Make the Most of Meetings in London

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If you’re attending meetings in London, make the most of your time by exploring this fantastic city, where there’s so much to see and do. From assault courses to art galleries, there is much to enjoy. In this article, we look at six things to do while you’re in London on business.

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Military Assault Course
This is a challenging and fun activity which encourages teamwork, cooperation, and problem solving. Also available on these days are raft building, target practice and even a cheese and wine challenge!

Wine Tasting

Some of the greatest relationships in history have been formed around wine. Wine tasting says sophistication, elegance, and class and it can be a perfect opportunity to entertain clients. You will learn the fine art of swilling, along with aerating and tasting. All are good dinner party skills that stand the test of time. Which delicious red would pair beautifully with that steak? You’ll find out here.

Regents Canal Ride
What better way to soak up the city and architecture than meandering down the Regents Canal in a hired boat. You bring your own music and refreshments and relax as you float along.

Treasure Hunts
We all have a childlike and curious pull toward treasure hunting. A treasure hunting day out in London may not make you any richer, but you will leave with a sense of achievement. If you’re attending meetings in London with your team, this can be a great way of team building. Teamwork and communication are key to deciphering the clues that will help you discover your treasure.

Visit an Art Gallery
Art is profound. It connects people, causes discussion and creates emotion. London has an abundance of art galleries to suit all tastes.

Theatre
Any trip to London would not be complete without a trip one of the West End theatres. Shows include musicals and plays. There are many discounted tickets available, as well as offers, including pre-theatre dinner.

As you can see, there is so much to see and do in London. So if you’re attending meetings in London, be sure to leave time for you and your team to explore this amazing city.
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Meeting Rooms for the Present and the Future

Meetings Now and in the Future
Meeting planners are cognizant of the impact of meeting venues on delegates’ productivity, creativity and ability to respond to new ideas and thinking. As meeting planners look to the future, it’s clear that their decision making process is largely based on their observations on changes within the industry over the past several years.

• 75% of responding meeting planners report that their current role involves more “experience creation” versus two to five years ago.
• Over 77% of respondents report that access to interactive technologies, such as tools to encourage audience participation, collaborative communication platforms and others, are more important now versus the last several years.
• 47% report the importance of flexible meeting space now versus in the past.

Using these indicators as a road map for future trends, meeting planners predict an increased emphasis on, and need for, select venue elements.

Physical Meeting Spaces and Design
The report states that fundamentally, there are elements of meeting venues that are critical for successful meetings and these have largely remained constant over the past several years and are projected to remain important in the years to come, including high-quality broadband, strong acoustics and good lighting.
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Meditation and Meetings

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We provide contemporary meeting rooms in London, at convenient locations across the city. Our meeting rooms come with the option of refreshments and state of the art equipment, including video conferencing facilities. There are many ways to get the most from your meetings. In this article we look at how meditation can help you maximize the results.

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Business is about decision making, ideas, determination and, maybe most importantly, focus. A bad choice made with a clouded head can be extremely detrimental to moving a plan forwards. We need a clear head when making vital choices, for the well-being of our business. Meditation can help with all aspects of business, especially in a meeting scenario where people need to be relaxed and confident. People that meditate are calmer, more focused, more productive and less likely to be drawn into conflict.

Many people who practice meditation speak highly of the benefits. One of the main benefits is improved decision making. Mediation results in more drive, a sense of personal empowerment, and, most importantly, focus. Many Fortune 500 Companies such as Google and Apple use mediation and mindfulness to get the most from their employees.

Could you consider incorporating meditation into your daily routine? Notice how it affects your work life, as well as your personal life. Ask your employees to do it as well. Observe how it affects behaviour, especially in meetings.
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The Supreme Court New Meeting Room Arrangements

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The Supreme Court is introducing some changes to the way that bookings of private meeting rooms are handled, with effect from the start of the Easter Term, 29 April 2014. These changes are designed to help reduce our overall costs to the UK taxpayer and to bring the Supreme Court’s policies in line with those of other senior appeal courts situated in London.

