Posts Tagged: London

London Bride’s ‘Hidden London’ Romantic Guide


I know us lot living in London are often on the first Eurostar to Paris when we want a romantic break, but I’m here to tell you that London does have some pretty amazing hidden London romantic gems right on your doorstep! 

I wanted to share some of my personal favourite places (all of which I’ve visited/discovered through my many years here!) which I think make the perfect spot to visit for a cultural, romantic day out, date night or perhaps even a London proposal… 

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Images:  London In-Sight | A Peace of London 

Hampstead Heath – Pergola

I visited this only recently (although, sadly winter isn’t the best time to view it!) but I can’t wait to come back in the Spring as this location is just SO stunning. A slightly secretive looking staircase has you strolling along the pergola, a raised walkway, where you are amongst the trees and flowers with expanded views over leafy Hampstead and you feel a million miles away from the city and more like being a character in an Edwardian Novel. It has a slightly faded grandeur about it, which only adds to it’s charm and character which personally I love. Highly recommend bringing a picnic to make the most of the visit (and a camera, it’s seriously photogenic). 

Cosy up in a corner of The Hollybush pub which is more than 200 years old, you don’t get a more traditional and old fashioned pub than this.

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Images: Royal Museums Greenwich | London Photo Routes

Greenwich Park & Royal Observatory

Greenwich is so underrated by us Londoners. Yes it’s across the river, but it’s such a lovely place to visit and lots to see and do. It is a bit touristy (Cutty Sark!) but such a great place to make a day-trip of. Bonus points as you can reach it by boat (whilst having afternoon tea on board) or by hopping on the Emirates Air Line cable car (if you don’t mind heights!). 

It’s worth making the journey to Greenwich Park and the (steep, this calls for no heels!) climb to the top of the hill to feel like King (or Queen) of the Castle. This vista quite possibly beats any London view for me (head to the statue of General Wolfe for the best spot).  The photo above may fool you into it being a quiet spot, but sadly it’s unlikely you’ll be alone.

The Royal Observatory is the home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), so for those history and geographical lovers, you can stand on The Meridian Line (Longitude zero, where every place on Earth is measured in terms of its angle east or west from this line). You do need to book for this though. Maybe you can make a pun of it being ‘About Time’ if you are proposing… geddit? 

For something a bit more hip (by hip, I sort of mean hippy) in the summer months, head to Farmopolis on Greenwich Jetty for seriously good locally sourced organic food on a floating restaurant. Note the toilets here are far from romantic. You’ve been warned.

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St Pancras & Granary Square

Oh St Pancras. Once a place I used to be scared to walk through and now, one of my favourite areas, much more than just a travel destination with it’s amazing architecture and atmosphere. 

However if you, like me, can’t make it out of the right exit from the trains without having an argument (don’t get me started on the vortex that is the Kings Cross underground exit systems, argh!) then the best thing to do is head into the amazing architecture that is the St Pancras Renaissance hotel (designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott) through the lovely lobby and out into the station on the upper level ‘Grand Terrace’ concourse. Make your way to the imposing ‘The Lovers’ statue, which makes for a very romantic rendevouz…. ‘Meet me at The Lovers at 8pm’  has a pretty nice ring to it. 

Whilst I’m no train spotter, there’s something about trains, and travel that feels romantic, and with the imposing and impressive statuesque Kissing couple you can’t not feel a little bit loved up. Lucky for you it’s a great spot to have a cocktail in the glamorous Booking Office restaurant, or if you really want to go the whole hog, maybe Oysters a glass of bubbly at Searcy’s Champagne Bar the longest Champagne bar in Europe apparently!  

Brownie points if you can play the piano and serenade your date on the Sir Elton John Piano in the station concourse (in front of hundreds of strangers, no pressure?). There HAS to have been a proposal like this….?

Finish with dinner and a cocktail just next door in the decadent 1920s inspired Great Northern Hotel at Plum & Spilt Milk or GNH bar or there’s plenty more exploring to do nearby at Granary Square, a great hotspot on the canal with a theatre, lots of restaurants and a fancy fountain display that I dare you to run through.  

