London - perfect for Team Building
London also ranks as the
fifth-largest city in the world when measured by GDP. When measured by the quantity
of international passengers who pass through London Heathrow is the world's
busiest airport and of all the cities in the world London has the most
international visitors many of whom will be attending meetings and team building events.
London was the first city to present the modern summer Olympic Games three times when London 2012 was held.
London is home to 43 universities and these form the largest
concentration of higher education in Europe. Many of these students are studying event management degrees including elements of team building as a part of their course.
Four World Heritage Sites in London include: Westminster Abbey,
St Margaret's Church and Kew Gardens; the site comprising the Palace of
Westminster, the Tower of London, St Margaret's Church; and the historic
settlement of Greenwich. The city is home to London Underground - the oldest underground railway
network in the world and which is also the second-most extensive.
William, Duke of Normandy, was crowned King of England in London's newly finished Westminster Abbey on Christmas Day 1066. On the 5th
November 1605 during the Gunpowder Plot, an attempt to assassinate James I took
place in Westminster. Like most cities, London was plagued by disease
in the early 17th century, culminating in the Great Plague of 1665-1666 which
killed up to 100,000 people. A lot of wooden buildings were burnt down in 1666
because of The Great Fire of London which started in Pudding Lane. In 1708
Christopher Wren's masterpiece, St Paul's Cathedral was completed.
In 1951 the Festival of Britain was held on London's South
Bank. Always prone to flooding, the Thames Barrier was completed in the
1980s to protect London against tidal surges from the North Sea. To
celebrate the start of the 21st century, the Millennium Dome, London Eye and
Millennium Bridge were constructed. On 7 July 2005, three London Underground
trains and a double-decker bus were bombed in a series of terrorist attacks.
The main geographical feature of modern London is the River
Thames which flows through the heart of the City. The Thames is a highly
accessible river that crosses London from the south-west to the east and is used for a range of water based team building events.
oldest standing Tudor palace in England is London’s Hampton Court Palace, built
by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey circa 1515. The 1939 Battersea Power Station is a
local landmark, while a number of railway termini like St. Pancras and
Paddington are prominent specimens of excellent Victorian architecture.
Nelson's Column is a nationally recognised monument in Trafalgar Square and is
one of London's focal and most recognisable points. Many team building companies use it as a landmark in their treasure hunt events.
A new construction completed in 2012 is the 72-storey Shard by London Bridge. The British Library and City Hall in Southwark – office of the
London Mayor - are both modern constructions. Now employed as a highly
successful entertainment venue for team building London, the O2 Arena was formerly the Millennium Dome. With the wide range of visitors London enjoys a plethora of hotels and venues for team building events.
Team Building London
Some of Central London's biggest parks are the Royal Parks of
Regent's Park, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. These are frequently used for a wide range of team building events by numerous team building companies.The London tourist attraction Madame
Tussauds Wax Museum is situated near Regents' Park where the world's oldest
scientific zoo - London Zoo – is sited. Hyde Park in particular is
popular for sports and sometimes hosts open-air concerts. Outside London's centre big parks include Bushy Park, the Royal Parks of Greenwich Park,
Richmond Park and Victoria Park with Primrose Hill a favourite spot to view the
London skyline. North London's Hampstead Heath incorporates Kenwood House, a
favoured summer time spot and former stately home that draws in many visitors
each weekend to classical musical concerts by the lake and to enjoy the
scenery, fireworks and music.
These open spaces make London the perfect location
for team building, corporate entertainment or any form of corporate event.
The City of London – the world’s premier financial centre - is
home to the Bank of England, the London Stock Exchange and Lloyd's of London
insurance market. London is a major retail centre and had the highest non-food
retail sales of any city in the world in 2010. Handling 45 million tonnes of
cargo every year, the Port of London is UK's second-biggest.
The five main
business districts are: the City, Westminster, Canary Wharf, Camden
& Islington and Lambeth & Southwark. London has the biggest city
airspace in the world and is a substantial and crucial international air
transport centre and one of Europe’s major hubs. The London Underground -
commonly referred to as the Tube - is the oldest and second longest metro system
in the world and dates from 1863. Constructed by many private organisations,
the Underground network serves 270 stations, including the City and South London
Railway, the first underground electric line in the world. Over 1 billion
journeys every year are undertaken on the London Underground circuit, with over three
million being made each day.
The City of Westminster, the entertainment district of the West
End, has its focus around Leicester Square - where British and world film
premieres are held - and Piccadilly Circus, with its giant electronic
advertisements. Speciality shops can be found in abundance in the Covent Garden