Even with the fabulous January Joy spurring us all along, there is no getting away from the fact that January is not a fun month. And in the Davey house, this January was no exception. Being paid almost 2 weeks early in December, booking flights to New York and celebrating Stu’s birthday at Dinner by Heston (thanks for the recommendation Vicky, it was A.Mazing!) has meant that we have had little spare cash for dates. In my first piece about our Alphabet Dating adventures, I mentioned that one of the reasons we started this was to help us get out of the take out and box set rut. However, sometimes, those kinda evenings are exactly what you need and over the past few weeks, we have enjoyed many a cosy evening on the couch working our way through series one of The Wire; saving pennies and recuperating
We haven’t completely abandoned Alphabet Dating though and have managed to tick off N and O…
N is for Natural History Museum
I’m not normally a huge museum fan but I have always loved the Natural History Museum. Throw some champagne, tapas and live music into the mix and what’s not to love?! On the last Friday of every month during winter, the Natural History Museum opens up after hours. The main hall get’s a lighting face lift with jazzy pink up lighters and bands and small bar areas pop up all over the museum. Not only is the atmosphere fantastic but you can also visit some of the exhibitions. So for our “N” date, we headed down to South Kensington where we stopped off at our favourite La Cave a Fromage (of “C” date fame) for a feast of different cheeses and charcuterie before heading to the museum for a few drinks and to check out the Veolia Wildlife Photography exhibition.
O is for Oxo Tower
I planned our “O” date months ago and had been so excited about it. Unfortunately though, due to all of the snow and rain that we have had this month I had to change it up last minute but I am hoping that I will be able to reschedule it for “U”… The Oxo Tower is a great London landmark complete with a fantastic view over the river. At the top there is a rather fancy restaurant; however, if your budget won’t stretch that far (like ours this month) there is a free viewing gallery and a lovely cocktail bar. For our “O” date, we took a little post work walk along the Southbank and then I treated us to a few cheeky cocktails while we listened to some live jazz and enjoyed the view
I have a feeling that February is going to be a similar sort of month as we are both heading off on separate holidays with friends and time is tight but we are hoping to squeeze “P” in this weekend.
I can’t help but notice from Twitter and Instagram posts that a few of you have now started Alphabet Dating with your other halves; I would love to hear what you have been up to!! (Ed’s note: If you are getting involved in Alphabet dating, use the hashtag #AlphabetDating to share your tweets and instagrams with Martha @_Mrs_Davey (and get some inspiration from others who are taking part!)
Love Martha xoxo