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Kensington Gardens & The Serpentine Boating Lake & The Serpentine Gallery

I am shamed to admit this, as perhaps one of the first things tourists do in London in the summer is head here, but it’s taken me 15 whole years to experience this, and I now regret not doing it sooner!

A walk through Hyde Park and the picturesque Italian Gardens soon lead you to the Serpentine Boating Lake, where you can have fun and frolics in a pedalo or rowing boat (for the more brave). When it Rome and all that… grab an ice cream and queue up (sorry to burst the bubble, chances are if the weather is nice, it’ll be busy but don’t worry the queue goes quite quickly) and wait for your turn to take to the lake, away from the clueless who don’t seem to be able to move far, head to the bridge and back and take in those taking a dip in the Serpentine Lido!

After exerting that energy, Walk through the romantic Rose Garden (don’t be tempted to offer her one, you’ll have the guards on your back) and then take in some art and architecture at the Serpentine Galleries (free entry!) before evening dining at the Zaha Hadid designed The Magazine restaurant at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery. 

Image: House & Garden

Rooftop at One New Change 

The rooftop at One New Change in the city is perhaps my biggest secret hidden gem in London. You take the lift up and suddenly you are on a rooftop space (for FREE!) with the most stunning view of St Paul’s, almost as if you could reach out and touch it. Great to watch the sunset from, and to take the city view in. 

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St Dunstan in the East 

Just a stone’s throw from Tower Bridge, well and truly hidden by the surrounding office buildings is the very atmospheric St Dunstan in the East. This Church, having been destroyed in the Great Fire of London was rebuilt, in keeping with its gothic style and a steeple designed by Sir Christopher Wren, but it was later hit by the 1941 Blitz and since then has remained as a shell of the original 1100 building. Since the 70s it’s been open to the public as a garden, and the overgrown trees, shrubs and plants that cover the building, winding their way around doorways and the once stained glass windows, make for a very secluded and fascinating hidden gem. 

After writing this I definitely had a ‘I LOVE LONDON’ moment, and I hope some of you get to enjoy a few of my favourite places whether you live here or are visiting, this city really does have some romantic gems…

Made In London – Wedding Gift Guide


Compiled by London Bride

This post is really just to indulge my love of shopping, and in particular my love of shopping at small independent shops, makers and sellers – of which there are a plethora in London.

It’s that time of year where you may well be attending a wedding, or if you’re on the planning side, you may be looking to find some nice gifts for the wedding party or as thank you’s. I thought I’d round up some of my favourite items for a range of budgets that are either made in London or at least from independent sellers in London that I think would make great presents or gifts and are the most part, pretty gender neutral I’d say.

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Now all you need to do is click on the link, buy and take all the credit. It’s OK, I won’t tell….

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Most Curious Wedding Fair – For Style Savvy London Brides


Photography by Natalie J Weddings

Pencil the weekend of 12th & 13th March in your diaries to attend London’s trend-led Most Curious Wedding Fair for the style savvy couple.

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Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th March 2016 | 10.30am – 5.30pm


The Old Truman Brewery, 81 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL


Tickets start from just £8, book here.

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Back for their 12th show, the stylish and free-spirited trend-aware style of the Most Curious Wedding Fair is carefully curated with a hand-picked merry gang of ace exhibitors who range from established brands, to hip and upcoming makers and shakers of the wedding world. This means they bring you the freshest and coolest wedding inspiration.

** You may want to make sure you follow me over on Instagram this weekend and keep your eyes peeled as London Bride is giving away two pairs of tickets to the show **

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The show is full of fun inspiration for you to dream big, taken from lifestyle trends, perfect for expressive, creative London Brides helping your wedding to be an extension of your own style and life and an expression of who you are as a couple.

The Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane is the perfect space for the 100+ exhibitors and will be feature inspirational visual displays and of course a catwalk show that should get you in the mood for doing some wedmin!

