Short business trip to London pre Brexit

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A couple of days before Brexit happened and England got out of Euro 2016 Soccer comp, I went on a short trip to London. I arrived on the Sunday night and flew back to Oslo on the Wednesday morning.

Took some nice pictures and wanted to share them with you.

Where to meet your clients in London?

South Bank Royal Festival Hall is quite vibrant with lots of small cafés and restaurant. It’s quite conveniently close to Embankment station, all you have to do is to cross the bridge and enjoy the view!

My client chose Le Pain Quotidien, a classic in Europe!

Royal South Bank Festival Hall London

South Bank Royal Festival Hall

Short business trip in London

Dramatic view from Embankment bridge

London Eye

My work conference was in the underground levels of the Westminster Bridge Park Plaza Hotel. It’s comfy and fine when it’s raining outside. On Tuesday morning the weather was really nice, I didn’t want to spend all day indoors so I decided to run my next meeting with a very good client on the London Eye! You can book online, set a time, choose fast track and you avoid the queue. You’re revolving for half an hour so your meeting partner is quite locked in with you but there are approx 20 other tourists and what you really care about is taking pictures!

Price: 27.95 GBP for fast track on a 30min time slot of your choice. I was able to book the 10.30am slot at 9am the same morning, all on my phone. Book you tickets here.

 

London Eye

View of London Eye

London Eye

View from the London Eye Capsule

View from London Eye

View of the Shard

What to bring back to your kids from London?

Next to the London Eye there was the Shrek Adventure store. My boys are totally fans of Kung Fu Panda right now. There wasn’t much in the store except for plush soft toys of Po or the baby panda (16GBP!). I was happy to find these nice little notebooks (5GBP) and pens (2GBP). Great to encourage my sons to draw and write.

What to buy in London

Kung Fu Panda merchandise from the Shrek adventure store

Where to eat in London?

Frenchie near Covent Garden, Henrietta St

Typical French food including Oeuf mimosas reminding me of hard boiled eggs topped with mayo that I had at my school canteen! But they also had foie gras, duck, squid ink ravioli etc… and it all tastes delicious with beautiful presentation. The decor is also very cosy although our table for 3 was a bit small. Approx budget: 60 GBP per head with entree, main and dessert.

Short business trip in London

Frenchie restaurant front

Frenchie London Restaurant

Duck breast at Frenchies

Frenchie restaurant London

Char tartare with pear and an amazing citrusy emulsion dressing

 

Last picture: on my way between Embankment and Covent Garden I walked through quaint tiny lane, one with a bar called Retro and this little alley with friendly outdoors tables for after work drinks and dinner.

http://www.frenchiecoventgarden.com/

A la fresco dining in London

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