It’s that time of year. The weather is getting colder, the days are getting shorter, and my appetite for comfort food is getting bigger. It’s Christmastime in London, and there are celebrations to welcome the annual Christmas lights on high streets throughout the city.
One such celebration took place yesterday on Marylebone High Street. From 3:30pm until 6:30pm, central London’s most beloved neighborhood street was closed to traffic and filled with street vendors, musical performers, children’s activities, and more.
Being always guided by my gullet, I made my way through the mayhem on Marylebone High Street to Cafe Luc, the new Belgian restaurant on the block. I had been invited to join the cafe in celebrating the turning on of the Christmas lights. I met my group outside, where I was promptly furnished with a glass of Champagne and a Belgian waffle. It was a small Christmas miracle.
After sitting in the cold the cold for awhile, we moved inside and settled at a cozy bar area in Cafe Luc. There we feasted on heaping baskets of cheese gougeres, beautifully presented charcuterie plates, and several bottles of Delphine de Margon Syrah-Cabernet. And—let’s be honest—more waffles.
We enjoyed ourselves and Cafe Luc’s food and wine so much that we ended up missing the official switching on of the Marylebone Christmas lights. But as we left for the evening, we walked out into a bright wintry scene that welcomed us into the holiday season. Now that it’s getting dark at 4:30pm, these lights may be the only ones we see for most of the next month. I don’t mind, though, as long as they’re paired with plenty of waffles and wine!