Looking for London Business Travel List for Dining , Museum Visits and Things to Do this Season Have an upcoming business trip to London? Jet Lag is one of the most common problems business men and women experience when traveling overseas. Why not indulge yourself to a relaxing spa day at your hotel after your flight? It can erase those bleary eyes and disoriented state of being from jumping through time zones. The Mandarin Oriental Hotel near Hyde Park features a luxurious spa offering hydrotherapy, color therapy and an opportunity to create a custom spa experience. There’s also Urban Retreat (for the ladies) and The Refinery (for gentlemen) at Harrod’s .Harrod’s also provides a menu of services as a quick jump-start for the hard-working businessperson. Once you’ve relaxed your mind, body, and soul, there’s nothing better than a rich meal to top it off. Treating yourself to luxurious restaurants and outings can really turn a trip around. London is home to some of the finest and luxurious restaurants you can find. West End restaurants in London to enjoy dinner at include The Ivy London, Thames Barrier and dinner by Heston Blumenthal. The Fat Duck, the Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park location of Din-ner are all restaurants from acclaimed 3 Star Michelin Chef which are packed with foodies who come for degustation of ofal and classic British country fare prepared with modern gastronomic technique. If you have a morning free before you head off to your meetings, you should enjoy an authentic English breakfast at The Wolseley. It offers an award-winning full English breakfast starting as early as 7 am for early risers (or those not yet adjusted to London time). The breakfast menu features a viennoiserie basket, the famous The English (eggs, bacon, sausage, baked beans, tomato, black pudding and mushrooms), and lighter fare like grapefruit or granola. Reservations are recommended as this event is very popular amongst the business set during the week. Then you can soak up the city by going to some of the most controversial and intriguing contemporary British art at the Saatchi Gallery. Located in a 70,000 square-foot space in Chelsea, exhibitions of sculpture, painting, photography, video and installations keep the eye and mind engaged. After that, you can stop by Buckingham Palace and try and see the queen! Explore London between meetings and after the business day ends with Carnet ‘s entertainment and dining guide for the on-the-go business traveler, for both the jet-lagged and the ambitious explorer.
Things to do on New Year's Day in London
Some of the capital's best museums, galleries and attractions are open on January 1 2014
It's business as usual for most of London's big museums, so peel yourself out of bed and start your cultural year as you mean to go on. Note that some attractions have reduced opening hours, so be sure to check details in advance.
Museums open on New Year's Day
The Churchill War Rooms are dedicated to the life and achievements of former British prime minister Winston Churchill (1874-1965). There's much on his political career, and many of his trademark props – including a cigar and his red siren suit – are on display.
- King Charles St, SW1A 2AQ
An anthropological museum set in 16 acres of landscaped gardens, the Horniman Museum has a traditional natural history gallery, a state-of-the-art aquarium and gardens that offer spectacular views over London.
- 100 London Road, SE23 3PQ
The Imperial War Museum holds an important collection of twentieth-century art as well as collections of the machinery of war, official communications and manuscripts of war literature.
- Lambeth Rd, SE1 6HZ
The museum's design gallery is a tribute to Frank Pick, the man responsible for rolling out the London Underground brand and giving each line its own character. For children, the London Transport Museum has an under-fives play area.
- Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 7BB
The history of London, from prehistoric times to the present, is told in the Museum of London through reconstructed interiors and street scenes, alongside displays of original artefacts found during the museum's archaeological digs.
- 150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN
As well as the National Maritime Museum, on this Greenwich Park site you'll find the Queen's House and the Royal Observatory, which houses the only public planetarium in the UK and features daily shows with astronomers.
- Park Row, Greenwich, SE10 9NF
The handsome Alfred Waterhouse building houses a collection that contains some 70 million plant, animal, fossil, rock and mineral specimens and the famous plaster cast of a diplodocus that lords it over the Central Hall.
- Cromwell Rd, SW7 5BD
The Science Museum features seven floors of educational and entertaining exhibits, including the Apollo 10 command module and a flight simulator. Launch Pad is a popular hands-on gallery where children can explore basic scientific principles.
- Exhibition Rd, SW7 2DD
When you visit you are likely to be greeted by an august person wearing a bowler hat and whiskers; this, you will deduce, is Doctor Watson. The museum bristles with murder weapons, Victoriana and waxworks depicting scenes from the stories.
- 221b Baker St, NW1 6XE
Open noon to 6pm on Jan 1 2012. The venue houses a formidable art gallery (the wonderful Courtauld), a beautiful fountain court, a terraced café and a classy restaurant. The Embankment Galleries explore connections between art, architecture and design with a series of temporary exhibitions.
- The Strand, WC2R 1LA
The V&A houses one of the world's greatest collections of decorative arts, in such varied fields as ceramics, sculpture, portrait miniatures and photography.
- Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL
- Real Food Market
- More London Free Festival
- An Idiosyncratic A to Z of the Human Condition
- Silent Disco at The View from The Shard
- Urban Food Fest
- Appearing Rooms
- The Alternative London Tour
- This Morning I Woke Up from the Most Amazing Dream...
- Rooftop Film Club: Queen of Hoxton
- Truth and Memory: British Art of the First World War
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