When it was confirmed that I would be heading to London for a conference, I reached out to some friends that I had met through Jen when she lived there. I also cheekily requested to have a package delivered to one of them. I didn’t think much of it until Jen messaged me that she heard through the grapevine I was going to London and, oddly enough, her and her new husband Steven were travelling to the UK around the same time. With some minor adjustments on both ends, Jen and I sorted out how to meet up in London once again during the festive season.
I arrived on Monday, November 19th after a long weekend in Abu Dhabi. I got settled in at the APEX City of London Hotel that afternoon, did some Christmas shopping, and called it an early night after dinner. The next morning, I explored the area a bit before attending the conference and met up with Jen when she arrived. We had plans that evening with the London gang for dinner and drinks at The White Hart, a British pub over in Waterloo. It was rainy and cold so we headed for home after catching up with everyone. Jen had brought some wine over from Canada so we cracked into that in the room while catching up.
On Wednesday evening, Jen and I decided to get into the festive spirit. First stop was The Royal Exchange for a tree-lighting event. We then hopped on the tube over to Covent Garden where we stopped in for a bite to eat. We found out the nearby Christmas market at Southbank was closing at 10:00pm so we burned over there to enjoy a mulled wine by the open wood fireplaces. We walked along the Thames back to the hotel and had one last night cap in The Lampery Hotel bar before heading up to the room to finish off that Canadian red.
The next morning after breaky, we did a bit more Xmas shopping and then grabbed our eggnog lattes for the ride to the airport. We managed to time our flights perfectly, but unfortunately, were flying out from different terminals. Jen would be meeting up with Steven at the airport from his flight from Calgary and they would be flying up to Edinburgh together. I was heading back to Abu Dhabi to celebrate Dan’s birthday, which included a bottle of Scotch from duty free.