Step one in 'operation proposal' is of course to buy the perfect engagement ring, after which, step two (an equally important step), is to decide when and where. To make it special, it's all about location, location, location. From a romantic restaurant to a serene lakeside setting, these are our top picks for the best places to propose in the UK. Good luck!
1. Rydal Water, Lake District
Situated in the beautiful National Park of the Lake District, Rydal Water is a stunning private setting located between Grasmere and Ambleside. With numerous romantic wlalks to choose from and plenty of privacy to enjoy a special moment together, Rydal Water is a stunning location to pop the question.
2. Prior Park Palladian Bridge, Bath
A magical place to propose, Prior Park Pladdian Bride is one of the 4 Palladian bridges left in the world (3 of them are in England). The bridge is also near the historic city of Bath, making it the perfect day trip to pop the question, followed by a celebratory dinner back in town.
3. The View from ThE Shard, London
Located on floors 68, 69 and 72 of The Shad, The View From The Shard is a momentous location to propose to someone. Boasting the best view over London, The Shard is an iconic setting for a romantic proposal. So much so, that The View From The Shard actually offers a proposal package that pulls out all the stops. The package includes exclusive hire of The View from The Shard for 30 minutes, a private area decorated with rose petals and candles, a romantic personalised soundtrack, Two glasses of Moët & Chandon Imperial Brut Champagne, a luxury tote bag and even a dedicated proposal concierge to make sure the event is truly unforgettable.
4. Loch Lomond, Scotland
Located in the Trossachs National Park, there are not many other places in Britain where you will find such spectacular views as at Loch Lomond. While here you can enjoy an exquisite meal by the edge of the the magnificent lake, with snow-capped mountains in the distance making a magical backdrop for your proposal.
5. Holkham Beach, Norfolk
The panoramic Holkham Beach is one of the most pristine stretches of coastline in England. With blankets of golden sand, you and your partner can kick off your shoes and enjoy a romantic walk before getting down on one knee.
6. Cupid’s Capsule experience on the London Eye
Take in the spectacular views overlooking London in this private capsule of the London Eye. For £380, the 30 minute ride includes Champagne, chocolate truffles and a personal London Eye host. A perfectly private setting for your proposal, this magical experience will definitely come round a full 360 when you get engaged!
7. Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland
These ancient cliffs in County Clare of Ireland are a stunning setting for your proposal. With wild cliff edges, salty sea air and nature’s most unpredictable weather, every proposal here is unique. The dramatic views provided by the sheer natural beauty of the cliffs will make your engagement truly unforgettable.
8. Hot Air balloon, Sussex
Enjoy an adrenaline filled ride on a beautiful multicoloured hot air balloon over Sussex. During the ride you’ll get to experience breathtaking views of the English countryside, the edges of London, and also the spectacular South Downs. The excitement from the ride might even help your nerves (if you have any!) and you’ll feel like you’re walking on sunshine when you get a yes!
9. Clos Maggiore restaurant, London
Clos Maggiore restaurant in London has been voted the world’s most romantic restaurant, and you can see why! With a flower filled conservatory, exquisite food and a notable wine list, a proposal here is guaranteed to be a very special one.
10. Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Stratford Upon Avon
What better place to get engaged than at the family home of the creator of the star-crossed lovers. This idyllic, quaint thatched cottage was where the man himself, William Shakespeare courted Anne Hathaway, who he then married. Certain to bring out the romantic in you, this is a charming place to pop the question.