Short business trip to London pre Brexit

View from London Eye

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. But if you’re out of luck, then London will see another rainy day and you’ll have to carry out the conference indoors, through a video call. But the silver to the lining is that you can get your own video conference script so you can make a conversation application of your own.

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.
A la fresco dining in London

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