Enjoying London Whilst Visiting On Business

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London is one of the world’s most vibrant and exciting cities, with a rich history, diverse culture, and thriving business scene- it’s actually one of the financial capitals in the world.

It is estimated that 5 million people every year visit the city in the name of business; but how many of those people manage to make the most out of their time in the city?

For those visiting London on business, there is no shortage of things to see and do during your free time; so don’t confine yourself to the meeting rooms and hotel bars of the city. Get out there and experience this incredible city- even if it’s in short bursts.

Make sure you book a room in the Marble Arch Montcalm Hotel London for the duration of your stay; not only is it one of the best 5 star hotels in Hyde Park, but it’s also located in the heart of the city so any free time can be spent exploring the wonders of London.

Here are some tips on how to maximize your time spent in the magnificent London.

Plan Ahead

The first step to enjoying your business trip to London is to plan ahead.

Make a list of the sights and attractions you want to see, and prioritize them based on your schedule. London is a big city with a lot to see, so it’s important to plan your time wisely to make the most of your trip.

Visiting the attractions in the area you’re going to be working is a good idea, but don’t forget just how useful the Tube is- you can get to pretty much anywhere in the city in practically no time at all.

Booking any extra transportation you may need in advance is a great idea too- the underground isn’t the answer to everything. Ask the staff in your London boutique hotels for help with booking town cars and train tickets.

Absolutely Do Mix Business and Pleasure

The old adage about not mixing business and pleasure was clearly spoken by someone who has never visited London on business.

Schedule your meetings and work commitments during the day, and use your evenings and weekends to explore the city. London comes alive at night and experiencing the pub and bar scene is an absolute must.

You could even try to arrange meetings in, or near places you want to visit. If there is a cafe or restaurant you want to try, why not meet there?

Take a Walking Tour

One of the best ways to get to know London, or any city for that matter, is by taking a walking tour.

There are plenty of free and paid walking tours available, which cover everything from the city’s history and architecture to its street art and food scene. Walking tours are a great way to see the city up close and personal, and often don’t even take that long.

If you’re not free during the day, then try one of the night tours of the city; from ghosts to nighttime photography, there is plenty on offer.

Learn about the city’s culture and history from a local expert, and find your feet in this awesome city.

Visit Iconic Sights

No trip to London is complete without visiting some of its iconic sights. From Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London to the British Museum and the National Gallery, there are plenty of must-see attractions.

In fact, there are so many that you are bound to be near one, wherever you might end up for work.

Take advantage of your location in the best luxury suites London has to offer at the Marble Arch by Montcalm. You’re close to Hyde Park, the Wellington Arch, Buckingham Palace, Westminster- and many more.

Take the time to nip out and have a wonder around these marvelous locations whilst you can!

Enjoy the Food and Drink Scene

London has a vibrant food and drink scene, with everything from traditional pubs and fish and chips to Michelin-starred restaurants and trendy cocktail bars- did you know that the city is home to no less than 66 Michelin Stars?

Make sure to sample some of London’s cuisine during your trip; whether that means trying a classic English breakfast, grabbing a pint at a local pub, or dining at one of the city’s many top-rated restaurants- or maybe even a cheeky helping of afternoon tea!

Experience the Theatre and Music Scene

London is known for its world-class theatre and music scene, with everything from West End musicals and world class plays to live music and concerts.

Make sure you check out the city’s incredible live music scene- whether that means seeing an international superstar in the O2 Arena, or visiting the pub down the road for open-mic night, you’re sure to have a good time.

Visiting the West End is easy too, just head to TKTS in Leicester Square for a last minute deal on a seat to see a fantastic play in one of London’s historical theatres- you never know what you might find.

Go Shopping

London is one of the world’s premier shopping destinations, with everything from high-end department stores and designer boutiques to quirky markets and vintage shops.

Going for a quick browse in some of the world’s most famous shopping districts is a pretty easy thing to do in London- they are everywhere.

Whether that means browsing the shops on Oxford Street or exploring the stalls at Camden Markets, you’ll find something to explore without too much trouble!

Take a Day Trip

If you have some extra time during your trip, consider taking a day trip outside of London.

There are plenty of beautiful towns and villages within easy reach of the city such as Bath, Brighton, and Oxford. These destinations offer a break from the hustle and bustle of London’s streets, and a chance to explore some of the beautiful countryside and historic sites of England.

Business, Pleasure, London

So there we have it, some of the very best ways that you can maximise your time in the city- even with work to do.

Don’t get bogged down with your work life, take advantage of the bountiful options that lie before you in London, and enjoy this stunning city to its fullest extent!