If you’re planning to go down on bended knee, London is one of the most romantic and exciting cities to do it in. Read on for some top ideas and take inspiration from two recent guests of ours who just popped in for a celebration…60 years after holding their wedding reception at The Charing Cross Hotel.
If you’re in search of the perfect sparkler, make your way to Hatton Garden — home to some of London’s finest jewellers. If she’s a lover of old world glamour and all things vintage, Berganza has gemstones and diamond rings which date as far back as the Byzantine era. For something slightly more modern, try Nicholas James Jewellery, which also offers a bespoke service.
A good jeweller will be able to advise you on choosing a diamond, but it’s good to be aware of the four Cs in the diamond world: carat, colour, cut and clarity.
Where to propose
• Tower Bridge
When Jacob proposed to Rachel at a spot overlooking one of London’s most iconic sights, Tower Bridge, she was so overwhelmed with emotion that she didn’t even notice the professional photographer he’d hired to capture the moment she would (hopefully) say yes. Jakub kept his plan a secret until their wedding day, when he presented Rachel with the photos of their engagement as a surprise to a very happy bride.
• The Statue of Eros at Piccadilly Circus
It’s said that if you manage to time it so you propose right on the stroke of midnight here, your marriage will be blessed with good fortune.
• On top of the world
For years, Cupid’s Capsule at the London Eye was the place to propose in the capital (more than 5,000 couples have got engaged there so far). There’s definitely something to be said about sweeping your intended high above the city, whether it’s for a romantic picnic on Primrose Hill or a glass of champagne on top of a skyscraper like The Shard.
• A romantic afternoon tea
Say it with icing sugar at The Royal Horseguards Hotel. Book yourself in for a champagne afternoon tea and have the pastry chefs inscribe your personal message onto a small cake for you.
Do something different
Ben Collins jolted upright while commuting on the London Underground one morning when he saw the words sprawled across the front page of his Metro: ‘To my darling Ben Daniel Collins. Will you marry me? Lots of love, Jon Mark Ireland’. He said yes, of course.
If you’d like help doing something extra-special,The Proposers are on hand to orchestrate the ultimate proposal for you. They’ve organised a treasure hunt through London’s most iconic landmarks (leading up to a romantic finale) and a flash mob proposal on the London Underground. With a 100% success rate, they must be doing something right.
Romantic inspiration: a very special reception at The Charing Cross Hotel
David Morris met Annzella, the future Mrs Morris, while they were just schoolchildren at Bedales School in Petersfield in the 1940s. Their paths separated as life got in the way, but only briefly. As fate would have it, David and Annzella found themselves thrown together once again, and this time they weren’t going to let anything get in their way. Not for long, anyway.
After a romantic proposal at Christmas time in 1951, David and Annzella had to spend some time apart while he was in the army. So they waited.
But when David got out of the army in 1953 and was reunited with Annzella, they could barely wait a second longer to make their love official in the eyes of the law. David got out of the army on the Sunday, and the very next day (Monday the 21st of September, 1953) the couple were pronounced man and wife.
Here they are on their wedding day:
After their vows, the new Mr and Mrs Morris, along with their friends and family, made their way to The Charing Cross Hotel for a grand reception to celebrate their union.
60 years and several children and grandchildren later, the couple are still just as much in love as they were on that September Monday all those years ago.
And we had the pleasure of welcoming the lovebirds back for their 60th anniversary in the hotel recently to celebrate 60 years of marital happiness. Of course, we had to ask them the question that was on all our lips: what is the secret to a long and happy marriage? For them, it was these simple things:
• Leading an active lifestyle and staying healthy
• Being compatible
• Being brought up in the same close-knit community
And finally, they credit the strength of their union to not having any arguments.
Congratulations again, Mr and Mrs Morris. And here’s to many more happy anniversary celebrations for years to come.
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