A trip to London is a required part of the job for many business people in the United Kingdom and Europe. Whether you look forward to this visit to the capital and its many sights and attractions, or you dread the hectic hustle and bustle and just want to complete your meetings and flee, any business traveller to London can use these tips. They’ll make your trip easier and help you do your job.
• The hottest restaurants don’t take bookings – Love it or hate it, the no bookings policy is sweeping across London’s best restaurants. If you plan to treat your colleagues or clients to a meal at hip Soho eateries such as Bao, Barrafina or Dishoom, you should arrive a lot earlier than your party in order to secure a table. Another safe bet – stick to the classics that always take a booking.
• Getting a cab can be a nightmare – Taxis are at a premium in central London – during peak times (or when it rains) it can be very difficult to get one when you need it. Avoid absurd wait times and impress your clients – book a taxi online in advance and you’ll never be disappointed.
• Stay close to the office – It may cost more to stay in a hotel within walking distance of your office (if it is located in Zone 1), but you will save time, money and most importantly, stress.
• The best tube lines are your friends – If staying nearby is not feasible, or if you have multiple sites to visit each day, try to stay in a hotel that is on one of the following tube lines: Victoria, Overground, DLR or Waterloo and City. These lines are far less crowded, more frequent, more efficient and less likely to break down than the others.