London is one of the main business hubs of the world, it is one of the busiest cities and business never sleeps, 24 hours a day all year round, there is no place for resting when it comes to preparing, planning, developing and creating. If you are travelling to London for business, and this is your first time, you might be a little put off and slightly intimidated by the whole idea of a meeting in London. I have done some research and put together a list of tips to help you when it comes to travelling to London for business, everything from dress code to accommodation is covered here. You have to earn respect in a place like London, and if you want to be taken seriously you need to follow the London rues when it comes to business.
Some of the tips have been adopted from travelertips.org. Others have come from myselfas a regular visitor to London, and other pointers have come from worldexecutive.com.
•Check out your route, be through with your flight, a direct aeroplane is always going to be the best option, you are able to plan work or rest before the meeting, you can go over noes and pointers and be sure to have a clear vision of what is about to take place.
•Choose accommodation close to the location of where the meeting is going to take place.
•Give yourself plenty of time to get to know your routes and the networks, London can be daunting if this is your first time, 48 hours advanced arrival is usually enough time to plan and get familiar with your route.
•Working hours in London vary, there is no such thing as 9 to 5, each company, industry and hub works different.
•Be punctual, Londoners do not have patience and time for tardiness, if you are running late for any reason be sure to inform everyone attending the meeting, having contact numbers, email addresses and names of everyone is recommended, you don’t want to feel as though you are going into the lion’s den.
•If you are dealing with London business or the first time do not be over familiar with your associates, you should never address an individual by their given names, not unless otherwise directed and certainly not in the early stages of business. Formalities are important in the early stages.
•Executive in London do not take kindly to receiving gifts, this might be the norm in your culture but not in London.
•Whether you are man or woman a suit is standard dress code, if you are attending a meeting, at the office, at a restaurant or coffee shop you should always wear a suit.
World executive.com discuss the body language and physical contact of Londoners.
•A hand shake is enough
•A hug or kiss is unacceptable
•Good posture and stance shows confidence
•Do not be cocky or arrogant
•Do not stumble and know your pitch and goal
•Nerves show weakness, hide them well.
Now you have all the tips you need to be welcomed and respected in London when it comes to business we should now look at accommodation choices, and let it be known that you will be in for a pleasant surprise. London has many different options when it comes to choosing accommodation; you are able to choose from many Business Hotels in Brewery London City. Many of the hotels have specific rooms available for business guests, the rooms often include; refreshments, space, internet access, a desk, direct phone line with answering machine, fresh fruits, a fridge and complimentary wine. The standard business accommodations might be different and change slightly, depending on each hotel but all should offer you luxury.
If you are in town on business you need to have space and a comfortable room to relax in, you should be able to get a clear head and have the space to work calmly. Having time to prepare and relax being able to plan everything, it is all about time, leave yourself plenty of time to do the back ground work, to get it clear and right and to know every answer to all the questions that could be thrown your way. Give yourself time to get to know the area and the routes you need, get to know the trains and the different lines. Being organised and prepared will allow for you to enter any meeting being confident and relaxed, you will be able to have a clear mind, and there should be no reason for you to rush about. Stay calm when and where possible.