Over the years, I have become close friends with several co-workers. One of my closest friends and I worked on a project where we got to go to London for seven days. London is one of my all-time favorite cities to visit. London isn’t a place you go to sample Haute Cusine. If you are looking for an unbelievable meal after an unbelievable meal, I would recommend Amsterdam. The second choice in that great meal trip would be Paris. If you are looking for great Indian food; however, London is your choice. London is a city of neighborhoods like all cities. In particular this trip we were staying in the Financial District. Near what was left of the original Roman wall of London.
My co-worker/dear friend enjoys walking as much as I do, so we walked. Every night, every day, we wandered the financial district of London. One afternoon the customer invited us to visit a pub. It was in the basement of a building that the customer team often went to visit. English pubs a similar to Irish pubs, and for that matter pubs throughout Europe. Very different look and feel than a US bar. We all arrived and unlike a US bar where you tended to find a table and sit, in the pub you got your pint and stood. There were many fewer seats in the pub. The beer was warm, another difference, well not warm but room temperature. That was also interesting.
I had been to London a few times before, so the room temperature beer didn’t impact me. I knew to order Heinkein Ice Cold (my favorite) that is served at 32 degrees.
After the event at the pub, we ended up walking by several sites as the sun was falling. It is funny the things that you recall as time passes — the moments of reflection that time brings and the moments that are lost to time. I remember every day meeting in the hotel restaurant for breakfast. We enjoyed the baked beans (which we do for lunch and dinner in the US) and the fried tomato halves!