The singer made a rare appearance with boyfriend Joe Alwyn on Friday

Taylor Swift and boyfriend Joe Alwyn kicked off their weekend with a low-key Friday in London.

The couple was spotted leaving The Spaniards Inn, a pub in the Hampstead area of London.

Swift, 29, and Alwyn, 27, stayed close to each other, linking arms as they walked back to the car. At one point, Swift flashed her signature grin in her boyfriend’s direction.

During their outing, the “Delicate” singer wore a black jacket over grey pants, accented with brown boots and a black bag. Swift also wore a red plaid scarf over her hair to protect herself from the London weather.

The actor, meanwhile, opted for a tweed jacket over a grey sweater, plus black pants and sneakers.


The appearance came two days before the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards (the BAFTAs) at the Royal Albert Hall in London, where The Favourite, which features Alwyn in a supporting role, won outstanding British film at the ceremony. Alwyn’s costars Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz won best actress and best supporting actress, respectively.

Alwyn attended the awards show on Sunday, though Swift — who has been filming the new Cats movie in London — did not appear with him on the red carpet.

Joe Alwyn and Taylor Swift
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Even though Alwyn and Swift have been dating for two years, they have been notoriously private about their relationship.

In a recent interview, the actor said that although this has earned the two the label of being a very private couple, he doesn’t think it’s that weird to keep the personal lives out of the spotlight.

“I don’t think more than anyone else,” he said in a January interview with Mr. Porter. “I don’t think anyone you meet on the streets would just spill their guts out to you, therefore why should I? And then that is defined as being ‘strangely private’. Fine. But I don’t think it is. I think it’s normal.”

72nd British Academy Film Awards, Arrivals, Royal Albert Hall, London, UK - 10 Feb 2019
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Alwyn has offered up the same sentiment in previous articles when asked about Swift, and explained in September why it’s not something he’s willing to get into.

“I understand people’s curiosity in the world we live in, about people’s private lives. Well, I don’t understand it, but I know it exists,” said Alwyn in an interview with Total Film. “For me, I just don’t feel it’s something I want to offer up to be picked apart by people who don’t know about it, and it’s just not theirs to have.”

A source previously told PEOPLE that Swift is extremely happy with Alwyn.“She seems to be in a great place both career and love wise,” the source said about the Grammy winner in June. “Joe is just an amazing boyfriend. He is very supportive. Taylor adores his family. She’s in a very good place.”