Travelling for business can be an exhilarating experience... but it has its pressures, too, especially in a big city like the UK capital.
Away from your familiar surroundings, simply replying to important emails or preparing for a meeting – or even having the meeting itself – can suddenly seem difficult if you can’t find the right environment to do them.
You need wifi, somewhere to put your tablet or laptop and a relatively calm work space – and it doesn’t hurt to have decent coffee to put some pep in your step, either. And while we’re at it, how about a nice view? You don’t want to spend the whole time holed up in your hotel room. You’re in London, so why not enjoy some of its best free spots for business?
Google’s Campus London, Shoreditch
One of the world’s leading internet companies has a dedicated work space for entrepreneurs and business people, stocked with free wifi, charging points, fresh coffee and even healthy food. It’s free to become a member and you also have the options of a coworking space, main event space and other facilities.
The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square
Fancy a spot of art history while you work? The National Gallery is home to over 2,300 paintings, as well as a restaurant, cafe and for entrepreneurs and business people, stocked with free wifi, charging points, fresh coffee and espresso bar – and that all-important free wifi. It’s free to wander around and enjoy the gallery’s treasures when you’re ready for a break, too.
British Museum, Bloomsbury
The Gallery Cafe and Court Cafe on the ground floor of the British Museum have free wifi and impressive views of the building’s beautiful architecture, plus free access to many exhibits. There are also cloakrooms for bulky coats or large luggage, if you don’t want to drag them around. Very, very useful.
The British Library, St Pancras
This incredible building is a truly inspirational place to work, both in appearance and its immense catalogue of reading material. There’s a cafe on the upper ground floor which overlooks the grandly titled King’s Library; and free wifi can be easily accessed by creating a user account.
The Hoxton, Holburn
As well as being a stylish hotel with a lively, spacious lounge bar and THREE eateries, The Hoxton, Holborn is a great place to settle down and do some serious concentrating – and it’s very handy for the Tube. If you do need to hire your own space, it also offers meeting venue The Apartment, which has a choice of six rooms and a kitchen for nibbles as your team gets to work. And outside office hours it can be used as a party space, if you’ve got a business victory to celebrate...
So, now you know where you’ll fill that time between meetings, why not get your journey organised? You might even squeeze in some sightseeing...
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