I’ve been quite a proper grinch over the holiday period and I will chalk that up to 1) being quite ill (literally, “I want my mommy!” levels) for about a week coming up to Christmas and 2) not being able to be with immediate family this year. I suppose the first time I actually felt a wee bit festive was when my colleagues and I visited Winter Wonderland. This year, nothing screamed merry to me other than the sight of Christmas markets and the smell of gluhwein!
It was was fun roaming around, being kids and getting some acrophobic work buddies find liquid courage in mulled wine (only to back out of the rides after buying tickets, *hyukhyuk*) but we did work up an appetite so we headed back to Covent Garden for crimbo dinner.
Unless we do day trips (we’ve done Paris and Dublin) for our Christmas do, we’d usually hire a vault at Tutton’s
. We’ve had quite a number of memorable Christmases there, which mostly involved liquor shots and copious amounts of Jaegerbombs. This year was no exception.
Whilst everyone tucked into their festive game terrines, roast turkey with all the trimmings and Christmas pud, I went for the fishy non-festive option (this was pre-ordered, and I wasn’t in a festive mood then).
I couldn’t fault my starter of smoked salmon. The fish was fresh and the smoke was perfect. This was gone in 60 seconds.
My main of roasted cod didn’t fare as well. Whilst the fish itself was cooked nicely, the mustard sauce was a bit gloopy and I felt it could have been better with some thick liquid broth. The mash was okay, but there was too much of it. I didn’t finish my plate.
My dessert of choice was a meringue nest with pears
. I couldn’t finish it as it was way too sweet for my liking. I’ve had a bit of the other options, ie the brownie and the Christmas pudding and those were actually quite nice.
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Special treat of the night was a visit from Neil Mullarkey
who co-founded the improv group Comedy Store Players
with Mike Myers (Mr Austin Powers himself). Neil got us to do some improv exercises and it was good fun to see how creative us legal PRs can get. Hilarious stories spun out of our mouths from naked cowboys off to Miami, policemen stealing Gucci underwear, bears finding honey in the woods… Joyful joyful!
It was good fun. I’ve not taken a photo of Neil, but do visit his website
for more information on how he can be a part of your party!
My favourite part of the night was being able to chill out with my colleagues and our plus ones (I brought my good friend A with me, who used to work with us when we were based just off Oxford Street). 7 years in the company has brought about lots of people in for the holiday do, but I honestly believe we’ve got some of the best superstars in the industry right now. I’m glad to be part of this team.
When you’re spending the holidays far from home it’s always good to be surrounded by good people, especially those who become your family in an odd way or another. And that’s what really matters during the holidays, no?
Hope you all enjoyed your Christmases and are looking forward to even more festive New Year celebrations!