A Secret Drawer & Why Brunch Is Always A Good Thing

I was out of the house most of this weekend, spending quite a lot of time with a few visitors that have been in London recently. I was really excited to meet Emily {aka Emily Jane, awesome wedding-winner extraordinaire} during her whirlwind trip back to the UK with her fiancĂ©, and we quickly coordinated a time and place to catch up.

I have to say, I'm rubbish at making decisions and picking venues to visit. I do have one favourite place that I love to stop by every once in a blue moon; it's not in my neighbourhood at all and requires a bit of a journey, but it makes for an awesome brunch spot. It's located near Tower Bridge and it's on a little cobblestone street full of shops and apartments that are completely precious. How can you not love it; it's oh so London. {And check out that sky!}

This is the reason I would travel clear across town for brunch. I mean, really. I'm hungry again just looking at it.
Emily was just as sweet in person as she is online and we happily spent the morning chatting away; about life, about travelling, about the UK and of course, about wedding planning! It was a Saturday and quite busy when we first arrived, but we stayed for a few hours and soon only a few diners were left as the kitchen prepared to close.

The restaurant is filled with random mismatched furniture, which I was admiring while I finished my banana oat smoothie. It was about that time that I noticed that the table we were sitting at was actually an old desk, complete with drawer. Being the nosey person that I am, of course I opened the drawer. I was not expecting what was inside!

The drawer was filled with dozens, possibly even hundreds of scraps of paper. There were messages on notepaper, messages on the back of receipts, messages on napkins, all sorts of messages. I felt a little shifty going through the drawer in front of the staff, but couldn't help but get excited - so we started pulling them out one by one and reading them together. There were messages about love, relationships, marriage, hopes, and random dreams.

It was such an unexpected surprise, and it was incredible to think that so many people had gone through the exact same motions as I had - randomly opening a drawer in a restaurant and discovering a secret stash of notes.

I'm not going to go right out there and name the restaurant, though if you look carefully enough at the images, you might get a bit of an idea. Or, you know, you could just ask ~ it's definitely worth a visit if you're in town.

Maybe when you visit, you could add your very own messages to the drawer. And perhaps you will find the messages that Emily & I added to the stash. This has to be one of my favourite places in London town.

Have you ever encountered a random surprise or note somewhere unexpected?


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20 comments:

The Casual Perfectionist said...

That's great!

When we were remodeling our bathroom, we found a love note hidden behind the mirror. It was obviously written by teenagers on notebook paper and carefully folded and passed in class.

It was well over 20 years old, and it makes you wonder where the lovebirds are now... :)

Amanda said...

Ahh! That's amazing! I always hope something incredible like that will happen to me, but so far, nothing. I kind of want to go see it, but then since I know it's there now, it wouldn't be quite the same.

Jess said...

That is awesome. It's like PostSecret for happy notes!

Britt said...

So neat!

steph anne said...

YAY for meeting a blogger in person! :) Now it's my turn to go to London & meet you! Haha.

Those notes are incredible...I'd love to spend all day there reading them all.

heidikins said...

That is awesome! Oh man, I *love* this whole concept. Additionally, now I'm craving bacon.

xox

daringtobe said...

When I was in Paris in July I made a visit to Oscar Wilde's grave to do the touristy thing and give it a kiss. Besides the hundred of lip prints all over, there were notes written on old metro tickets, scraps of paper, etc folded up. Being the snoop I am I read a few. One had Oscar Wilde's famous quote written on it "We're all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars." Love it.

nicole said...

That is so neat! I love sentiments in unexpected places! And your food photos just made my stomach growl :)

Angela Noelle said...

How cool is that! It kind of reminds me of postsecret, but somehow, even more personal.

Megan said...

I'm getting hungry just looking at that brunch!

What a great find! And I'm also excited (and a wee bit jealous) that you got to meet Emily.

Becky said...

Oh my gosh how cool! So jealous you got to meet Emily Jane - I wish I had been there with you two! (mmm....brunch!)

Karen said...

How beautiful. What a cool surprise!

Becs said...

This is so incredibly cool! I adore this post.

Katelin said...

that is the cutest thing ever. seriously that would have made a day, what a great and adorable surprise.

thoughtsappear said...

That is so cool! I'd love to find a drawer of notes.

I've never found a note myself, but this past weekend I left a little post it notes in a gas station next to the 3 Musketeers. Hopefully it brightened someone's day.

Erin said...

How cool! I want to find a secret drawer!

terra said...

That is so cool! I always hope I'll stumble upon a cool note but I haven't yet. I usually only buy used books though and have found a few random photographs a time or two. Nothing too exciting though.

Emily Jane said...

Yay!!! I had THE best time with you that morning - perfect start to a trip that's been nothing short of amazing. I'm definitely writing about our secret little drawer when I get back next week :) Thank you again for the wonderful brunch!!

Chantel said...

Wow, how absolutely delightful! I would love to stumble across something like this.

Oh and to leave my note there...! Thank you so much for sharing this! This is going to sound goofy but I felt so happy to read that there is a place like this. I must visit sometime :-)

Alex said...

I can't think of one off the top of my head, but I sure do love this post!





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