How to Propose in London

Featured London Proposal Tips
  • Choose a special location to pop the question in London
  • Practice getting down on one knee beforehand
  • Think about what you will say
  • Make reservations so you have a reason to dress up
  • Hire a proposal photographer to plan and capture the moment

Since 2013, Flytographer has captured thousands of surprise proposal photos all around the globe. Explore romantic proposal ideas and tips from real couples, including their top proposal ideas and tips, and the best ways and the best places to propose in London. Explore our customers’ heartwarming London proposal stories below.

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Christine's Proposal Story in London

What is your love story?

We met at a banquet. We saw each other from afar (because she arrived late as I now know is what she typically does). The moment we met, time stood still in one of those, corny, romantic chick-flick type of ways. She became nervous, and after our brief hello, Ann Marie ran away from me, never to talk to me again for the rest of the night. We met a second time, six months later, I forced her to allow me to buy her an egg sandwich, and the rest is history.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

Something Ann Marie and I share in common is our love for history. We are the type of travellers that can spend hours at a museum, or appreciate the very small historical features that each city has to offer. I chose this spot because it has some of the world's most amazing history, right in front of our hands, and will now be with us always.

What is your proposal story?

The moment we got there, she saw Jackie (our photographer), doing her own thing, taking photos of the scenery. Immediately her guard was up, and was screaming "YOU HIRED HER! YOU HIRED HER!" without her ever coming even close to us before it happened. We couldn't help but break out together in laughter. Prior to the proposal, Ann Marie had demanded that she receive a speech when the big moment would happen. Instead, every morning leading up to us going to London, I wrote her good morning love notes. The beginning letter of the first word of the notes would eventually spell out "W-I-L-L- Y-O-U-M-A-R-R-Y M-E". As such, I showed her a picture of the notes spelling out the phrase with the ring box next to it, and I said to her that she didn't need a speech, because I've been telling her how I've felt, all along. She immediately was speechless, shocked, cried, but was able to muster out the word YES! We had a blast with our photographer thereafter and was able to capture our love, our laughs, and the smiles we have shared over the past 5 years together.

Proposed in London in March

Photo Shoot Location: Tower Bridge

Jackie in London for Flytographer


Adam's Proposal Story in London

What is your love story?

We met at a bar on Valentine's Day five years ago. We currently both live in California, but I grew up in London, so when she told me her name was London Valentine, I thought she was kidding as it was just too fitting. While all of her friends said it must be fate, I realized she was the person I wanted to marry when I went on a trip with some of my guy friends and realized it just wasn't the same without her by my side. Experiencing new adventures is simply better when we're together.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

Since I grew up in London and her name is London Valentine and we met on Valentine's Day five years ago, I felt it was fitting to surprise her with a trip to London on Valentine's Day for our five year anniversary of when we first met. What she didn't know is that I planned on proposing! I chose Hampton Court Palace in Surrey as it is a beautiful palace that I used to visit with my family when I was a kid. We would walk the grounds and we loved their hedge maze.

What is your proposal story?

I was a bit worried because London was dealing with storm Dennis and the night before the proposal had such heavy wind and rain that our hotel room on the 47th floor of The Shard was creaking as the building swayed in the wind. Thankfully, the weather calmed down a bit although it was still raining. I grabbed an umbrella out of our hotel room before we left as Jimmy, our photographer we booked through Flytographer, recommended bringing one as it would make our photos look extra romantic, and because it was raining and we actually needed it! As we were in the cab on the way to Hampton Court Palace, I pretended to be messaging some of my friends in London who I said we would be meeting at the palace when I was really letting Jimmy know our ETA. He arrived early and got into position by their gardens. When we arrived, I walked London through the castle and stopped to take a few selfies on my phone. The umbrella blocked the view of the palace behind us so I said we should ask other people to take photos for us. I walked her out to the gardens where Jimmy was waiting and I asked him to take a photo of us with my phone. He obliged, playing the role of a friendly tourist, making sure to get us into the perfect position with the palace behind us. He gave me back my phone and we both looked down at the photo. I turned to London and said, "That's great! What a nice photo to commemorate 5 years together. How about 50 more?" I then dropped to one knee and asked her to marry me. She showed me her beautiful smile as she stood there, teary-eyed from emotion, as the umbrella blocked the rain and accepted her ring. Turns out, it was fate after all.

Proposed in London in February

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Jimmy in London for Flytographer


Anthony's Proposal Story in London

What is your love story?

We swiped right on Tinder (90 miles apart) back in October of 2015, after 2 days of messaging back and forth we agreed to go on a date. We met at a cute little Italian spot in her hometown, and we clicked almost instantly. Madison, my now Fiancée, told me she ended up hating what she ordered so I let her eat off my plate. Apparently, this is the moment she knew she had someone special. For me, I think I always knew It was her. We were so open about everything from the get-go, and when the heart knows it knows. Also, we have so little in common and so much in common at the same time that she is my puzzle piece that completes me.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

We were going to Europe in August for two weeks and I wanted to make sure I didn't propose to her in a place that was too much of a cliché and I also didn't want to be traveling around for 10 days with a ring on me. The Tower Bridge in London ended up being the perfect location!

