As the wait until the Business Travel Show grows shorter, you may be wondering what you are going to get up to while in London. No doubt the conference promises to be jam-packed with educational sessions and parties, but the city of London has plenty to offer – especially for those who love travel.
In London you can find plenty of restaurants, bars and attractions, many of which are travel-themed. Our London office team hand-picked the best spots for travel-enthusiasts to visit while they are here. We also included some spots that are close to the conference – just in case you need to escape the buzzing crowds for a while.
If you want more than just the “tourist experience” in London, head over to these places:
WHERE: Kingly Court, Soho, W1B5PW
Cahoots is a speakeasy designed to look like a tube station in post world war Britain.
The bar makes you feel you are sitting on the underground in the 1940s with ticket offices, underground carriages, newspaper menus and vintage cocktails to match.
2. Mr Fogg’s Residence
WHERE: Several Locations
- Mr Fogg’s Residence: 15 Bruton Lane, Mayfair, London W1J 6JD (Closest to the conference centre)
- Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour: 1 New Row, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4EA
- Mr Fogg’s Tavern: 58 St. Martin’s Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4EA
- Mr Fogg’s House of Botanicals: 48 Newman Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1QQ
- Mr Fogg’s Society of Exploration: 1a Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9HH
- Mr Fogg’s Dockside Drinkery and Distillery, 37 Broadgate Circle, Liverpool Street, London EC2M 2QS
Inspired by Jules Verne’s novel, Around the World in 80 Days, Mr Fogg’s is a collection of Victorian bars – each with their own unique experience.
The closest location to the conference will be Mr Fogg’s residence in Mayfair. Visitors are required to ring the bell to gain entry as they walk into the world of 19th century explorer, Phileus Fogg.
The decor is exquisite. Bookshelves are lined with old books and antique globes while penny farthings and wicker birdcages hang from the ceiling. In one corner, a giant hot air balloon hovers. Drinks are not only delicious but explorer-themed with names like The Cape of Good Hope.
3. Bob Bob Cité
WHERE: Level 3 in the Leadenhall Building, EC3V 4AB
Bob Bob Cité serves classic French cuisine in luxurious booths that look like bejewelled train carriages. The crème brûlée is an absolute must-try.
4. The Luggage Room
WHERE: London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, W1K 6JP
Visitors knock for secret access to The Luggage Room via an unmarked entrance on the side of the hotel. The inside is reminiscent of classic trunks with brown leather and riveted walls.
5. Searcy’s St Pancras (or Booking Office Bar)
WHAT: Restaurant and champagne bar
WHERE: St Pancras International Train Station
Those who are coming to London via the Eurostar will find Searcy’s both convenient and delightful – with its art deco room designed by Martin Brudnizki. The restaurant has an impressive wine and champagne list plus British food classics like haddock and chips on the menu.
6. Bustronome/Afternoon Tea Bus
WHAT: Afternoon tea bus trip
WHERE: Starting from Victoria Embankment, London, WC2N 6PB
Bustronome allows you to tour around London in a double-decker bus while having luxury afternoon tea at the same time. The route takes visitors past sites like St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey all the way to Hyde Park corner and the Royal Albert Hall. If you are in London for a limited time and want to see everything while sipping tea, this experience is definitely for you.
7. Tattershall Castle
WHERE: Victoria Embankment, Whitehall, London SW1A 2HR
Tattershall Castle is, essentially, a boat on the Thames river that serves drinks. Visitors can sip drinks while enjoying a view of the London Eye. With an area for dancing downstairs, this bar provides the perfect way to soak up the London vibe.
8. The Sky Garden
WHAT: Bar and attraction
WHERE: 20 Fenchurch St, London EC3M 8AF
The Shard gets its fair share of visitors to its 95 floors, yet the Sky Garden provides a similarly breathtaking view of London. Added bonus? Its exquisitely landscaped garden provides a greener experience. Known as the “walkie talkie” due to its enlarged glass dome shape, visitors can grab a drink at the bar, snap a picture or just enjoy the view.
9. Muffin Man Tea Shop
WHERE: 12 Wrights Lane, Kensington, London W8 6TA
Famous for having “the best scones in London” the Muffin Man tea shop is a cosy, old English tea room in Kensington. A short walk away from Olympia – it is deal for a quick snack, afternoon tea or breakfast during the conference.
10. Kensington Gardens
WHAT: Park and garden
WHERE: Kensington, W2 2UH
In London, we are spoilt by our parks and gardens. Kensington Gardens is no exception. Once part of Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens is a mix of old and new pastimes and spaces.
Gape at contemporary art and architecture at the Serpentine Galleries, marvel at the history and heritage of Kensington Palace or admire the Victorian splendour of the Albert Memorial.
As a thirty-minute walk away from the conference centre, this is a perfect place to get some peace and quiet if you have had enough “buzz” for one day.