We’ve all been there. You walk out of your hotel with the intention of spending your time wisely; perhaps taking in some sites or trying a new cuisine that you wouldn’t have thought of. Before long, you find that you’ve been aimlessly wandering the streets for hours and it’s almost time to start heading to your meeting. Perhaps you would’ve been better off simply enjoying a lie-in in the luxury hotel rooms in London that your company offered you instead!
Well, we say no. London is a fantastic city full of unique and fun things to do – no matter how much or little time you have to kill! Here are 7 of our favourite ways to spend a couple of hours before your morning meeting begins.
Get a good breakfast
This one is slightly dependent on the type of meeting you’re expecting to attend. If it’s marketed as a breakfast meeting, you may want to save room for one or more of the pastries and pieces of fruit they offer around the table. If you’re up for trying something new however, London is the home of diversity; both in cuisine, attractions and cultures. Head to one of the renowned hotels in Marble Arch to sample some of the city’s best breakfast buffets – and make sure to take a roll or two for a lunch on-the-go!
Take a stroll through the park
London is packed full of green spaces of all shapes and sizes; many with their own attractions hidden within the boundaries of the parks. Hyde Park is one of the biggest and most unique, playing host to the Serpentine and multiple statues and memorials. Green Park backs right onto Buckingham Palace so offers up a great look at the Royal building, while Victoria Park over in East London has close proximity to the historical Olympic Park and stadium – a site worth seeing if you’re not a London regular.
Hit the spa
Once again, with a number of hotels in Marble Arch offering up some fantastic on-site spa packages and services, it really is difficult to say no. Treat yourself to a relaxing few hours before work begins, while taking a moment to yourself to go over your meeting plans – or simply to enjoy a good book.
Do some shopping
You know what they say, London’s West End really is the home of shopping, and with Oxford Street, Bond Street and Regents Streets all within a stone’s throw of each other, finding some retail therapy for your own budget has never been easier. You can even find yourself a tourist fridge magnet to take back to the office if you venture far enough into one of London’s tourist market shops!
Get a coffee
Let’s face it, you probably need one anyway, and London is packed full of artisan coffee houses; with everything from flavoured coffee to vegan cakes and some of the world’s greatest latte art.
Have a lie-in
Touched on above – if your company have forked out for a luxury hotel room, make the most of it and treat yourself to a lie-in. How many other times will you get to do so on a weekday?
Go for a run
If there’s one thing that business trips are great for, it’s allowing you to kick start your fitness regime. Away from the responsibilities of everyday life at home, you finally have the time to start running or get in the gym, and with so many parks around London it’s a great place to start pounding the pavements. And you won’t be alone – London is always full of runners, from beginners right up to the very elite. Trust us, you’ll fit right in.