Work and play? How to unwind on a London business trip


If you’re a business traveller and find yourself in London with time to kill or if you know you’ll have a few hours during which you’ll need to entertain business associates, what should you do? Where can you go? Here are some ideas you can rely on…

Food and drink?

If you don’t want to socialise with people from the world of work, why not unwind while imbibing at a top bar? For instance, you might want to try Kensal Rise’s The Chamberlayne (83 Chamberlayne Road NW10 3ND) or Hakaasan Mayfair (17 Bruton Street W1J 6QB) where it’s stylish, swish and the smooth margaritas flow all night.

Healthy Food
Alternatively, if you fancy some fine dining, you might want to sample the sushi delights of Roka – either in Soho (37 Charlotte Street W1T 1RR) or Canary Wharf (40 Canada Square E14 5FW) – or the brilliant BBQ cuisine at Barbecoa (20 New Change EC4M 9AG) with its perfect panorama of St. Paul’s Cathedral. And the, of course, if you’re staying at the Montcalm Brewery hotel London, what better than to indulge yourself at one of its two dining venues, Chiswell Street Dining Rooms of The Jugged Hare?

A spot of culture?

So much for food and drink, but what if you’re up for other London business traveller attractions – say, live music or fine art? For both (as with so many things), London’s truly your oyster. Believe it or not, single tickets are easy to get your mitts on at the last minute for big-time gigs at the likes of the Royal Opera House (Bow Street WC2E 9DD), the Royal Albert Hall (Kensington Gore SW7 2AP) or Ronnie Scott’s jazz club in Soho (47 Frith Street W1D 4HT). Meanwhile, the UK capital’s utterly spoilt when it comes to world-class art venues with the National Gallery (WC2N 5DN) and the National Portrait Gallery (WC2H 0HE) in Trafalgar Square, as well as the Tate Modern (Bankside SE1 9TG) and the Victoria and Albert Museum (Cromwell Road SW7 2RL).

Because impressions count?

Finally, if your downtime in The Smoke’s not your own and it falls on you to impress a client, then you can’t go wrong securing tickets for an executive box at a Premier League soccer match (Arsenal versus Chelsea would be ideal) or a London-based, glamorous Champions League clash. If you shoot and your aim’s true, you’re bound to hit the back of the net.