British Airways cabin crew have today shared their top tips for a first class Valentine’s Day in London this year. Hundreds of romantic events will be taking place across the capital as love takes centre stage. The airline’s staff have picked ten of their favourite events to inspire visitors this year. This includes everything from mushy movie screenings to the best spots to sip champagne and take in the city’s famous views.
British Airways’ country manager for Malaysia, Vivian Tan-Loh said: “Our cabin crew are experts when it comes to recommending great places to visit, so we’ve asked them to share where they think visitors should go this Valentine’s Day. We really hope passengers will love their ideas!”
With British Airways now flying to London from Kuala Lumpur daily, there’s never been a better time to visit the city. Passengers flying into Heathrow Terminal 5 can experience first-hand why British Airways’ flagship terminal has been voted best airport terminal by Skytrax for the 5th year running.
There are six British Airways lounges within the terminal: The Concorde Room, The First class lounge, three Club Lounges and an Arrivals Lounge, so why not finish off a romantic break in style and carry on the celebrations at the airport.
What’s more, BA Holidays are currently offering an extensive range of carefully selected hotels available to book with flights from ba.com/holidays. Stay at The Rosewood, a 5* hotel in the heart of London, for four nights for the price of three with a complimentary bottle of Champagne, or stay at The Ampersand for 3 nights for the price of 2, with a complimentary glass of Champagne and petit fours in your room.
Book on ba.com before 15 February 2017 and take advantage of our special London for Less fares from MYR3,056.
1.Enjoy a Thames Dinner Cruise
Take in the capital’s famous sights while dining on delicious food and sipping champagne on one of its many romantic river cruises. Float past the London Eye, gaze at the Houses of Parliament and marvel at Tower Bridge – all from the comfort of your table.
Prices start at £82.50
2.Hire a ‘Cupid’s Capsule’ on the London Eye
Board a private pod and pop the cork on a bottle of Pommery Brut Royal Champagne as you take in the London landscape from high above. You’ll get your own personal host and a luxury box of Hotel Chocolat Pink Champagne Truffles too. Over 18s only. This is the perfect gesture for Valentine’s Day, proposals and anniversaries.
3.Visit The View from The Shard
The Times call it ‘the best view in London’ – and it’s certainly the highest. The viewing area will be open two hours later than usual – last session at 10.30pm – on February 13 and 14 to allow for late night sessions. And the champagne bar will be serving from 11am until close, with sunset slots available.
Prices start from £30.95
4.Sky’s the limit in a London helicopter tour
Flying into British Airways’ Terminal 5 at London Heathrow gives you an amazing view of the capital – but for a closer look book yourself a private helicopter tour. Hover over Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral and more.
From £150 per person
5.Attend a Dirty Dancing-themed Valentine’s Party
Dig out your leather jacket and put on your dancing shoes to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the classic Hollywood love story. The event will transform an east London venue with disco balls, a wooden dance floor, palm trees, coconuts and even watermelon cocktails.
£3 plus booking fee
6.Feast on a Valentine’s Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea
Dive down the rabbit hole and sample this special Alice in Wonderland-themed afternoon tea, which is being given a romantic twist this year. The popular treat at London’s Sanderson Hotel features menus hidden inside vintage bookcases and sandwiches served on plates decorated with birdcages, carousels and ticking clocks.
7.Catch a show in the West End
You’ll love the selection of shows on offer in London’s famous West End. Romance is in the air in a string of performances, from Phantom of the Opera to Aladdin. But if you aren’t feeling soppy, there are plenty of others to check out such as The Lion King and The Book of Mormon.
8.Get It On with A Night Of Marvin Gaye
Camden’s Jazz Café is known for its brilliant music – and for one night only it’s going all Marvin Gaye. A Night of Marvin Gaye pays tribute to the late, great Prince of Soul with a full live band performance of his greatest hits, from Whats Going On to Let’s Get it On.
9.Don fancy dress for a romantic movie screening
Baz Lurhmann’s romantic musical Moulin Rouge is being screened at the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square – and costumes are VERY much encouraged. The popular flick stars Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman. And don’t forget you can watch hundreds of movies on board during your flight over.
10.Cycle the city together on ‘Boris bikes’
Valentine’s Day in London needn’t cost the earth. Hop on a couple of pay-as-you-go ‘Boris Bikes’ – now called Santander Cycles – and explore the city together. Stop for a pint at a traditional British pub for lunch, then work it off climbing Primrose Hill to see the sun set on your perfect day in the city. Just download the free app to find your closest docking station!