For hearings taking place on or after 29 April 2014, lawyers wishing to book private meeting rooms while they are appearing at the court will need to pay a daily hire charge of £100+VAT for the use of those rooms. Meeting room bookings will be handled by our catering provider, with a simple meeting room request form available from the Supreme Court website which can be downloaded, completed and returned to our caterers any time from three weeks before the hearing (but no later than 5pm one clear working day before the hearing).


BBC Meeting Rooms

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New Broadcasting House in central London took a decade to build.
It was opened by the Queen in 2013 at least £55million over budget.
But the BBC has now admitted it ‘occasionally’ runs out of meeting rooms.

Built at a cost of £1 billion, New Broadcasting House is the jewel in the crown of the BBC and the setting for its self-mocking satire W1A.
But in a development that could have come straight out of the sitcom, it has been revealed that the Corporation is paying tens of thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money to book meetings in nearby buildings because the headquarters lacks space. New Broadcasting House in Central London covers half a million square feet, took a decade to build and was opened by the Queen in 2013 – four years behind schedule and at least £55 million over budget.

Now, in response to a freedom of information request, the BBC has admitted it ‘occasionally’ runs out of meeting rooms and spent £47,198 on booking external spaces nearby during the last financial year. Corporation insiders say these venues include De Vere’s West One business centre and the luxury Langham Hotel – both just across the street from New Broadcasting House – and that meetings have included ‘leadership breakfasts’.

One source said: ‘The leadership breakfasts at De Vere are renowned for the lavish catering. The BBC is cutting jobs but can still afford to cater for breakfast meetings for senior managers.’
Another said: ‘It’s bonkers to hold meetings across the street.’ The BBC has been criticised by spending watchdog the National Audit Office (NAO) over the running costs of New Broadcasting House, which are almost double that of comparable buildings in Central London. A BBC spokesman said: ‘It is occasionally necessary to book nearby venues, especially for larger meetings. Value for money is always taken into account.’ But Jonathan Isaby, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said licence fee-payers would be furious over spiralling costs.
New Broadcasting House is home to three 24-hour news channels, nine radio networks and 6,000 staff.

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3055719/BBC-forks-50-000-meeting-rooms-street-brand-new-1billion-HQ-bosses-say-lacks-space.html#ixzz47VKFfi7R


Getting Around London on a Budget can be a Travellers Delight

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London is packed full of fun and enjoyable things to do. While the UK’s capital can be expensive, London is a beautiful city and there are many affordable things to experience. At London Meeting Rooms we firmly believe that exploring the city can be done on a budget. Check out our selection of affordable things to do in London

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1. Walking & Sightseeing
London may seem huge, but it’s actually easy for walking and of course, walking is free! One of the most popular walks is a circular walk around Westminster, which includes seeing Buckingham Palace, the iconic Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. Free London Walking Tours has a selection of seven sightseeing tours, which show you the best that London has to offer.

2. Visit the Royal Observatory
Be dazzled by the moon and planets at the Greenwich Royal Observatory. Here, you can explore how scientists first mapped the seas and the stars, touch a 4.5 billion year-old asteroid and travel the Universe, whilst keeping your feet firmly on the ground. For £9.50 a ticket, this is an affordable and fascinating way of discovering the wonders of astronomy.

3. Take a Canal Boat ride
What better reason to get out and about in the sunshine than with a canal boat ride where you can see some of London’s most historic and popular attractions. The Jenny Wren is an authentically designed canal boat, running 90-minute round-trips from Camden. Sailing through London Zoo and Regent’s Park, as well as Robert Browning’s Island at Little Venice, it’s certainly a different way of seeing London and is only £12.50 for adults.

4. Explore Chinatown
If you’re looking for a vibrant change of culture, Chinatown is a diamond tucked away, full of oriental beauty and charm. In this area there is so much to see and do, with plenty of affordable and delicious eating options and lots of shops. In the evening, it becomes even more atmospheric and has plenty of bars and restaurants. Chinatown is easily accessible, placed between Leicester Square and Piccadilly tube stations.

