Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us – whether we love it or loathe it, think it’s romantic or cheesy, at this time of the year we are bombarded with heart shaped chocolates, red roses, and a general overload of “love”. However, the origins of Valentine’s Day were not quite so rosy. In 207AD Roman Emperor Claudius II had made marriage illegal, he thought that men falling in love and consequently getting hitched stopped them from joining his army. St Valentine was a Roman bishop from Terni not too far from Rome, he believed in marriage and love so strongly he continued to marry people illegally. Because of his breaking the law he was beheaded on February 14th 207 AD, and has been celebrated each year since in the name of that all-encompassing emotion of love!
You might be of the opinion that Estate Agents are not the romantic sort, but believe me the gushings here at Davis Brown estate agents have really turned that notion on its head! We have been discussing our favourite romantic thing to do, including taking a walk on Hampstead Heath followed by pint at a cosy pub, wandering around the Royal Academy of Arts on Piccadilly and admiring the wonderful paintings, staying at home and cooking a slap up meal for a loved one (or being cooked for). The winner of the most romantic of gestures however goes to one of our Commercial agents, he proposed to his girlfriend at the London Aquarium by getting someone to dive into the tank surrounded by sharks and stingrays, holding up a sign saying “Will you marry me?”! She said yes. Nothing says romance quite like that folks!