The best places to propose in London


Are you planning the perfect proposal? There are plenty of romantic ways to pop the question in London. From romantic restaurants, luxurious hotels to secluded spots to get down on one knee. The city has lots of memorable locations to pull off a magical marriage proposal.

Here at Bateaux London, we've witnessed lots of successful proposals taking place on our dinner cruises. After all, the River Thames provides a fantastic backdrop. We know it's an important moment, which is why we want to share our proposal ideas with you.


The best London attractions to propose

The best places to propose in London at night

The most unusual places to propose in London

Private places to propose in London

The best restaurants to propose in London

The best London attractions to propose

There are plenty of fantastic London attractions to visit in the city. However, some lend themselves better than others when it comes to asking that all important question.

London Aquarium

Now, this may seem unusual but trust us. Sea Life London Aquarium offers a striking underwater background, filled with colour and beautiful sea creatures. What's more, their proposal package makes the moment truly memorable. With the help of expert divers, you can become part of the aquarium. Dive underwater and surprise your loved one! Simply hold up a sign with that burning question. Sea Life London Aquarium will even snap a photo to capture your proposal. To help you celebrate, you'll even get half a bottle of champagne to enjoy. If this proposal idea is the one for you, make sure you book in advance. The Wedding Proposal package is available every Wednesday at 14:30.

London Eye

Enjoy a superb view of the London skyline with that special person in your life! What could be better than proposing on the London Eye? The popular London attraction offers a special proposal package. You'll get priority boarding, your own private capsule, champagne, chocolate truffles and your own host. Your special moment will even be captured on camera. Perhaps a proposal on the London Eye just doesn't sound exciting enough? If you really want the "wow" factor, previous proposals on the London Eye have enlisted the help of flash mobs! Head to South Bank and board the London Eye for a memorable proposal.

St Paul's Cathedral

Getting all tongue-tied when you're about to pop the question is exactly what you don't want. Not confident that you can boldly ask for your loved one's hand in marriage? Why don't you whisper it instead? The Whispering Gallery at St Paul's Cathedral has long been a popular place to propose. Head to the circular walkway and utter those four words, "will you marry me?" Visit St Paul's Cathedral and make it a moment to remember.

The London Eye
Propose on The London Eye


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The best places to propose in London at night

London by night is truly spectacular. The glistening lights of the city skyline help to make a special moment even more memorable. Here are some of the most romantic places in London to propose at night.

Tower Bridge

It's an iconic London landmark and it's a great place to propose. As the sun sets over the city, get down on one knee on the suspended walkway at Tower Bridge.  London Bridge Events offers a special proposal package giving you exclusive access to one of the walkways. Pop the question to your choice of music and enjoy a bottle of champagne for two. Prefer to keep things low key? Find a quiet spot with a good view of Tower Bridge over the River Thames.

The Royal Museums Greenwich

How do you know it's meant to be? Well, it was written in the stars! For a proposal that is out of this world, pop the question at the Peter Harrison Planetarium. You can plan your proposal directly with the Planetarium to make sure everything runs smoothly. With the 132-seat venue to yourselves and VIP access, a proposal under the stars really is perfect for those old romantics.

The Shard

Take your love to new heights and propose at The View from The Shard. Looming over the London skyline, The Shard has breathtaking views of the city. You can also take advantage of the proposal package at the attraction. Hire The View exclusively and get down on one knee to your own customised soundtrack. A private area will also be decorated with rose petals and candles for that extra special touch. Toast to your future with two glasses of Champagne and gaze out at the twinkling London lights in the distance.

Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge by night


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The most unusual places to propose in London

Perhaps your significant other likes to be different? Maybe they're a bit of a daredevil or prefer the quirky things in life? Don't worry. There are plenty of unexpected ways to propose in London.

