Traveling for business to London
Which airline to choose for flying business class to London?
British Airlines is the best option to travel to London. The British carrier airline has a huge reputation on his business and first class. Business class is divided into Club Europe, Club World, and Club World London City. In the Business Club World you can expect a little more luxury than in the Business Club Europe. There is a power supply at your seat so that you can work quietly during the flight. For the necessary relaxation, you can watch the latest films and series on your own TV screen. British Airways also has special lounges for Club World passengers.
The Business Club World London City is especially for business travelers who want a direct flight between the financial heart of London and New York. The extra facilities are aimed at the business traveler. You can use mobile data on board and UK, EU, and US sockets for laptops and other devices.
Culturally and historically, London is the ideal city to relax in between business. In addition to the standard tourist attractions such as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and Tower Bridge, there are other places worth visiting, whether alone or as a group with business partners. The National Gallery, a boat trip on the Thames and Hyde Park offer good options for a break and relaxation.
The fastest way to get to central London is the Heathrow Express train. You can get on and off at Terminal 2-3 and Terminal 5. Terminal 4 is not on the route, so a change at Terminal 2-3 train station is necessary. The Heathrow Express departs every 15 minutes from the airport and Paddington Station in west London midway between The Regent's Park, West End, Hyde Park, and Notting Hill, journey time is 15 minutes from Terminal 2-3 and 21 minutes from Terminal 5.
The metro network is the oldest underground train system in the world. The London Underground (also often referred to as “The Tube”) has been around since 1863. The 11 different metro lines carry an average of more than 3 million passengers daily. The tube is in many cases the fastest way to bridge greater distances within London. The Tube can also be used as a cheaper alternative to the Heathrow Express to travel to central London. The metro network is fast, efficient, and cheap.
In London, they have a kind of their own public transport chip card, which is called the Oyster Card. With an Oyster Card, you can pay for your individual journeys. An Oystercard is a credit card on which you buy balance. You can increase this balance at more than 3000 sales and charging points in London. When purchasing an Oystercard you pay 5 GBP activation costs. The credit on your Oystercard has an unlimited shelf life. It is important that you never forget to check-in and out when you travel.
Do you buy your Oystercard at London Heathrow Airport? In that case, you can hand in your card again when you return to the airport. You will receive the credit that is still on it + the £5 activation fee back.
Naturally, in such a large, popular business city, many convention centers can be found, from small and intimate to large and crowded. The London ExCel International Exhibition Center is one of the best known centers. Located in Royal Dock's district, about twenty minutes from the city center, everything is possible here from meetings to special events. Fancy a snack or drink in between? There are no fewer than 22 restaurants in the center for this! The conveniently located Business Design Center is a ten minute walk from Kings Cross St. Pancras and is a popular business center in the heart of London. There are meeting rooms, an auditorium, conference space of over two thousand square meters.
What to do in London?
The business heart of London is Canary Wharf, which is also home to three of the tallest buildings in the UK. This district used to be the country's main port and from 1802 to 1980 it was even one of the busiest docks in the world. After that, the dock closed, resulting in vacancy. After a thorough renovation, Canary Wharf has grown back into London's main business district in recent years. It is now home to both British and European companies.
London has a lot of special museums, but the British Museum takes the cake. It is also called the treasury of Europe. It is the oldest museum in the world, where you can admire finds from classical antiquity, such as a mummified cat. If you're more into modern art, head to Tate Modern. Housed in a former power station, this museum is beautifully situated on the south bank of the Thames.
Tower Bridge is one of the most famous landmarks in London. Tower Bridge was built at the end of the nineteenth century and takes its name from the nearby Tower of London. At 42 meters above the River Thames is a glass walkway that runs from the left bank to the right bank. From here, admire the passing traffic and pedestrians on the walkway. Climbing Tower Bridge is a unique experience for people who are not afraid of heights. Of course, the Tower Bridge is also so beautiful to see and you should not miss it during your visit to London.
London's undisputed star and the city's most photographed attraction, Big Ben is a world-famous London landmark. At 96 m high, it can be seen from almost every angle in the heart of the capital. Big Ben is also number one among the city's many most famous landmarks with over 4 million visits per year. It's an iconic structure, so seeing it even from afar creates a sense of awe!
London has over four thousand bars and although British cuisine may not be known as the best in the world, the city has many good restaurants. For good food, head to Soho, home to well-known streets such as Carnaby Street and Regent Street.
In the narrow alleys, one good restaurant alternates with another. Dining with a view is one of the must-dos in London. In addition to an impressive view, the 38th floor of the Heron Tower also offers good sushi in the restaurant. The Fenchurch Restaurant in Sky Garden also has wonderful views and good quality cuisine. These two dining options are great for business lunches and dinners.
A day trip back and forth to London for business is fine, but not all business trips are completed in one day. Fortunately, there is plenty to choose from in the city in terms of hotels, especially for business travelers. The London Marriott Hotel Regents Park and the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London are two popular hotels for business travelers. Closer to Canary Wharf, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels London ExCel is a much-loved option.
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