London truly is the city that has it all – tourist hotspots galore, world-class infrastructure and superb business links.
If you are taking a trip to the city on business then there is a strong chance that you will need to make your way into central London.
While the Underground makes travel around the city as easy as possible, you should attempt to secure accommodation in the thick of the capital. On that front, the Grand Royale London Hyde Park Hotel would be a strong option.
The four-star hotel benefits from a fantastic location on the edge of Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. That places guests just a short walk away from Queensway and Bayswater Tube stations, giving access to the Central, Circle and District lines. Lancaster Gate, meanwhile, is just a few minutes walk in the opposite direction.
Connections beyond London to the rest of the UK are also possible, as the hotel is just down the road from Paddington Railway Station.
Finding the right hotel and transport options could save you hours in travel later during a business trip to London. Travellers flying into the city are spoilt for choice. London is home to several major transport hubs, including Heathrow, Stansted and Gatwick.
These airports offer direct routes into London from cities all over the world, and it is well worth seeking out a flight which avoids any connections, again to maximise your time in this bustling business hotspot.
Travellers taking a flight into Heathrow and opting to stay at the Grand Royale London Hyde Park Hotel will find that their accommodation is within easy reach. The airport is just a 30-minute ride on the Heathrow Express service away from Paddington.
Once you get your head around its sprawling layout and miles of track, the Tube is simple to use and hugely effective at getting you from one side of the city to the other.
However, acclimatising yourself with the Underground network may take a little time, so it is advised that you give yourself some breathing room by ensuring you arrive in London at least 24 hours, longer if at all possible, ahead of any meetings. That way you can ensure you are fully up to speed with getting around this vast city. After all, there is nothing worse than ending up lost in a place you are unfamiliar with on the day of an important business event.
Dos and don’ts
Smoking is becoming increasingly unwelcome throughout London, so smokers are advised to avoid lighting up in public, and certainly not indoors, while in the presence of UK-based dignitaries and colleagues.
A suit is the expected attire for the vast majority of London business meetings, so making sure you are looking smart is important. However, if you are travelling by the Tube it is worth noting that it can get incredibly hot on the Underground, especially during peak hours. So, be mindful of this and make sure you do not arrive for an important meeting drenched in sweat after a particularly unpleasant morning commute.
Peak times for the Underground are between 7:30am to 9:30am and 5pm to 7pm. During these periods, you should expect busy carriages and a lack of seating. If at all possible it is advised to travel outside of these hours.
Businesspeople coming into London may also want easy access into mainland Europe during a trip, and this is another score on which the capital excels. A trip from St Pancras International to Paris on the Eurostar takes just two hours and 15 minutes, while London to Brussels will take one hour and 50 minutes.
As you can see, London really is not just a destination blessed with world-class business opportunities, but it is also a gateway to mainland Europe and beyond.
Travellers opting to stay at the Grand Royale London Hyde Park Hotel can round off their day of meetings in fitting fashion thanks to the accommodation’s lush style.
Guests will find tastefully decorated rooms, while the hotel’s suites afford an additional layer of luxury.
There is also a restaurant and bar on-site, serving breakfast from 7am to 10am Monday to Friday and 7:30am to 10:30am at weekends.
However, the clincher for business people may be the excellent facilities for meetings and events within the hotel.
Across four rooms, the hotel can accommodate between two and 70 people and provide the latest audiovisual technology ensuring that everything you could need for that important pitch or meeting is covered.
The huge appeal of London to businesses is supported by research by American Express released earlier this year, which places the city as the most popular destination in the UK for business travellers, again proving that the city really is the place to be.