Modern American Steak House

On Friday, my husband and I went out for dinner at a place called MASH, which is in Brewer Street.  It’s absolutely massive – it used to be a theatre but the place has been restored (expensively).

Menu
Menu

The food was terrific (if rather expensive) but the actual restaurant could have done with being about a third the size – even though it was gorgeous, a space that big does feel rather like a canteen.  It was reasonably full but not completely, which I find a bit strange in a smart London restaurant on a Friday night (unless they have a policy of not turning the tables – and I can’t believe that they would have that policy).

Art deco
Art deco

The steak was perfect and it left us full enough to not need any pudding.

Soho at Christmas

Yesterday, I met my friend A for brunch at Bill’s in Soho.  A is a maternity nurse and looked after both my children when they were infants.  Now she is my friend and it was great to see her (at the moment she is working for two families so doesn’t get a whole lot of free time.  Plus she is booked up until February 2017 so that won’t change any time soon).  We both had pancakes and bacon.  So delicious.

Christmas lights!
Christmas lights!
Bill's
Bill’s

Afterwards, I went to the John Lewis in Oxford Street and ended up walking through Carnaby Street to get there.

Carnaby Street
Carnaby Street
It's Christmas in London
It’s Christmas in London

London changes pretty often but I was surprised to see that this shop is still going.  I used to go here when I was about 15 and thought it was so cool.

This sells jewellery in the shape of skulls
This sells jewellery in the shape of skulls

Regent Street is looking pretty (and was incredibly crowded).

Regent Street
Regent Street

Christmas at Liberty

After brunch, we went to check out the Christmas decorations in Liberty.  Liberty is a posh shop; I like it a lot but I don’t go in there very often.  Actually, come to think of it, it always feels vaguely Christmassy – luxurious and old fashioned.

Even the lift is Christmassy
Even the lift is Christmassy

I am slightly fascist about Christmas decorations – when my husband and I first moved in together, I said that we could have a (real) tree with (white) lights on.  Then I said, if he REALLY wanted, we could have a few decorations but they had to be white or silver.  After he got fed up with this, I said we could have coloured baubles but only woven ones.  Anyway, you get the idea.  So far, I think we haven’t got as far as having tinsel but that’s about it.

Lights strewn across the ceiling
Lights strewn across the ceiling
Christmas decorations with the Queen's face on
Christmas decorations with the Queen’s face on – hideous or stylishly kitsch?
You can get Christmas corgis (if you like them)
You can get Christmas corgis (if you like them)
These are pretty
These are pretty

We didn’t end up buying any decorations (I must admit that it still feels a bit too early) but what I MUST do is find out where the stockings are BEFORE it gets to Christmas Eve and I’m panicking.

Carnaby Street
Carnaby Street – this would be pretty after dark

Bill’s

Yesterday morning, I met my friend M.  We were meant to go to the Mulberry sample sale but neither of us had read the email properly and so hadn’t registered to get in.  So we decided to go for brunch instead.

We wandered around Soho for a while and came across Bill’s.  I’d never been to Bill’s before but I think there is one in Islington and Brighton so we gave it a try.

Menu
Menu

We both had the vegetarian breakfast and it was terrific.

Vegetarian breakfast
Vegetarian breakfast

Bill’s is a nice place – smartish without being fancy.  Friends tell me it’s good to go to with kids as well.