A night at the round table...
London Travel Blog› entry 4 of 6 › view all entries
And so, gentle reader; it seems that I am now a 'leading industry figure'. Thankfully this was only by default as I was press ganged into attending a 'round table forum' in place of my company director.
Well at least I'd get a night in the capital and a meal in a decent looking restaurant. Wine at sixty quid a bottle? - I'll have some of that!
So there I am on the 3.27 train out of
Setting off from
It's been a few months since I was last here and work on St Pancrass station continues on - it's no longer the building site it had been for the past couple of years and is even allegedly opening properly in the Autumn.
A quick shuffle on the Victoria and Northern Lines and I'm at
Next up is an amble along Tottenham Court Road to try and find my hotel - the St Giles. Not having been there before I was glued to my map and turned off where I believed it would be situated. I wasn't far wrong but I turned into a lovely leafy square surrounded by Edwardian town houses. Well if it's on here then the hotel will be nice I thought... Unfortunately it wasn't - it was on the next street and as I turned the corner I was faced with a large slab of 1960s concrete. Wonder if that's the hotel by any chance?
[See review for my thoughts on the hotel]
Having finally found my cupboard... sorry room I was dismayed to find that there was no iron provided so the shirt I had brought to wear in the evening was going to look decidedly creased.
Never fear though as I half remembered a travelling tip that I am now about to impart to you dear reader. In place of an iron simply hang your clothes up in the shower room, turn on the shower and close the door for a few minutes to let it fill with steam. Ten minutes later and hey presto the creases should have dropped out. Huzzah!!
And so onto the round table dinner.
It was held at a restaurant called Quo Vadis in Soho which was a five minute walk from the hotel and on such a nice evening it was a pleasant enough walk through the hustle and bustle (even if there was somewhat more hustle than I would have preferred. Why is it tourists all walk so slowly as if in some sort of trance?)
I don't think it's particularly fair to review Quo Vadis as we were ensconced in a private dining room and were provided with a set meal. The food was OK but not as outstanding as I had hoped but the free flowing wine went down well.
And what subject am I now an industry expert in you may ask? Well I was there to discuss The Role of Web 2.0 Technology in Learning and Development in the Workplace. Yowza!! Very interesting it was too - especially as there were a couple of people there from one of the worlds biggest travel companies who were explaining how sites like this very one have shaken their industry to it's foundations and only now are they trying to catch up and compete.
During this I drank a lot of wine.