Gem: We’ll have been together for two years at the end of April - we met when we were both at university here. One afternoon my friends and I decided to go to the pub and one of them said, “Is it okay if Lol comes along?” Obviously it was fine. So that’s where we met. She got my number and started texting me loads. She’d never been in a gay relationship before.
Lol: I just went with it! And I’ve pretty much been going with it for the past 18 months. Gem holds herself really well – you can’t read her until you get to know her, which I think is why I wanted to spend more time with her. She’s not full on from the start, but can be later – there was a lot to find out!
G: I could see straight away that Lol was a really warm person. She made me feel really comfortable. I knew it was going to develop into something special, whether it be a close friendship or more. It just seemed like there was a spark.
L: We fight about when our first official date was. I say it was at The Breakfast Club in Soho, maybe two weeks after we’d first wondered if there was something there. But Gem says it was at the V&A museum, but that doesn’t make any sense to me. I was supposed to go by myself and she just tagged along. I thought we were just friends.
G: It was such a funny day it sticks in my head, but it wasn’t really a date. She did let me have her Pret cookie though. Our first date is kind of a grey area.
L: We never actually made it to the V&A! I’ve still never been. I was planning to go for an exhibition of wedding dresses. I was really looking forward to it. Gem said it was a really nice place to go, not as hectic as other museums, but somehow we ended up at the Natural History Museum instead.
L: We always make plans to go, but end up doing something else. We head to Shoreditch most of the time when we’re down from Liverpool, where we now live.
G: I didn’t like Shoreditch originally. I thought it was grubby. I started liking it when I started working at my friend’s dad’s pop-up store, in Boxpark. I met loads of people and experienced it differently. We like Forge & Co there, a coffee-to-cocktails kind of place. Our friends work there so there’s always a warm welcome. We try to come to town every six weeks or so. Lol used to live in Clapham and I was in Finsbury Park, so we got to know both north and south London really well.