When it comes to a wedding (or any other) anniversary often one of the couple does the planning, in my case unless we’re planning a holiday it’s usually my husband. In fairness he’s not a great fan of surprises whereas I love them so it works well.
However, for some reason, on this our 5th year, I volunteered. I had a couple of ideas – have dinner back at our wedding venue etc but then I heard that Nnoodl were holding their inaugural adventure on the same day and that was it, mind made up. Bonus, it was going to be a surprise for both of us!
Nnoodl is a young company founded by Denise Yeats, a veteran events planner in both the corporate and charity world. If you need an event planned, she’s your gal!
Booked in December we knew we wouldn’t hear anything about the adventure until the week before and even then – as planned – it was only where to meet and what to wear.
So, at 10.30am there we were outside the Royal Mail office in Whitechapel wearing ‘casual’ clothes with a loose fitting top and flat shoes as per instruction. Warned that where we were going was a legit place, ‘it looks like a disbanded warehouse’, nine of us were led inside by Denise through a games arcade, round the corner to…Whistlepunks Axe Throwing range. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t immediately excited about the prospect however that quickly changed. Because of the type of person Denise is and therefore the clients she attracts everyone was really chatty and fun and we quickly developed a good camaraderie, even with the three other people who joined us on our ‘lanes’.
We each had a couple of rounds of practice throws and then the tournament began. It was all very fun and because none of us had thrown before the levels were very varied ie those with beginners luck and those without – I was the latter. I have to admit I lost track of time but I’d say we were there for about an hour and a half or so. Times flies when you’re having fun!
The last axe thrown we were then taken for a walk through the streets of London towards Liverpool Street. We knew lunch was at the end of the rainbow, we just didn’t know where until we got to the Breakfast Club, but even then there was a twist. Led past a huge line of people waiting for this evidently popular restaurant (VIP all the way!) we were taken through a Smeg fridge door – yep, you read that right, a fridge door! Down a dark stair case we found ourselves in a secret basement restaurant the Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town.
Sitting down for some well earned lunch gave us all the opportunity to get to know each other more – Bloody Mary/Reuben Sandwich 0 – Me 1. Yum!. Needless to say, if you’re the type of couple who want to sit in a romantic corner just the two of you this probably isn’t the anniversary celebration for you. But if you like surprises, enjoy going on new and interesting adventures and getting to know new people I highly recommend you check out Nnoodl. I will definitely be going back for more!