Planning a proposal to the love of your life? London is one of the most amazing and romantic cities in the world, so you’re in the right place! Whether you have some idea of how you’d like to pop the question, or no clue at all, there are plenty of great suggestions on this list. These are the best days out to propose in London…
If you’re planning a marriage proposal in London, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to locations and activities. From incredible views to sky high memories to one of the most romantic restaurants in the world, we’ve rounded up some of the most unforgettable places for you to hear that ‘YES!’ from your favourite person in the world.
London has so many brilliant activities and iconic landmarks for your day out (with many completely free days out in the city), so whatever your budget or style of proposal, there’s something here to suit everyone. Here are 12 of the very best days out to propose in London…
12 Unforgettable Days Out to Propose in London
Popping the question will be easy in these gorgeous locations!
Sky High Proposals
If you’re looking for days out to propose in London that will take your relationship to new heights (literally) then a proposal somewhere up high is a great way to go. You can’t beat an amazing view to stir up those feelings of romance, so why not try one of these great spots?
1. Sky Garden
Sky Garden is known as “London’s highest public garden”, and you’ll find it at 20 Fenchurch Street. The building is otherwise known as the Walkie Talkie because of its shape, and at the top you’ll find a gorgeous lush garden with incredible views of the city.
You can do a Sky Garden proposal for free because it’s free to visit, but remember you MUST book tickets to do this, and tickets do tend to book up far in advance. If you want a more personal experience, they offer a Sky Garden proposal package that includes a private area, drinks, sweets, candles, rose petals and more.
If you want to pop the question high above the city, this is definitely one of the best days out to propose in London.
2. The View from The Shard
It doesn’t get higher than The Shard, since it’s the tallest building in London. Head up to The View from The Shard and check out their proposal service to work with the highest proposal planner London has to offer.
They’ll get you 30 uninterrupted minutes up there so you can ask the big question with epic views of the city in the background. This is easily one of the most magical days out to propose in London, and a beautiful spot to get down on one knee.
3. The London Eye
A London Eye proposal could be exactly what you’re looking for when it comes to impressive views high above the city. And with your own private pod, and an engagement planner to help you make it extra special, you can create a fantastic experience for you and your future Mr or Mrs.
Even though the London Eye is a busy tourist attraction, a private pod makes it one of the most amazing days out to propose in London, so consider taking a trip around the big wheel to pop the question then walk along South Bank for a magical atmosphere, especially if you’re proposing in winter.
Sometimes you don’t want all eyes on you when you’re asking the most important question of your life. If you’re looking for totally private places to propose in London, there are some pretty spectacular ones.
4. The Bridge in Kyoto Gardens, Holland Park
The Japanese garden in Holland Park is one of the most picturesque spots in London, and you’ll probably find a few private spots to ask the big question while wandering around the park itself. But for something extra special (and one that’s ideal if you’re having a photographer snap the moment), the little bridge over the pond near the waterfall is as perfect a spot as any.
Surrounded by gorgeous trees, plants and a waterfall, it couldn’t be more beautiful. Do keep in mind that you’re more likely to get the place to yourself mid-week, as at weekends it can get busy. If you time it right, you can do a private proposal on the bridge in Kyoto Gardens, which can turn out to be one of the best days out to propose in London.
5. The Whispering Gallery at St. Paul’s Cathedral
This one is SO sweet. The Whispering Gallery at St. Paul’s Cathedral can be found inside the famous dome, and when you climb up to it you’ll enjoy a beautiful view of the cathedral below. It’s not exactly private, but the quietness of this space makes it feel like you’re the only two people in the world.
What’s super romantic about this spot is the curved walls that will allow whispers to travel from one end of the gallery to the other. Imagine whispering “Will you marry me?” and your future fiancé hearing it from across the room. A beautiful surprise that you won’t soon forget.
6. Fitzrovia Chapel
Another stunning private place for a magical proposal is Fitzrovia Chapel, which needs to be seen to be believed due to its incredible interior. With rose petals, fairy lights, musicians, candles and other romantic features available to book through the Chapel, this picture-perfect space will look incredible in any engagement photos you might take.
It’s a place you’ll want to revisit again and again to relive the moment, and they even do weddings there so you could officially tie the knot at Fitzrovia Chapel too if you like. Easily one of the most special days out to propose in London. Bring plenty of tissues… there’s bound to be happy tears with this one!
London Landmark Proposals
London has some of the most recognisable landmarks in the world, so if you want to make the most of the city and have one of them as an epic proposal backdrop, you’ll be spoilt for choice…
7. Tower Bridge
A Tower Bridge proposal gives you an absolutely stunning backdrop if you want to pop the question in front of this landmark (which just happens to be one of our 10 best bridges in England!)
