Get the most out of your business trip to London, UK

Get the most out of your business trip to London, UK

Have you ever been to London on business and don’t know what to do after work? We’re sure you have. We’re also often on business trips, so we know how difficult it is to visit the city with limited time and a rather limited knowledge of what it has to offer. We’ve picked up some helpful tips for those who are on a business trip but still don’t want to miss an opportunity to visit London after a day between meetings.

Find out what you can do during the work week or if you have a day off to explore the city before you head home. In our guide, we’ve listed some informal places to take colleagues, luxury restaurants to make a good impression on a client, and places to stock up on souvenirs to take home.

1. Where to meet colleagues or friends? Covent Garden.

This pedestrian West End square is the place to immerse yourself in vibrant London life. With its street performers and countless restaurants, Covent Garden is truly one of the most beautiful places in the city.

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1. Where to meet colleagues or friends? Covent Garden.

The restaurant offer here is very diverse: you’ll find restaurants of major world chains, luxury fashionable restaurants and clubs designed to fool tourists by serving them mediocre microwaved food. So we advise you to choose carefully.

2. Where to start. From Trafalgar Square.

Are you short on time and want to see some of London’s iconic landmarks? Come to Trafalgar Square. It’s the right place to experience the vibrant atmosphere of London’s streets. Some of the sights of the square are the Nelson’s Column with four bronze lions at its base, the National Portrait Gallery and the Admiralty Arch. The square also often hosts various events and meetings, so you’re sure to find something of interest.

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2. Where to start. From Trafalgar Square.

3. Where to get a drink after work? Head to Victoria Embankment

Along Victoria Embankment, the road that runs along the north bank of the River Thames, you’ll find a variety of venues, including typical English pubs, popular wine bars, and even a few floating bars placed on boats moored to the shore.

If you’re looking for one of Britain’s classic pubs, head to Villiers Street, the road that connects the Embankment and Charing Cross tube stations. Here you’ll find The Princess of Wales, Gordon’s Wine Bar and many other establishments within 100 meters.

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3. Where to get a drink after work? Head to Victoria Embankment

4. Looking for a trendy rooftop bar? Try Bokan.

Bkan is an excellent rooftop bar and restaurant popular with business travelers. The venue occupies the top three floors of Novotel London Canary Wharf, a short walk from the Canary Wharf business district in East London. If you want to make a good impression on your customers, this is the right place: the building overlooks the river and offers exceptional views of the city. The restaurant with its innovative interpretations of British cuisine is also highly regarded.

5. Informal dining? Choose Mayfair Chippy.

Mayfair Chippy is a seafood restaurant, but its flagship dish is the classic fish and chips served on a silver platter accompanied by tartar sauce, curry sauce and mashed peas. This is a more elegant fish restaurant than the traditional ones, and with the typical bustling bistro atmosphere of the neighborhood.

Other typical dishes to try are Scotch eggs, oysters and shepherd’s pie. A plate of fish and chips costs around £15. The Mayfair Chippy is located in Aldgate, near the City, the business district of London. Reservations are always advisable.

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5. Informal dining? Choose Mayfair Chippy.

6. Classy dinner? Dine at Wright Brothers in Spitalfields.

Wright Brothers is one of London’s most successful restaurants. It has various venues throughout the city, but for celebrating an important business event, we recommend Spitalfields.

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Fresh oysters, Scottish shrimp, razor clams, crabs and many other fish delicacies will be served to you with special care and attention . Everything here is so fresh that if there was even a little bit of sea breeze blowing, you could say you were at the sea. The restaurant also offers interesting vegetarian dishes.

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6. Classy dinner? Dine at Wright Brothers in Spitalfields.

7. Looking for souvenirs? Stop by the Fortnum & Mason store on St. Pancras

If you don’t have much time to find typical English goods before heading home, head to Fortnum & Mason , a luxury department store that is the official supplier of the English royal house. Inside, you’ll find various departments where you can find something special for the whole family. If you’re here on business, St. Pancras is probably the most convenient store for you.

Fortnum & Mason is famous for its baskets , a gift that is always appreciated. You can choose from wicker baskets of different sizes filled with chocolates, jams, teas, spirits, dishes and other delicacies. You’ll also find perfume, accessories, flowers, stationery and teddy bears.

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7. Looking for souvenirs? Stop by the Fortnum & Mason store on St. Pancras

8. A convenient landmark to visit? Tower Bridge.

Tower Bridge is one of London’s iconic landmarks, magnificent at any time of day. Perhaps ideal, however, would be to arrive here in the evening when it is illuminated by a soft light. If you get off at Tower Hill tube station, it’s a 5 minute walk to get to Tower Bridge. If you don’t have much time left, head to the Tower of London, another symbol of the city.

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8. A convenient landmark to visit? Tower Bridge.

9. Another convenient monument to visit? The Shard skyscraper.

Approximately 310 meters tall and with a facade completely covered with glass panels , The Shard is visible from every corner of London.

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Climb up to its rooftop terrace for stunning views of the entire city. If you weren’t lucky enough to stay at the Shangri-La, the hotel occupying floors 34 to 52, head to Gong Bar, the bar on the 52nd floor, and admire the city from above.

Business trip – tips for men

When you go on an official trip, it’s important to prepare well. You may be going to a conference or for the first time to meet important people and you need to make a good impression. In that case, take for yourself as a guide to the proverb “meet the clothes.

Business Travel - Tips for Men

Business trip – tips for men

Let’s talk about what you should bring on a two- or three-day business trip. These basics will allow you to create some suit options that you can wear to both formal daytime events and meetings, as well as during a business dinner.

Talk about suits: there is no need to bring more than one suit for a short business trip. When packing a suitcase for a business trip, choose pieces with a classic cut; also try to choose neutral colors such as navy or gray, because they can easily be combined with shirts and ties in other colors.

Take no more than three shirts with you, and even try to reduce the number to two. In addition to the white shirt take a colored shirt for variety.

Business Travel - Tips for Men

Business trip – tips for men

Recreation together

Keep in mind that you will have to spend a lot of time surrounded by your colleagues during a business trip. You may even have to spend the closest weekend with them. In case your colleague is of the same gender as you, you may even be put in the same room to cut costs.

Remember that if you are going on a business trip with a colleague of the opposite sex to you, you must behave in a very and respectful professional manner. A business trip is not a place for flirting and flirting.

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Business Travel - Tips for Men

Recreation together

Recreation and excursions.

During an official visit, you may be tempted to go on a tour or sightseeing trip, especially if this is your first time in the area. Remember, however, that such behavior may be against corporate ethics .

The urge to finish work early and go out to have fun during a business trip may not form a good opinion of your superiors. Which in turn may result in a heavier workload in the future. Act judiciously, and no one will be able to reproach you for the weekend fun, if you have to spend the weekend on a business trip.

Business Travel - Tips for Men

Recreation and excursions.

Going out to restaurants and cafes

If you are asked to host conferences, you may be expected to take on the responsibility of entertaining your guests or clients.

If you do decide to take on such a function, you should first determine your company’s policy on this issue. Even if you weren’t originally planning a business dinner, always be prepared for this opportunity, because it can open new doors for your business.

Business Travel - Tips for Men

Going out to restaurants and cafes

Remember that your behavior plays a critical role, so control how much you drink, what you eat and what you say.

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