The 7 Best London Proposal Ideas

Thinking of proposing to your other half? Arguably the biggest question you’ll ask in your life, planning a romantic proposal idea requires a lot of careful planning – from the setting, to the words you say and, of course, the all important engagement ring. Our jewellery workshop is based in London’s Clerkenwell, so we’ve got more than a few good ideas of romantic proposal ideas in the city. Read on for our guide to the 7 best London proposal ideas.

1. Kyoto Gardens

A leafy setting in the west of the city, Holland Park should have plenty of romantic London proposal ideas in its 54-acres of greenery. Our favourite? The Kyoto Gardens. A traditional Japanese garden with tranquil tiered waterfalls and a pond full of beautiful koi carp, you’d be forgiven for forgetting you’re in London at all.

Opened in the early 1990s, the garden was a gift from the city of Kyoto to commemorate the long friendship between Japan and Great Britain, a fitting sentiment to couples looking to cement their future together. Afterwards, the Belvedere restaurant – also situated within the grounds – is just the location for a celebratory drink.

The Kyoto Gardens in Holland park are great for those looking for the perfect proposal ideas in London

Image credit: SUITCASE Magazine

2. Exmouth market at night

Begin your evening at Clerkenwell restaurant The Quality Chop House, with it’s foodie-approved menu and chic bistro interiors (think simple monochrome tiling and vintage pews to sit on). Once you’re full up on the modern British menu, take a walk around the corner onto Exmouth market. The area has been a market place since the 1890s and a number of the street’s buildings date from the 19th century, so it’s a pretty iconic London vignette. It looks most engagement-worthy at night, when the strings of street lights turn on, inviting you up the parade.

A dinner at The Quality Chop House following a day out in London calls for a perfect proposal.

The Quality Chop House in Clerkenwell

3. Serpentine boating lake

Located in the heart of Hyde Park, the Serpentine boating lake will make for a picturesque proposal following a day out in London. Jump in a boat with your loved one, row them out to the middle of the water and pop the question surrounded by swans and scenic views.

If you’d rather a London proposal idea without having to do the rowing yourself, opt for the Solarshuttle, a stylish boat which glides across the lake powered only by the sun. The Solarshuttle carries up to 40 passengers, so whilst it won’t be a private proposal, it will still offer a serene spot with a small audience to congratulate you afterwards. You will have to commit to a proposal between April and October as boating on the Serpentine is shut in the winter months. Opening times go until sundown, so if you’re looking for an extra romantic touch, choose a clear day and head there close to sunset.

The Serpentine boating lake is a beautiful location for a picturesque proposal to your loved one

Image credit: Mr Bell Travels

4. Barbican conservatory

A brutalist London icon, an Instagram favourite and the second biggest Conservatory in London, the Barbican Conservatory makes the perfect setting for modern romance. A short walk from our Clerkenwell studio, we can’t imagine a more verdant setting for plant-loving couples to say yes in.

This takes a little more planning than the others as the Conservatory is open only on selected Sundays each month and Bank Holidays, but the fine details are certainly worth it to get engaged in this striking urban oasis.

The Barbican Conservatory is perfect for plant loving couples

Image Credit: Max Colson

5. St Dunstan-in-the-East

If you’re looking for a romantic proposal idea that’s a little more private, look no further than the gardens of St Dunstan-in-the-East. The Grade I listed building of the Church of St Dunstan was damaged in the Great Fire of London and again in the Blitz of 1941, but the remains were later turned into a public garden, giving what was left of the church new life, now covered in luscious greenery. Pop the question amongst the magical ruins and make this secluded garden a setting you’ll remember forever.

St Dunstan in the East is situated in a secluded, magical garden, perfect for proposing to your other half

Image credit: Haarkon

6. Tate Britain

We can’t imagine a more fitting proposal spot for aesthete couples than the Tate Britain. After exploring London’s most-loved historic British art gallery, home to the annual Turner Prize exhibition, stop at the top of the visually stunning monochrome rotunda staircase and pop the question to your significant other.

As the gallery is situated on Millbank, it’s ideally situated for a walk along the River Thames afterwards – head toward Westminster to celebrate, taking in London’s landmarks as you go.

The beautiful Tate Britain is a visually stunning proposal spot for couples

Image Credit: Art Rabbit

7. Make it a Perfect Proposal™

This option works in any location you like… from your front room at home, to the location of your first date and more. Our Perfect Proposal™ box is a unique way to pop the question: you propose with a precious stone packaged beautifully in a small box, along with a handmade book inviting your partner to schedule a design meeting at the Simon Wright workshop. It’s a romantic proposal idea that works particularly well if you’d like to involve your partner in the design process too.

Find out more about the Perfect Proposal™ now.

The Perfect Proposal box is a unique way to propose to your other half - anywhere, anytime

Emma Soulsby Collaboration

In April this year we were fortunate enough to once again collaborate with the incredibly talented florist, Emma Soulsby at a decidedly fun and vibrant shoot for the luxury wedding blog, B.LOVED. The shoot, which was primarily to showcase Emma’s show-stopping ‘Moongate’ floral designs, was brought to life by our engagement rings and the work of several other wedding professionals.  A favourite of ours had to be this sumptuous four-tiered wedding cake engineered by West London’s Angus de Sucre and the critically acclaimed cake designer Reshmi Bennett. However, we were also bowled over by the meticulous detail in Kate Edmondson’s wedding dresses.

