From underground Roman streets and molly houses to plague pits and secret underground tube stations, the forgotten landmarks London is steeped in history and it’s apparent everywhere you go. But perhaps more interesting is that London is also recognised as a ‘Super City’. The UK’s capital city has been ranked as the most innovative city for the second year in a row, making it very clear that London’s immense presence on the global stage is only set to gravitate towards further success.
In 2014, London was acknowledged by major professional services company, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), as the leader of 30 ‘cities of opportunity’ worldwide, and in the same year attracted more than double the amount of foreign direct investment deals than New York City. London was then announced to be ‘technologically on top of its game’; whilst 2015 saw a wider recognition for the UK capital with its progressions in economics, infrastructural growth and environmental sustainability.
TOP 3 TIPs
- Network! Successful business owners know meeting new people and networking can do wonders for business growth. London offers loads of networking events so during your visit to London why not make some time to building your contacts. Visit: www.findnetworkingevents.com to search for events that are on during your stay.
- Take a day trip to Windsor Castle. We all love the Royal family so if you can manage a day out of the office visit Windsor, the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world which has been the family home of British kings and queens for almost 1,000 years. It is an official residence of Her Majesty The Queen and is still very much a working royal palace today, home to around 150 people.
- In England, we love tea! Tea is such a part of any person’s complete London experience that when buying remembrance gifts for yourself or for your friends, a small pack of tea is always a good idea. Shop luxury speciality teas from Harrods Food Halls in Knightsbridge.
Recommended App Download – Getting Around
Citymapper is a free all-in-one London-centric app that covers live departure information for all possible modes of transport between two locations, with support for train (Tube and Overground), bus, and cycle hire.
Walking routes are even included if you want to take the money-saving option. Looking for a cab? Citymapper also features black cab/taxi vs mini cab price comparisons.
Did you know?
There are several abandoned Tube stations, many of which are used for filming or private parties, including Strand, closed in 1994; Down Street, closed in 1932; Brompton Road, closed in 1934; and Mark Lane, which is now an All Bar One but was once part of what is now Tower Hill.
Where to Stay?
You can’t get a hotel room much closer to the clouds. Popular due to its extraordinary location The Shangri-La, offers 360-degree views of London. On floors 34 to 52 of Renzo Piano’s Shard, at 1,016ft the tallest building in Western Europe, made up of 11,000 glass panels (which do not touch, allowing the building to “breathe”) with 44 lifts. It takes just 26 seconds to travel from the hotel’s 35th floor lobby, so places of interest nearby, such as Borough Market and Tate Modern, are only minutes away.