Saturday. The best day of my life (so far!)
Saturday morning we had to be out of Byng by 10am. I finished my final packing, threw out the contents of the fridge, took out the trash, said goodbye to my roommate and was off! Anthony had picked out a hotel for us to stay at, and kept it a surprise for me. I took the Tube over to the Victoria and Albert Museum because Anthony really wanted to see the David Bowie exhibit, and I knew how quickly they sold out. I waited in line for an hour until Anthony joined me and we waited another thirty minutes. We got our timed tickets, and had time to have lunch in the cafe. We ate sandwiches and sat in their beautiful main section of the cafe. Then we went to the Bowie exhibition which was really extensive, and pretty neat. From there we decided to look around the rest of the museum, including the Medieval sections for Anthony and his new obsession with Game of Thrones. We talked about plans for the rest of the day, including going to St Pauls. Before we left we decided to walk through the 17th and 18th century sections so I could show off my knowledge. We came to a fork in the road and I said, oh we have to go over here I want to show you something really neat. We walked into the Music Room. It is the panels from the Music Room in the Norfolk House and is beautiful with white paneling and gold gilding, lit by ‘candlelight’. When we walked in there were two people just leaving so we had the space to ourselves. This is when Anthony took my hand, and proposed! He got down on one knee and put the most beautiful ring on my finger and I was stunned! I had no idea that was about to happen and he took me completely by surprise. I knew he would probably propose soon, maybe during the trip, maybe in Ireland or the last day, or even when we got home but I did not think it was going to be that moment. It was absolutely perfect.
After that I was floating on Cloud Nine. We hung around in the room for a bit, took some pictures, and then I thought we were on the way to St Pauls since Anthony really wanted to go there. But it turned out, that was just a ruse and instead we headed to the hotel. We got off the Tube at Embankment and on the way to the hotel there was a restaurant handing out free pizza slices! Then we went up a back road to the main street just as a bride was getting out of her car for her wedding. It was all fate! We walked up the Strand and stopped in front of The Savoy! The most amazing and beautiful hotel in London with tons of history, and this was my surprise! Famous occupants include Sir Winston Churchill, Frank Sinatra, Maria Callas, Claude Monet and Katharine Hepburn! We were treated like royalty and were shown around the hotel, the restaurants, gym, business center and most importantly to a special elevator up to the top floor where we were staying. We went up and were greeted by our butler. Yes, our butler. We stayed in a river side suite, which includes its own butler of course. He showed us around the suite which included an entry room with a guest bathroom, a full sitting area with couches, desk, side bar, master bedroom and master bathroom with a claw foot tub and a rain shower, a walk in closet and most importantly the rooms had the most amazing views of London I have ever seen. It was a clear shot of the London Eye, Big Ben and all the bridges. They also had personalized stationary that said Anthony Kellaher, In Residence and the dates! They also had a bottle of champagne ready and rose petals. The suite we stayed in was called the Katharine Hepburn suite and had her pictures and paintings of her on the way, her movies and books and even a framed receipt for the suite we were in that she wrote on and signed! We scheduled high tea with the butler downstairs, and The Savoy High Tea is one of the best in London. It was really a beautiful setting. I sat on a couch and there was a woman playing the grand piano right behind me. They even brought out an extra plate of sandwiches (how do they know me so well?). Between those, the desserts, champagne and tea we were stuffed. We decided to spend the rest of the evening enjoying our amazing hotel and to Skype with family members and friends to tell them the good news! After high tea at 5, we were hungry again around 11 and ordered room service! I could not ask for a more perfect day.