My first guest blogger of the month is the gorgeous Angie from Silver Spoon London.
Angie blogs about all things luxury and has me green with envy after reading her posts. She is Londoner who writes about London life, foodie adventures and luxury travel. Thanks to Angie for this lovely post about her favourite London places with her favourite man.
I grew up in a small town in Buckinghamshire within a easy distance from London so I frequently visited the big smoke. As a kid London was for visiting museums and the zoo, as I grew up it was for shopping and in my late teens we’d loved the night life…but always had to leave at midnight; little Cinderellas reliant on the last train home to Amersham.
At 18, I headed off to study English at Warwick University and then a year in Leeds doing a masters. I always knew in my heart I’d be coming back to London and in 2005 I moved to the capital for good. I’ve now lived here for ten years but I’ll never take that gorgeous view of the London skyline for granted.
Of the ten years I’ve lived in London, the last four have been characterised by my relationship with Mr Silver and now my favourite places are those spots that we visited together and have a strong meaning to us as a couple.
When I saw Sara was asking for guest posts from bloggers and their favourite London moments; I asked her if she’d like a post about places of significance to Mr S and I as a couple while sticking with my usual topic of restaurants and hotels. Sara loved the idea and I really hope that her readers enjoy it too.
Mr S and I had our first date at Crazy Bear in Fitzrovia; he was late, I was hungover (despite an attempt at dry January) and it wasn’t exactly love at first sight. I leapt back on the sobriety band wagon and sipped on herbal tea all night while he one beer. Despite us not falling in love straight away, he suggested a ‘proper dinner date’, and when he suggested one of my favourite restaurants, Hakkasan, now I knew we had something in common.
It was over that steaming basket of dim sum that attraction started to blossom, and it’s been a special place for us ever since. Though after he drove me home, he leaned in to kiss me and I turned my face at the last minute. A total accident and not a brutal act of rejection!
It was on our third date to Dean Street Townhouse that we finally sealed the deal with a kiss; and that’s when you really know that you like someone isn’t it?
A year later we moved in together and a year after that we took the decision to spend five weeks travelling the east coast of Australia. It was in Boxing Day in a hotel called Jonah’s in Sydney that Mr S proposed to me!
But he didn’t propose to me with a ring, now no exaggeration it took three months of research for him to finally get me a ring. When I told people we were engaged it looked like I’d made it all up in my head with no ring to show for it!
When he *finally* got me my ring, which he had specially made for me, a celebration was in order and we had a very special dinner at SushiSamba. I was so excited to wear my engagement ring for the first time, I couldn’t stop looking at all night!
The next step was clearly a big old knees up and cocktails and champagne with all our friends to celebrate! So we hired out the third floor of private members club, Beaufort House, and it turned out to be the perfect place to have our engagement party. The party was in late March and when we woke up on the morning of the event, our hearts fell as snowflakes settled on the ground outside. So unexpected for the time of year, but the weather didn’t thwart us and our friends all showed up to celebrate with us.
Our wedding took a year and a half of planning, blood, sweat and plenty of tears were involved but finally the big day came around! We both love London, and it was clear to us from the start that we would have a central London wedding. Most of our friends and family live in and around the capital and we didn’t want people to have to worry about travelling far or paying for hotels. As we were having such a large number of people for our traditional Jewish wedding we had to choose a place with a huge capacity to allow for all our guests. We visited the ballrooms of some of our favourite hotels….
First The Savoy…
And then Claridge’s, where we’d also enjoyed an incredible date back in the beginning of our relationship…
But we finally settled on London’s old grand dame…
After a traditional service at London’s oldest synagogue in St Petersburgh Place in Baywater, we headed to The Dorchester for a reception, dinner and lots of dancing!!
Though we love travelling and UK breaks, Mr S and I often celebrate our little milestones and special occasions by revisiting these places in London. I love the fact that we so close to our wedding reception venue so every time that we drive past, I can smile and think of that day!
Thanks so much to Angie for writing this lovely guest post. It’s so nice having those meaningful places and wonderful memories to look back on with your special someone.
Go and check out Angie’s blog Silver Spoon London for London life, foodie adventures and luxury travel.