London is the world's financial capital. It's difficult to predict the exact impact of Brexit if it ever occurs. Hotels are very expensive, and furnished apartments or serviced apartments are an excellent alternative, to stay close to your appointments.
A megalopolis with an international reputation, London attracts large numbers of business travelers. This multi-faceted capital is also the most expensive city in Europe. As part of a London business trip, it is necessary to find alternatives to hotels to stay comfortably, at a reasonable price and why not take the opportunity to discover this World City.
The English capital is one of the most popular destinations for business travelers. It is the second-largest business destination in the world after New York and the first in Europe. A true economic power, it is one of the three largest financial centers in the world and the crossroads of business travelers. London is the most connected destination in the world (fDi Benchmark study) with 6 airports connecting 336 international destinations. Accessible quickly and easily, the events organized each year attract a large number of professionals.
Every year, many trade fairs are held in London, covering a wide variety of sectors. Among them, we find: for real estate, the must-see MIPIM UK 2019 from 14 to 15 October 2019, the MCM London Comic Con from 25 to 27 October 2019, the World Travel Market, the world travel market from 4 to 6 November 2019, Texfusion for international fabric manufacturers on 20 and 21 November 2019, The Business Show on 27 and 28 November 2019 for entrepreneurs in the process of developing their business, International Security Expo on 3 and 4 December 2019, Transport Ticketing Global, the world's largest public transport gathering on 28 and 29 January 2020, the Festival of Genomics on 29 and 30 January 2020 for the medical sector, Ice Totally Gaming, International Games Industry Exhibition from 4 to 6 February 2020, Business Travel Show from 26 to 27 February 2020 dedicated to business travel, Hotelympia from 2 to 4 March 2020, International Food and Hospitality Exhibition, Marketing Week Live on 4 and 5 March 2020, The London Book Fair from 10 to 12 March 2020, IFE, food market, from 17 to 20 March 2020, The Cleaning Show in the industry sector from 19 to 21 March 2020, Natural & Organic Products Europe, the largest trade fair dedicated to natural products from 19 to 21 April 2020, UC EXPO - Connecting Business on 13 and 14 May 2020 and finally, the AdTech London from September 30 to October 1, 2020 in the field of marketing and communication.
London is a must for professional travelers, but it is still the most expensive capital in Europe. As part of a stay to attend a seminar, congress or trade fair, it is sometimes difficult to find a reasonable price for accommodation because accommodation is expensive and often unaffordable in the English capital. To find a correct and comfortable room, it is then necessary to book well in advance and put the price on it because the hotels are insufficient in relation to the demand. A delicate situation when it comes to adapting to the travel policies of companies, concerned about limiting the costs related to accommodation during business trips. Especially when it comes to long missions! So, to enjoy the English capital, what better way to enjoy it than to choose a furnished apartment or a comfortable apartment-hotel?
From travellers who come for training at their companies' headquarters for a short or long term assignment to those who stopover for only a few days to sign a contract or attend a trade fair, comfort and an ideal location must be the most important criteria in finding accommodation for a stay in London. To do this, it is better to focus your research on furnished apartments or apart-hotels.
Indeed, when the accommodation is not located in the city center, travel is lengthened and added to the accommodation costs. With furnished apartments or apartments near the exhibition centers, you will optimize your stay and limit your fatigue! In addition, the furnished rentals available in short, medium or long term guarantee comfort but also freedom, autonomy, and savings. A stay in a furnished rental allows you to reduce your bill by an average of 40% compared to a stay in a hotel.
In addition to accommodation, London is also expensive to eat. The bait-hotel or furnished apartment, thanks to its equipment and independent kitchen, reduce meal costs and allows you to cook in complete freedom. The relatively large surface areas of these accommodations also make it possible to optimize costs as part of a team that shares a furnished apartment. Employees can work and relax together - while each having their own private space - without having to worry about being in the same hotel as guests or competitors. Discretion, comfort, ideal location, independence, and economy are the strong points of furnished rentals and the essential conditions to be efficient during a business trip!
Are you going on a business trip to London? MagicStay accompanies you in the search for your furnished accommodation to enjoy your stay as if you were at home!
Indeed, these short term rentals, ideally located, allow you to optimize your stay and enjoy it to the full. And yes, the employee or employees are not supposed to work 24 hours a day! A business trip is also an opportunity to discover a city... And as much to say that in London, there is plenty to do!
