Back again

Well, here I am, back again after three days in London.

Tuesday was the usual sort of thing: updating this, tweaking that and fixing what needed fixing.

Wednesday was set aside for a visit to the InfoSecurity show, an annual event held at Olympia. As it was a nice day, I decided that walking was a much more attractive option than taking the Tube, which tends to be hot, sticky and crowded. My hotel was somewhat to the north of Oxford Street and to the east of Regent Street, so I walked from there along one of the streets parallel to Oxford Street[1], then crossing into Hyde Park. From there, I went through Kensington Gardens, passing the Albert Memorial, which is one of my favourite examples of barking mad Victoriana. You can see some pictures I took on a similar walk last year in this gallery.

Then it was a moderate walk down the road to Olympia, where I spent some time trying not to be brainwashed by salespeople, and enjoying a few good presentations. That took me up to around 4:30, which was long enough in a noisy hall.

And even thought I’d been on my feet for most of the day, I was still in the walking mood, so I walked back to the hotel. As I was on Kensington High Street, it would have been rude not to pop into Hotel Chocolat for some supplies. And I did need to make sure my 5% discount card still worked :lol:

I then took a different route through Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, stopping off at some landmarks I hadn’t seen before, including Peter Pan and my first close look at Marble Arch.

I was back in the office this morning for more assorted sorting out and fixing, before leaving in good time to catch the 4pm train home.

[1] Walking along Oxford Street is best avoided due to slow-moving crowds