A New Yorker’s Long Weekend in London

A whimsical landscape portraying London England's history and world stature.The Thames winds through the landscape. Large statues of historical figures like William Shakespeare and Admiral Horatio Nelson dot the landscape. In the distance, see the unmistakable silhouette of Big Ben, the Tower Bridge, and the Houses of Parliament. The sky above is filled with floating landmarks like the London Eye and St. Paul's Cathedral. Digital Art by Edward Kliszus
A whimsical landscape portraying London England's history and world stature. Digital Art by Edward Kliszus

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I flew out of JFK on July 13th on British Airways at 9:30 pm to get to London for what was to be a New Yorker’s Long Weekend in London. Overall, my purpose was to attend the Global Woman Summit at The Hilton London Bridge Tower Hotel. Since this was my first time visiting London, I looked forward to attending the Summit and seeing some of the sights.

London Bridge

Here is where I finally chose to only a few blocks from The Thames River at a great location.

London Tower Bridge Hilton Hotel. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

London Tower Bridge Hilton Hotel. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

Global Woman Summit

When I got to the hotel later, I was exhausted, but a friend from Glasgow and a Global Woman member was there to greet me. Before leaving the hotel, we first took photos of the steps leading up to the 3-day Global Woman Summit Event.

Staircase to the Global Woman Summit Event in London. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

Staircase to the Global Woman Summit Event in London. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

Hayes at the River

Then it was off to an area called Hayes at the River, a few blocks from the hotel, to have some lunch.

The Hayes district in London. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

The Hayes district in London. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

Later that evening we went to a Global Woman dinner, which was arranged as part of the package.

The next two days were filled with non-stop networking and conference presentations. By Monday, it was finally time to meet some friends of mine who were also in London to celebrate one of my girlfriend’s birthday and for some London sightseeing.

London Sights

So here then are some of the sights in the 5 or 6 hours I toured London. By the way, London Bridge is indeed not falling down! Enjoy! 

A view of London Bridge. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

A view of London Bridge. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

The Shard Building in London -The tallest building in the UK and the 7th tallest building in Europe. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

The Shard Building in London -The tallest building in the UK and the 7th tallest building in Europe. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

A quiet street in London. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

A quiet street in London. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

A view of one of London's famed double decker busses. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

A view of one of London’s famed double decker busses. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

View of an urban plaza in London. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

View of an urban plaza in London. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

The Shipwrights Arms - A famed London Pub. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

The Shipwrights Arms – A famed London Pub. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

Sora Vernikoff at the Buckingham Palace Gates.

Sora Vernikoff at the Buckingham Palace Gates.

Visitors watching for the Buckingham Palace Guards. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

Visitors watching for the Buckingham Palace Guards. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

A Buckingham Palace guard. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

A Buckingham Palace guard. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

A scenic view of Big Ben. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

A scenic view of Big Ben. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

A walk in the West End where theaters and restaurants abound. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

A walk in the West End where theaters and restaurants abound. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

Sora Vernikoff and three international colleagues from the Global Woman Organization.

Sora Vernikoff and three international colleagues from the Global Woman Organization.

What made the trip positively great? Without a doubt, it was meeting up with amazing women from the International Global Woman Organization!

The Best of Both Cities

So yes, I had an emphatically great time in A New Yorker’s Long Weekend in London. Altogether, I saw a bit of London and met many interesting people and learned a lot. Additionally, I was so grateful for this opportunity to meet and greet, and after New York City, what better city to network in than London?

Finally, readers may also enjoy our reviews of NYC Miniature Art Exhibition,  A Walk With the Penguins,  Weekend in Vermont, and A Trip to Beautiful Cyprus

 

A New Yorker’s Long Weekend in London

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