The UK’s capital is a hub of tourist, local and business people; with the population of London swelling to well over 10 million people on average every single day. With this in mind, it can often be a difficult city to navigate, especially if you only visit every so often for business purposes. In this travel guide, we look at some of the best places to hold business meetings, ways to travel, best areas to stay and where the most impressive places are to wine and dine your existing or potential clients!
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Business meeting locations
Are you meeting an existing or potential client and need to impress them with a stand-out location? There are a wealth of places you can head too to hold your meeting. Here’s a couple that we love.
- The Glasshouse, Kings Cross
Not only convenient if you’re all travelling into the city, but the Glasshouse is a meeting space like no other! A spectacular glass cube located on the first floor; the premises provides a great alternative to a regular, drab meeting room.
- The Tropical Library, Southwark
With its brick walls, wooden floors and luxurious furniture, the Tropical Library is a unique space with fully equipped studios. Finished with green palms, banana trees and large wild life prints and nestled between Waterloo and London Bridge, it’s an easily accessible meeting space with a personality of its own.
How to get around
If you or your clients are flying into London, the Heathrow Express is super quick – just 15 minutes from Heathrow to Paddington. If you’re more local or are getting the train into the capital, you can choose from hailing a taxi, booking a private transfer, hopping on a bus or heading down for the tube. Your options really are endless!
Best places to get a good night’s sleep
Why not opt for something a little different when you visit for your business meeting? London corporate apartments, which are serviced during your visit, are becoming much more popular then checking into an expensive hotel. Not only are they often more cost effective, they give you a greater level of flexibility as to when you can come and go, and boast a range of facilities from a kitchenette, lounge area, free internet and are situated throughout accessible areas throughout the city.
Where to wine and dine clients
Choices, choices, choices! Don’t leave it to chance and stumble into somewhere, only to find they’re fully booked for the foreseeable future – make a reservation in advance. Top restaurants like Aqua at The Shard and The Fenchurch restaurant in the Sky Garden are not only incredibly places to wow your guests, but often get booked up quickly. You could also visit one of the many Ivy Brasseries in Soho, Covent Garden and Kensington; all of which are great for business lunches – lovely food, buzzing atmosphere and very reasonably priced.
No matter what time of the year you are visiting London for business, the city is an incredible and very connected place, ideal for all manner of companies servicing an array of industries.