20 Useful Business Travel Tips for London


When we travel for business, our time is precious and we want to go to the right places with the people we meet. We’ve begun curating valuable city insights from our local Bizpora members. We hope that you find the following info-nuggets helpful in your quest to meet the right people. Feel free to touch base with members directly and leave more tips in the comments so we can keep the post updated.

 

Finding a Great Spot to Work

 

Warner Yard (East London). Fantastic place, awesome people, great food options around”  

   Tak Lo, Program Manager @ TechStars London

 

 

Impact Hub Westminster (City Centre) – More than just a co-working space, it’s a growing community engaged in creating sustainable     positive impact on people and planet”

  Richard Brownsdon, Adventure Architect @ Inspiring Adventures

 

 

TechHub at Google Campus (East London). A lot going on here guys. If you fly regularly to London it’s worth getting an annual membership for just £375+VAT. You get a great place to work, fast internet connection and get access to cool events from the community.   Also when you become a TechHub member you may from any of their global locations (Manchester, Berlin, Riga, Bucharest, etc)”                                      

Fred Caballero, Co-founder @ Bizpora

 

 

“Best place you’ve never tried working… The William Blake near Old Street station (East London). A conveniently located pub with free wifi and power outlets, what more could you ask for? They do tea too.”  

Jess Williamson, Director @ TechStars London

Best Place to Grab a Coffee in London

 

“The Google Campus Cafe, underground, is quite convenient if you’re also working there. Otherwise Ozone Coffee Roasters is a phenomenal coffee shop a few hundred metres from Campus”                                      

 Fred Caballero, co-founder @ Bizpora

 

 

Vagabond Coffee in Highbury Islington (North east). Brilliant taste of the East End in N7″  

Tak Lo, Program Manager @ TechStars London

 

A Nice Place to Have Lunch or Dinner

 

“Lunch at any of the street food markets. We are lucky to be surrounded by, and dinner at Gordon’s Wine Bar underground between Embankment & Charing Cross (City centre). It feels like another world, and even bread with cheese and meat is delicious by candlelight”.

Jess Williamson, Director @ TechStars London

 

 

“For dinner my favourite is Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen (East London). Great British food, and it’s a social enterprise too”.

  Richard Brownsdon, Adventure Architect @ Inspiring Adventures

 

 

 

“Here are 3 super tasty, practical and reasonably-priced, lunch/dinner experiences: Busaba Eathai (Thai), Dishoom (The best Indian food you’ll ever eat) and Wahaca (Mexican). I wasn’t into Mexican food at all but this restaurant chain is so, so cool that made me change my mind”.                                  

Fred Caballero, Co-founder @ Bizpora

Super BONUS by…


“I made Foursquare lists of places around London town that I recommend to people. I curate these and constantly keep them updated! Enjoy!”                                  

Josef Dunne, Co-founder @ Babelverse

 

  1. Coffee https://foursquare.com/josef/list/london–coffee-spots
  2. Outdoors https://foursquare.com/josef/list/london–outdoors
  3. Good for people that want to meet alcohol free placehttps://foursquare.com/josef/list/london–alcohol-free
  4. Quirky things I find that don’t fit in categories https://foursquare.com/josef/list/london–quirky
  5. For entrepreneurs: Tech Trail London https://foursquare.com/babelverse/list/tech-trail-london

 

Getting around

Let me finish this post by sharing a few points that will make your life easier in London

  • Public transportation (Underground, overground, bus, ferry, etc): BUY an Oyster travel card. The credit never expires (so you can conveniently use it in your next trip without having to deal with queues and buying several paper tickets). Also, If you make lots of pay as you go journeys in one day with your Oyster, you will never pay more than the price of an equivalent Day Travelcard :)
  • Train stations: Download on your smartphone any free “London Tube Map” app. Trust me. You’ll use it a lot.
  • Driving? Download on your smartphone Navfree, the free navigation app (like TomTom) for Android and iPhone. Once you download it, you may use it without an internet connection! It’s very convenient and will save you a lot of money in data roaming.
  • Airports: There are 5 main ones in London. Before you decide on price, make sure it’s conveniently located and has easy access to the tube, for example. The last thing you want after your flight is to travel 3 extra hours to get to your hotel.

Feel free to add any more tips in the comments below :)

Thanks so much for your insights: Tak, Jess, Richard and Josef. You Rock!

 

About

Fred Caballero is the co-founder of Bizpora, a trusted community for entrepreneurs & business professionals who travel. He loves football, travelling, food and starting companies. He holds a degree in Journalism, a Certificate in Marketing fand a Diploma in Internet Marketing. Fred travelled to over 25 countries. He lived in Argentina, Spain, United States, Ireland, Chile and the UK. He’s been based in London for the past three years. Fred is an ex-drummer that would love to get back into a band one of these days.

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