Your Guide to Valentine’s Day in London at Every Budget

Valentine Day

There are lots of different ways to enjoy Valentine’s Day in London, whether you’re single or part of a couple, and whether you want to splash the cash or stick to a strict budget.

With lots to see and do, not all of the romantic experiences in the UK capital need to be expensive, but there are also plenty of ways to treat your date to a lavish visit.

In this blog, we’ll look at Valentine’s Day for every budget, giving you a few fantastic ideas for organising your own trip!

Journey Down Memory Lane

valentine's day celebration couple

Not every location in London has to cost a fortune; instead, you can simply plan a visit down memory lane. If you and your date have been regular visitors to the city, then there may be some venues which will be significantly more budget-friendly, yet have special significance to you as a couple.

Perhaps there is a special place where you proposed, or had your first date? The same principle applies to singletons; gather together some of your favourite people or plan a solo trip, and visit some of the areas of London which you love. If they’re on the more obscure side, all the better – this way you’ll avoid the Valentine’s Day crowds, and the Valentine’s Day prices!

Go Shopping in London

There’s no need to spend a fortune when you go shopping in London, but it still remains a popular way to experience the city while staying at the Montcalm hotel London.

shopping in London

Alongside the diverse selection of shops and shopping districts, you’ll find multiple different price points, while never missing out on this fun experience. Areas such as Oxford Street are world-famous for great retail outlets, but they include a selection of both high street and high-end brands.

If you are thinking of buying something luxurious, head for Bond Street or the King’s Road, where high fashion boutiques reign supreme. For quirky finds at a mid-level price, Carnaby Street is another of London’s major fashion hubs, and a rich slice of British history thanks to being forever linked with the Swinging Sixties.

We also recommend trying the shopping experiences at top department stores such as Selfridges, Harrods and Fortnum & Mason. Here you’ll feel thoroughly pampered and can explore floor upon floor of incredible finds, all whilst setting your own budget for spending.

Visit a Rooftop Bar

london rooftop bar

Rooftop bars are particularly popular during the summer months, so Valentine’s Day is a chance to visit one before the crowds descend! They are also wonderfully romantic spaces where you can take a look at the city skyline with your partner, enjoying a few drinks or even a bite to eat in comfortable and stylish surroundings.

At The Aviary London you can relax and unwind, and adjust your visit depending on your individual budget and plans. This makes it a fantastic and flexible option for your London break.

Enjoy a Romantic Meal

valentine's day dinner

A tried and tested idea for Valentine’s Day, heading for a London restaurant is another option which can be adapted and customised to suit almost any budget. The city has a strong culinary reputation, and you’ll soon discover why.

It has become world-famous for the sheer variety of eateries on offer, as well as their high-quality. This extends not only to the more expensive spaces, but also the mid-level and lower-tier restaurants throughout the city, if you know where to look.

The best way to ensure you have a delicious meal together is to stay close to your hotel, heading to The Brewery London for the evening. This is also a great place for you to enjoy a romantic lunch while visiting the city.

Be Imaginative

Sometimes working around a restrictive budget (or even a limitless one) simply means you have to be a little more innovative and creative. London is never short of things to do and see, and many of them are free.

Likewise, true luxury experiences can be had all over the city and many of the best events offer you the chance to either stick to the basics or upgrade if you have the budget for it. One such example is the London Eye. It is just as romantic to purchase a couple of tickets for the two of you as it is to book a private pod with champagne, and each option is open to you while enjoying the latest London hotels special offers.

Visit a London spa

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A spa day is a fantastic way to treat yourself, or if you’re part of a couple, it can also provide a wonderfully indulgent day out for the two of you. The Montcalm Spa provides a range of treatments which will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to take on the city, so why not incorporate a visit into your stay in London?

You could plan your entire day around stopping at the spa, or you could include a couple of treatments as part of your London pampering, before heading out to see some of the sights. This is one of the many activities which suits both a high-end and restrictive budget; you simply need to adjust your treatments according to what you can afford.

Plan a Picnic

Another idea which will feel luxurious even if you don’t have the budget for it, a picnic in one of London’s Royal Parks could be the ideal outdoor event for you and your date.

Picnic in London

To make it a more lavish affair, choose high-end foods from some of London’s top eateries, and pack them in a delightfully kitsch hamper. If you prefer to keep it simple, you can just as easily buy a few cakes and sandwiches on the way, or even prepare your own food before leaving.

This is one of the many ideas for spending Valentine’s Day in London where the thought matters much more than your budget.

FAQs People Asked Related to This Post

The following things you can do on Valentine's Day in London

  • Visit a Rooftop Bar, take a look at the city skyline with your partner & enjoying a few drinks.
  • Enjoy a Romantic Meal to have a delicious meal together.
  • Book a private pod with champagne.
  • Visit a London spa for a wonderfully indulgent day out for the two of you
  • Plan a Picnic, a picnic in one of London’s Royal Parks could be the ideal outdoor event for you and your date.
  • Go for Shopping - We also recommend trying the shopping experiences at top department stores such as Selfridges, Harrods and Fortnum & Mason.