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I’m pretty excited about the doughnut wall (yes you read that right!) from Vicky’s Donuts and seeing London’s most stylish duo bridal designers, Belle & Bunty showcase their gorgeous latest collections. I’ll probably be snapping the stand of floral designer Vervain flowers with their stunning visual designs and dreaming of luxurious gold tableware from Helene Millot whilst chatting to photographer Heather from the cool Eclection Photography.

On the decor front I’ll be interested to check out paper pretty from Oh Squirrel see the fun Polish decorations from Bobbin & Bow and eyeing up the Fondant Fox cakes. Mmm!

Check out the full amazing list of London exhibitors for 2016 here.

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So for all your curious couples out there, don’t forget to book your tickets here for entry on either Friday 11th (preview evening), Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th!

Hayford + Rhodes Website Launch Event at BAFTA London

INSPIRATION, Florals, PLANNING, Events Calendar

Hayford and Rhodes Florist Website Launch by Fanni Williams

This week I was kindly invited to celebrate the launch of the new website for award winning London florists Hayford and Rhodes. If you’ve not come across them before do check out their work! The company was established way back when in 1924 by William Hayford and in 2007 the Rhodes sisters Amy, Joanna and Laura took the reigns of the company, and since has continued to lead at the forefront of British floristry with their timeless designs.

I’m lucky enough to attend quite a few events within the wedding industry [that sounds pretentious, I don’t mean it to, but there is a lot of networking to be done!] and I have to say that this one I really really enjoyed. Not only did I get to walk into the infamous BAFTA building at 195 Piccadilly [and be greeted by a larger than me brass BAFTA mask!] but the air in the bright room [which can be hired for weddings!] was filled with the beautiful scent of flowers and the space was quite literally blooming with colourful florals. Bright spring flowers were showcased in stunning arrangements from huge eye catching domes as a focal point of the room to ranunculus sprouting from lovely vintage dressing tables [courtesy of the lovely Kate Fletcher from Vintage Style Hire] not to mention the PEONY WALL. Yes that’s right… there was a wall of peonies, coral charm ones at that. I literally just stood there for 5 minutes staring at it’s prettiness. If I could have one of these permanently in my bedroom believe me I would.

There was also a delicious array of beautifully designed sweet treats from Rosalind Miller and just as I left I sampled one of the mini cakes and I swear that was the best butter icing I’ve ever had. Like whipped heaven. Then there were the cocktails. Oh. My. Let’s just say that it was rather fortunate [or maybe not] that it was a Monday evening otherwise I fear I would have outstayed my welcome at that bar. The clever guys at Drinks Fusion put on a seriously impressive array of floral inspired cocktails – with flavours such as rose, lavender and my favourite – Creme de Violette. I sampled, for research purposes obviously, the gin based Aviation Cocktail which basically tasted like parma violets – remember those? Definitely a new found cocktail favourite for me.

The cocktail waitresses adorned fresh floral hair crowns whilst some delicious food from in-house caterer gave us something to balance out the booze. As that was weary work I jumped at the chance of being beautified by the cute as a button Powderpuff Girls who were offering quick pampering fixes to the guests. My talented stylist did the most fabulous halo plait around my head in less than 5 minutes. Seriously impressive stuff [we agreed she could get into the Guinness Book of Records she was that quick] and I’m pleased to report the style lasted two days, hurrah!

A busy hour and a half as you can tell but after cake, cocktails and pampering I left with my free Muscari plant in hand after having a great evening, and so lovely to meet the talented team behind such a well known and successful floristry business too.

I want to also thank my buddy Fanni Williams who was their official event photographer for letting me share the very pretty images from the evening!

