When I moved out of London it was by necessity, not choice, and I left a huge chunk of my heart behind in the bustling big smoke. So when I was invited to east London to celebrate the UK launch of stylish outdoor clothing company, LIGHTHOUSE, I was a happy bunny.
I’d never been to the DUCK & WAFFLE restaurant before, so while I knew it was a stomach-swirling 40 floors up – the highest restaurant in the UK, no less – I didn’t realise you got there via a see-through glass elevator that shot up the outside of a very, very tall building.
Stepping inside, I prayed my acrophobia (fear of heights) would behave itself. As the floors melted away, the city of London revealed itself; despite my shaky knees (and fact I was flattened against the far wall by the time we summited) the view literally took my breath away.
Because you’re so high up, the entire city is laid out before you including some of the world’s most iconic landmarks – Tower Bridge, the River Thames, the Shard. I tried to take some photos, but the reflections off the floor-to-ceiling windows hampered my efforts, so (with permission, of course) I’ve used a couple of their pics instead.
Hello?! Will you check out that phenomenal view of the Gherkin?
The private dining room was unbelievable – the city was lit up like a twinkly fairyland, and the table setting (top pic) just gorgeous. I had the pleasure of sitting across from lovely Lela, from LELA LONDON, and next to beautiful mum-to-be Rosie, from CIDER WITH ROSIE, and sampling the restaurant’s signature dish – Duck and Waffle. Ah. Ma. Zing.
Such a great night already, and I haven’t even told you about the most important part yet…
Lighthouse are an Irish company specialising in ‘Simple Island Living’. Don’t you just love the sound of that? They’ve recently launched their stylish outdoor clothing range in the UK, and I had the absolute pleasure of meeting their team and getting a sneak peek at the first Lighthouse collection.
They specialise in quality waterproof designs that perfectly combine style and practicality, with a breathable fabric for maximum comfort.
The girls and I love getting out and about, and now the days are longer, lighter and warmer I’m looking forward to making the very most of our National Trust membership. The weather has been on the damp side of late (read: torrential rain almost every day) so wet weather gear is essential.
Both girls are at that age when they know what they like to wear – Big Sis prefers a sporty look, while Lil Sis likes florals and pastels all day long – so we’re really looking forward to trying out some Lighthouse designs on the blog very soon.
Watch this space for more about Lighthouse!