5. Borough Market
This market is London’s oldest and most renowned market, dating all the way back to the 13th Century. It is home to exceptional British and International produce, with artisan cheeses, cakes, bread, hams and much more. If food is your thing, this is a perfect place to visit for some delicious quick eats and a friendly atmosphere. Find out more about this bustling market here.
A fun and interesting trip to London doesn’t need to be expensive. There are many affordable options, several of which help you to get the best out of your visit to one of the world’s most beautiful cities. If you have time before or after a meeting, why not get the best out of the day and make some time to explore this exciting city.

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New Surrey Venue

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At London Meeting Rooms we offer a friendly, professional atmosphere across all our locations and our new Surrey venue is no exception. There are four suites available, all are on the ground floor and have natural daylight. Facilities include catering, blackout blinds, air conditioning, fibre optic broadband and state of the art audio visual equipment including Sennheiser microphones and sound system. There are many breakout areas available.

With perfect views over a 350 acre estate, this venue is easily accessible from Surrey, London and Kent and has ample free parking. Few other places spring to mind where business and pleasure can be mixed so easily. Rather than being constrained to one room, why not take your business meeting out onto the golf course. The lake and terrace are both open for exploration. The 4 suites offer a luxurious, modern look with a traditional country feel, perfect for getting you relaxed and focused. Boasting the UK’s largest indoor golf simulator you can even play on the infamous Pebble Beach resort, where the biggest stars in golf and film have tried their luck since 1919, including a hole renowned as the toughest on all of the PGA tour. Golf and business have gone hand in hand for years and it is no secret that many good business relationships are been formed with the relaxing, scenic views of a golf course in the background. Golf is a game for people of all levels and abilities and the unique handicap system means that everyone starts on a level playing field and therefore it’s great for team bonding exercises. Strength of character is needed for both business and golf, along with qualities such as calmness, composureand self-belief. All of these qualities are honed with a game of golf and reflect in your business and relationships.. Golf is a sociable activity. Whether on the course, or in the clubhouse, friendships are made and business networks are formed with ease. “People buy from people they know, like and trust”, as we know. What better way of getting to know like and trust somebody than on the golf course?

Perfect for team building exercises, networking, meetings, presentations and much more, our new meeting rooms venue in Surrey is the perfect place to mix business and pleasure.

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Top Tips For Travelling To and Around London When You’re on Business

Underground london-441853_1920Are you planning a meeting in London? If so, you may want to book one of our meeting rooms, which are located at convenient locations across the capital. If you’re not used to London, you may find the following tips on travelling to and around London helpful.

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Consider how you will travel to London and the pros and cons of each option. Busy traffic can make driving stressful and parking is difficult and expensive. Remember to check if you need to pay any toll or congestion charges. While travelling by train is also expensive, it gives you the opportunity to either work on the train or enjoy some down time. London has eight main stations that are easily accessible from the rest of mainland Britain. Taking the coach is the cheapest option but can be quite time consuming. If you’re coming from further afield, you may want to fly to one of London’s five airports.
Also consider how you will travel around London. While the Underground is the obvious choice, the bus service is convenient, comfortable and often less crowded. Taxis are the ultimate luxury and can be expensive, although services such as Uber are bringing down the price. https://www.uber.com/. You could also use one London’s river buses or taxis. Sometimes it’s quicker and easier to walk. Use Google maps on your smartphone to find your way around.
Book a meeting room close to the mainline station you’ll be arriving in to. This will minimise the need for using public transport and taxis.
Invest in an Oyster card. An Oyster card makes travelling around London easier and gives you better value fares. You can load it up with credit in advance and touch in and out on your journey. You need to pay a £5 deposit for your Oyster card. If you are a regular visitor to London, you may want to hold on to your card, otherwise you can return it and receive a refund.
Plan your journey in advance and leave plenty of time. This will mean you can avoid rushing and arrive at your meeting feeling calm and relaxed.
Our meeting rooms are reasonably priced and fully equipped for meetings of all sizes. We also provide a quality catering service. All rooms can be booked for an hour, half a day or whole day.

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Travelling on Business

Underground london-441853_1920Are you planning a meeting in London? If so, you may want to book one of our meeting rooms, which are located at convenient locations across the capital. If you’re not used to London, you may find the following tips on travelling to and around London helpful.

