Friday, 13 October 2017
We were by that sign on Oxford Street, next to the almost hidden alley that leads into St Christopher's Place.
To be honest, it's one of my favourite things about Oxford Street, the ability to dive down a seemingly obscure route, with the object of trying to get some tourists into the slipstream.
It usually works and this time we had a few Americans in tow, intrigued by the seemingly tight space that we'd disappeared into.
At the end of the alley, and uplifted from prior incarnations, there's an entirely wholesome grouping of cafes and restaurants, together with a few high-end shops. The kind that don't bother to put prices on their window displays.
Our mission was ever so slightly further afield. Across Wardour Street and into Marylebone Lane. We were visiting 100 Marylebone Lane.
It used to be a well-known dance school, but now part of its property has been transformed into a rather delicious variant of The Ivy.
Fortunately we had a table ready and waiting.