‘When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.’ Samuel Johnson, 1777.
The Nevada dust has barely settled on a fabulous 2015 INANE conference in Las Vegas, but planning is already well under way for our next meeting in London in 2016.
The London conference will be held from Monday August 1-Wednesday August 3, 2016 at the Royal College of Nursing headquarters in Cavendish Square in central London. Our preferred hotel is the Cumberland, a short distance away.
While the most important reason to come to London next year is the conference itself, for those wondering whether or not to make the journey, here are 10 more great reasons!
10. The weather. Well, it’s no Las Vegas and you’re unlikely to find the mercury topping 100 degrees, but we still get plenty of sunshine in August. The temperature usually sits somewhere between 73 and 59 (average 66) and the days are long. http://bit.ly/1CoJhLb
9. The food. A full English, a high tea or Cordon Bleu cuisine? British chefs have been making a name for themselves around the world and many of them have restaurants in London. The city’s cultural diversity also means there are choices to suit everyone’s palate – recommendations in a future blog.
8. The people. Dr Johnson, the diarist quoted above, also said ‘By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can shew.’ From actual royalty to Pearly Kings and Queens (http://bit.ly/1gG7uEO), from amazing buskers in Covent Garden (http://bit.ly/1auvqrB), to the royalty of show biz, you never know who you might run into on the streets of London. I’m a hopeless celebrity spotter, but my friends are always saying ‘Did you see who that was…’
7. Getting around is easy. You may not be able to afford a chauffer-driven Rolls Royce while you’re here, but getting around is easy – underground, overground, up and down the river, there are lots of options (https://tfl.gov.uk/maps/track). But take a walk as well – there are so many interesting old streets and beautiful parks to explore.
6. The history. It oozes from the streets and buildings in this place (not literally… well, not usually anyway). From the remains of Roman Londinium, to the palaces and castles of the Tudors and Stuarts, Dickensian London’s surviving back alleys and the more recent history of the swinging 60s, you can find a site, a monument, a museum, a walk, or a talk to suit your interest.
5. A welcoming hotel. Situated near Hyde Park and just around the corner from Oxford Street, the Cumberland Hotel will offer you a convenient base for the conference and to explore the city. The entrance foyer looks like you’ve walked into an art gallery! More information will be posted on the website soon! http://bit.ly/1npKkPx
4. The sights. Don’t miss the icons, such as Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, and St Paul’s Cathedral, but there are also hidden gems: an amazing personal collection of Egyptology and architectural drawings turned into a museum, a house preserved as it would have been in 1724 when Huguenot silk weavers plied their trade in London, a late 12th century church seen in The DaVinci Code, and Churchill’s underground bunker from World War Two! http://bit.ly/1MZ45LG
3. Shopping. The obvious (but not inexpensive) delights of Oxford Street, Bond Street and Harrods Department Store are balanced by the bustling, bohemian markets at Camden Lock, Spitalfields and Covent Garden. For something really different, head to the western suburb of Southall and ‘Little India’. http://www.timeout.com/london/en_GB/venues/88505
2. Visit Florence Nightingale’s homeland. Okay, she was born in Italy and rose to prominence in the Crimea, but Ms Nightingale laid the foundations for modern professional nursing in London and there is a great museum located at St Thomas’s Hospital, where she first set up her training school: http://www.florence-nightingale.co.uk/
1. Celebrate the centenary of the Royal College of Nursing. Next year marks 100 years since the college was founded, so what a great time to hold INANE at the college headquarters. The RCN was founded in 1916 with 34 members – it now has more than 400,000 from around the UK and works to advance the profession and lobby for improved patient care. And the building itself is also historic – a restored Georgian mansion house. http://20cavendishsquare.co.uk/
On behalf of the Organising Committee, I look forward to welcoming you to London!
Gary Bell, London Host