London Romantic Walks
The festive season in London offers plenty of romantic walks and events for couples. Here are a few that will surely leave you and yours starry eyed.
Dazzle Jewellery Exhibition
The annual Dazzle jewelry show held at the National Theatre is now in its 31st year, and it is quickly becoming a must-attend Christmas event. The event includes a host of some of the world’s top jewellery designers who present their special one-of-a-kind pieces right in the foyer of the National Theatre. The exhibition has become known for its vibrant and unusual pieces from both well-established designers and promising new designers alike. This year Dazzle promises collections from a very vibrant batch of recent graduates along with renowned jewelry makers like Jane Adam, Emiko Aida, and Alan Ardiff, whose works are currently on display in museums and galleries from the United States to Japan. Opening times for the exhibition will be 9.30 to 10pm Monday to Saturday.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Hyde Park’s sixth annual transformation into a winter wonderland includes an ice rink, a Christmas market, carnival rides, a giant ferris wheel, Santa’s Grotto, and delicious food and drinks. New for this year’s Winter Wonderland is the Magical Ice Kingdom, a wintery walk-through world complete with woodland creatures and, of course, a unicorn-pulled carriage. The 53-metre-high Observation Wheel no doubt offers one of the most beautiful and romantic views of London’s happenings.
Curated by Melbourne jeweller Dr. Susan Cohn, the Unexpected Pleasures exhibition at the Design Museum serves a perfect stop for couples and romantics alike. The exhibition is divided into three sections: Worn Out, celebrating the experience of wearing jewellery; Linking Links which looks at the ways in which meaning and narratives are expressed in jewellery; and A Fine Line which gives an insight into contemporary jewellery. The exhibition features over 130 jewellers and is a celebration of the art form.
If you’re so inspired, couples may want to head to the West End afterwards for a private showing at 77 Diamonds, a unique diamond retailer that has sold made-to-order pieces to oligarchs and supermodels alike. The firm, which takes its name from the date of the first recorded engagement ring in 1477, offers up dramatic discounts compared with its London rivals by cutting out intermediaries when buying diamonds. Every piece from engagement rings to special occasion pieces are all hand crafted according to your taste and vision.
Chelsea Physic Garden Christmas Fair
Held in heated marquees with stalls upon stalls of unique gifts, clothing, chocolates, and jewellery, the Physic Garden Christmas Fair is another perfect walk for couples to enjoy. During the Fair, the Garden’s own Tangerine Dream Cafe serves hot breakfast and lunch along with seasonal favourites such as mince pies and a signature game stew. The garden itself is London’s oldest botanical garden and offers a beautiful walk, carefully curated and hidden behind tall brick walls in an idyllic and quieter setting away from the city’s noise and bustle.