Heading to the UK's capital for business? There may be many things on your business trip packing list already - such as your smartest suit, presentation software and a power adapter for your laptop - but you should also consider what you'll do in your downtime. No business trip packing list should be devoid of a guide book full of London points of interest. Alternatively, read on to discover some of the best places that cater to the needs of business travellers, whether they come from overseas or elsewhere in the UK.
The Culture Capital Yes, London is well-known for its so-called Theatreland which sprawls all over the West End, but there is much more to the performance side of the capital's culture than musicals and revues. Business travellers should also consider the delights of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, located on the South Bank away from most of the other big theatres. If you arrive in summer, then among London points of interest to consider is the Open Air Theatre which is situated in Regent's Park. For music fans, the BBC Proms, held annually in the Royal Albert Hall, are not to be missed. The Royal Festival Hall is another world-class music venue which stages everything from classical to jazz.
Getting Around Most Londoners take the famous Underground network to move around the capital, but business travel London can be arranged easily from your hotel by simply ordering a black cab. Other taxi firms now compete with the famous London cabbies, but their service remains reliable and hailing one won't dent your expense account too much. Another form of business travel London visitors should consider is a chauffeur driven service which is beneficial if you need to head to multiple locations in the city and its suburbs. Many travel companies offer this sort of business service.
Fine Dining Whether you have time to visit London attractions during your stay or have a packed schedule that only affords you some time to yourself in the evening, you shouldn't miss out on the much-improved restaurant scene in the capital. A few decades ago, London's restaurants had a poor reputation, but this has changed largely thanks to the work of chefs at Michelin-starred restaurants such as La Gavroche, in Mayfair, and Glasshouse, at Kew Gardens. Five Fields in Chelsea is another award-winning dining experience that is well worth seeking out.
Accommodation West London tends to suit most international business visitors to the capital because it affords easy access to the central parts of the city whilst being in striking distance of London's two major air hubs, Heathrow and Gatwick. Sloane Square Hotel is ideally located for business visitors whilst still being within walking distance of some of the capital's major attractions such as Harrods department store, the Saatchi Art Gallery and the Royal Court Theatre. It has an excellent and informal bar for business visitors to relax in plus special offers that coincide with key events, like the annual Royal Ascot horse racing meeting, for example.