Friday, 2 September 2011

Thames River Cruise Birthday Dinner

AB excelled himself with a birthday surprise this year! He booked a table for two on the lovely Thames River Dinner cruise boat called "Symphony". I have been on Thames Cruises before in the form of 3 party boats (great fun) and a day trip tourist waterbus. So I was really looking forward to the dinner.

We arrived early at Embankment so we popped in the nearest bar for a drink, which happened to be Opal Bar. It was Friday just after 5pm, and Happy Hour, and the bank holiday weekend, so the place was packed. It seemed like a small trendy bar until we ventured downstairs and found an underground nightclub, and yes it was open with a Dj and people dancing.. at 5pm! We don't have anything like this in Brighton so I was pleasantly surprised and also felt old because I didn't know how anyone could face clubbing this early.

Anyhow, the dinner was lovely, very romantic and 2 proposals happened..aaaaaawwww! (Not mine!) We even squeezed in a little smoochy dance to the live jazz band before we disembarked.

Sadly the photos are a bit blurred due to our rubbish photography skills and the boat actually moving quite fast, but we did get a professional shot taken of us which is stunning and now has pride of place on the sideboard. It raised a smile as the Captian announced we were at Tower Bridge and started playing Land of Hope and Glory! Thanks Bateux London!

The food was a la carte, expensive and therefore teeny tiny portions. If i'm honest it was a bit bland considering the cost but I guess on something like that they have to play it safe to please everyone.

I did get a nice table sparkler and the Happy Birthday sung to me by the jazz band too, as we sailed passed the houses of parliament and Big Ben this made me feel special, and I got to dress up in a lovely new H&M lacey number.

All in all a pretty magical night!

Brighton C x

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