Old-fashioned romance is alive and well with more than eight in ten young people in the UK identifying themselves as romantics, new research from AA Hotel Group of the Year QHotels shows.
Despite Tinder and Take Me Out dominating the romantic scene, 18 to 24 year olds are significantly more likely to say they’re romantic than any other age group (82%) – and believe their partner is a romantic too (73%).
Coming top of the most romantic gestures is a trip away, highlighted by more than one in five of those polled (21%), followed by the classic combination of dinner and drinks (13%) – ideally by candle light. Also high on the list are treating your other half to thoughtful presents (10%), getting engaged (8%) splashing out on a bunch of flowers (6%).
The findings are based on an independent poll of over 2,000 people across the UK currently in a relationship. Overall, 72% of respondents said they are romantic, but just 61% consider their partner to be romantic.
Birmingham topped the poll as the most romantic city in in the UK, as more ‘Brummies’ (83%) consider themselves to be romantic than anywhere else in the UK. The most romantic gestures from those based in the Midlands included a moonlit dinner by the Grand Canal in Venice and arranging a surprise birthday hot air balloon ride.
London, seen as one of the most romantic cities in the world, came in second place, with 77% of those polled in the capital admitting to be an old romantic at heart.
Claire Rowland, Director of Marketing at QHotels, said: “Being romantic isn’t just about the grand gestures; it’s about the little things that show people you care. Our research shows that, for many people, a simple breakfast in bed or surprise dinner date is all it takes to keep the romance alive, as well as remembering key dates like birthdays and anniversaries.
“Although it is the younger generation who most identify as romantics, many of the older generation still have a few tricks up their sleeve – from returning to the hotel where they had their honeymoon for a glass of champagne 40 years later, to always going out for dinner on Valentine’s Day, and arranging surprise trips away.”