According to the 2013 report by Concur, London is the most visited international city for business travellers ahead of Shanghai, Tokyo and even Dubai. With many global headquarters in the city, it is no wonder that business travellers flock to the city to catch a business meeting, meet new clients or attend major conferences. At Check-in-London, we help many corporate clients to find the right London accommodation for their trip and we can share our tips on how to make your next business trip a stress-free experience.
In a recent blogpost, we explored the 5 international airports in London and how to get to and from the airports to the city centre. Most international travellers would travel through Heathrow, Gatwick or Stansted as these are the major international airports in London and Check-in-London have a vast array of serviced apartments or aparthotels within easy reach of all of the airports in London.
How to get from the Main Airports to Central London:
Heathrow Airport: You can get the Heathrow Express to Paddington Station or jump on the Picadilly Line to join other London commuters on their daily journey to the city.
Gatwick Airport: Gatwick is the second biggest airport in London and the Gatwick Express runs every 15 minutes to Victoria Station.
Standsted Airport: The Stansted Express runs every 15 minutes into Liverpool Street in central London.
Getting aroundTransport in London is a breeze when you have the inside track and you can get around the city by tube, bus, train, taxi, bike or even cable car! You may be lucky enough to have a car service while staying in London but, for everyone else, here are our top ways to get around London for that important business meeting.
Tube/Bus - Grab an Oyster card and use the travelcard option if travelling a lot (1 day or 7 day) which allows you to pay a flat fee for unlimited train or bus journeys instead of topping up as you go (which may work out more expensive in the long run).
Train - If your business is outside of central London, then you may be better off catching a train. National rail allow easy access to areas outside of London from Paddington, Victoria and many other stations and the Eurostar operates out of Kings Cross St. Pancras which allows travel to Paris and many other European destinations.
'Air Line' - Operating from the Royal Docks to Greenwich, this Emirates Air Line is a unique way to get to work but, as it is limited to two stops only, it is far from convenient unless you have business in that specific area.
All corporate travellers agree that one of the most important things they need while on a business trip is free wifi. Staying connected is of vital importance and most travellers insist on free wireless internet when booking any accommodation nowadays. Luckily, most of our serviced apartments for business travellers come with free wireless internet which, in addition to spacious bedrooms and living areas and self-catering facilities, make them an ideal choice for that business trip to the city. However, if you are looking for wifi while out and about in the city, here are two of our favourite hotspots.
The Southbank Centre - Take in views of Westminster and the London Eye while you tweak that powerpoint presentation or check your e-mails.
The Barbican Centre - It's not hard to find a quiet spot to work in this maze of a building and several coffee shops are located there to give you that caffeine fix if you need it.
If you're visiting soon and want advice on where to stay to suit your travel and business needs, speak to a customer advisor. Make sure to call us on +44 843 298 8820 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for rates and availability.