The O2 Rooftop Climb

This is one for the thrillseekers! Head to South London and organise a private rooftop climb over the iconic dome. Once you reach the top you'll enjoy spectacular views across London. Continue the adrenaline-filled adventure by getting down on one knee on the 380m walkway. The climb takes an hour from start to finish and can be completed at any time of the day. You can propose in the glorious sunshine or watch the sunset over the city. You may even choose to pop the question under the stars.

Private Helicopter

Are you looking to take your partner's breath away? Still waiting for a romantic proposal idea that neither of you will forget? This could be the one for you. Book a helicopter ride over one of the most beautiful cities in the world! Leave the crowds behind and fly over the heart of London. Ask that all-important question as the city's famous skyline unfolds below you. There are a few companies that offer this service, with The London Helicopter combining exciting rides with romantic tour packages.

Columbia Road Flower Market

Sometimes keeping it simple is the best way. Head to East London's popular flower market on Columbia Road. In amongst the colourful blooms, present your loved one with a beautiful bouquet of flowers...and a ring to match! It's a pretty backdrop for a marriage proposal, easy to organise and very romantic.

o2 Rooftop
Do you dare to propose on top of the o2?


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Private places to propose in London

In a busy city like London, keeping a marriage proposal a private affair can be a challenge. While some people would embrace a public proposal, for others, being the centre of attention in hard to deal with. The good news is that there are plenty of quieter areas in the city.

Hyde Park

Pop the question at one of London's most beautiful green spaces. There are plenty of ways to sweep your partner off their feet. You could pack a scrumptious picnic complete with champagne. Or, you can head to the picturesque Italian Gardens with its elegant water fountains. Another popular way to ask the question in Hyde Park is to hire a rowboat on the Serpentine. However you choose to propose, you can rest assured that it will be a romantic moment away from onlookers.

Hampstead Heath

Another popular open space in London is Hampstead Heath. Situated just four miles from Trafalgar Square, Hampstead Heath offers one of the best views in the city. Watch the sunset or spend the day exploring the gardens and swimming in Hampstead Heath Ponds. It's a relaxed way to pop the question!

Little Venice

If a marriage proposal in Venice is a little bit out of your budget, head to London's hidden "Italian" gem. Near the Bayswater area of the city, you'll find London's canalside. This pretty area is often called Little Venice and is a great alternative to the real thing. Decorated with colourful narrowboats and quaint restaurants, it's the perfect place for a quiet proposal. Take a stroll along the towpath or hire a private canal boat cruise for two. It's the perfect way to escape the crowds and steal a moment together.

Little Venice in London
Little Venice is the perfect place to propose in London


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The best restaurants to propose in London

As you would expect, there are plenty of fantastic restaurants in London. In truth, you're spoilt for choice! However, we've picked out three restaurants that offer completely unique dining experiences.

Clos Maggiore, Covent Garden

It's frequently referred to as the most romantic restaurant in London. Located in Covent Garden, Clos Maggiore serves delightful French cuisine against a stunning backdrop. Book a table for two in the courtyard conservatory. Decorated with a canopy of white blossom, sparkling fairy lights and candlelit tables, romance is a given. Make sure you request a table next to the open stone fireplace for that extra special touch.

Kitty Fisher's, Mayfair

Looking for a restaurant with no gimmicks and no cliches? Searching for a sophisticated dining experience? Kitty Fisher's in Mayfair is the perfect dining experience for a proposal. This small 30-seater restaurant is hugely atmospheric and serves delicious food. Welcoming and unpretentious, this is one for traditionalists.

Bateaux London

The River Thames is the beating heart of London and is the perfect backdrop for a marriage proposal. Join us on a romantic river cruise and journey down the River Thames at night. Book our Signature Dinner Cruise. This package comes with a guaranteed window table, a champagne welcome, a five-course set-menu and much more! Set the mood as you sail past London's iconic landmarks and watch the Thames reflect the twinkling city lights. Make your big moment unforgettable with Bateaux London.

River Thames
Propose on a Bateaux London cruise with the River Thames as your backdrop


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There are so many romantic places in London to propose. Wherever you choose to get down on one knee, we wish you the very best of luck! 


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