Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D.

I study people, technology, and the worlds they make

My hotel

The last few times I’ve been in London, I’ve stayed either at Goodenough Club, hotels near Westminster, or a various little places in South Kensington. This time I’m staying at the Millennium Hotel, on Grosvenor Square.

Grosvenor Square is a fascinatingly American space– but not American in the sense of filled with American stores and food. That’s Leicester Square. (Wham!) Instead, it’s a space that’s a monument to the U.S.-U.K. Special Relationship, and American involvement in Europe more generally. Obviously the U.S. Embassy is here, but the square itself is where the real action is.

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There are statues of Roosevelt (above) and Eisenhower (the latter looking especially… distinguished? powerful? gay? I’m not sure), and a monument to the Eagle Squadron, American pilots who served with the RAF before 1942.

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Across the street from the square is a plaque commemorating John Adams’ having… lived here or something.

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My hotel room is pretty cool– well-designed and spacious.

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My bags immediately made themselves comfortable.

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Of course, in a hotel on one of the great situations in London, I have a view of… the infrastructure.

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But that’s cool. I’m hardly here anyway.

[To the tune of Django Reinhardt, “September Song,” from the album The Best of DJango Reinhardt (a 2-star song, imo).]

1 Comment

  1. Cozy room you got there, ha? The atmosphere is very much relaxing and the carpet made it more soothing. And oh, you’re window view is…awesome. LOL!

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