Mark and I don’t tend to give each other gifts on our wedding anniversary anymore. Over the years we have given each other many gifts, but now we do it a little differently. Gifts are lovely, but on our wedding anniversary we choose something together. It may be a key piece for our home or it may be a day out or even a weekend away. This year we celebrated 17 years of marriage with a wonderful day out in London.
Celebrating 17 Years Of Marriage
The day started with Afternoon Tea at The Savoy. It is such a beautiful hotel, it is part Art Deco, part Edwardian and they sit together so perfectly. It’s as if you’ve stepped back in time and you half expect to see Marilyn Monroe or Frank Sinatra (both have famously stayed at The Savoy) walk past on their way out to a glamorous event.
Afternoon Tea is held in the Thames Foyer, right in the heart of The Savoy. The winter garden gazebo sits in the middle of the room, under a huge glass dome, where a pianist sits and serenades you. We started with a glass of champagne – 17 years of marriage deserves a glass of Louis Roederer – and a plate of sandwiches. We chose Oolong Oriental Beauty for our tea as it was a favourite of the Queen. Next came the scones, with lemon curd, cream and jam, followed by a variety of tasty little cakes.
Afternoon tea was thoroughly enjoyable and we could have happily stayed for a few more hours, but it was time to head to Buckingham Palace.
Our tickets included entry to The Queen’s Gallery and The Royal Mews, as well as the State Rooms at the palace. We visited on opening day and the crowds were huge! The queue for entrance into the palace felt like it went on for miles. Fortunately, we were able to avoid all of that and started our tour in the gallery. After the gallery we walked round to the Mews and saw some of the Queen’s horses. Many of the carriages that are used for various events, including the one used for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, were also on display. The highlight of the Royal Mews has to be the Gold State Coach, used for many coronations. It is stunning and it was fabulous to be able to see it up close.
Finally it was time to visit Buckingham Palace. This is something that I have wanted to do for years, so when Mark suggested going to the Savoy to celebrate 17 years of marriage I suggested we visit the palace too. Buckingham Palace was everything I hoped it would be. Every room was breathtakingly beautiful, especially the Ballroom – the huge chandeliers were stunning and sparkled from every angle. Understandably you are not allowed to take photos inside so unfortunately I have none to share with you. I fully recommend that you visit and see for yourself how impressive it is. We finished our tour with a cup of tea in the Royal Cafe´ before walking through the gardens.
Cocktails At The Ritz
We didn’t need to rush home after visiting Buckingham Palace, so we decided to tick another item off my 40 before 40 list and go for cocktails at The Ritz. I was really enjoying celebrating 17 years of marriage! Unlike The Savoy, which I’ve visited many times, I had never been in The Ritz so I was excited to step inside. It didn’t disappoint! It was as elegant and sophisticated as I had expected it to be. We were quickly seated in the Rivoli Bar and after perusing the extensive drinks menu, we both opted for a Royal Ascot – a mix of Grey Goose Vodka, lime juice, apricot puree and soda. It was so refreshing and perfect for a very hot evening in London.
The final stop of the day was a visit to Below Zero, an ice bar just off of Regents Street. I had always wanted to go to an ice bar and this was another item on my 40 before 40 list, so Mark decided that we were going to tick that one off too! We were given our warm ponchos and gloves and we headed in for a drink. As you step through the doors you enter into a small nightclub style bar, that is completely frozen. There was a great atmosphere in there and we enjoyed looking at the artwork and ice sculptures whilst we had our drinks. It was quite surreal to step back out into the warm summer evening air!
Our day in London celebrating our 17 years of marriage was fabulous. Not only was it great to tick 10% of my 40 before 40 list off in one day, it was just lovely to spend some time together. I can’t wait to see what next year’s celebrations will be and what the next 17 years of marriage will bring.