You can also hire the iconic Walkways at Tower Bridge for a private proposal which is such a beautiful place with the most amazing views of the city and the river right behind you. The events team at Tower Bridge can help make your day or evening one you’ll never forget by providing romantic props and making sure you have the space all to yourself.
8. Up at The O2
The O2 is a London landmark that began as the famous ‘Millenium Dome’. Today it’s a huge concert venue and entertainment complex with shops and restaurants inside. If you and your other half have a daredevil streak, you can book to climb the O2 dome (with harnesses on, of course!) to get amazing views of the city from afar.
While it doesn’t look like you can book a private climb, if you book a Celebration Climb you’ll get a glass of bubbly to toast at the top… the perfect moment to ask a very special question. And don’t worry, going down on one knee up there has no risk of toppling off the edge of the O2. You’ll remain firmly secured by you harness. Phewf!
9. Westminster Abbey
One of the most iconic landmarks in London is undoubtedly the famous Westminster Abbey, which is also known for being the site of so many memorable Royal weddings, so there’s a lot of love in and around this landmark. Ending a walk around London at this gorgeous place makes for one of the best days out to propose in London.
While you can visit the inside of the Abbey for a fascinating tour, it’s just as beautiful and special outside with the white stone walls behind you, and a perfect place to ask for someone’s hand. There are plenty of amazing restaurants in this area too, so afterwards you can go gush about how great the day was and tuck into some tasty food.
If maximum romance levels are what you’re looking for, forget Paris — the real city of love is definitely London! You’ve got lots of choice for super romantic places to pop the question.
10. Somerset House
Somerset House is an underrated spot for a romantic day out, no matter what time of year it is. This art gallery and cultural space is a less obvious landmark to get engaged beside, but will certainly leave you with the perfect memories of your special day. And if you’re wondering where to propose in London in winter, it’s a top-notch choice.
Somerset House is particularly special at Christmas as they have cute Christmas markets set up, and a stunning ice rink for skating. Imagine you and your intended all bundled up in your warm hats and gloves, toasting to the rest of your lives together with thousands of twinkly lights and Christmas magic in the background. We’ve got chills!
This is definitely one of the most beautiful winter days out to propose in London, but if you’ve ever been to Somerset House you’ll know it has a romantic atmosphere all year round.
11. Mayfield Lavender Farm
If you’ve just bought the most expensive piece of jewellery ever and you don’t fancy spending much more to pop the question, Mayfield Lavender Farm is a great outdoor spot to visit for a small entry free. It’s a little further from central London, but you won’t need any special props or extras when you get there to make this an incredibly romantic proposal.
The nearest stations are Coulsdon, Carshalton Beeches or Belmont, and this south London gem is open during the summer season for picturesque strolls across a blanket of gorgeous purple flowers. Just remember to check their website for opening dates throughout the year. If you can time it right, this is one of the most beautiful (and best smelling!) days out to propose in London.
12. Clos Maggiore
Clos Maggiore calls itself the ‘most romantic restaurant in the world’, and it’s located in London so if you’re looking for somewhere super romantic to ask the big question, this could be a great place. With a huge fireplace for ambience, delicious food and drinks to set the mood, and stunning flowers covering the ceiling, we’d say it would be impossible to say ‘no’ in this fairytale setting.
Located in Covent Garden, you can leave Clos Maggiore and get straight to celebrating at one of the many bars nearby. Or why not just wander the streets in this pretty area of London in your giddy engaged bubble watching street performers and making wedding plans. It’s never too early!
12 Unforgettable Days Out to Propose in London
Popping the question will be a breeze in one of these amazing London locations! Whether you want something super romantic that your other half will be telling everyone about for months after, something low-key and sweet that will bring tears to their eyes, or something to commemorate your time in London together with the city as your proposal backdrop, you’ll find some great options on this list.
If you do pop the question in one of these beautiful spots, let us know so we can congratulate you! And if you have proposed (or are planning to) in another amazing London location, let us know so we can add it to the list.
All that’s left to say is… GOOD LUCK!
Quick list: 12 Unforgettable Days Out to Propose in London
- Sky Garden
- The View from The Shard
- The London Eye
- The Bridge in Kyoto Gardens, Holland Park
- The Whispering Gallery at St. Paul’s Cathedral
- Fitzrovia Chapel
- Tower Bridge
- Up at The O2
- Westminster Abbey
- Somerset House
- Mayfield Lavender Farm
- Clos Maggiore