Exploring: Postcards from a super short business trip to London 2018
Short bursts of liveblogging from trips around the world.
This trip took place during: Feb 2018
Hullo! Here I am, hanging out in London-town for a quickie business trip before I begin a pretty hectic but (hopefully actual) vacation sprint around continental Europe.
So look: I've been terrible at carving out time after my travels to blog in detail about things to see & do around the world. My (Chinese) New Year's resolution is to get better at that sometime.
In the meantime, I figure I'd try out a more mobile, heat-of-the-moment format just to get me in the groove of pushing out more content. That's this Postcards business and it's starting with: London!
Which my coworkers and I entered, got through Heathrow Express & Paddington Station & the Underground... And immediately entered the first place we could find with free WiFi to work.
It's name is Bella Italia and it gives off a scrubbed Wetherspoons vibe... in that the food is Not Good but its pretty cheap. Also if you buy a breakfast dish you get free refills on your coffee. Cool, I guess?
Next up: An actually cool place.
The Savoy! Where we could work with our client face to face as we prepped for the next day's big event!
It was fancy af and also an absolute labyrinth. Coming from China, it's always fascinating to be reminded that you can go super grand, literally ooze noblesse out of your every crevasse, in a comparatively small amount of space. You know what wasn't fancy about The Savoy though? Our work space for the day, which was one of its basement cave conference offices. Upstairs Downstairs I guess.
For dinner, I suggested going to a pub - since it was one of my coworker's first time ever in the UK, I thought it would be a fun jaunt into a staple of British culture. We walked into one called Prince Alfred close to our hotel in Bayswater.
Sadly, it turns out she both doesn't drink or eat cheese so all she got was an apple juice and this steak sandwich.
I went for a steak and ale pie. God, I love pie.
Speaking of the hotel, if you have no problems with claustrophobia (I don't), I have no qualms recommending this place: La Suite West, located a 2 minute walk away from the Bayswater Underground station. The design was slick, the bed was comfortable, the room kept warm but not dry in -1C weather, and the one thing not going for it was probably its diminutive size (it feels a bit like you're sleeping in a cruise cabin).
Regarding the neighborhood area: besides the pubs, there are mini-versions of Sainsburys and Tescos and Boots nearby, as well as a shockingly high amount of Cantonese restaurants that I had to steer my coworkers away from.
Day 2 was more work. From before dawn (which, tbf, isn't until something like 7am) to after dusk (which, tbf, is probably sometime around 5). I'd expected an incredibly busy, hectic, stressed out day, but actually - most of it was spent waiting around for people to approve things. The venue looked lovely, but since this is my personal blog and I don't know if there are some sort of funky client confidentiality issues I should be aware of, I'm not posting a picture.
Instead, look at St. Pancras! Because I've been in London less than 48 hours and I'm already out of here. :,(
Alas London. This was a one-night stand of a trip and you are worth so. much. more. to me than that. But a prolonged date with you will have to wait, for now I'm off... to France!