey from Butler’s Wharf, and take in the views of London’s beautiful skyline as the city tour boats whizz about under Tower Bridge. If you love museums, here you also have the Design Museum matched with amazing views of the city’s skyline from Butler’s Wharf
2. Continue your walk and head over to The Shard just before sunset as everything is bathed in a golden light. You also have the option of crossing over the river and taking in the views from The Sky Garden.
3. From Shard Views to checking out out the gastronomy at Borough Market. Everything from English, Indian, Italian, Spanish and more are catered for and there are cute popup bars to watch your food down. The food is good, the vibe amazing and the musical. Perfect spot to hang out if you want to spend an evening here with your significant other.
4. Continuing your walk from Borough Market leads your towards Thames Walk. From here head towards Tate Modern and Switch House which offer amazing Views of St Pauls and The North Bank. While here, you also have the option to head over and grab a drink at Madison Bar overlooking St Pauls Cathedral and chill here with a drink and good conversation or continue on to 5.
5. Continuing your walk towards Waterloo passing the OXO tower. As you approach Waterloo Bridge. Take in the views from Gabriel’s Pier. Here the are a couple of bars and restaurants with great food, music and it’s a popular couples. Something about the ambiance created when the sun is low on London’s Southbank, the lights around the Thames start to come on…
6. You continue walking towards Waterloo Bridge and here the river is lined with benches to chill and take in the city, get lost in deep conservation about what could be. There are food stalls, bars and restaurants nearby. You also have the National Theatre Gallery and Queen Elizabeth Hall which usually puts on exhibitions and shows at really great prices. In addition to dance classes too, where you can your significant other some of your dance moves. You can also take in the evening watching skateboards showcasing their talents under Queen Elizabeth Halls.
7. Take To London eye and enjoy the romantic views of the city as the eye takes you on a 45-min merry-go-round.
8. Chill under the watchful eye of London Eye as you take in the scenery and the spinning wheel in Jubilee Gardens Under London Eye. This is also a popular spot to watch the sunset in the evening. In the summer there are shows and funfair by the lawns for additional entertainment in the summer evenings.
9. Further along, Southbank offers amazing views of Westminister bridge as you continue the leisurely walk along Southbank’s Queens Walk.
10. Continue your romantic walk towards Vauxhall Bridge where you will be rewarded with even more of a beautiful view of the city showcasing the London Eye, Big Ben and the city beyond. You head back but this time taking in the city from the Northbank!
There you have it, a couple of ideas for a romantic evening along London’s Southbank!
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