London is a city that offers a vast amount of business opportunities. From conferences and meetings to team building and events, the capital is home to venues and companies that offer everything you need to build a brand or promote a client.
While the global pandemic has changed the way that we do business and put a pause on business trips for now, there’s a sense of optimism about what’s to come in the future. In fact, a recent report by Globetrender revealed that respondents from the UK are feeling hopeful about starting to travel again.
Once everything settles and travelling into London for work becomes the norm again, you might find that you’re booked in for more extended business travel – especially if you need to network and build a client base in the city.
To help you manage these extended visits, here are some top tips to make your stay enjoyable.
Home from Home
While it can be fun to stay in a hotel overnight, it’s not ideal accommodation if you’re there for a week or two. Instead, it’s worth creating a home-from-home feeling by booking a stay in a serviced apartment in London. This gives you the freedom to cook your own meals when you want and includes furnishing that allows you to relax and unwind after a long day of talks and presentations.
You might have to go out for dinner with clients while you’re away, but for the days when you have an evening to yourself, make sure you get some supplies in so you can cook your own meals. Not only will this save money, but it will also give you the chance to indulge in your favourite dishes that you usually prepare at home.
Whether you’ve travelled down from Edinburgh or you live in Brighton, it’s easy to feel disconnected when you’re on a business trip. Make sure you have access to Wi-Fi and you’ve updated your contract with your provider. This will ensure you have enough data to access FaceTime or Skype so you can speak to your family and friends back home.
Bring your Favourite Things
Do you have a favourite family photo? Or a drawing that your little one did at school that you adore? Take them with you on your trip. It can be easy to feel like your work life is taking over if you’re on an extended business trip, so these small items serve as a reminder of who you are outside of work. You’re a parent or partner just as much as you’re an executive or CEO.
Even if you’ve been to London hundreds of times over the years, you’re sure to find a park or attraction that you’ve never visited before. Go for a walk to see where you end up or plan your big adventure while you have a free afternoon. And if you have friends in the city, even better! They might be able to show you an area of the city you’re experiencing for the first time.
By making your business trip feel like home or treating your stay like you’re a tourist, you’re sure to find your extended stay in the capital much easier.