The last time I was in Santa Monica visiting some colleagues at the local Google office, I stayed at the Sheraton and never got down to the waterfront.

This time is a little different. I'm staying at the Georgian and can see the pier from my hotel room.

Even more fun was that I wandered out of the hotel looking for something to eat, turned a corner and stumbled into the local British Pub: The Kings Head.

Result! I'm supping on a Kronenbourg 1664 as I write this!