25 hours in...London

25 hours in...London

Leadership styled may have originated north of the border but we have a big fatsecret love for the ‘Big Smoke’ and will make ‘arrangements’ to be down there as often as we can. 

London has an unbelievable amount to offer and when we did London in 25 hours, we really crammed it all in.




Where do you decide to go for a good coffee and breakie when there are so many places to choose from? The closest place to you I suppose. Therefore we have decided to provide you will more than just one recommendation as it would really just be rude not to. One of our ultimate favourites has to be WORKSHOP COFFEE at any one of it’s four locations around London. It started as a coffee shop in 2011 and has since turned out brunch, lunch, dinner, beer and wine and has won awards for doing so. A must visit at one of its four stores in Clerkenwell, Fitzrovia, Holborn and Marylebone.




Where does one lunch when one is in London and again how do you choose where to do it? LS has done the trialling and testing for you (quite happily) and brings to you…THE PHENE, Chelsea. It boasts a relaxed yet luxurious setting, whatever the occasion and even has a serene outdoor garden area. With an extense menu of sharing plates and healthy dishes, be sure to try the signature Cornish Lobster and chips. 





Dining out is big in London, people work later and have further to travel to get home, therefore it only makes sense that you fill the gap before embarking upon any journey. Central London offers many many eateries but our place of choice would have to be…BRINDISA, an authentic Spanish tapas restaurant in the choice of 4 locations; trendy Soho, London Bridge, South Kensington and Shoreditch. It offers a huge range of meat, veg, fish and cheese tapas dishes which are great for sharing amongst friends. The delicious food comes out as soon as it’s ready and although reasonably priced you can tend to get carried away with the large choice on the menu and “convince” yourself that, ‘they are just small dishes’! Famous last words. Well worth a visit. 




If you are going to do drinks in London, you might as well do it in style..at…THE SHARD. Disembark the Underground at London bridge and take the lift at the Shangri-La hotel up to Level 31 to enjoy breathtaking views of the city with a drink in hand. No reservations can be made, it is a walk-in basis only and dress code is smart-casual. Makes it just that little bit extra special whether it be for work or pleasure. 



Shop til you drop

London has just about every shop you can think of, not to mention the shopping centres and suburbs as well. For the ultimate experience, head straight to Oxford Street (Oxford Circus, Bond street or Tottenham Court Road on the Underground) and quite literally shop ’til you drop. For little individual boutiques, Carnaby street is the place to go and for an all year round discount outlet, Bicester Village. Covent garden is a must-see as you have the touristy hustle and bustle, street performers, musicians, market stalls and restaurants and bars when it’s time to put your feet up. 


Getting around

Without a doubt (business wise), the way to get around London is on the Underground. Download the Tube Map for quick and easy directions how to get around the vast number of lines and routes. The Underground (even though 60% of it is intact above the ground) makes over 2.7 million journeys every day, 19,000 people working at it and the oldest line (the Metropolitan line) dates back to 1863 makes it a really iconic part of London’s history.

Alternatively if you aren’t in a hurry to get somewhere then London’s Barclays cycle hire is an enjoyable way to see the sights that you wouldn’t get to see from under the ground. You can cycle through the parks to get from A to B. 

london sky
london locks
london walk
shard night
shard view
The Phene
london bus

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