Relationships don’t always run smoothly and arguments can quickly worsen in high-pressure situations. A holiday or weekend trip can be romantic, though spending prolonged time in your partner’s company can leave you both feeling like you’re treading on each other’s toes. London is perfect for the loved-up, though the hustle and bustle can leave anyone seeking some chill-out time and space. Squabbles on holiday are common in partnerships, so to avoid calling in a quick divorce prematurely, simply step back and find places to go separately to ease the pressure. Stuck for ideas? Check out these top locations:
Walbrook Gardens, City
Amidst the capital’s financial district lies this little-visited gem. Enter via Salter’s Hill Court on Cannon Street, and wander the formal layout of this cute garden. These new gardens replace St Swithun’s Church Garden, which stood in the site of a 13th century church. Walbrook Gardens are towered over by the area’s banking buildings, but still retain an air of calm.
Mudchute Park and Farm, Isle of Dogs
Be transported from urban life to the countryside, in London’s biggest city farm. Petting animals is said to be therapeutic, and you are spoilt for choice here: Mudchute is home to over 200 animals and birds, the smaller types waiting to meet visitors in the ‘Pets Corner’! Yes, you may feel like a child for a couple of hours, but if it’s enough to help forget the adult pressures of a relationship, then it’s OK by us!
Daunt Books, Marylebourne
Browsing books is a great way to unwind and re-focus your mind. Visitors to smaller bookshops obey an unwritten rule of near-silence, and the environment at Daunt Books is no exception. The Edwardian shopfront leads to an original interior with wooden floors, oak galleries and spacious aisles for flicking through books at will. The huge range of publications mean few will leave without a purchase, in addition to feelings of restored calm and contentment. There are several branches of Daunts throughout the city, though the Marylebone shop is our favourite.
St. Brides Church, Fleet Street
Another location where peace is guaranteed, this church is open to all – those interested in architecture, history and art will appreciate the early eighteenth century building with its spire, airy interior and stained-glass windows. If absolute silence is not your thing, visit on a Tuesday or Friday lunchtime and get lost in a music recital, performed by both young students and experienced professionals.
J&A Café, Sutton Lane
Take some me-time and mull over any relationship kinks with a warm coffee and something tasty. J&A café provides a quiet and laid-back environment, hidden from tourists and many passers-by. Wholesome, pick-me-up food is served at this spot, tucked away on the ground floor of a Victorian factory between Clerkenwell road and Great Sutton street.
Take a break from your partner, catch up with friends, or simply enjoy these relaxing and calming locations solo, to renew your view of the city and help restore relationship qualms.