London is open for business events
- This capital city hardly needs an introduction. London’s six airports offer 396 direct flights to international destinations. No wonder 93 Fortune 500 companies choose London for their headquarters.
- London is home to more than 1,000 diverse venues, from blank-canvas warehouse spaces to purpose-built conference centres, grand palaces and state-of-the-art-auditoriums.
- More than 1,600 hotels offer over 159,000 bedrooms, with almost 8,000 new bedrooms across 65 new hotels opening in 2020. From 2010 to 2020, London’s overall hotel room capacity has increased by 41%.
- Three of the top ten museums and galleries in the world are in London with 857 art galleries and 173 museums in total. There’s also four UNESCO World Heritage sites and 70 restaurants with Michelin stars.
- London’s comprehensive transport network is perfectly suited for business travel, with six airports that offer 396 direct flights from international destinations. The Eurostar train offers fast and efficient alternative to flying from mainland Europe.
- Heathrow Airport: One of the world's most connected airports with seamless arrivals including pre-booked coach bays, a 15-minute train to London Paddington, and soon to open Elizabeth Line.
- London Gatwick Airport: Flights from 230 destinations in 70 countries and 30-minute trains to London departing every three minutes.
- London Stansted Airport: One of Europe’s fastest-growing airports with direct travel to London taking just 47 minutes.
- London City Airport: London’s most central airport with flights from 37 European cities and regular trains into the city on The Docklands Light Railway (DLR).
- London Luton Airport: A growing international airport with flights from 150 global destinations, and regular 40-minute trains to central London.
- London Southend Airport: Flights from almost 40 European cities, and trains to London taking less than an hour.
- Eurostar: A fast travel option from Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels and Lille, group travel can be extra special by booking a whole carriage.
By rail - The London Underground tube is a very easy mode of travel. Purchase tickets for groups at the VisitBritain online shop or email VBTrade@visitbritain.org to place an order. Major rail stations Victoria, Paddington, King’s Cross and Liverpool Stree effortlessly connect London with the rest of the UK.
London is widely recognised as a leading global financial centre and, for the first time in 2019, the city played host to Sibos, the annual financial industry event.
Much of London's finance industry is located at the ‘Square Mile’ or the ‘City’, the long standing business hub of London. The other major financial district is the Canary Wharf area, east of the City. It is estimated there are 40,000 London-based companies operating in the financial services sector employing around 315,200 people. Some of the major financial institutions currently having their headquarters in the capital are The Bank of England, Lloyd’s of London, Barclays and the London Stock Exchange.
Digital and technology
London’s digital and technology industry plays a fundamental role in the British economy. This industry has helped position London as Europe's undisputed digital capital and has been a catalyst for growth across various industry sectors. The technology scene in London is centred around Shoreditch and Old Street, east of the City, where 40,000 tech businesses thrive in the area commonly known as Silicon Roundabout.
A joint report published by Deloitte, Intel, EMC2, and London First revealed that currently one out of every ten jobs in this sector is based in London, and approximately 50 per cent of the UK's digital media jobs are in the capital. In total, it is estimated that more than 251,000 people work in the city’s digital sector.
London has a long history as a centre for advancement in medicine and biology and today, together with Oxford and Cambridge, forms the ‘Golden Triangle’, a global hub for life sciences.
With a unique ecosystem combining a rich network of world-class universities, leading research centres, healthcare providers, medical charities, innovative small businesses and global industry players, London’s life sciences sector is highly attractive for investment.
Life science initiatives across the capital include the London Cancer Hub (a partnership between the Institute of Cancer Research and London Borough of Sutton), The Cube (a post-incubator scientific research & development facility in Dagenham, East London), The Francis Crick Institute (bringing together 1,500 scientists and support staff, with a focus on finding new ways to treat, diagnose and prevent a range of illnesses), and Imperial College London’s White City campus (co-locating researchers, businesses and higher education partners on a 25-acre site).
Where to stay
London boasts more than 1,600 hotels and over 159,000 bedrooms - with an additional 7,995 bedrooms across 65 new hotels set to open in 2020.
|5* hotels||18,470 bedrooms|
|4* hotels||57,203 bedrooms|
|3* and under properties||33,050 bedrooms|
|Other (student accommodation / home sharing)||50,733 bedrooms|
Convention centres & arenas
London is home to more than 1,000 diverse venues, from purpose-built conference centres and hotel meeting spaces, to royal palaces and unique attractions.