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Top ten business travel hotels
Dawn flights followed by back-to-back meetings, heaving industry expos and serial presentations, game-changing pitches and industry dinners… business travel is an exhausting business.
When you’re travelling on company time, you need a place to unwind in simplicity and style, where eve-ry necessity lies within effortless reach.
London is home to an abundance of luxurious hotels ideal for late night brainstorms, early wake-ups and flying visits. In addition to a very British touch of class, these hotels feature state-of-the-art corporate facilities, making it easy to bring your business to you.
Here’s our pick of the bunch, each one offering a sophisticated breathing space within striking distance of London’s business hubs.
(1) Shangri-La At The Shard
Straddling the 34th - 52nd floors of a true London icon, the Shangri-La promises a room with a gasp-inducing view. But that’s not all. Admire the city skyline from the soothing infinity pool, book a breathtaking function room and watch the streetlights flicker in the Thames with a designer cocktail. It’s a sky-high sanctuary above the commuter crush.
(2) Meliá White House
Set within Regent’s Park, the Meliá White House offers a harmonious mix of classic English and modern European influences, adding an eclectic flourish to any business trip. Alongside nine conference suites and a 24-hour fitness centre, the Meliá features an edgy in-house art gallery, fresh Mediterranean cuisine and a flagship ‘Dry Martini by Javier de las Muelas’ cocktail bar.
(3) Four Seasons London at Canary Wharf
Perched on the banks of the Thames, the dashing Four Seasons occupies prime London real estate. With riverside meeting suites, floodlit tennis courts and an infinity-edge pool, it’s a winning choice. For a business trip with a twist, try a private stargazing tour and dine under the stars of the Royal Observatory’s Planetarium. It’s nothing short of celestial.
Housed within a former Victorian bank, Threadneedles is a natural place to host a business function. Classic to the core, it’s a pocket of understated elegance within London’s Square Mile. For a real taste of London, dine at Marco Pierre White’s acclaimed Oyster Bar and Grill Room or linger over afternoon tea beneath the huge stain-glassed dome.
(5) Andaz Liverpool Street London
The Andaz is London’s last word in effortless luxury. Home to a dedicated business centre equipped with workstations and printers, it’s ideal for company trips. With a traditional English pub and 6 restaurants ranging from brunch joints to sushi bars, you’ll dine in true style. Or, for an authentic local experience, try a private street food tour of East London.
(6) The Connaught, Mayfair
The Connaught is a British institution, blending time-honoured tradition with sleek modern glamour. A blend of stylish function rooms, intimate dining rooms and opulent cocktail bars, it’s the backdrop for a top drawer business trip. After at day at the office, unwind at the exquisite Aman Spa - the first of its kind to be built outside the world-famous Aman resorts.
(7) The Langham
Dubbed the Grand Dame of London hotels, the Langham has been receiving the international glitterati for over 150 years. Home to the celebrated ‘Roux at the Landau’, as well as countless stately conference rooms, it’s historic and quintessentially British. For intimate business gatherings, try a private dining experience courtesy of Michel Roux Jr, giving your guests a glorious treat.
(8) The Corinthia
Just footsteps from Trafalgar Square, The Corinthia boasts an unbeatable central location and a sprinkling of grand meeting rooms. From the cosy, handsome Bassoon Bar to the atmospheric Garden Lounge, it’s an experience in itself. Spread over a whopping four floors, the Next Generation Spa is a temple of true urban zen, setting The Corinthia apart from the crowd.
(9) The Mondrian
Set in the Sea Container Buildings on London’s Southbank, The Mondrian brings bold, new energy to the London hotel scene, making it an ideal business location for cutting-edge companies striding into the future. The Rumpus Room, inspired by the Bright Young Things of the 1920s, is a glittering glass box perched atop the hotel with views that will leave you breathless.
(10) The Savoy
No list of London hotels would be complete without the The Savoy, a real national darling. Join the likes of Frank Sinatra and Winston Churchill by dining in the Savoy Grill, now run by Gordon Ramsay, host a meeting overlooking the Thames or wander back in time at the charming Edwardian Tea Store. It’s a slice of luxury and history rolled into one.