I have decided to fully embrace Christmas this year, as it is my my favourite time of the year, and I missed all of the excitement in the build up to it last year. I get so excited each year as soon as it’s December and always want to squeeze in as many festive activities as possible. One of my most favourite things about Christmas are the Marks and Spencer Christmas sandwiches.. the ones with roast turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing and all sorts of other Christmassy fillings all crammed into one sandwich. Last year I flew into Heathrow on Christmas Eve, went straight to the M&S in the airport, but they didn’t have any in stock and I was gutted! I haven’t been out to the shops recently, but if they’re not already out, I’m sure it won’t be long before I can get my Christmas sandwich fix 🙂
Anyway, enough about the food! This year my Christmas activities have already begun as I went up to the switching on of the Regent Street Christmas lights at the weekend. I have pretty much given my sister Pip a wishlist of some of the things I want to try and do, and this was first on it. She very kindly made all the arrangements and so on Sunday morning I set off up to London in my new car (thank you Motability!)
We started off having lunch at the newish Burger and Lobster in Little Portland Street near Oxford Circus. They don’t really take bookings, but had allowed us to book a table, and they even put it thoughtfully near the disabled loos so that I didn’t have to dodge my way through the tables of other customers to get there. This is the first time in my experience that the person doing the table reservations has used their initiative and actually thought about there being a wheelchair in the party. They also had their own ramp that they quickly and easily set up for me to enter the restaurant (there is a pretty large step to get in). I was very appreciative of these two little things, and it made me feel extremely relaxed and content for our meal. I had been pretty nervous about the whole day as I’m not great with busy, crowded places, but the lunch was so much fun, and so tasty.
After lunch we moved on to Aqua on Regent Street, where my sister had arranged for us to sit on their roof terrace. Aqua is absolutely enormous, and so beautiful inside. They have a Japanese restaurant (Aqua Kyoto), a Spanish restaurant (Aqua Nueva), and a cocktail bar (Aqua Spirit). I look forward to returning there for some food and cocktails some other time, but on Sunday we were just there for a couple of drinks on the terrace of Aqua Kyoto.
Pip and George helped to get me up on one of their bar stool type chairs on the terrace and we enjoyed a glass of prosecco whilst listening to the amazing choir performing on the street below. We were on the same side of the road as the stage, so our view was a bit limited, but we could hear the choir perfectly, and it made such a lovely atmosphere.
The lights were switched on at 5pm, and then there were some fireworks. I think we must have been down the end of Regent Street that didn’t have the various celebrities and bands performing, as we had some different choirs singing. But I actually much preferred the singing and the more relaxed vibe (although it did mean that we heard the song from Frozen performed by 3 different choirs!!) Somehow it had stayed dry for most of the afternoon, but it then started to rain, so we headed back to the car, and I headed home.
I had such a fabulous day, and it was so nice to be way above all of the crowds down on Oxford Street and Regent Street. I felt like I was part of all of the action, without the stress of weaving in and out of all the people. The whole day was an excellent start to my festive activities. A couple of other things on my list are Winter Wonderland, the ski lodge experience at The Montague on the Gardens, and of course, my beloved Marks and Spencer Christmas sandwich.