Thursday, June 9, 2022

London, England ~ March 2022

In late March, I traveled to London for the grand opening of Cleveland Clinic London. I started a new position at Cleveland Clinic in September of 2021 and it offered me this great opportunity that was impossible to pass up. 

I departed on Monday night and we traveled through the night.

We went straight to work on Tuesday morning as we prepared for the week's festivities and meetings. 

That night, I enjoyed dinner at the hotel with my boss Andrea before we both headed to bed early. 

The following day I enjoyed a morning stroll around Hyde Park. I wandered around, enjoyed a cup of tea and took in a few sights. 

I enjoyed lunch at the Rose Crown pub nearby and couldn't help but order myself some fish, chips and mushy peas. Yuuummm. 

Then, we were back to work to prepare for the upcoming events.

That night we enjoyed the welcome reception at The Lanesborough hotel. Wow! What an incredible building. Absolutely gorgeous. The hotel was originally built in 1719 and was was redesigned in 1825.

The next day was busy busy busy!

We had morning meetings, followed by lunch and an Insider's Look Program which featured our CEO, the CEO of Cleveland Clinic London, along with Dame Clare Marx, former chair of the UK's General Medical Council, and David Hare, CEO of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network. It was a very educational session and I learned a lot of interesting information about healthcare in the UK. I was on teleprompter duty :)

And lunch included scones and clotted cream!

Following lunch, we bussed over to the hospital where we were given a tour by a caregiver from Cleveland Clinic London. The building was beautiful with great views. Andrea and I had to take advantage of the photo opportunity.

Cleveland Clinic London welcomed it's first patient on March 29th (that's why we were there!)

It's a state-of-the-art, 184-bed, eight-story, 325,000-square-foot hospital located in central London.

This is the view from one of the VIP rooms.
That's Buckingham Palace!!

That night was another spectacular dinner at the stunning Spencer House. This house was built between 1756-1766 for John, first Earl Spencer, an ancestor of Diana, Princess of Wales, and is London’s finest surviving eighteenth-century town house.

Dinner and cocktails lasted late into the evening before we headed back to our hotel and prepared for our flight home the next day. 

I woke up extra early and enjoyed the most incredible Continental breakfast buffet at the Intercontinental Hotel where we were staying. Definitely picture-worthy!

It was a whirlwind of a trip and a true honor and privilege to be included in such a historic event. 


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