I’m back from two great weeks in London. I used to spend months there working for the evil empire down on broad st here.
Olympics – fantastic. Very well organized. The only lines I waited in were to buy souvenir stuff (my own fault, had to buy them). Went to multiple events and had great seats at all of them, including the finals.
Buy side – everyone still waiting for banks to shed assets. Lots of talk about the Bloomberg article about 70+ billion cash on sideline, waiting…and drinking pints…and waiting…
Hotels – much better than I remember. Had a great room at No 11 Cadogan for the first week, very high ceilings and lots of space. Switched to the Mandarin after they dropped their rates the second week. It’s still the best hotel in London.
My favorite part of the visit was Chartwell, the home of Churchill. The guy is just amazing, had conviction and stuck to it in the face of all odds.