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Consider how you will travel to London and the pros and cons of each option. Busy traffic can make driving stressful and parking is difficult and expensive. Remember to check if you need to pay any toll or congestion charges. While travelling by train is also expensive, it gives you the opportunity to either work on the train or enjoy some down time. London has eight main stations that are easily accessible from the rest of mainland Britain. Taking the coach is the cheapest option but can be quite time consuming. If you’re coming from further afield, you may want to fly to one of London’s five airports.
Also consider how you will travel around London. While the Underground is the obvious choice, the bus service is convenient, comfortable and often less crowded. Taxis are the ultimate luxury and can be expensive, although services such as Uber are bringing down the price. https://www.uber.com/. You could also use one London’s river buses or taxis. Sometimes it’s quicker and easier to walk. Use Google maps on your smartphone to find your way around.
Book a meeting room close to the mainline station you’ll be arriving in to. This will minimise the need for using public transport and taxis.
Invest in an Oyster card. An Oyster card makes travelling around London easier and gives you better value fares. You can load it up with credit in advance and touch in and out on your journey. You need to pay a £5 deposit for your Oyster card. If you are a regular visitor to London, you may want to hold on to your card, otherwise you can return it and receive a refund.
Plan your journey in advance and leave plenty of time. This will mean you can avoid rushing and arrive at your meeting feeling calm and relaxed.
Our meeting rooms are reasonably priced and fully equipped for meetings of all sizes. We also provide a quality catering service. All rooms can be booked for an hour, half a day or whole day.

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Business with Pleasure

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At London Meeting Rooms we offer a friendly, professional atmosphere across all our locations and our new Surrey venue is no exception. There are four suites available, all are on the ground floor and have natural daylight. Facilities include catering, blackout blinds, air conditioning, fibre optic broadband and state of the art audio visual equipment including Sennheiser microphones and sound system. There are many breakout areas available.

 

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With perfect views over a 350 acre estate, this venue is easily accessible from Surrey, London and Kent and has ample free parking. Few other places spring to mind where business and pleasure can be mixed so easily. Rather than being constrained to one room, why not take your business meeting out onto the golf course. The lake and terrace are both open for exploration.  The 4 suites offer a luxurious, modern look with a traditional country feel, perfect for getting you relaxed and focused. Boasting the UK’s largest indoor golf simulator you can even play on the infamous Pebble Beach resort, where the biggest stars in golf and film have tried their luck since 1919, including a hole renowned as the toughest on all of the PGA tour. Golf and business have gone hand in hand for years and it is no secret that many good business relationships are been formed with the relaxing, scenic views of a golf course in the background. Golf is a game for people of all levels and abilities and the unique handicap system means that everyone starts on a level playing field and therefore it’s great for team bonding exercises. Strength of character is needed for both business and golf, along with qualities such as calmness, composure and self-belief. All of these qualities are honed with a game of golf and reflect in your business and relationships. Golf is a sociable activity. Whether on the course, or in the clubhouse, friendships are made and business networks are formed with ease. “People buy from people they know, like and trust”, as we know. What better way of getting to know like and trust somebody than on the golf course?

 

Perfect for team building exercises, networking, meetings, presentations and much more, our new meeting room venue in Surrey is the perfect place to mix business and pleasure.

 

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Six Questions to Ask when Searching for a Meeting Room in London

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Wow your boss by finding the best meeting rooms available by asking these questions when searching for the right venue.

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  1. Does the meeting room have natural daylight? A lot of people that contact us to inquire about our meeting rooms ask this question. A lot of meeting rooms in London don’t have natural daylight and people have been previously been caught out.
  2. Is it possible to hire by the hour? Most meeting rooms in London are available to hire by the hour, day or half-day.
  3. What are your opening times? This is especially important to ask if you’re planning to hold an evening or weekend meeting.
  4. What refreshments are available and how much are they? Most meeting room venues in London offer tea, coffee, water, soft drinks and a selection of breakfast, lunch and snack options.
  5. What facilities are there? Make sure your venue has all the relevant facilities and equipment, such as WIFI, projectors, screens and flipcharts.
  6. How many seats are there? Ensure that there are enough seats for each delegate as well as a table or tables if necessary.

If part of your job is to find meeting rooms for your company then you may find these questions helpful when choosing a venue.

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