Wiley and I cherish our date nights and thanks to my Dad always helping with the kids, we get to do them quite often. It really helps to have some kid-free time and to just have some fun together without being Mom and Dad.
Whenever we go on trips, almost always, my Dad (or Opa as the kids call him) joins us. There are so many reasons why we like him coming – he’s a HUGE help, the kids absolutely adore him, and he loves coming with us and we love his company. Another benefit of having my Dad join us is that he lets us have a couple nights off to sneak away for a date night. Which is always so fun as London has some pretty amazing restaurants that we wouldn’t get to check out if we had the kids full time.
Our first date spot was my favorite – J. Sheeky – which happened to be about a two minute walk away from where we were staying. It was absolutely divine and I would go back again and again if I could. I love seafood and this place was top notch. We had some of the most divine oysters, crab bisque, fish and scallops – oh-my-gosh it was all so good and the quiet atmosphere of the restaurant with just the clinking of china and hushed voices was a nice break from the buzzing city outside.
As we walked back to our flat, just a stone’s throw away from J. Sheeky, we saw the CUTEST (and quirkiest) pub – Mr. Fogg’s Tavern and Gin Parlour. It was the insanely gorgeous pink floral arch that caught our eye and I promptly decided this spot was going to be my cup of tea. Very beautiful and rustic-themed inside, with British bunting flags strung across the ceiling, it is a traditional Victorian tavern in the heart of Covent Garden. If you appreciate attention-to-detail then you’ll love this spot. It is definitely a more upscale pub, serving not just the usual pints but craft cocktails (I got the Glugging Gigglemug which tasted like fall) and punches as well. They even have fun events like cockney sing-a-longs and jazz bands and upstairs is a gorgeous Gin Parlour with beautiful wallpaper, traditionally upholstered furniture, and plenty of gins, tonics, and botanicals to wet your whistle. Next time I go I will definitely be booking one of their “gin experiences” with Wiley.
Our next date was at The Coppa Club in one of their Paradise Pods. Unfortunately it wasn’t the best evenings for me as I had some kind of allergic reaction to lord knows what and broke out in a horrible hive rash all over that morning. I’ve never experienced anything like it and just feel overall really crappy. The food also wasn’t as great as I expected (great but nothing to rave about) but they made up for it with the most ridiculously good sticky toffee pudding. I mean, so good that I am still craving it and thinking about it every other day. The Paradise Pods were fun, very instagrammy, and trendy. Overall I probably wouldn’t want to go back, I think once was enough. But it could also have been the rash making me feel cranky and bothered by everything.
So there you have it! Our date nights in London! Can’t wait to go back and try two more new spots (though one might just have to be J. Sheeky again as it was THAT good).