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Maximize Your Business Trip: Top Things to Do in London

Maximize Your Business Trip: Top Things to Do in London

Looking to explore one of the world’s most dynamic and vibrant business hubs? London, with its rich history, diverse culture, and thriving business landscape, offers an unparalleled experience for professionals and entrepreneurs. From iconic landmarks to bustling trade shows, London provides endless opportunities for networking, growth, and innovation.

In this article, we’ll delve into the business allure of London and uncover the key factors that make it a top destination for business professionals across the globe.

Strictly Business

1.   Visit Trade Shows, Business Events and Conferences

London is home to some of the most well-renowned trade shows in Europe! With two fantastic venues, London Olympia and ExCel London, there is no shortage of shows. Plus, shows cater to every industry, from Retail Technology to International Food & Drink Event (IFE).

Research for relevant shows ahead of time on the venue websites to see if there’s any of interest. Nearly all trade shows in London feature expert speakers, alongside the many brilliant companies exhibiting, so it’s a great opportunity to broaden your knowledge. Since the shows introduce many visitors and exhibitors the networking opportunities are brilliant.

If you find a show you’d like to attend, it’s worth registering for your show badge in advance. The events tend to be free, but it’s good to guarantee a spot. Make sure you wear some comfy shoes; the venues are large and you don’t want to miss out.

The UK is home to some of the best exhibition stand design and build contractors so the stands always look fantastic!

2.   Financial Districts

London is home to several globally renowned financial districts and regularly frequents number one, alongside New York, as the world’s financial capital! If you’ve got some spare time on your trip, make sure to stop in at Canary Wharf, The Square Mile and Lombard Street.

Canary Wharf is a leading global financial district in the UK, famous for its fantastic skyline, corporate identity and thriving arts scene. The Square Mile is known worldwide as one of the most significant financial hubs. It’s also home to The Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, The Museum of London, and The Bank of England! If you’re visiting make sure to stop in on Lombard Street.

3.   Coworking Spaces in London

Sometimes when you visit London on business you have a London office to work in, other times you don’t. If you’re looking for somewhere to work on your trip, take a look at London’s coworking offices.

London’s coworking offices are in prime locations around London, including Camden and Canary Wharf. They are usually affordable and can be booked by the day, or even the hour. They offer great connectivity with London-based and international businesses.

If you’re interested, have a look at The Ministry in Borough, LABs Atrium in Camden (perfect if you’re a plant lover) or UNCOMMON in Fulham.

Tourism and Leisure

You might mean business in the day, but if you’re visiting London, you want the full experience!

1.   Theatre and Arts

London is home to some of the greatest theatres and performances. If you have time, there are so many wonderful shows to visit. Catch The Lion King at the West End or Les Mis in the Sondheim Theatre. Ghibli fans can even catch the Oscar-winning theatre production of Spirited Away in the London Coliseum!

2.   Tourism

London is full of great tourist attractions to visit in your free time. From iconic spots like the Tower of London and The London Eye to Buckingham Palace and Big Ben. Alongside this, London’s famous markets, museums, and parks, there’s something for everyone.

If you’re visiting the London markets, make time for Camden and Portobello! The iconic Camden Market is a melting pot of music, fashion, experiences, and food. You can find everything from jewellery to the finest London street food. You can also visit the bronze statue of Amy Winehouse, in memory of the late British singer. Portobello Market is one of the most famous street markets in the world and home to a rich community of diversity and culture.

For something more peaceful, stroll along the South Bank of the River Thames, visit the British Museum, and the V&A museum, or admire contemporary art at the Tate Modern. Don’t forget to experience the city’s beautiful parks, including Hyde Park, Regent’s Park, and Greenwich Park.

3.   Dining

Last but not least, you will need some great food on your business trip! London has it all – Whether you’re craving British street food, international cuisine, or Michelin-starred gastronomic experiences.

Personal recommendations include Sartori, a sweet Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria. The prices are very reasonable, ranging from around £10 to £20 for an authentic Italian pizza and the food is surprisingly fast. The location is also convenient as you can enjoy some fine wine, bruschetta and burrata, and head straight to the London Coliseum next door.

Another recommendation would be Balthazar, a French restaurant based in Covent Garden. This restaurant has a fun, vibrant Parisian feel and serves the finest French food.


Hopefully, this article has given you some ideas for your London business trip. With some planning, you can seamlessly blend business opportunities with cultural experiences! From attending trade shows to enjoying London’s vibrant markets and tourist attractions, there’s something for every professional.

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