Last Friday, 2 December, we took a coach load of 41 members and guests to Brick Lane Music Hall in London. What a wonderful treat! It was a Christmas lunch followed by a Christmas-theme variety show. First, I have to mention the hall itself. It's in a large converted church near the city airport, so not near Brick Lane at all. When we walked in, we were spell-bound by the amazing decor and lighting. It was decorated for Christmas, of course, but the hall is always atmospheric. Unfortunately this means that the photos (see below) are strangely coloured, but they do represent the true colours we saw in the hall. It holds about 200 people, so there were other groups from around the UK as well as ours.
The meal was superb: For starters we had a deliciously creamy tomato-basil soup with baskets of baguettes and butter. Our main course was roast turkey, mixed vegetables, and some of the best roast potatoes I've ever had, with all the accompaniments (gravy, cranberry sauce, etc.). This was followed by Christmas pudding in a creamy sauce. The service was also amazing. How they managed to serve that many people at one time, keeping the food piping hot, is a minor miracle!
These photos give an idea of the scale of the hall and the decoration. It felt like we'd gone into an enchanted cavern.
As you can see, the lighting is really spectacular but seriously distorts the photos. I've attempted to correct the colours in the photo below but it's just impossible.
After the meal, we were entertained by the Brick Lane's own talent, with comedy skits, Christmas carols, and a few comedian's monologues. It was beautiful costumes, lovely singing, and hilarious comedy. Unfortunately, photos were not allowed of the entertainment, so we have only the memories. But what good ones!
And many thanks to our own Linda Swift for organising it all. She was presented with flowers and they took her photo. She didn't want that photo, however, so I'm not going to put it here either.