As one of the leading financial hubs in the entire world, London acts as one of the main headquarters for international business, acting as a major influencer on the worldwide economy. As a city, London has around the same level of economy as the entire country of Iran and even Sweden. Much of the business comes from the service industries, of which there are a wide array in London as well as the financial services and related industries. On top of this, London has an estimated 8,615,246 residents and therefore a booming ecosystem of workers who may be multicultural but have one thing in common, the English language and the need for a job. Drawing people from all over the world, it is no wonder that London is one of the most visited cities for business. With its mix of luxury hotels, good food, stellar entertainment and business opportunities, it can be hard to work out what to do with your business colleagues so that you can enjoy not only a fruitful professional experience, but an informal one too.
As mentioned above, the international feeling of London has meant that over the years, a large amount of airports have been built up around the city. This is not surprising with an estimated 17.4 million tourists coming to the city every year and using the many services that the city has to offer. The airports around London include Heathrow airport in the West, where plans for a new runway have begun preparation, meaning that even more visitors can fly into the city every day. Gatwick airport, just outside of London has great transport links into the city with the Gatwick Express whilst smaller airports such as Luton and City airport have even more international flights taking off and touching down every day.
Other transport links
Not only does London have a wide range of national train stations, but the Kings Cross St Pancras Euro Star brings in thousands of people every day. This is a brilliant service which takes you right into the heart of London from such destinations as Paris, Amsterdam and Belgium. The nippy use of the channel tunnel can have European business travellers arriving in style and hassle free, right into the city centre. Other long range train stations include Paddington Station, Kings Cross, London Victoria and Euston. All of these have links to all parts of England.
Hotel to stay in – Lancaster Gate
With such a wide range of hotels to stay in as a business traveller, it is often hard to pick just one affordable yet comfortable accommodation. The Grand Park Hotel Lancaster Gate is a budget hotel just outside Hyde Park which offers five star accommodation to business travellers and tourists alike. If you are looking for a hotel with great transport links to both the heart of the city and the West End as well as easy transport to Heathrow Airport, then the Grand Park Hotel Lancaster Gate is your ideal home away from home. The service is impeccable, with the Craven Lounge serving a broad range of brilliant meals from breakfast through to dinner. For regular business travellers, opening a corporate account can get you a great range of discounts and perks, including inexpensive corporate rates, an early check-in and late check-out, complimentary fruits in your own room, a very economical charge for secretarial services such as printing, photocopying and faxing as well as the complimentary use of the Club Lounge which comes kitted out with a business centre.
Things to do
Whether entertaining clients or being entertained yourself, London offers guests a huge range of activities to choose from. West End plays are always a great pick. Wicked at the Apollo Theatre near Victoria Station is a great choice of musical as you will find whatever your language, you’ll be able to enjoy the great musical numbers as well as easy transport links from Victoria station. Another favourite is The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre in the West End. Like with Wicked at the Apollo, any and all nationalities will appreciate and enjoy this timeless classic musical, based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet. If you or your clients are not fans of the theatre, then there are plenty of other options. From live music in many venues across London and regular comedy nights at venues like the Leicester Square Theatre you will never be at a loss when it comes to Central London entertainment. The West End also offers up a whole range of bustling and lively restaurants, including but not limited to the many Chinese eateries of China town. In the day, great Museums to visit include the British Museum, Science Museum and the two Tate galleries, the Tate Modern and the Tate Britain, many of which are free of charge.