Words by Carlie Tucker
If you're heading to jolly ol' London Town for business, finding the right hotel is especially important. The city is home to a huge number of options, making it difficult to narrow it down. That's why we've compiled a snapshot of five top stays that cater to all budgets and styles. From boutiques to the city's swishest stays, here are five hotels to consider the next time you're travelling to London for work.
Thistle Hyde Park
The Thistle Hyde Park is a perfect choice for the more thrifty business traveller. Living up to its name, it enjoys beautiful views over London's famous Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens and provides comfort for value with ease of access to the city's key business districts. There are 54 rooms available (including deluxe and suite options) all of which offer WiFi access and work stations.
Beyond the rooms, the hotel is furnished with a range of amenities that cater to a busy schedule. This includes an in-house restaurant and bar, 24-hour room service and a choice of meeting and function rooms. It doesn't have to be all about business, though, as this hotel enjoys close proximity to many of the city's famous attractions. West End and the Marble Arch are within minutes as are popular shopping and dining venues.
As a SmartSTAY hotel, Flight Centre Business Travel (FCBT) customers can take advantage of complimentary Internet access and breakfast as well as a 15% discount on food and beverage at the hotel.
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If you're more of a boutique hotel fan, you can't look past the Belgraves hotel. Described as "Britannia meets Bohemia", this funky addition to the London staying scene provides guests with a vibrant, youthful space from which to conduct their business. It's quiet and intimate but only a few minutes from London City, with a sweep of top shopping and sightseeing close at hand.
Rooms are decked out in modern style with warm colour schemes, comfortable beds and sitting spaces for catching up on work emails. Choose from eight different layouts, including three suites and a penthouse. 400-thread count linens, double pillowtop mattresses and full marble bathrooms are standard throughout.
Explore the hotel further to discover inviting communal spaces (perfect for networking) and a top restaurant fronted by London chef Sophie Mitchell. This hotel is also well-appointed with function spaces such as Room 100, which is capable of accommodating up to 22 delegates.
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Crowne Plaza London
Conveniently perched in Square Mile, this 4-star stay is located at the heart of London's business scene. The location can't be beat with the city centre quite literally at the doorstep. Blackfriars Station is also only steps away for quick ventures on the train.
There are 204 guest rooms and suites with a number of layouts to choose from. All have been recently renovated to provide guests with all the modern comforts of home and the office. This includes the signature Crowne Plaza Sleep Advantage programme, which incorporates luxurious bedding, aromatherapy and Quiet Zones to ensure a good night's sleep.
On-site business facilities further assure your convenience with a 24-hour Business Centre providing copying and scanning services as well as office supplies. You can also take advantage of a Technical Concierge and WiFi throughout the hotel. When you've finished your business day, unwind at the on-site Fitness Centre complete with cardiovascular equipment and a sauna. There is also a run station offering jogging maps, water and fresh fruit.
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The Langham London
5-star travellers need not look any further than London's first 'Grand Hotel', welcoming guests since 1865. The historic Langham London hotel prides itself on luxury service, which is evident in every detail of your stay.
Depending on your needs, you can choose from the 344 guest rooms, 2 apartments or 34 private suites. No matter where you decide to lay your head, you will be treated to decadent interiors, a Langham Blissful Bed and full marble bathrooms. Business guests will also appreciate the additions of a full-size work desk, in-room WiFi and media hub to connect your laptop to the television.
Impress prospective clients or colleagues at one of the three wining and dining options available on-site. This includes the award-winning Artesian bar and Palm Court, which is widely recognised as the birthplace of the afternoon tea tradition. You'd be forgiven if you'd rather spend any spare moments at this hotel unwinding at the many health and wellness facilities. This includes the Chuan Spa, swimming pool and state-of-the-art gym. Personal fitness trainers are available.
This SmartSTAY hotel comes with complimentary Internet access, 3 pieces of laundry (min three night stay) and a room upgrade (subject to availability) when you book through FCBT.
Shangri-La At The Shard
One of London's newer hotels, the Shangri-La At The Shard is another premium property that dazzles guests with its astounding views from the upper levels of the iconic Shard building. You can expect 5-star luxury and service throughout your stay with access to a sweep of incredible on-site amenities.
There are 202 guest rooms located over levels 32 to 54 of the building. Each layout is unique as the rooms conform to the distinct shape of the building. Each room offers exclusive body-contouring Shangri-La Beds and floor-to-ceiling windows to maximise on the astounding city views. 17 suites are also available if you'd really like to indulge.
Unwind on level 52 at the Skypool, or impress clients at one of three dining venues. Alternatively, there are three function spaces for more formal meetings. The Yi is a more intimate setting able to accommodate up to 15 guests; the Li was designed for groups of up to 30 and the Ren can cater for up to 140 – all offering those amazing views over London.
As a SmartSTAY hotel, guests who book through FCBT will also receive complimentary Internet access and breakfast as well as a room upgrade if one is available.