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Extend your trip in London

Combine your business trip with leisure activities during your stay in London and explore the capital's top attractions.

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Schedule a few extra days into your stay when in London for a conference, event or business meeting. Discover some of London’s best neighbourhoods to help you experience an iconic and unexpected side to London and make the most of your extended stay.

Explore London's neighbourhoods

Mayfair

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Mayfair is one of the most prestigious areas of London and is located in the centre of the West End. The district is full of luxury hotels, Michelin-starred restaurants, and top-level boutiques.

Things to do in Mayfair  

  • Walk through the extraordinary Grosvenor Square to dive into the second largest courtyard in the city. While residents appreciate its green setting within the urban area, visitors can enjoy the luxurious environment of elegance and heritage.
  • Head over to the Royal Academy of Arts at Burlington House to discover a cultural hub for the arts and science. The gallery hosts the work of some of the best artists and architects, alongside activities, exhibitions and food.
  • Stop at Mercato Mayfair, a hip market located in a stained-glass sanctuary, full of food stands, eateries and a vaulted wine cellar. The rooftop terrace on the first floor is the perfect spot to enjoy views of Mayfair on a sunny day in London.
  • Seek out the unrivalled 46 boutiques of Burlington Arcade department store. Nominated as the jewel in Mayfair, the arcade is famous for its quirky mix of unique luxury goods, shoe-shine services and beadles wearing royal uniforms inspired by the Regency period.
  • Gather with friends for a traditional afternoon tea served at Claridge’s hotel. Experience the popular and long-running British tradition of tea tasting, pastries and high-end customer service. 

South Bank

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Discover arts, music and cultural venues, south of the river in South Bank and spot iconic London locations.

Things to do in South Bank

  • Seek out green space at the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden, home to more than 200 wild plants, alongside a café and bar.
  • Whilst you’re at the Southbank Centre, explore the vast cultural programme the centre has to offer, from live music at Royal Festival Hall to art exhibitions at Hayward Gallery. 
  • Take a walk along the river before heading to Gabriel’s Wharf, the perfect place to grab lunch from independent shops and restaurants, while taking in iconic landmarks such as Parliament and St Paul’s Cathedral across the Thames. 
  • Gaze at ever-changing street art under the Leake Street Arches, an urban gem under Waterloo Station with quirky places to eat.

King’s Cross and St Pancras

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King’s Cross and St Pancras is home to the most historic railway station in north-central London. Recently, the area has gone through one of the largest regeneration projects, offering a variety of modern accommodations and activities mixed with rich and varied historical heritage.

Things to do in King’s Cross and St Pancras

  • Walk through the cobbled streets of Coal Drops Yard and discover a mixture of modern architecture and ancient brick arches. The shopping complex hosts stores and restaurants, including unexpected independent shops and renowned brands from all around the world.
  • Jump into a Regent’s Canal boat tour to experience the unseen side of central London as you navigate quiet and atmospheric waterways.
  • Treat yourself with a glass of champagne at Searcys Champagne Bar inside St Pancras International station. Home to the longest champagne bar in Europe, the site allows you to fall into the golden era, offering stunning views of the Victorian style station.
  • Dive into a unique cultural experience at The British Library to discover one of the world’s largest ancient and contemporary collections of manuscripts, books and periodicals.
  • Book lovers can stop at the antique floating bookshop Word on the Water. The bookstore, standing on a 100-year old Dutch barge, offers first and second hand books and occasionally treats visitors to live jazz music.

Westminster 

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Visit the home of some of London's most famous buildings, including the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, as well as many stunning parks and museums.

Things to do in Westminster

  • Get a glimpse of what life was like during World War II at the Churchill War Rooms, which was the centre of operations for the British Government during the war.
  • Immerse yourself in one of London’s newest galleries, Frameless, a multi-dimensional art experience with works from Cezanne, Kadinsky, Rembrandt and plenty more established artists.
  • Treat yourself to a luxury shopping experience at Harvey Nichols, home to designer fashion, accessories and beauty products.
  • Catch riverboat services from Westminster Pier to explore the Thames by boat, with Uber Boat by Thames Clippers or join a sightseeing tour from City Cruises.
  • Pop by the National Gallery and Tate Britain to explore art in world-leading galleries for free!

The City of London 

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City of London is a business and financial district standing on the north side of the river Thames. Covering 800 years of history, the area offers a mixture of Roman legacies and modern buildings and hosts some of London’s most London’s famous attractions, including Tower Bridge, Tower of London and St Paul's Cathedral.

Things to do in the City of London

  • Head up to the Sky Garden to see the city’s highest public garden on the 43rd floor of the Walkie Talkie building. Don’t forget to check out the Biotecture wall, a living wall covered by 52,000 plants.
  • Take a tour of the City of London Distillery, home to Whitley Neill gin and a great way to learn more about the only gin distillery in the City of London.
  • Located between St Paul’s Cathedral and the London Stock Exchange, wander down to Paternoster Square to explore the Temple Bar, the ancient western gateway to the City of London. 
  • Marvel at the brutalist architecture of the Barbican and pop inside for a tour around the free conservatory, which houses extraordinary flora from around the world.
  • Walk through the bombed-out ruins of the ancient St Dunstan in the East church garden. Located in the centre of modern buildings, the 1,100-year-old church has been converted into a stunning sustainable public garden, brimming with greenery, palm trees and vines.

Greenwich 

People enjoy the sunshine outside the Cutty Sark ship in Greenwich.

Learn about one of London's most historic and beautiful neighbourhoods, Greenwich, and spend the day buying arts, crafts and trinkets at Greenwich Market, relaxing in Greenwich Park or learning about the stars at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

Things to do in Greenwich

Shoreditch 

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Visit Shoreditch and find eclectic food and drink spots, music and arts venues and shopping options for the trendy and vintage lovers.

Things to do in Shoreditch

  • Check out Shoreditch’s thriving art scene with a street art tour that takes you along new pieces and colourful displays.
  • Stroll through vibrant Brick Lane to taste delicious food on every corner, from Beigel Bake to various curry houses, you won’t leave hungry! 
  • See what’s happening at Boxpark Shoreditch, the world’s first pop-up shopping mall is home to selected brands in fashion, arts, food and drinks.
  • Head to dynamic arts centre, Rich Mix, to see what’s on. Experience expansive live music options, theatre and visual arts programmes. 

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