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Etsy UK Wedding Event – 11th May London

PLANNING, Events Calendar

Well hands up to those that have perused Etsy for wedding goodies? Big show of hands I’m guessing… so some rather fun news for Etsy fans [myself included!] is that they are holding their first ever Etsy UK wedding event and I have two pairs of tickets to give away to some lovely London Bride readers! It will take place on 11th May in London at the Gallery Soho and they will be showcasing the best that UK sellers have to offer along with plenty of inspiration for couples planning a wedding or even for those attending them! There will be lots of pieces to see, from wedding dresses to decoration and stationery and of course all provided by unique sellers.

Throughout the day there will also be rolling DIY workshops, hosted by Parapluie Events, where you’ll be able to have a go at making a selection of wedding decorations from colour themed pom-poms to bride and groom pegs.

On arrival every ticketholder will receive an Etsy Weddings goodie bag [oooh we do love a goodie bag!] including a token for a St Germain wedding cocktail and a 15% discount code for all the sellers taking part in the event, valid until the end of May.


I have two pairs of tickets to give away to you lovely London Brides so to be in with a chance of winning simply leave a comment below [making sure you enter your email address so we can get in touch if you win!] and two winners will be selected at random on Monday 22nd April.  


Don’t fear though, if you don’t win or if you want to make sure you don’t miss out you can buy tickets for just £5 online here:

The Etsy Weddings Event is taking place at The Gallery Soho in London on Saturday 11th May 2013. You can also keep up with all the UK Etsy news over on their facebook page or follow them on twitter at @EtsyUK

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Competition T’s & C’s
– Entries accepted up until midnight 21st April
– Two pairs of tickets to be won
– Your email address is required for winning notification only
– The event is for Saturday 11th May 2012 only
– Winners will be chosen at random and notified on Monday 22nd April

DIY Wedding Cake Class in London with Restoration Cake


A while ago I was lucky enough to be introduced to Charlotte White from Restoration Cake, a very glamorous all round cakey lady who is utterly charming and so very good at what she does. She has now decided to share this talent of hers with brides to be, by launching the ‘Wedding Cake 101’ class for brides to DIY their own wedding cake for their big day.

I would assume any brides out there who are looking to DIY their own cake it’s not only to learn, or have the sense of achievement and to have fun with it but also to save on costs. This class unlike many others is under £100 and as well as being kind to the purse it’s also kind with your time at just 3 hours!

The class is taught by Charlotte (above), who is genuinely passionate about helping DIY brides create something special and professional for their own wedding. She will be there to provide you with friendly guidance and advice on making your cake with her knowledge and experience she will share with you tips so you can avoid any mishaps in the kitchen – you even get given a special hotline number afterwards just in case! I like that Charlotte’s first hand experience means she can appreciate the pressure and emotions brides go through with this process as has been one herself!

Students will have the confidence to create a gorgeous and professional looking wedding cake, with a few insider tips on how to decorate their cake beautifully. Charlotte says “Most of the Brides who tell me that they plan to make their own Wedding Cake say that they are confident of their baking ability but that their cake design won’t be as professional looking as mine – I want to demystify the tricks that I use to create beautiful tiered cakes.” 

In Wedding Cake 101 brides will learn how to achieve a perfect finish when covering cakes in fondant icing, how to ‘dowel’ the lower tiers to ensure that the cake can be stacked safely, and how to create decoration with basic piping techniques, fondant flowers, and ribbons. At the end of the class, each student will leave with their own beautiful two-tiered cake and a factsheet containing each technique covered in the class.

The class is held at The Edward Woods Community Centre in Shepherd’s Bush (less than 5 minutes walk from Westfield Shopping Centre) and is £90 per person (including all materials and equipment.
The dates for the classes are Tuesday 8th January (starting at 6pm so no need to take time off work!) and also on Saturday 23rd February (2pm). For more information and to book your place on the course visit the Restoration Cake website:

With all the ‘why don’t you bake more’ quotes I’ve been receiving lately, I think Mr London Bride would rather like me to go on this course…!


