Fall in love with Britain. Ward Hellewell guides us around some of the country's top romantic spots.
Looking for love in all the wrong places? Visit one of these home‐grown spots for some instant romance…
Visit the Southampton City Art Gallery and gaze upon The most romantic painting in Britain, as voted in a 2012 survey by the Art Fund. Romeo and Juliet, by English artist Frank Bernard Dicksee was painted in 1884 and shows the Shakespearean lovers in a passionate embrace after their wedding night.
Head for the capital and check into the Portobello Hotel where legend has it that Johnny Depp and Kate Moss bathed in Champagne together there. Then make like Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant, and explore the streets and shops of Notting Hill, made famous in the 1999 romantic film.
Step back in time at Leeds Castle in Kent. A gift of love from English kings to their queen down the centuries, ownership of it would pass to the new wife of the king upon their marriage. The 15‐year‐old Anne of Bohemia spent the winter of 1381 there, on her way to marry Richard II.
Meet your perfect match under the clock at Carnforth Station in Lancashire, setting for one of the most romantic movies ever made. Brief Encounter, the story of a married woman who falls in love with a handsome doctor she regularly meets at a railway station, celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, but still packs an emotional punch. The station has a heritage centre and refreshment room celebrating the movie.
Book a ticket to London St Pancras International, where you can sip a glass of bubbly at Europe’s longest Champagne bar and pretend not to notice The Meeting Place ‐ a 30ft tall statue of a couple kissing by sculptor Paul Day.