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A Quick Guide To London

A Quick Guide To London
London is one of the world’s most visited cities. With its combination of historic buildings, renowned museums and galleries and the best in dining, clubbing, entertainment and now a new range of boutique hotels, you won’t run out of things to do. Where is it? London is the capital of the UK, set on the river Thames. Served by several airports, including London Heathrow, London Gatwick and London Stanstead, and with direct train links to the continent via the Channel Tunnel, and to the rest of the UK via domestic operators, the city is easy to get to. Where can I stay? It’s no surprise that London is full of hotels of various sizes and standards. Famous and expensive hotels sit alongside smaller guesthouses, but it is the boutique hotel that’s currently proving a popular choice with visitors. Small and stylish, with impeccable service and a real atmosphere rather than one manufactured by the marketing department of a large hotel chain, staying in one of these hotels can only make your trip to London more enjoyable. What can I see? There’s so much going on in London that even the residents don’t see it all. Plan your stay so that you enjoy a little bit of history at the Tower of London or St. Paul’s Cathedral for example; some of the treasures and paintings in the museums and galleries; a show in the West End and some great drinking and dining. If you’re staying in a good hotel, you can rely on the concierge or reception staff to help you buy tickets or plan your itinerary. Don’t forget your camera, and make a long list of the things you want to do the next time you visit. How do I get around? Like all major cities, London has a modern public transport system. A comprehensive underground network takes you to all parts of the city, with prices working on a “zone” basis, which makes it easy to calculate which tickets to buy and how much they will cost. If you’re planning to use the underground a lot during your trip, ask for details of saver tickets. London’s famous red buses are easy to use and reasonably cheap at just £1 for central London journeys. Alternatively, you could take a traditional “black cab”. These hackney cabs can be hailed from anywhere and the drivers have to pass a stringent test so that they can take you anywhere you need to go. Adept at avoiding traffic jams, happy to hold a conversation and with honest fare meters, a journey with a hackney cab driver is a real London experience. You can hire a car, but if you’re staying within the city, it’s far easier to use public transport. ....read more

Planning A Trip To London

Planning A Trip To London
Most people cannot say they know London well which makes planning a business trip quite daunting. To know London completely is impossible. Home to inhabitants for over 2,000 years now London has grown to a sprawling metropolis, the ideal platform for constant illustrious activity and business meetings. If you are traveling at the weekend a five star hotel in the middle of the city is available for less than one hundred pounds a night, and can be very quiet. During the week however it’s quite another matter. City hotels are notorious for being completely empty on weekends, hence the great rates. Tourists pay over the odds to stay at trendy hotels when they could stay at other places for a much better price. They key points to remember when planning a business trip are to make a schedule so you can plan your stay and to book into a hotel with all the amenities that you may require. It’s very important to book your hotel in a central location so you can reach your meetings and clients quickly and without too much trouble. Make sure you have a guide book so you can find the best restaurants and bars to entertain clients and so you sound knowledgeable about the city and its heritage. You will be trying to make a good impression and planning is very important in meeting your client’s expectations. Firstly you should find out exactly where and when you are conducting your meetings. If you need to book function or meeting rooms then now is the time to do it. Book a meeting in an upmarket central hotel and your client’s will be impressed. Once you know your schedule you can book your accommodation in the best possible location. Make sure you visit the hotels website to see if they offer the best facilities your expense account can afford. Check the hotel has internet and fax facilities as well. After you have booked the hotel it’s a good idea to look at some local bars and restaurants to entertain you during your stay. Maybe visit some restaurant review websites and book a table at a couple of the local eateries to entertain your clients and business contacts. Travelling to London is quite easy but it needs planning. Whether you are getting there by car, train or plane you need to use the underground so visit the website and buy a tube map to help you. In summary when you are visiting London you need to make sure you know where you are going and make good plans. Make sure you book a good hotel with the facilities you will require. ....read more