More than 8 in 10 young Brits consider themselves old romantics at heart

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Old-fashioned romance is alive and well, with more than eight in ten young people in the UK identifying as romantics, new research from AA Hotel Group of the Year QHotels shows. 

Despite being the generation of Tinder and Take Me Out, 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."

Top 5 most romantic cities*

  • Birmingham 83%
  • London 77%
  • Cardiff 75%
  • Bristol 72%
  • Glasgow 71%

QHotels is currently offering one-night romantic breaks at 25 locations from £70.50 per person. The package includes a bottle of sparkling wine and chocolates in the bedroom, breakfast in bed, fluffy bathrobes and late check out on a Sunday. For more details visit

*Based on percentage of population who consider themselves to be a romantic

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