Are you looking at buying an engagement ring? Or maybe you already have, but you need a plan for your perfect proposal so the diamond in your hands isn’t the only thing that supplies a wow factor. If so, you’re in the right place. Below is a detailed list of some of my favourite proposal locations in London that are perfect for a local Londoner or anybody visiting who doesn’t know how to find some of our hidden gems.
1. River Thames Boat Trip
A boat trip along the river Thames is a beautiful and adaptable way to propose, picture eating a meal or having a drink in the open air with the sun setting over the water or standing on a deck floating past the area you had your first date. There are so many ways to adapt this proposal location to your relationship and budget as there are many different boats and experiences you can book. Whether you hire out an entire boat to yourselves or are aboard boat restaurant, stunning views of London are a guarantee. Additionally, it’s very easy to hide a photographer on a boat to capture the moment they say yes!
2. London sky garden
This location offers panoramic views of London from a nature filled rooftop garden and is free to visit. You can have a low-key proposal amongst the plants, sky and building tops or you can plan something more extravagant through contact with the venue and have something set up for your arrival such as candles, a sign or anything else (within reason) you can dream up. The garden itself is sheltered from outside weather with an open-air terrace along one side and there are multiple upscale restaurants or a café to celebrate in within the garden itself or locally as you’re in the heart of London.
3. Kyoto Garden, Holland Park
This beautiful, serene, and intimate Japanese garden hosts a waterfall, a koi pond, blossom trees in spring, Japanese maple trees year-round, colourful peacocks free roaming and is free to visit. Being in Holland Park it’s surrounded by 54 acres where nearby you’ll find the Dutch Gardens full of flower beds, the Siberica fountain and many beautiful green spaces to explore.
4. London Aquarium
Surrounded by rippling water, ethereal lighting, fish, penguins, sea turtles, sharks, jellyfish, and more is a magical place to decide to go down on one knee. Being indoors it’s perfect in any season or weather conditions and provides a wonderful day out alongside the proposal.
5. Kew Gardens
The world- famous Kew Gardens is a beautiful, picturesque 500 acres of woodland full of thousands of different plants and flowers. There is a multitude of striking areas within to pose your all-important question such as the palm house, the conservatory and wildflower botanical gardens. A UNESCO World Heritage site offering the world’s largest Victorian glasshouse, unique landscapes, iconic architecture, and the largest and most diverse collection of living plants in the world making this a truly one-of-a-kind proposal location. Despite being a popular place to visit the vast amount space allows privacy and is available to visit year-round.
6. Columbia Road Flower Market
This spot is in the centre of London, only open on Sundays from 8am till around 3pm. Proposing here you would be surrounded by beautiful flowers, we can’t think of anything more romantic. After asking that all important question you can turn in any direction to buy a celebratory bunch of flowers, and there’s side streets filled with an abundance of wonderful cafés, delis, vintage stalls, and galleries. You can fill the day with activities alongside celebrating. One quick point is that it can get busy on occasion so don’t do it directly in the market if your partner isn’t a fan of crowds or public proposals. Along that note however, it would be very easy to hide a secret photographer amongst the public to capture the moment.