I – for one – believe London to be the most romantic place in Europe.

Others seem to agree London is a pretty romantic place for couples.

Why? You ask.

Well, it’s obviously not the weather, because even the staunchest London advocate will concede the drizzle can become tiresome.

Although the I believe the dodgy weather can actually be quite charming, particularly if you duck into a warm pub or cozy tea shop to get out of the rain.

Irrespective of the weather, here are 5 charming walks to enjoy in London.

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London Walks for Couples

Lea Valley

In recent years Lea Valley has become one of the most popular places to walk in London. The most popular option is the 4 mile walk from Ponders End to Tottenham Hale. Along the way you’ll pass Wright’s Flour Mill – Enfield’s oldest working industrial building now heritage listed, Pickett’s Lock and Tottenham Marshes. Stroll the River Lea in peace as this route – although popular – is not overrun with walkers.

For a longer walk the main route is 15.6 miles from Waltham Abbey and East India Dock in the heart of London’s Docklands.

The Line Sculpture Trail

One of the most popular walks in London – this contemporary art walk runs from the 02 to Queen Elizabeth Park in Stratford. Along the 3 mile route you’ll find artwork from some of London’s finest artists including Antony Gormley and Joanna Rajkowska. What type of art will you see? Giant eggs and stacked trolleys are some of the contemporary pieces of art to deconstruct with your lover. When you’re ready to digest something alcoholic check out The Pensioner: a quiant, cosy pub turning out artisanal pizzas & Sunday roasts to pair with craft beers on draught. If you prefer to get high, you can glide over the Thames in the Emirates Air Line cable car.

Jubilee Walkway

While you may not have the time or stamina to complete the entire official walking route of some 12 miles, taking on part of the walk is lovely on a summer’s day. The official Jubilee Walkway route connects many of London’s major tourist attractions. The most popular sections are the City Loop and Jubilee Loop (both two miles). Along the way you can pop into the Guildhall Art Gallery, or you can track the Jubilee Loop for the ‘touristy’ sights like St James’s Park, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament.

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Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk

The best park walks in London are connected via the Lady Di trail. Opened in 2000, this 7 mile route intersects 4 of London’s 8 Royal Parks: Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, Green Park and St James’s Park. It’s the perfect place to find squirrels playing or to check out lavender trees in early May. There are famous sights along the way: Kensington and Buckingham Palaces. Staying on track is easy with 90 dedicated plaques set along the way to guide you and your lover.