Glowing London – Maddi + Ryan Engagement Shoot


London Engagement Shoot by Ed Peers

Firstly I just want to make a little, OK huge, apology for neglecting the blog for this last week. I unfortunately got a virus which totally wiped me out, and I think working as hard as I do, my immune system wasn’t quite up to dealing with it! But armed with a huge fruit bowl, antibiotics and gallons of night nurse* I have focussed on being well and fit as I have been planning a lovely wedding which is taking place this weekend which I was busy tying up ends with and wanted to ensure I was in tip top condition for!

Happily I am now human again and speaking of a wedding this weekend, it just so happens to be for these two truly lovely people, Maddi and Ryan. I love this London engagement shoot of them by their insanely talented photographer Ed Peers. This isn’t frilly, it isn’t posey [if that’s a word?!] it is just two beautiful people, in a beautiful city together, and doesn’t London just glow in this warm evening light? Also she does happen to have a very cute dress on.

Quite how Ed can make a set of cement steps look so appealing I don’t know. But I do know that if this is their engagement shoot, then their wedding photos are going to be really rather epic. As is their wedding. Ryan has designed all their stationery and Maddi has thought of just about everything… and then some. Oh and did I mention it was at Soho House?

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Maddi and Ryan, best of luck this weekend becoming Mr and Mrs, I’m very excited to be working with you both and being a part of your day! Thanks also of course to photographer Ed Peers.

*only kidding, I was responsible. Promise.

A First Date Location – London Engagement Shoot at Somerset House


I’m SO excited to be sharing the fabulous work of photographer, Lisa Devlin (who photographed the ‘big fat bloggers photoshoot‘ that I was a part of) shot this adorable engagement shoot for couple Hannah and Tim at London’s Somerset House.

Hannah says, I stumbled across Lisa’s site and instantly fell in love with her style. We just had to have her as our wedding photographer and was the first thing we booked…after the venue of course! We were quite excited to see that she offers an engagement shoot and thought what a lovely idea to get some shots just of the 2 of us in our favourite city in the world and where we met. We thought it would be a nice contrast to our countryside wedding.

We met Lisa for tea in Corinthia Hotel which is amazing. One of my bridesmaids actually designed the lighting there. We then moved onto Horse Guard’s Parade which was Lisa’s fab idea and we ended up at Somerset House which is where Tim took me on our first date to the ice skating rink. We were delighted to see that the rink had been replaced with grass and flowers for Spring and we had such a giggle the whole time!

My dress was just from the high street and has a lovely circular skirt for me to put my trusty Beyond Retro petticoat underneath. Teamed with my classic Louboutins, 1950s fox fur cape and a fascinator I made on the morning of the shoot! I now can’t wait for Lisa to shoot our big day! 

Neither can I Hannah, it’s bound to be super stylish and fun if this is anything to go by! I love that they went back to the place they had their first date, which was ice skating at Somerset House! Such a sweet idea (though not so much if it was in a loud, crowded bar like mine was!). Seriously, how stylish are these pair…

Thank you to Lisa and to Hannah and Tim for sharing this fun session with London Bride! Oh and in case you are interested, Somerset House still has the Spring flowers ‘Out of Sync’ exhibition on until 27th April.

Photographer / Devlin Photos

Location / Somerset House

Choccywoccydoodah – Nom Nom Nom!


Last week, if you follow me on twitter and facebook you may have seen I spent my Wednesday evening slirping Champagne truffle milkshakes and snarfing a slice of a 12 layer chocolate cake. In other words,  I attended the bloggers teaparty at Choccywoccydoodah’s brand new London shop just off Carnaby Street, nom nom nom!

Choccywoccydoodah have been on my radar for as long as I’ve been in the wedding world but I’d yet had the chance to properly meet any of the team or indeed, visit their shop (they have their first shop in Brighton). They are creators of design focused naughty treats, which are all works of art created out of drippingly delicious Belgian chocolate (I muttered the word icing whilst in there, big mistake, ain’t no icing to be seen here!). It’s decadent, it’s indulgent and rather opulent. I love it!

