One night in London

Heading to London for business?

When you’re away from home, it may be tempting to order food in, watch Netflix and stay in your hotel room. But why not combine business with pleasure and get out and about and explore what the capital city has to offer?

We took to Facebook and Twitter and asked our followers what their top tips were when travelling solo in London.

Take a tour
Try out a night-time bus tour and admire the sights in all their illuminated glory. With tours starting at 7.30pm, it’s a perfect way to view London’s iconic attractions after a busy day. Or enjoy sightseeing from the Thames on a riverboat cruise, as recommended by Jojo Winder on Facebook, where you can admire the best views of London and jump on and off as you like. Departures running up until 19:35.

Enjoy a panoramic view for free
Why not visit The Sky Garden, as recommended by @managerdawn on Twitter, for uninterrupted 360 views of London? Visitors can enjoy the exquisitely landscaped gardens, observation decks and open-air terrace of London’s highest public garden. It’s free to go up and there’s a number of restaurants and bars where you can appreciate the splendid views at the top. Booking is recommended.

© Gary Ullah

Take a stroll
Walking was a popular suggestion. And what’s not to like? It’s free and good for you. @rosebankjason on Twitter says ‘Whatever you do in London always look up, you’ll see something new everyday’ and @littlemissmessy on Twitter recommends a walking tour with London Detours especially if you like street art. @RalphJupp on Twitter suggests a walk past the Tower of London, over Tower bridge, stroll past City Hall and HMS Belfast, then onto the Shard and Borough Market.

Visit a museum
For a slice of history after dark, pay a visit to a museum, recommended by @Rosebankjason on Twitter. There’s many to choose from like the incredible British Museum or The National Gallery. Don’t worry about rushing to get there after your meeting, on Fridays The British Museum is open until 8.30pm and The National Gallery until 9pm. You’re bound to be so absorbed in the art or artefacts that the time will fly by.

Watch a show
Whether you have some time in the afternoon for a matinee, or fancy relaxing after dinner, head to TKTS on Leicester Square, as recommended by @TToplis1 on Twitter, where you can find discounted tickets for same day shows. From the magic of Aladdin to musical Mamma Mia, you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy. Take the opportunity to mosey around Covent Garden for a walk, recommended by Julie Panayi on Facebook too.

Have a laugh
The Comedy Store recommended by @annaruthleonard on Twitter is the perfect place to visit for an evening packed with entertainment. Each night of the week they offer up something different, from topical news to improv. So sit back, relax, and maybe move to the back if you don’t want to be picked on!

Go shopping
London has a great choice of shops open till late throughout the week. Head to Oxford Street and Regent Street for department stores and high street brands, or browse the jewellery in the shops along Burlington Arcade and Old and New Bond streets, as recommended by Dora Kan on Facebook. If you’re in West or East London there’s the shopping meccas of Westfield Stratford or Westfield Shepherds Bush.

Catch a film
Forget the troubles of your day and get lost in a film at the Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley. There’s a mix of current blockbusters, films from decades ago and independent films, along with opera, ballet and theatre. Keep an eye on their calendar for the most up to date showings. Make sure to arrive with time to spare and admire the gallery of art from local artists.

© Basil Jradeh

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