Business in London, UK
As the world's leading financial centre for international commerce, London is by far one of the most important destinations in the business sector. This thriving city is noted for being the fifth largest economy in the world, after Tokyo, New York City, Los Angeles and Seoul. Frequent business travellers will be familiar with the five major business districts, including the City, Westminster, Canary Wharf, Camden & Islington and Lambeth & Southwark. London's largest industry is finance, with the city being home to a multitude of exchanges, banks, brokers, asset managers, hedge funds and private equity firms to name just a few. It is also a large exporter of manufactured goods, while tourism also contributes greatly to the economy. With an ‘Ease of Doing Business’ ranking of 10 out of 189 economies, London remains a leading destination for seasoned business travellers.
Flights from South Africa to London, UK
Situated 24km west of London, Heathrow Airport is the largest and busiest airport in the UK. Business travellers from South Africa are most likely to arrive here with non-stop flights from South Africa departing daily from O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg and Cape Town International Airport.
The airport itself is very large and features a vast array of shopping, dining and entertainment options in each of its four terminals. Heathrow offers many public transport options for convenient travel into the city. The Heathrow Express takes 15 minutes to Paddington Station, which in turn has good connections to all parts of London. Heathrow is on the Piccadilly underground line, which takes passengers into central London in approximately 50 minutes. The National Express coach service takes passengers to central London, while the N9 night bus leaves for central London every 30 minutes. Taxis are available outside each terminal, and mini-cabs offer the most competitive prices but must be booked in advance. Car rental companies also operate from all terminals.
Accommodation in London, UK
In addition to its rich heritage, London is a truly cosmopolitan city. There are many hotels conveniently located near Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus and the Theatre District. These options can be quite expensive, while hotels further from the city centre are generally more affordable. As can be expected, there is no end to dining, entertainment and cultural diversions for business travellers throughout the city.
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