 

 

Photographed by bridal couture and wedding photographer, Amanda Karen, this composed medley of creativity and timeless style features several of our bespoke creations including engagement rings, pendants and earrings.

 

Rings

This 18 kt yellow gold  ring boasts a glistening 0.79 ct round cut yellow sapphire centre stone surrounded by intricate petals comprised of 12 round brilliant cut diamonds. We’ve called this piece the Yellow Floral Sapphire. This piece is particularly breath-taking. The metals used in the stone settings have been manipulated in a way that recreates the visual delicacy of a flower’s petals whilst clutching a shimmering yellow sapphire that emulates a radiant central disc, similar to that of a daisy.

Natural forms can be mimicked on such a small scale but this piece describes a more contemporary take on an organic design. This ring is clearly a standout piece – starlight yellows and contrasting mill-grain brilliant cut round diamonds in a remarkable halo of white and yellow gold petals. The image to the right shows our ring off alongside Emma’s arrangement and one of Kate Edmondson’s elegantly woven wedding dresses.

 

Pendants

Two of our stunning diamond drop pendant necklaces were gracefully modelled on this shoot. The first of which is our three-tier platinum Triptych pendant. Graduating pear shape diamonds flow over a detailed lace Florentine neckline ending in a 1.09ct diamond. The pendant belongs to a set with matching earrings. This is a special piece and one of the more valuable at the shoot.

We’ve named the second of our pendant and earring sets exhibited at Emma’s shoot the Peony Collection. As the pastel colours are an imitation of those of the flower’s, we think the name is fairly appropriate.

Each piece consists of a round brilliant cut pink diamond. Naturally pink diamonds are extremely rare and unlike almost all other coloured diamonds, very little is known about how they attain their rosy hue which makes this creation even more special. Click here to take a look at our selection of pendants

 

Our final piece used for the shoot was this deep blue sapphire settled amongst a halo of round and pear shape brilliant cut diamonds. The piece, which is set in platinum contrasts well against the white of a wedding and makes a statement whilst maintaining a sense of class and elegance. We’ve named this the Midnight sapphire. You can also see this particular dress and more of Kate Edmondson’s deigns on her website here.

 

Wedding Trends, Statistics & Figures (Infographic)

For most people, tying the not with your loved one is one the happiest and most cherished moments you could ever experience in your life.

Well, maybe until they see how much a wedding and everything that comes with it costs!

On average, it cost £27,000 for a wedding in the UK in 2017 (that’s includes the full bells and whistles) and this figure is expected to rise to over £32,000 by 2028.

These figures include everything from venue costs, food, transport, decorations, engagement rings and, of course, the honeymoon.

It’s hardly a surprise that over 50% of couples asked for money as their wedding present – sensible move!

We decided to put together an infographic based around wedding trends, statistics, facts and figures. Take a look at our findings…

Great British Brands

Great British Brands is billed as ‘the luxury bible’ for British products. Published annually by the exclusive Country & Town House magazine, its purpose is to recognise and promote the very best British brands and luxury goods. The publication features 150 of the top names in British luxury; from heritage brands that have earned their place in our nation’s history, to emerging brands that represent the new Britain: young, vibrant and world-class.

Photo Credit: Country & Town House

Simon Wright Jewellery has been selected as one of those brands, alongside names like Burberry, Alexander McQueen, Harrods and Jaguar. Great British Brands recognises high standards, respect for traditions and handcrafting skills. Attributes that together contribute to achieve what clients in the luxury market are looking for: unparalleled quality and a timeless elegance that resonates across generations.

Simon Wright Jewellery on Great British Brands 2018

Find out more about how we can bring our passion for quality craftsmanship to the design of your next piece of jewellery.

Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Awards 2018

This year Jenny had the privilege of being invited to the 2018 Goldsmiths Craft & Design Awards, a competition that rewards distinction in technical skills and creative design.

SWJ is a proud contributor to the event, and in the past Simon has volunteered his time to judge the CAD Presentation section of the competition.

Below are some pictures of the impressive pieces and beautiful venue:

Gold Award & winner in the Junior Diamond Mounters category

Silver Award in the Junior Diamond Mounters category.

Boodles Award Winner, Silver Award in the Jewellers  category and Bronze Award in the Senior Setters category.

Gold Award in the Junior Setters Category  & Silver Award in the Senior Setter category

The Golsmiths’ Hall in Central London.

 

 

The Great British Brands 2018 Party

On Wednesday 17th January we had the pleasure of attending the 2018 Country and Town House’s Great British Brand party at the stunning Hotel Cafè Royal on Regent Street.

For the past two years, Simon Wright Jewellery has been one of the 150 “British Success Stories” featured on the annual edition of the GBB publication, showcasing excellence in the various fields of British luxury.

We had some drinks with the Country and Town House team and had the chance to have a close look at the GBB cover dress. The dress is a bespoke piece created by Alice Temperley for the occasion and was auctioned during the event with all the profit going to charity.

We are already looking forward to next year’s party!!

A day at the Gem-A HQ

The SWJ team was invited to an open evening hosted by The Gemmological Association of Great Britain and taking place on Monday 15th January at the of Gem-A London HQ, in the heart of the historic jewellery quarter.

The event consisted of a series of presentations by the CEO Alan Hart and the experienced Gem-A tutors who offered the chance of viewing different stones in the laboratory and learning how to recognize and be aware of “sneaky simulants”.

We really enjoyed the experience and had the chance of testing our knowledge: out of a bunch of fake diamonds, our skilled Jewellery Assistant Jenny spotted the only real diamond without hesitation!

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