London might not have the same reputation for romance as some of its continental cousins, but nonetheless the city has plenty of appeal for anyone planning a proposal.
This action-packed, scenic city provides lots of great locations where you can pop the question, but if you’re struggling to plan your dream proposal, here’s a few top tips to help you get it right.
Plan in advance
Whatever your plans, be sure to start considering them in advance of your proposal date while staying at the Grand Royale Hotel London. Spontaneity can also work very well, but for romantics who want to make sure every detail goes as hoped, there does need to be a rough plan in place to help make sure your proposal has a big impact.
Jot down a few ideas and whittle them down, then book your accommodation for a break to London, providing the perfect backdrop for your proposal.
It’s important that your proposal accurately reflects who you both are. If you aren’t usually the sort of person who makes bold romantic gestures, then this might make your proposal much more stressful than it needs to be.
The very best proposals are ones which come from the heart, so carefully think about what kind of romantic gestures will be appreciated by the one you love. If you are a low-key pair, then there’s no need to organise anything too elaborate. A proposal over dinner at one of the best London restaurants or a proposal while out for a walk will work just as well as scattering rose petals.
Pick somewhere quiet
You might both love sports, but proposing at a match could lead to a lot of misunderstandings and chaos! Try and ensure your proposal takes place somewhere a little quieter. This doesn’t mean you can’t choose a public place, but it should give you pause for thought when considering which venues and locations are really appropriate for this task.
You need to find somewhere where you can be sure that your partner will be able to hear you, and also preferably choose a location where there isn’t so much activity around that it distracts from the proposal. For a quirky yet traditional idea, try proposing during your Grand Royale London Hyde Park afternoon tea. This will provide the perfect combination of a fun activity and a relaxed space.
Plan a day of romance
Why limit your day just to the proposal itself? Plan a romantic day of events and activities which you can enjoy as a couple, and incorporate your proposal into the day. There are so many great places to head for in London, so you are sure to find something which suits you while staying at Hyde Park hotels.
Take a day trip
If you would rather propose outside of Central London, or ideally want to find somewhere peaceful within city limits, then there are some great spaces to explore. Destinations such as Little Venice London offer stunning scenery and a truly romantic edge, while still allowing you to get away from the busiest parts of the city. It is also a great place to propose throughout the year, as the seasons change to create a number of different looks
Other destinations with similar appeal include Kew Gardens, home to incredible natural wonders, and the city’s many Royal Parks, each of which has a distinctive character.
Choose your location wisely
Both you and your future spouse will always remember the day and the place you proposed. For this reason, it’s essential to consider your proposal venue with care.
Thankfully for London visitors, there are plenty of incredible options for you to choose from, each allowing you to mould your proposal venue around your own personalities and your experiences and interests as a couple.
Some of the best places to explore as potential proposal venues include:
The London Eye
A London mainstay since the 2000s, the London Eye is a popular place to propose. Not only will you be able to enjoy incredible views of the city skyline, but you can also rent a private pod and celebrate with a couple of glasses of champagne during your proposal. If you want to make it truly special, then this famed tourist attraction might be just the ticket.
One of the most romantic parts of the city, South Bank provides great views of the Thames and an array of great locations where you can find out more about the local arts scene. There are also lots of areas along the route which would make a fantastic place to propose, with the option to keep it discrete or make a big impact.
London River Cruise
There are many different river cruises available in the city, each with their own original take on this time-honoured tradition. You don’t have to be a big fan of travelling by boat to give it a spin, either.
From guided tours past some of the city’s major buildings, to evening cruises with dinner and even a few companies operating locally which will help you propose during your trip, you’ll be able to get a little creative with this option.
Shop for rings in the city
There’s no need to buy your engagement rings before travelling. London has some of the finest jewellers and department stores in the world, so head for destinations such as Mayfair, Covent Garden and Bond Street to find the perfect proposal gift.
This particular tip is closely tied to some of the other essentials on our list, but avoiding the clichés will certainly help to make your proposal more authentic and impactful. Predictable proposals won’t have the same impact as something which seems to truly be heartfelt, and sometimes fussing too much over making your proposal huge will only end up confusing your partner.