London – the capital of England is a major global city and alongside New York City, one of the world’s largest financial centres. The main financial and commercial district and most of the leading London Venues are located in the City of London which is considered to be one of busiest places within the country. This area is home to the headquarters of more than half of UK’s top listed companies as well as about a 100 of top Europe’s companies. The City of London’s influence in politics, finance, education, entertainment, media, fashion and art & culture, contributes to its global position. It is the hub for UK’s and some of Europe’s main commercial activities, and thus the city is an important destination for all business matters.
As the City of London is a major centre for international relations and is said to be one of the three “command centres” for the world economy, with New York City and Tokyo, the city brings in large numbers of business clients. The majority of visitors to Central London will be from the corporate sector, as this area is the heart of many of leading London Venues – both business and leisure. As a business trip does not mean to be “all-business”, there should always be some time to relax and unwind and experience the culture, architecture and people of your host-city.
Hotel Accommodation for the Corporate Sector:
If your trip to the City of London is to attend a pre-arranged international conference or seminar, it is most likely that your accommodation would have been already booked. However, if the choice had been left to you here are some of the popular hotels which offer excellent facilities for the corporate sector, and are considered as the finest London Venues:
o Four Seasons London: A classic luxury-styled hotel with 220 rooms and 26 suites. It has 6 large banquet, ballroom and meeting rooms that can accommodate 60-500 people, with a 24-hour business centre.
o The Connaught: Another classic luxury-styled property with 81 rooms and 42 suites. The property too has a number of banquet and meeting facilities as well as a business centre.
o The Berkeley: A property dedicated to the art of gracious living. It has meeting facilities that can hold a 400 theatre-style seating and a business centre.
o St. James’ Hotel & Club: Located in Park Place with over 50 rooms. The property has 4 meeting rooms which can hold a maximum of 80 people.
o Durley House: Situated in Sloane Street and has meeting facilities for about 50 people.
Some of the leading London Venues that are available only for congress and conference facilities are:
o Prince of Wales Theatre – Takes in a capacity of 2- 1114
o Savoy Palace – Can hold a capacity of 2-462
o Pewterers’ Hall – Takes in a capacity of 1-150
o Euston House, London – A smaller property which can hold about 70 participants
o Wellcome Collection Conference Centre – Also in Euston and can accommodate 2-200 participants
Attractions and Leisure Activities:
The London Venues for leisure, relaxation, sight-seeing, night-life and attractions are so great in number, that it is best you draw up a plan so that you can make the maximum for the time available. Given below are some of the City of London’s leading attractions and leisure venues:
o Buckingham Palace: The official residence of the Queen, a “must-see” for every visitor. Open for tours during the summer months only.
o Trafalgar Square: Home of Nelson’s Column and the lions. It is overlooked by the National Gallery.
o The London Eye: The world’s third largest observation wheel. It is situated on the South Bank of the Thames and offers magnificent views over London
oTower Bridge: The iconic 19th century bridge located by the Tower of London near the city. It features a draw bridge.
o The Tower of London: It is an original royal fortress by the Thames and regarded as a World Heritage Site.
If you are tight for time, the city offers a range of tours to many of the London Venues. You can select from the Open Top Bus Tours, London Duck Tours or the New London Tours. This will help you to make the maximum of your time with the minimum amount left.
London offers an exciting and busy lifestyle. There is so much that you can achieve during your stay. A pre-planned itinerary will be a perfect idea, so that you could have a good and well-balanced business and leisure trip.