The shop is a must-visit in itself, it’s like walking into Willy Wonka’s naughty boudoir. Black furniture, velvet fabrics, low light lampshades, blood red walls – it’s a visual feast, not to mention an actual erm…feast. The shop sells lots of treats and gifts (my favourites were the solid chocolate scottie dog and the little chocolate brogues, so cute!) and of course they have on show their unmistakably signature cake sculptures which just ooze ‘eat me’.

Upstairs whilst sipping Champagne milkshakes (the most delicious thing, ever) we were treated to all sorts of goodies whilst chatting and eating lots of cake in the cafe area which is the perfect place for a decadent little treat when you’ve had enough of shopping in the west end. I also hear they are opening up a private floor which I think will be the perfect place for a hen party… hoping to have more info on that soon!

I went along with Dashing buddy and photographer Fanni Williams who took these fabulous pics in between chomping! I also bumped into blogging and industry buddies Alexis and Kat and also the lovely Elbie – hair and make-up supremo, nice to see you girls!

I seem to have been living under a rock as they have their own popular TV show which I’ve yet to see but I can only imagine is thoroughly entertaining as Christine, Daveed and the team are a total hoot and offer a great service. A huge thanks to Choccywoccydoodah for a fabulous event, it was great to meet you and try out your treats!

Here are my slightly grainy instagram pics of the evening. Sorry they aren’t too clear… I was too busy indulging!

Location / Choccywoccydoodah Shop, London

Photographer / Fanni Williams

A Little East London Wedding at Hackney Town Hall

WEDDINGS, Informal

Of course we all love to swoon over details details and more details, but in fact, we should all remember that a wedding is about a marriage and I really do enjoy seeing this more than anything. This intimate and casual East London wedding of Marina and Adrian reminded me – it’s about two people, and their friends and family all celebrating their love. I think photographer Lisa-Jane captures the complete essence of this Hackney Town Hall wedding, with lots of love and laughter and a very radiant bride and groom…

Photography // Lisa-Jane Photography

Wedding Dress // Vintage

Ceremony Venue // Hackney Town Hall

Flowers // Rebel Rebel

Craft Central Gets Hitched – Handmade & Unique Wedding Fair in London

PLANNING, Events Calendar

Craft Central Gets Hitched

I like to think that London Bride readers like the more unique things in life, and also appreciate the handmade touch. If that’s the case, you may be interested therefore in London’s Handmade Wedding Fair – Craft Central Gets Hitched which is coming up next weekend.

In it’s second year, this is a great little fair to kick start your wedding planning and discover some unique handmade products, fabulous suppliers and brilliant designers. From bridal fashion, to jewellery, gifts and decorations there will be lots on offer and a great place for you to chat to friendly designers and you can even commission your own designs!

The best bit…. admission is FREE!

Visit the Craft Central Get’s Hitched website for more info and to see who’ll be there visit

The fair takes place on Saturday 24th (11-5) – Sunday 25th March (12-4)  at Craft Central – 33-35 St John’s Square, London EC1M 4DS

They also offer late night shopping on Friday 23rd from 4-8pm which is the perfect post-work place to meet with your girls for a browse.

A Sweet Engagement Shoot – Emily + James


For those with a sweet tooth, what better way to celebrate your engagement with your sugar than going for tea and cake at the prettiest cake parlour in London, Peggy Porschen!

Well that’s what Emily and James did, as they both live in London they decided to go to the pink paradise of Peggy’s café to have an engagement shoot with photographers We Heart Pictures. Don’t the pink surroundings make for such a pretty picture! After they had tucked into delicious cakes, they went for a wonder around the nearby neighbourhood of Belgravia (not a bad place to wonder around!). Such a lovely shoot, and a sweet (pardon the pun) couple, also loving her dress…

Thank you to the lovely Emily and James for sharing their scrummy shoot with us, and to fabulous London photographers We Heart Pictures. Wishing you both the most brilliant wedding day this year, I suspect there will be lots of cake!

Photography: We Heart Pictures