After the hype of our international wedding Lee and I really needed some time for just the two of us (checkout our fairytale wedding here). It amazed me how exhausted we both were after the wedding. The excitement and emotion seemed to have drained us and we were running on low. With our work and family commitments, going on honeymoon after the wedding was out of the question. So we booked a mini-moon instead. It was enough time to recharge and spend some time together as a couple. However it wasn’t too long that I would start missing my baby and wanting to go home. To be honest I liked the idea of having something to look forward to. With the anticipation of our wedding now gone, I felt an empty void and this seemed to have filled it.
So we packed our bags, said goodbye to our baby (thank you Nanny Moles) and set off to London.
Thai Food and The West End
After arriving at our AirBnb apartment in Soho, we quickly got dressed and set out for something to eat. We hadn’t booked anything or even researched somewhere to go in proximity which made us nervous as we didn’t have time to wander the streets aimlessly. I had a big craving for some asian food and luckily for us as we walked down a street close by we came across this little thai restaurant called Rosa’s Cafe.
It was a hidden gem! The food was absolutely delicious. We ordered the tempura prawns as a starter to share while Lee had a red curry and me, a green curry (I know, not very original). But it was amazing! The starter had attracted a lot of attention from nearby couples who proceeded to copy our order on our recommendation.
After filling our tummies we set off to the theatre to see the west end play Mathilda. I have never read the book nor seen the movie, so we had no idea what to expect. Either it was going to be a little too cutesie for 2 grown adults or it would live up to the reviews. I must say that we both thoroughly enjoyed it. The child actors were amazing and had me feeling emotional. The mother in me came out as I kept thinking about how their parents must be so proud!
After the play we had a quick cocktail in one of the bars nearby before heading back to the apartment.
Club Monaco and Usain Bolt
Wake up at 8:30am (woohoo a lie in!) and head out for some well needed retail therapy. One thing I don’t like about Aberdeen is its lack out fashion outlets. It is impossible. So shopping in London had me jumping up and down with excitement. As we wandered around our usual preferred stores I new store caught my eye.
It was called Club Monaco, a canadian brand that had my head spinning. Everything in this store was made for Lee and I, and we found ourselves wondering where this store had been all of our lives. Lee loved it , I loved it the only problem was that our bank accounts didn’t love it so much. We both walked out with a new top each but could have easily have bought more. Please come to Scotland!
After we were shopped out we headed back to the apartment to get changed and make our way to the World Athletics Championships. Yup we had tickets to see Mo Farah’s 10km Race and Usains Bolt Qualifying race.
It was such an amazing atmosphere and feeling to witness two great athletes in action. We headed home on a high!
First Dates and Shakespeare
We headed back to the apartment for a quick freshen up before heading out to dinner. The restaurant we were going to was a surprise from Lee. We walked into this small but trendy chophouse that looked vaguely familiar. While they got our table ready we headed to the bar for a drink and then it hit me. This is the First Dates Restaurant called Paternoster Chop House!
Apart from the fact it featured in a popular reality tv show, the food and service were amazing! We shared a chateaubriand steak with spinach and hand cut fries. The meat was served with 5 different sauces and melted in your mouth. One of the best steaks I have ever had. As we were about to leave, they surprised us with a complimentary dessert with Congratulations written in chocolate!
After this epic meal, we headed to The Globe. A reconstructed theatre that is said t be an exact imitation of Shakespeares theatre. We were to see Shakespeares play The Twelfth Night which neither of us had heard of before. To our surprise, it was a modernised version this comedy which was full of laughs and somewhat risqué jokes!
It was a cultured and fun filled mini-moon as husband and wife!