Love, London, and Thames
Thames: the River of Romance
River Thames, the waterway that winds its way through the beating heart of London! It seems every romantic city has a river to romanticise it. Paris has Seine, Rome has Tiber, and London has Thames. London and Thames have been together since forever just like eternal lovers. When visiting London for a romantic break, it would be criminal to not take advantage of this river of romance. Though summers often visit London like a naughty school boy who is often late for dinner. But since weather is now coming out of winter depression, it’s the best time to make the most of London and the river in the sun. Here are some romantic things to do near Thames that will make you fall in love again.
A Room for Romance with Views
Nothing could be more romantic than staying at a hotel room with windows capturing the panorama of Thames. The whirling water looks even more magnificent as the night falls. There is a cluster of riverside accommodation in London that offer eye-pleasing views of the waterway as well as popular landmarks like Tower Bridge, London Eye, and so forth.
Hilton London Docklands situated on the South bank of River Thames is quite popular amongst honeymooners. It boasts sumptuous suites with windows framing a breath-taking panorama of the rippling water and Canary Wharf. The moment you enter, you can feel the romance and luxury it exudes. Another wonderful accommodation to stay in is Park Plaza Riverbank London. Those with an eye for beauty will love to stay at one of its ultra-modern rooms offering sweeping views covering Big Ben, Tower Bridge, and of course, Thames. Most of the accommodations offer romance packages and special honeymoon rooms too.
A Hand-in-Hand Walk: From Source to Sea
A romantic break in London would not be complete without a hand-in-hand walk along Thames. Enjoy the great outdoors and the stunning scenery along the Thames by taking a National Trail. This long distance walking tour begins right at the source of the stream at Cotswolds and ends at the Thames barrier in Greenwich. In between, you will come across several rural counties, water paddocks rich in wildlife, and historic towns such as Oxford, Windsor, and of course some of the famous landmarks in London. You can visit the National Trail website for more information.
An Aerial Tour
What about mixing adventure with romance? Take an aerial tour of London and escape to the clouds together. See London as you have never seen before through an aerial tour of the city. Enjoy far-reaching views of historic landmarks like Tower of London standing proudly with modern skyscrapers like Shard. As your helicopter winds through the clouds, propose your beloved once again; this time 1000 feet above the earth. It’s a great chance to make your partner feel special and renew love and excitement.
This magnanimous waterway hosts a number of events year round. If you two love sports activities, don’t forget to join Henley Royal Regatta (rowing event) or Tullett Prebon London Boat Show. If you are more into culture, be a part of The Mayor's Thames Festival 2013 and experience carnival, river events, art exhibitions, music, dance, circus, and feasting, all at the banks of the channel. Something is always on at the watercourse, so you will never be short of fun during your romantic break near this great river.
A Glimpse of Mayor Thames Festival 2012
Feast Your Eyes and Taste Buds
There is nothing quite like dining and wining whilst enjoying the panorama of Thames as the sun sets. And there are more ways than one to do that. You can dine against the backdrop of twinkling water at a floating restaurants and bars like Tattershall Castle and Bateaux. If you are done with cruising and floating, dine and wine at a riverside restaurant offering unparalleled views of the city lights reflecting on the waves. Enjoy a hearty meal as cruises and boats sail by. The Crabtree is a terrific venue with a back garden overlooking the stunning waterway.
Make Her Feel Special
Love is not just about flowers and hearts. It is also about how trivial issues rapidly turn into nuclear war, and how all of sudden, you break out into laughter. Give out your beloved world’s greatest love quarrels, Let's Call the Whole Thing Off: Love Quarrels from Anton Chekhov to ZZ Packer (Paperback). Let her enjoy deliciously different celebrations of love and recall the magical time you have spent together.
A Gift of Love
If your partner is into arts and culture, give out something unique like this magical oil painting by Gordon Bruce. Depicting a couple with a red umbrella near Thames in winter, this landscape painting is truly a sight for sore eyes. Isn't it?
What if It Rains
If it’s gloomy outside, why not spend a day under the roof and shop till you drop. When you are near Thames, you are never far from a shopping centre. From the Westgate Centre in Oxford to the Eden Walk in Kingston, there are loads of exciting shops and fantastic places to eat. If huge shopping centre isn’t your thing, take your partner to the riverside towns like Abingdon, Marlow, and Henley-on-Thames.
Indulge in History and Royalty
Along the banks of Thames lies a treasure of history, royalty, and culture. In Windsor, you can enjoy the views of Queen’s favourite royal dwellings, Windsor Castle from the brook. In Cockham, you can explore and admire the art pieces of Stanley Spencer at the Stanley Spencer Gallery. The river widens a lot at Sanbury and by the time, it touches Hampton Court, the river born traffic increases, leaving a buzz in the air. What makes this stretch special is the wonderful architecture of the Hampton Court Palace itself. Brush up your knowledge of history to impress your lover as you walk. The maze is also quite popular among couples, so take her there and test your navigation skills together.
Take a Speed Boat Ride
If you as a couple are a bit adventurous, take a speed boat ride. It’s the perfect way to drift away your stresses and fill your heart with thrill and excitement. If a speed boat ride is not your thing, take a slower approach. Try Kayaking, Canoeing, or Skiffing to explore the hidden treasures of Thames at your own pace. If the weather is kind, make the most of it. Being on Thames is in itself a great way to see London from a different angle.
With romantic nests to stay nearby and plenty of romantic things to do, Thames promises to please lovers in the best possible way. Whether for your honeymoon or for your anniversary celebration, London is definitely the place to be. If you have ever visited London with your spouse or plan to do so, share your experience and thoughts.
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