Those who visit London on business often have a very precise set of needs.
Location is one of the key factors since your time is usually at a premium when you are on a business trip. Generally, it’s essential that everything runs smoothly to ensure that your business trip is worthwhile.
We’ve divided the following mini review of London’s best business hotels into 3 sections, depending on the area of the city you need to be in and the budget you have available.
Best hotels for business in the West End
The Hilton Metropole is a great choice for business for various reasons. It is centrally located since it is near Edgware Road and easy to access by bus, train or taxi.
It’s a venue which pretty much everyone in London knows, so you can often arrange a meeting there quite spontaneously. It’s enjoyable to meet in the hotel’s large lobby where the service is attentive without intruding on your privacy.
The hotel certainly has enough capacity for thousands of meeting attendees. The quality of rooms and the service is good and the hotel is considered one of the best Hiltons in London (though it’s not the number 1 according to guest reviews). It is also conveniently near the charms of Little Venice.
The Hotel Indigo is close by and is another solid hotel if you are visiting London for business. It is again well-rated by business travellers according to recent TripAdvisor reviews.
The same goes for the Montague on the Gardens Hotel in leafy Bloomsbury (near the British Museum and the University of London): it is one of the most highly-rated mid-price hotels in London.
Best hotels for business in the City
Hilton Canary Wharf is one of the best Hiltons in London if you believe independent guest reviews.
It is modern and especially convenient if you need to go to London City airport and for anyone doing business in London’s financial heartland.
There’s also the Andaz Hotel (formerly the Great Eastern Hotel) right near the City – a hotel well-known for its modern design, free WiFi and wide range of restaurants. When you arrive at the Andaz you won’t find a check-in desk – instead the staff greet you personally and will act as “hosts” to ensure the smoothest stay possible.
The hotel is well-organised for business and has plenty of meeting space along with a 24-hour business centre. The hotel feels quite hip with art on display near the lobby and lots of parties are organised there.
It has a good location to the east of the centre but still handy for getting into the West End.
Rumour has it that the best rooms at the Andaz are the corner rooms (e.g. rooms 374 and 474) which tend to be a bit bigger.
Finally, there is also the Apex City of London Hotel which has a lofty rating on TripAdvisor and is a very good hotel for both business and leisure visitors.
Apex Hotels (the parent company for this hotel) is a past winner of the “No 1 Overall Hotel Group” Award from the BDRC “venue verdict” survey (based on customer feedback) at The Meetings & Incentive Travel Industry Awards.
Best hotels for business on a budget
You get good value from budget chain hotels like Travelodge and Premier Inn and these hotels are certainly worth considering.
They are scattered throughout London and offer a good choice, especially when you take account of their very low room rates.
A couple of Travelodge hotels that score well in guest reviews are the Southwark and Tower Bridge hotels, while there is also a good Premier Inn right by the London Eye.
These are especially good if you have your own business and are spending your own hard-earned cash. But be warned that they charge for internet access, which can sometimes add up.
Travelodge even has a Business Account Card which makes life easier for companies: this gives you access to free credit, dedicated account management and a loyalty scheme. Unfortunately though, at Travelodge you have to pay for WiFi internet access – you can however find an up-to-date list of London hotels with free WiFi at the London Hotels Insight blog.
We hope you found this review of London’s best business hotels useful and that you have an enjoyable and productive business trip to London.