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Proposing marriage in a London restaurant – top three must dos

Whipping out a ring between the main course and dessert – it might be a romantic cliché, but 31% of women would prefer to be proposed to this way in their favourite restaurant.

But for anyone thinking about introducing diamonds to their after-dinner chat, there’s more to popping the question than meets the eye...


ADD PIZAZZ - AND GET SOME MORAL SUPPORT - BY GETTING THE RESTAURANT STAFF INVOLVED

The waiting and kitchen staff love a good proposal – so it’s worth having a chat with them in advance to share your plans and ask if there’s anything they can do to help you pull off something a little extra special. In an interview with Time Out, Hugh Wright, communications manager at the ultra-romantic restaurant with a view, Aqua Shard, recalls how one groom-to-be swapped places with the bar man, turning up at the table where his waiting fiancée sat, with the drinks she’d ordered – and a big sparkler. “Of course she said yes,” said Wright.



CHOOSE A TABLE WITH A SPECTACULAR VIEW

If you’re stuck in a corner table, or just don’t fancy proposing with an audience, choose a London restaurant with a viewing platform. You’ll get the privacy you need – and a spectacular skyline to act as a backdrop for your first selfies as an engaged couple. 

One gentleman took this advice when he proposed at Galvin At Windows, sharing his experience on tripadvisor: “I was going to propose to my girlfriend on her 30th birthday. I spoke to one of the guys [at the restaurant and] he said that he would take us out on to the balcony and there no one would see [us]. So after the mains, he took us through the kitchen … my girlfriend’s face was a picture, and he led us to the balcony. 28 floors up, stunning views, I got down on one knee and after she said yes, fireworks for the concert in Hyde Park went off!”



DIAL UP THE EXCITEMENT FACTOR!

Don’t let the enormity of the moment overwhelm you, but don’t go to the other end of the extreme like one gent did – proposing to his girlfriend in such lackluster a manner that she determined to dodge becoming his wife.

“My boyfriend took me to a nice restaurant for Christmas and proposed to me...he didn't get down on one knee, he didn't even open the box or ask me. He just slid it my way and said 'Here, put it on, if not tell me so I can return it.' Let's just say there's a reason why I still call him boyfriend and not fiancé.”


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Author: Rebecca

Rebecca lives in London with her husband, daughter and dachshund. She hopes her dating blogs for Flame Introductions will inspire you to seek out the best London and UK locations for brilliant dates, and discover some tips along the way to help you find your perfect partner.