February 21, 2022
“Humans crave physical interaction with other humans…
That’s baked into our neuroscience.”
(David Meerman Scott, online marketing strategist and author)
Most people would go along with that quote. Even with the proviso that when Meerman Scott goes on to talk about how our brains “thrive” when we’re around “people who are just like us” the pitfalls of pressing the flesh rise up like Banquo’s ghost. Not everybody is “just like us.” But we’ve been a long time in front of our computers: screen–time fatigue and time–zone conflicts are wearing thin.
So the consensus is that after two years of pandemic we are more than ready to ease up on the Zoom calls and get back to the physical meeting room or conference venue. Those piled–up Zoom boxes don’t encourage the quick–fire verbal exchanges that come about when the chemistry is right.
And even if the in–person conference is less crowded than the old days, there is no question that what happens naturally in a roomful of people rarely pops up online.
Plus, there is widespread agreement that virtual events can’t simulate the networking that people have come to enjoy with physical proximity. There’s a level of happenstance that can work in your favour. You never know who you might bump into in the elevator, or at the bar.
That being the case, there’s no question that a great city like London is an impressive venue for the biggest convention or the smallest meeting. The excellent transport links, the wealth of culture and entertainment on your doorstep are a huge draw. And the change of environment can both refresh the braincells and build bonds.
When it comes to luxury meeting rooms in London, Blue Orchid Hotels offer prestige locations, flexible conference facilities and tech support, with the back–up of a highly trained staff. Affordable meeting rooms London, with well-connected transport hubs. Hassle free, in a word.
Needless to say, there are considerable benefits to holding an event in a luxury hotel with the attractions of contemporary decor, a restaurant, spa, gym and rooftop bar, all with breath-taking views of Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.
The City of London is historic, home to both the Stock Exchange and the Bank of England. Nearby is Tower Bridge and on the south side, Southwark and Borough with Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and many fashionable eateries.
Tower Suites Skyline rooftop bar is the perfect place to meet after work, with its breath-taking views of Tower Bridge and iconic landmark, the Tower of London.
The contemporary chic of Tower Suites with its boutique apartments, rises up out of the most ancient part of the city, surrounded by a treasure trove of history and vivid legend, plenty for any visitor to explore on foot.
So while Tower Suites’ architectural style may be contemporary, it occupies an ancient site. This whole area grew up around the White Tower, founded by William the Conqueror in 1100. The Tower of London remains the best preserved medieval castle of any European capital.
But London didn’t begin with 1066 and the Normal invasion. Follow the Thames path beside Tower Bridge and you find yourself in a riverside stretch called the Pool of London, the original – and pagan – Roman port of the Thames on the north bank.
There was a temple to Mithras near the present day Bank of England; a Forum for socialising and a Basilica for administration near Gracechurch Street.
This is a very watery part of town, and to this day it has a mysterious allure, in spite of wartime bomb damage. It offers historic buildings and vivid legend.
When it comes to affordable luxury hotels in London, Blue Orchid Hotels is hard to beat, offering prestige locations in both the City of London and Westminster, all with flexible conference facilities and tech support, and the back–up of a highly trained staff. And well connected transport hubs.
For instance, Tower Suites is one of the top hotels in London offering all the amenities of 5 star hotel accommodation, plus a sophisticated executive lounge and co–working suite. There are nine venues available, each with natural daylight and adaptable to many different layouts, including theatre, board room, and U shape.
On top of that, Tower Suites’ boutique apartments are perfect for solo working conditions, or informal post–conference networking, brainstorming and chill–out sessions.
Overlooking a garden and two minutes’ walk from the nearest tube station, this upmarket all-suite hotel is a five minute walk from the Tower of London.
Amenities consist of a business centre, a restaurant and a sleek bar.
Breakfast is available. Other popular amenities include a spa and fitness centre, room service, full laundry service and concierge.
Wheelchair accessible, air conditioned, even pet friendly.
In terms of health and safety there is enhanced cleaning, personal protection, physical distancing, minimised contact and increased food safety.
There is also access to the airport shuttle, car rental onsite, doctor on call. Languages spoken: English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish.
Likewise, Blue Orchid’s 4 star Westminster–based Wellington and Rochester Hotels can offer top London hotel deals for companies and individuals seeking flexibility and technical back up with great service, combined with the Edwardian grandeur of their respective locations, close to Buckingham Palace and Big Ben.
The Wellington is a luxury 4 star hotel near London’s Victoria Station. Nestled in a tranquil Westminster enclave on leafy Vincent Square, It combines traditional elegance with contemporary style and modern decor.
Overlooking its own private gardens and terraces, The Wellington provides an idyllic haven away from the hustle and bustle of the city, whilst remaining within easy reach of Buckingham Palace and St. James’s Park: one of the most iconic Westminster hotels.
The updated Edwardian elegance of its conferencing and event spaces is complemented by 24 hour room service, concierge and front desk. There is an onsite bar and restaurants, as well as a delightful private garden, with outdoor events and dining available during the Summer months.
Discounted parking rates are available, plus a fully equipped gym. Its nearby star attractions include Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the royal parks. It also lies between Tate Britain on the Thames and neo Byzantine Westminster Cathedral.
Victoria station is within easy walking distance, and Victoria is a desirable location in its own right that has grown in popularity over the past ten years. The Market Hall Victoria is now a bustling Victorian food court and rooftop terrace, just a stone’s throw from the station.
Eccleston Yards comprises post-industrial warehouses with cafes, bars, studios and independent small businesses; there’s an outdoor yard with picnic tables and seats, murals on the walls and pop up events. The nearby Curzon Cinema and Victoria Theatres (The Apollo for ‘Wicked’ and Victoria Palace for ‘Hamilton’) add to the attractions of this locale.