The late may bank holiday has just gone and it took us to Soho, London. Those who are aware of Soho, theaters, glitter, and London’s ‘naughty district’ may spring to mind, but the labyrinth of rabbit warren like streets have a lot more to offer. Soho features night clubs, pubs, bars and restaurants with a few sex shops scattered amongst them, in fact Soho isn’t short on anything. Whether you are after a quick bite to eat, to dine in style, to drink or to shop, you’ll find it all here.
We began our day, with a typical Great British downpour – Rain! Weaving in and out of the shops along Oxford and Bond Street, we made our way to the alley-way streets of Soho near Carnaby. The whole main reason of the day out in Soho was due to a tip-off, of an amazing place to go eat steak on the cheap. That was it, I was sold on the story and off myself and Kate went! Both starving for steak, we avoided the temptation of street food and finally gave in. It’s Steak time!
Flat Iron – 17 Beak St, Soho, W1F 9RW (flatironsteak.co.uk)
Originally recommended to us by a work colleague, we instantly fell in love with this place. The vibe inside the restaurant is very cool with a laid back approach. Luckily as soon as we entered, we didn’t have to wait long at all (evenings are so popular it’s usually a 2-3 hour wait – NOT. A. LIE.) we were greeted by very welcoming and friendly staff who once knew we hadn’t been before, told us the a brief run down on what Flat Iron is about, where the steak cut is from on the cow (taken from the shoulder of the cow), and how we go about choosing what we want to order. First off we were instantly greeted by a mug of popcorn and a jug of water – who needs stale bread of nibble on while you wait for the proper food eh! We loved everything about Flat Iron already and we hadn’t even tasted the £10 steak yet. Oh. yes. £10! – Did I forget to mention this? The reason Flat Iron is always so busy is due to the price, atmosphere and just awesomeness!
We had just enough time to get settled, finish the mug of popcorn between us and here comes the steak, cooked impeccably. Flat Iron recommend medium-rare which is by far the best way to have this steak. I loved everything about the steak, from how it’s presented to you on a wooden board, with your own meat cleaver to use as a knife. The steak itself isn’t the biggest in the world, but for £10 you really cannot fault this. The menu is very simple, you order your steak and then choose your sides, to which we had dripping cooked chips and today’s market greens which were asparagus. OH MY! The combination of all three along with the side salad that’s also included in the price… perfection. For such a reasonably priced meal, with the meat being so tender and tasty, I really don’t have a negative thing to say. The service was lightning quick which is nice to see and the staff really do seem to care.
While it may be a ‘no reservations’ restaurant, if you aren’t having to wait hours on end, I would fully recommend the visit. If you do find yourself having to wait, simply grab your buzzer and head down stairs to the grungy low light bar below. This is where we went for dessert consisting of cocktails and fresh hot doughnuts filled with Peach and Passion fruit custard right in front of us – mmmm!
For the remainder of the day, we spent it exploring the little streets, leading us past many bars and shops. Carnaby Street is one of the main places to go shopping if you are looking to get off Oxford and Regent Street. The 13 streets of Carnaby are known for unique boutiques and global brands, making it one of London’s most popular and distinctive shopping destinations. Why not step under the world-famous, iconic Carnaby Street arch for that touristy memento photo before you set off exploring over 50 independent restaurants, cafes and typical English pubs that serve the area.
We finally commemorated Soho for a wonderful day in Kingly Court, a stunning open air courtyard, boasting a funky mix of established chains, independents, vintage and gift shops. We however decided to take the more relaxed approach and indulge in a 2 for 1 offer on cocktails! 😀
Have you been to Soho? What do you most love about the place? Let us know…. we love a good recommendation! 😉