Corporate Traveller

Business Traveller's Guide to London

Have an upcoming trip to London for business? Read through our top information on London to get you prepared for a great trip!

Getting Around

London is an extensive city, however, getting around is not a problem. Taxi’s are easily accessible, but are not the fastest nor cheapest transport option in the city. You may want to walk around the city, as most of the main sights are relatively close to one another.

If you are looking to get from place to place, public transport within the city is very good. The underground – or tube as it is commonly called – is probably the fastest mode of transport. The tube lines cover most of central London and will most likely get you where you need to go.

To get the most out of your money it is usually a good option to buy an Oyster card, this is the prepaid card used for buses, trains and tubes in the city. Buying an oyster card is much cheaper than a day pass, otherwise using your contactless bank card as payment is also a cheaper option.

Something to eat or drink?

You won’t be short of places to eat in London. Aside from a never ending selection of classic English pubs, you will not find it hard to find any kind of food you are after. Notable areas to check out if you’re in the mood for great food or an evening drink include: Covent Garden, Shoreditche, Soho, Brixton, and South Bank.

You can’t really beat Hutong at the Shard for an after work drink, with amazing cocktails, and a view of London from 33 stories high – however a dress code does apply. If you’re looking for a more subdue atmosphere for a couple of drinks and excellent food too, Newman Street Tavern in Central London is a crowd favourite.  London’s vast restaurant and bar scene means you will likely find an incredible spot just around the corner.

Accommodation

Because London is so big, no matter where you stay it is likely you will want to use some form of transport to get to another location. To decide where to stay it is best to decide your main priority for your accommodation location, as you will still have easy access to the rest of London through the extensive transport system.

Areas within central London primarily targeted at the business person would include; County Hall, City of London, Tower Bridge, and London Bridge. However, if you branch outside these typical business areas you will find nightly rates decreased during the week in popular tourist areas.

If you’re staying on for bleisure and looking to be close to nightlife and an abundance of food choices, try the West End area. Prices will reflect the central location, and popularity of being close to popular restaurants and bars.

If your stay in London is going to be relatively short and you want to have easier access to Heathrow airport as well as shopping and transport links, try the Marble Arch area. There is a variety of upmarket hotels in this area. Bloomsberry also has a direct transport link to Heathrow Airport.

Wherever you choose to stay, if it is in central London it is likely you will have easy access to the rest of the city and enjoy exploring the variety of areas within the city.

Time to tourist?

If you find some spare time on your trip, London has an endless supply of sights and activities to see and do. There are many sights to see as you wander around central London including: Westminster, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly. If you aren’t up for a walking exploration, a sightseeing bus could be for you. London has an easy hop-on, hop-off, tour bus which visits some of the iconic spots in London, without the stress of you needing to plan for yourself.

If you have a lot of spare time on your hands, Madame Tuassards Wax Museum or seeing a musical on the West End. On a nice day, if you manage to get one in London, Hyde Park is a great place for lunch, a walk, or even a picnic; or for a more touristy option, views from the London Eye are unbeatable.