London is a bustling hub of entrepreneurial action, deals are closed and business is conducted 24 hours a day. Organisations are constantly looking for ways to impress clients, investors and customers with unusual pitches and exceptional proposals in memorable surroundings. London has a lot to offer in the way of interesting venues for business meetings, from the functional to the luxurious. It is vital, when searching for the perfect space to host a meeting, to consider the desired outcome and what might be required to achieve that success. For some purposes it may be necessary to consider practicalities such as wireless internet access, conference phone calling facilities, interactive whiteboard or large screen for a presentation. Continue reading “Innovative Meeting Spaces in London ”
London is a bustling and innovative city, with thriving business industry across the majority of sectors. Most London residents make use of the vast public transport system to avoid traffic and congested streets. However, there are many businesses located within London that require the use of vehicles to operate. Additionally, London is also the centre for a lot of business from across the UK, resulting in an increased number of business visitors entering the city, often by car. With an estimated 200,000 cars driving in London everyday, there is high competition for finding the most convenient parking space. If you rely on a vehicle for your business, or are travelling to London on business and planning to drive, below is some useful advice on how best to plan, locate and obtain parking where you need it.
Parking schemes and permits for business users.
The vast majority of London council boroughs offer business parking permits which are available to businesses, based in restricted parking zones, that require parking for the essential day to day running of their business. Obtaining a business parking permit allows parking within residential parking zones and ‘shared use’ bays which usually require pay and display tickets and each business can usually apply for 2 permits. Continue reading “Business Parking in London”
The first records of the Olympics date back to 776 BC. With some gaps in its historic every four-year calendar, due to world events and wars, now, in modern history, the Olympic games is arguably the biggest sporting event in the world with around 10,000 competitors from 204 countries and nations being involved in the games.
This year, London is the proud host of the Olympics 2012 with the opening ceremony due to start the proceedings on the 27th July at the newly constructed Olympic stadium in Stratford, East London. The whole event runs from 27th July – 12th August with events taking place across the city of London. Although the majority of these events will occur within the Olympic park in Stratford, the games are not only limited to this area. Some of the other 13 London venues include Earls Court, Hampton Court, Hyde Park, Wembley Stadium and Lords cricket ground. Continue reading “Survival Guide to Working in London During the Olympics”
Wales’s wacky place names
The liberal use of consonants in its language makes Wales a terrific Scrabble challenge – and also the home of some of the oddest and funniest place names in the world.
Where else would you find the UK’s longest place name? That’s Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyllllantysiliogogogoch in case you were wondering, a town in North Wales that means “The church of St. Mary in the hollow of white hazel trees near the rapid whirlpool by St Tysilio’s of the red cave”. And if you can pronounce that, you’re probably due some kind of award from the Welsh Tourist Board! Continue reading “Weird Place Names in Wales”
The Weird and the Wonderful – Memorable Scottish Place Names
Whether it’s odd pronunciations or bizarre combinations of words, Scotland really does seem to be in a league of its own when it comes to unusual, odd or downright hilarious place names.
Sure, the Americans and the Australians have attempted to wrestle Scotland’s crown with the likes of Intercourse or Boing Boing. And the English might think that Ugley and Titty Ho are a winning combination but really – can anyone better Backside? How about Hen Poo? Continue reading “Weird Place Names in Scotland”
England a has long, varied and intriguing history. With many different settlements of Germanic groups in the pre-Roman era, the establishment and conquests of the Anglo-Saxons and subsequent conquests of the Vikings and later on the Normans, England has a history of varied cultural influence, and intriguing political development.
Aside from the more serious implications, the affect that the history of England has had on place names has made for plenty of strange, funny and downright silly place names right up to the present day. This article will cover some of the most prominent places that will be sure to make you laugh, cringe, or face palm in disgust. Continue reading “Weird Place Names in England”
East London, especially the Tech City and Shoreditch area is a major European hub for tech companies. Much of these tech companies are start-ups offering a variety of creative and innovative services. Tech City especially has a reputation for creativity. Entrepreneurs from all over the world reach out to this hub, seeking to leverage the facilities on offer, such as the presence of a vibrant community of entrepreneurs, financiers, creative artists and others, support services offered by Universities and government and more. Very few places in the world match such facilities.
Fast Growing Companies
Prominent start ups that have made it big in recent years include 7Digital, Eventbrite, INQ Mobile, Last.fm, Mendeley, Mind Candy, Moo Print, Playfish, SpliceTV, Spotify, Stylistpick, Ustwo, We7 and more. Continue reading “Top Creative Companies in East London”
Today, London is a dynamic global city and a cultural confluence, providing its lucky inhabitants with an exciting medley of places to see and things to do. With a history that stretches back well over 2,000 years, it is one of ye oldest cities on earth, and it has a varied and intriguing history spanning the reign of tyrannous kings, civil wars, the plague, and a constant cultural flux. All cities with such a history will sport plenty of peculiar place names that in today’s context might seem ridiculous, silly, or completely inappropriate. This article goes over some of the weirdest, funniest, and most inspiring place names that London has to offer.
The why behind the weird and the wonderful
In the London area, place names are usually named after landmarks and historical buildings, the trades and occupations that took place in a given area, the people who were vain enough to permanently imprint their contribution to the city, or after common London events, fairs and occasions. Continue reading “Weird Place Names in London”
London is a busy and vibrant city with a colourful history.Whether you are interested in learning about the gruesome side of Victorian London or the history of the monarchy, or perhaps you just want an activity to encourage team building within a fun and relaxed atmosphere, there are many historic tours available that will appeal to people with different interests.
The Tower of London
The Yeoman warder tour (or beefeater as they are commonly known) is an entertaining and insightful tour of the Tower of London. A Yeoman warder will guide you through the history of the palace and the monarchy and provide information on the palace’s architecture, as well as grisly tales of the torturing of Guy Fawkes and the lives and deaths of Henry VIII and his wives. Continue reading “Historic Tours of London”