London has provided the backdrop for countless romantic films, from classics such as Pride and Prejudice to modern day chick flicks including Wimbledon, Closer and Love Actually.
These movies, packed with lingering looks, and “they’ve finally kissed!” moments are set against some of our most treasured London landmarks – and it’s simple to recreate them!
1. Love Actually: 10 Downing Street
We love the moment in Love Actually when the Prime Minister (played by Hugh Grant) realises he’s smitten with Natalie, and dances around 10 Downing Street to the tune of 80’s pop classic, Jump!
Now, although it’s unlikely that David Cameron will invite you into his office, the good news is that you can still take your date to the gates of Downing Street!
If you’re dating in London, a walk along The Thames will lead you nicely up to Whitehall, where you can catch a glimpse of that famous black door.
2. Notting Hill: The Notting Hill Bookshop
It was love at first sight for the delightful, blundering bookshop assistant William (Hugh Grant) when he first served Anna (Juliet Roberts) in the infamous Travel Bookshop in Notting Hill. Little did he know that he was falling for a world renowned actress.
Sadly this charming bookshop no longer stands, however, Notting Hill and nearby Portobello are home to lots of quirky shops and cafes, giving you the chance to get a little better acquainted with your date.
As you explore the haunts of Notting Hill, you can delve a little deeper into the mind of your date as you learn about the things that make them tick and get a better idea of the type of person they are.
3. Bridget Jones’ Diary: Walking Tour
If your date is into chick flicks then you might like to surprise them with a walking tour of the locations in the Bridget Jones films.
Here, you can pose for pictures by Bridget’s front door (which is now the Globe Pub – the perfect excuse to stop off and refuel!) and stand on the spot where Bridget is splashed outside Mark Darcy’s office!
The tour lasts around two and a half hours and finishes at London Bridge –the perfect backdrop for the end of your date.
4. Closer: Postman’s Park
There are lots of parks in London, but we bet you’ve not been to Postman’s Park…yet.
As seen in the 2004 film, Closer, Postman’s Park is a unique and peaceful space, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
With a coffee in hand, you too can explore this little-known park as you get to know each other a better. Furthermore, the park is just a stone's throw from St Paul’s Cathedral and the Millennium Bridge which leads onto a scenic walk along the South Bank should you wish to continue your date…