London is one of the business hubs of the world. With six different airports bringing in guests from around the planet, whether it be on long haul or short haul flights, and whether it be through London train terminals or on the underground, the transport links make it easy for those staying in the Marble Arch Hotel London and other luxury hotels to get to their business destinations. So as a business traveller in such a bustling city, what do you need to know about staying in the city and the survival kits you’ll need?
Download travel apps
Travelling in London can mean you’re in for a real warren of travel options. Even from the get go, you’d be faced with a range of options from the airport to your destination. This is where apps such as City Mapper will come in useful, giving you precise timings for your journey, whether it be through walking or taxi. As a city which spans over a thousand square miles, giving yourself ample time for travel will pay dividends when your early for your business meetings and shielded from the stress of a hectic rush hour journey.
Avoid rush hour like the plague
On the subject of travel, it’s always a good idea to avoid rush hour times whenever possible. Not only will this cut down peak time costs per journey, but it’ll avoid your being crammed onto a bus or a train. Peak times are between 7.30 and 9.30 am and between 16.30 and 19.00 pm.
Invest in an oyster card or go contactless?
With contactless debit and credit cards being touch and go in all the best senses of the term, you’ll never have to worry about dreary faffing for your pin number when spending under £30. This makes travel with a debit card a lot easier but can also mean you’re far more likely to spend without thinking. Investing in and regularly topping up an oyster card, the contactless card for London’s public transport systems, means you’ll be able to keep a tab on your travel expenditure whilst also taking advantage of travelcards and daily caps.
Compact travel bag
Many intercontinental flights give you the option to spend less by bringing only enough luggage for the overhead compartment. If you’re only visiting for a few days, consider packing only a compact travel bag, ensuring you can travel without having to pass baggage claim, and making your public transport usage a great deal more flexible.
Pack for all weather conditions
As we all know, London is incredibly temperamental in its weather conditions. Even in the summer, it’s wise to pack a sweater, umbrella and raincoat, just in case.
Connect to WIFI wherever you can
Whether in the lobby of your spa hotel London or travelling on the tube, there’s always the opportunity to connect to WIFI in London. We’re all aware of the roaming charges data usage can accumulate, especially when visiting overseas. If you’re on a business trip, it’s also important to remain well connected, so it’s wise to find out if the restaurant, café or public venue you’re in has free WIFI.
Travel light – hotels will do the rest
No need for an iron, hairdryer or toiletries when visiting the city. The great value London hotel special offers will ensure that your room is fully equipped with the basic needs of hygiene and cleanliness.