Then and now: 100 years of the honeymoon

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T.The same was true for the pond: shortly after their wedding in 1920, the icons of the jazz age, F Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, retired to a suite in the now-defunct Biltmore Hotel in Midtown New York. This caused chaos with reports of biking in the lobby and ordering champagne and – inexplicably – fresh spinach for midnight snacks. They eventually moved to the nearby Commodore (now Grand Hyatt), where they reportedly spun in the revolving doors for half an hour upon arrival.


For the average couple, a honeymoon in the interwar period often meant a trip to the great British coastal towns like Scarborough and Bridlington to the north and Worthing and Newquay to the south. In the 1930s, many seaside towns maximized their supply by installing sparkling new lidos. The Anniversary Pool in Penzance opened in the middle of the decade with its modern triangular design and its location right on the coast. The pool reopened in 2016 after a £ 3m restoration and looks better than ever.