Emblems of London, Big Ben, and Westminster Palace are absolutely worth seeing at least once in his life. This clock tower, the 96-meter high Clock Tower, is part of the Westminster Palace, home of the British Parliament (also known as the Houses of Parliament). Unfortunately, only residents of the United Kingdom have the privilege of being able to visit the clock tower if they have requested it in advance.
Dive into Royal London and the English monarchy by visiting Buckingham Palace and witness the changing of the guard of course! Then enter Westminster Abbey. This superb Gothic church is a high place for the coronations of monarchs and royal weddings.
Tower Bridge, this huge weighbridge with its two Gothic towers built at the end of the 19th century, is to be admired at night for the lights reflected on the Thames.
Nearby is the Tower of London. This medieval fortress built in 1066 was, over the centuries, sometimes a royal fortress, sometimes a prison. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it has been transformed into a museum in which the Crown Jewels are buried.
There's nothing like a walk in Hyde Park, in other words, the largest green space in the center of the capital, covering 140 hectares. Why not have lunch between two appointments, just to recharge your batteries, before returning to the frenzy of your day. Note: during the Christmas holidays, the Christmas market and its ice rink take over the place.
North of the city stroll through Regent's Park, one of London's royal parks. This immense green setting is one of the most flowery in the capital, ideal for a picnic or a boat trip when the weather allows it! More unusual, in the heart of this park, is Regent's Park Open Theatre, an open-air theatre in which the New Shakespeare Company offers unforgettable performances every summer.
To take a real break and recharge your batteries away from the hustle and bustle of the city, head south of the capital to Battersea Park. This green lung is home to a Japanese temple of peace, The London Peace Pagoda, ideal for taking a moment to yourself and relax.
First stop in Piccadilly Circus: located at the crossroads of several districts, this large pedestrian square in the city center, with its huge advertising screens, plunges us into the frenzy of this dynamic and cosmopolitan city.
Then, of course, go to Soho! The most lively district of the city, it is undoubtedly the ideal place to go out for a beer in the evening in a typical pub. This small district is also, in a more global way, the culture district with its cinemas and theatres, so don't hesitate to reserve a place to see a musical comedy!
Another must-see place in London is Covent Garden, where you can stroll under the glass roof of the old market and stroll through the shops or have a bite to eat in one of the many restaurants in this dynamic district.
To get off the beaten track, discover Camden Town. Famous for its flea market open every day, it is the cosmopolitan district par excellence. All cultures are mixed, it is a real journey that is offered to you through the alleys, street food stands and shops all more original than the other.
For a change of scenery, a short detour to the famous Notting Hill district, with its pastel-colored facades, is one of the chicest districts in the capital. Its village atmosphere gives it a picturesque atmosphere. Mandatory detour to the flea market of Portobello Road for lovers of vintage and antiques.
The British Museum: this superb museum with its remarkable architecture opened in 1759. Dedicated to the history and culture of Man, it is none other than the most visited tourist site in the country, especially for the remains on display there, such as the Rosetta Stone.
Follow up with a visit to the Tate Modern: opened in May 2000, it takes place in a disused power plant in the heart of the city, on the right bank of the Thames. It brings together international collections of modern and contemporary art.
Then, make a passage through the Tate Britain. In this classic building built at the end of the 19th century, you can discover the collections of British art from the Renaissance to the present day. Among other things, you can admire the works of artists such as Francis Bacon, Peter Blake, and Douglas Gordon.
Located in the heart of the City, Sky Garden is London's tallest public garden, located on the 35th floor of a London skyscraper, 20 Fenchurch Street, nicknamed Talkie-Walkie for its curved shape. Access is free and the 360° view of the city is incredible. To prolong this vertiginous feeling, restaurants, and bars on site allow you to have a drink or a bite to eat.
If that's not enough, take a ride on the London Eye, in other words, the most spectacular Ferris wheel in Europe. Located on the banks of the Thames near Westminster Palace, it offers a panoramic view of the city at 135 meters when you reach the highest point. The tour takes 30 minutes in glass capsules that can accommodate up to 25 people!
Shopping enthusiasts go for Oxford Street! 2.5km long, this mythical London avenue brings together 300 shops of all kinds, including the must-see British brands.
If you don't have a minute of your own during the day or if you are more of an evening than a morning person, here are some ideas for a good evening in London.
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