Day 4 - Work Day! And more sightseeing...

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Our class, dressed and ready for the presentation!
The whole reason for the trip was for my class to present a consulting project to our client, and today was the day!  Luckily, the meeting was planned for the morning and we were finished with the presentation by 11!  After a quick change at the hotel, we were back out for another busy day.  Elia had missed seeing the Tate Modern, so we headed back that direction.  The night before, Heather and I had noticed a cute restaurant right next to the museum with great river views, so we stopped there first for a quick lunch.  Founders Arms (82 Hopton St, Bankside) was probably the best meal we had in London!  Great atmosphere, good food and and awesome views - I highly recommend it, and it looks like it would be amazing for a summer night.  They have a great patio, but it was a little wet and cold for us.
The Louise Bourgois spider at the Tate Modern
 

While Elia was doing a quick run through the Tate, Heather and I went exploring around the area.  The Globe Theater is right next to the Tate Modern, and Borough Market is nearby.  It is actually a really cool area to just wander around if you have the time.  Borough Market was closed, but it is supposed to be pretty cool.  There are also incredibly old churches, streets, etc hidden back in the very medieval-looking area. 
After meeting up again with Elia, we headed back to Picadilly Circus to check out the Fortnum & Mason tea shop.  Again, it was fun traveling with new people who have different interests than my own.  There is little chance that I would have checked out the Tate or Fortnum & Mason if it hadn't been for Heather and Elia, and I thoroughly enjoyed everything we did together!  Despite being from the south, I am not a tea drinker - hot or cold, sweet or unsweet.
Interesting history!
  However, the store is incredible - and incredibly old!  From what I understand, it has been in its current location since the company was founded - in 1707!  We decided to have tea and desserts in the Parlour Restaurant, which was great.  The girls enjoyed their tea (and I enjoyed my wine) and we shared fabulous cakes.  Had we known more about high tea and Fortnum & Mason, we would have skipped lunch and waited to enjoy high tea here at the St. James restaurant upstairs.  They have a champagne high tea for 31 pounds, and it looked quite elegant and decadent!  (www.fortnumandmason.com)

At this point, Elia headed home to relax before dinner, but Heather and I powered on!  We wanted to see the opera house, so walked that direction.  Come to find out, there was an opera that night that we would have loved to see... better planning next time for sure!  We wandered through Covent Garden again, and then hit one of my favorite beer spots - Porterhouse - for a pint before dinner.  Unfortunately, dinner was with the class and professors and was rather unremarkable...  A great day all-in-all though!


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Our class, dressed and ready for t…
Our class, dressed and ready for …
The Louise Bourgois spider at the …
The Louise Bourgois spider at the…
Interesting history!
Interesting history!
Southwark Cathedral
Southwark Cathedral
St. Pauls
St. Paul's
Near Borough Market
Near Borough Market
Tea at Fortnum & Mason
Tea at Fortnum & Mason
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photo by: ulysses