Yes, I am lucky that I get to go there on a pretty regular basis. My company has a site there and I work closely with many people there. As a result, I usually end up visiting the UK about once a year.
I never tire of visiting. Just being in London makes me happy. I get that nostalgic feeling whenever I see the “Mind the Gap” signs, the huge double decker red buses, and my favorite British cookies.
In the past, I’ve tried to use London as a spring board to visit other places in Europe. One year I appended a “weekend” trip to Greece with several friends from college following my business meetings in London. Another year Bryan met me on a Friday after my business trip and we flew to Rome for the weekend. In general, it’s a great way to see Europe since you can fly to so many places from London for not much extra cost.
This year, however, various obligations back home made it hard for us to stay the weekend and take any extra trips. The London trip this year was short and sweet: Monday leave Boston; Friday arrive back.
Thankfully, we managed to schedule our business trips to London around the same time. So instead of visiting a new country, we had the opportunity to spend the week together in London and dine at some very cool places.
It seemed like everyone was going to London that week. One of our very close friends from Boston also happened to be there during the same time, in her case for a work conference. Schedules worked out and we were able to meet up for a fantastic two star Michelin meal together.
My favorite meal of the entire trip was at this gorgeous restaurant in Notting Hill, which is also currently ranked as the 13th best restaurant in the world by S. Pellegrino.
Of course, I was in London for work after all. The final night of our trip Bryan and I went our own separate ways with our respective work dinners.
My colleagues took me to a place they knew I would love. After all, my dinner at the sister restaurant was one of my favorite meals in London last year (enjoyed right before Bryan and I headed out to Rome the next morning!).
This next “A Work Week In London” series will be shorter than most of my trip series (alas, we were only there for three days, and my lunches were simple £2 sandwiches from the deli near the office), but I promise the restaurants and the food won’t disappoint!
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