Finding love in London
London may seem like a bustling array of grey suits and red buses. But, nestled in the small corners of Victoria you will find a variety of different places to inspire the romantic in you, whether you’re looking for some forgotten intimacy, planning your big day, about to pop the question or treating that special someone to a well deserved city break. Victoria is the perfect place for you.
Ian Stuart Blewcoat
This little shop is easy to miss when you’re wandering along Caxton Street. From the outside, it looks like a quirky museum with stylish birds nests along the railings and towering pillars as you walk in. But, inside the locked doors you’ll find an array of intricately designed wedding gowns, bride’s maid dresses and accessories
“This is a magical place,” said Sohn Aursudkij, Manager of the shop. “One of my favourite parts of this job is when the bride sees herself in her wedding dress, sometimes she’ll cry because she’s found the perfect dress and she knows this is what she’ll wear on the big day.”
Once you’ve been welcomed into the shop, you will be treated to tea and Ferrero Rochers, while a personal assistant will help you try on a variety of different dresses and accessories in the privacy of an empty shop. If you can’t find anything you like, the staff will create something based on your personal ideas. Each dress will range between £900 to £10,000.
The Windermere hotel
The Windermere Hotel may be small, but it’s a family run business with a long history of romance. Couples travel from all over the world to celebrate anniversaries and pop the big question in this quaint hotel. The friendly staff will always be on hand to help you implement those romantic plans.
“I’ve helped with three marriage proposals,” laughs Emily Hambi, Co-Owner. “It’s a very romantic place, I remember one man who requested the same room he proposed in years before.”
Each room is specifically designed for pure relaxation and the staff go that little further to make your stay as extraordinary as possible.
37 Ecclestone Square
Venture a little further into Victoria and you will come across the romantic boutique hotel Eccleston Square beautifully presented with exquisite French style by owner Olivia Byrne and her brother.
Eccleston Square Hotel is a wondrous coupling of two beautiful Grade-ll listed Georgian Townhouses, one of which used to belong to Queen Victoria¹s granddaughter, Princess Victoria of Hesse whose son Lord Louis Mountbatten was the last Viceroy of India.
Couples looking for a romantic interlude should definitely consider coming here where hi-tec meets service with a unique Gallic infusion. Romantic whims are encouraged with everything from a picnic in the nearby seclusion of Eccleston Square to a personalised valet service for the couple.
A floral jungle lies in the heart of Victoria, with a large collection of exotic flowers and a whole range of colours for every occasion from weddings, dinner dates or just because you want to.
“Flowers are used for a whole range of events,” said Rose-Marie, who now runs Patricia’s Flower Shop; she has over 36 years in the flower industry. “Nowdays people are less afraid to buy flowers, I once saw a man buy some flowers for a woman in his office because she got engaged; that would have never happened 20 years ago.”
So now you have the flowers, wedding dresses and hotels. Go forth and enjoy the romance of Victoria, with it’s towering cathedrals and medieval architecture, you’ll find a whole new reason to fall in love.