Towards the end of October it was my partner’s birthday. As his birthday fell on a Monday and he had to work, we did most of our celebrations the weekend before. So here’s what we got up to.
On the Saturday we drove into London as I’d booked an apartment at Cheval Three Quays. Cheval have various luxury apartments throughout London, but the one at Three Quays is not only located next to the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, but is convenient to drive to unlike a lot of places in London.
We stayed in a one bedroom apartment with gorgeous views of The Shard and the River Thames.
I’ve included my vlog of the apartment below.
We also stayed at Cheval Three Quays last year for my partner’s birthday and it’s been amazing both times. It has more space and feels more luxurious than some of the top hotels in London.
After exploring the apartment and taking in the views, we walked fifteen minutes to The Shard for dinner. Stopping for a quick photo opportunity along the way.
We took the super fast lift up to Hutong, one of the restaurants inside The Shard. Hutong is a tried and tested restaurant for us, as we’d been before and knew we was in for a treat.
The table we had was in the best location, on the quieter side of the restaurant away from the bar and with fantastic and romantic views.
The views throughout the whole of Hutong are spectacular, even in the bathroom!
We ordered our food and it was as amazing as we remembered.
We started with tasty vegetable spring rolls and vegetable dumplings. Both so packed full of flavour that no dipping sauces were required.
Followed by a fragrant pickled rice each and thick, flavoursome noodles.
Hutong is more of an occasion restaurant as it can work out pricey. However, in my opinion it’s worth every penny.
Bellies full after a great feast, we walked back, taking in this amazing view from London Bridge.
We drank champagne, ate chocolates and had time to unwind in the apartment.
We shared the chocolate covered Oreo’s I got personalised for my partners birthday.
And got competitive playing Monopoly.
Before calling it a night.
On Sunday we checked out bright and early, before heading down to road to Subway for a huge breakfast to set us up for the day.
Walking just across from Subway and Cheval, we arrived at the well known tourist attraction, The Tower of London. We pre-booked tickets to save time, as weekends in particular get busy.
The Tower of London was originally built by William the Conqueror as a Royal Palace and as a defensive fortress. As well as this, it’s been used as a prison and zoo and is over 900 years old.
One of the Royal bedrooms.
The queue for the popular Jewel House, where the Crown Jewels are kept on display. Sadly no photos were allowed inside.
A sentry (guard) outside the Jewel House.
One of the famous ravens kept at the Tower.
Charles II was superstitious after being told, that if the ravens left the Tower than it would fall. Since then seven ravens have always been kept at the Tower. Six at all times or the Monarchy will fall and a seventh is kept as a spare.
‘The Queen’s House’ which is still an official royal residence, is a timbered house that the Queen could live in, if she chose too.
Traitors Gate is the famous water-gate entry to the Tower, used by prisoners.
Before they were led to Tower Green, where the famous beheadings happened. Queens Anne Boleyn, Catherine Howard and twenty other prisoners were executed here. There’s now a pillow memorial on the site.
A statue of a polar bear, which is a nod to the ‘Royal Menagerie’, the royal collection of animals kept at the zoo. The animals later moved to what is now known as London Zoo.
After a fun day out, we headed home to relax.
On the Monday my partner had to work on his birthday and I travelled into Central London to sort out a few last minute bits.
I picked up some delicious gooey cookies from Ben’s Cookies.
Cupcakes from Lola’s Cupcakes.
I bought a few last minute birthday gifts and then I picked up the cake I’d ordered from Cutter & Squidge.
My partner didn’t know I was in London, so when he got in later on and saw a delicious, soft chocolate birthday cake, his face was a picture. Definitely worth the effort of carrying it home on the busy London trains!
We had a wonderful night in with presents, good food and of course, lots of birthday cheer!