Amazing how with two little children, you easily become a couch potato, skimming through a copy of Time Out with your feet on the coffee table, not really giving a toss what the world around you has on offer. It’s a rather sad state of affairs, given that we are living in London, Metropolis and most exciting city of the Western European hemisphere. Constantly staying in in London has the propensity to make you feel old and inadequate. You get all the downsides that living in The Big Smoke brings for a young family, but don’t enjoy the upsides.
So. We re-introduced the magic concept of Date Night. Five months after Lil’ L was born, we established a weekly date night routine that worked perfectly fine until I was 37 weeks pregnant with the Pea. We knew that ‘going out’ would take a backseat on our priorities list. We didn’t anticipate that ‘going out’ would fall off the earth.
It’s hard to get back into your high heels, squeeze into your skinnies and slap on the scarlet red lipstick when all you want to do is snuggle up on the sofa. But it’s so worth it!
We are now well into week 4 of regular dates, and we are loving it. Not so much the wee hours in the morning of the night before, but overall, we are loving it. It’s great to see friends without kids ruining every conversation (sorry, but that’s what they do). And it’s great to spend time with Big M alone, far away from tax files, bedtime routines and washing up duties.
Our best date so far: drinks at Soho House followed by dinner at Bam-Bou, a small Thai/Vietnamese restaurant off Charlotte Street in Soho.
London, we are back.
Bam-Bou, 1 Percy Street, London W1T 1DB, Tel.: 020 7323 9130