What is your proposal story?

We decided to take a walk to the Tower Bridge on our first morning in London. Madison had planned for 4 months that we were going to go to the Bridge and then breakfast so I planned with the photographer to meet us there at a specific time. The night before, she wanted to switch it up, she wanted to breakfast first, then Bridge, and that was not going to fly with me. I had to fight back, but eventually got the original plans back! I wanted to make sure we dressed nice because I didn't know how Londoners dressed (I just wanted good quality photos) so Madison put on a slightly fancier outfit than she had already planned for her Instagram ready day. So, we began to work.... 1.2miles in shoes not meant for distance walking. When we got closer to the bridge, we realized there was a cycling event going on that was blocking our way to the other side where the photographer was. After a few detours we made it! We were standing on the Bridge and Madison wanted food, but we had not made it to our photographer, so once again, I needed to convince her that we needed to get to the other side to take more photos because on the other side there was more "optimal lighting". She obliged. We got to the destination; I was relieved, but my heart was POUNDING! A man approached us and asked if he could help take the photos. After taking a few with our camera, he let us know that he could take photos with his camera and that he was professional photographer in the area and could send them to us via email later. Of course, we said yes. I went down on one knee while Madison was continuing to smile for the camera and finally got her attention.... but I blacked out, I don't remember what I said to her, and I don't know what she said back to me! Based on the photos my guess is she said yes! We had an hour to take photos on the Tower Bridge at 10am in the morning with no traffic because of the cycling event. It made it feel like we had the bridge rented out, but we were just very lucky! So here we are... you can see from the photos, both her and I loved every moment of it and will love the rest of every moment of our lives together.

Proposed in London in August

Photo Shoot Location: Tower Bridge

Jimmy in London for Flytographer


Wes's Proposal Story in London

What is your love story?

Potluck at the gym. She made the cookies, he made the guacamole. She swam, he played water polo. She was a wild child, he ran straight and narrow. Together they could concur the world.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

San Fransisco, Hawaii, New York City, Greece, Australia, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland. Traveling and experiencing the unique parts of the world has brought us even closer together. Coming to London, the center of the world, was clearly the right place for us to take the next step in our journey.

What is your proposal story?

"Perfect", "Beautiful", "Complete Surprise". A total blur - thankfully it was all captured so we can relive it again and again :-)

Proposed in London in October

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Jackie in London for Flytographer


Matthew's Proposal Story in London

What is your love story?

Estrella and I actually met on a dating website called match.com. We met up in person at a local craft fair in Pasadena were we spent the rest of the day and the night talking and laughing together. We immediately felt a connection between the two of us. Over the following months, I would go and visit her constantly at her apartment, even if I had just gotten off of a shift at the hospital. She just always knew how to brighten my day and I would always feel excited when I knew I was going to see her. We eventually moved in together and have been living together for the past 4 years. During that time, I went through some rough times with being fired for the first time and having my father pass away at the age of 63. During those times, she was always there to support me and to help lift me up. She has always made me want to be a better person and is so compassionate towards others, even if the are complete strangers. We totally understand each other and both have a silly sense of humor. She has always stated that whatever decision I make, she will always be there to support me. It's because of that that I knew she was the one that I wanted to grow old with. She really is the sun the brightens my day!

What made you choose this proposal destination?

I chose to propose to her in London because she has always wanted to visit England. I wanted to make the moment unforgettable for her, so no normal proposal would do! I asked some close friends who had been to London where the best place would be to propose. They told me some good ideas, but ultimately, I settled on doing it in front of Buckingham Palace because I wanted it to be like a fairy tale for her!

What is your proposal story?

The proposal went off without a hitch! The photographer, Rajesh, that was provided to us by Flytographer was super professional and helped me with discreetly setting up the perfect shot a little farther away from Buckingham Palace so that we could have an intimate moment with just the two of us. He disguised the proposal shoot by saying that it was just for vacation photos. Thanks to his connections, and a little bit of luck, we were able to take the picture right in the middle of the road at the Mall with Buckingham Palace in the background. Our photographer gave me the signal and I immediately turned to my now fiance and told her how much she meant to me. I got down on one knee, pulled out the ring, and asked her to marry me. Tears immediately began to flow as she gave me an emphatic yes! Rajesh added to our special moment by taking us on a personal tour of the Mayfair district, telling us about the history of the area, and then set us up at a fancy Italian restaurant and made sure the staff knew that we had just got engaged. Everything was so magical that we can't stop telling friends and family the whole story of our proposal! It's a moment that both I and my fiance will never forget for the rest of our lives!

Proposed in London in May

Photo Shoot Location: Buckingham Palace & Mayfair

Rajesh in London for Flytographer


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