Four iconic cities to mix business with pleasure
Four Iconic Cities to Mix Business with Pleasure.
There are certain cities in the world where business and pleasure seem to go hand and hand. For the modern business traveller, these are the cities that are a joy to jet off to. They’re the places defined by a work hard play hard culture - endlessly exciting, relentlessly busy and a whole lot of fun to visit.
Chosen from some of the globe’s most important centres of commerce, fashion and play, here are four top cities to try persuading the boss to package you off to, with a few ideas on how to fill your free time while you’re there.
New York City
Home to the world’s largest stock market and a magnet for investors, fashion forward and glittering party revlers New York is a city forever associated with big business.
But it’s also a city that gives the corporate go-getter plenty of ways to let off some steam – and no, we’re not talking about those Wolf of Wall Street excesses.
Get over the rigours of your flight at the Four Seasons Spa and book in for their 'Jet Lag' massage. Batteries recharged, take a stroll through Brooklyn’s Prospect Park or get your cultural fix at the Guggenheim Museum.
Then take to the skies and see New York’s iconic landmarks in true style with a 15-minute helicopter ride across the city.
Later, make a reservation at a top restaurant like the world-acclaimed Eleven Madison Park, or catch a live show at Jazz at Lincoln Center. End your day with drinks at an exclusive cocktail bar in Lower Manhattan’s East Village.
With many of its white-collar employees regularly clocking in 13 hour days, six days a week, Tokyo’s work culture is full-on to say the least. But when you’re on business here, there are plenty of ways to unwind.
Wander around Tokyo’s oldest temple, Sensō-ji. Catch a sumo tournament during January, May or September at Kokugikan. And give in to your inner man-child by spending a fistful of Yen at one of Tokyo’s frenetic arcades.
After dark, follow the salary men and grab a table at a crowded izakaya (a traditional Japanese pub) in neon-drenched Shinjuku to sip sake and snack on yakitori (grilled chicken skewers).
Tokyo also has more three Michelin-starred restaurants than Paris, so take full advantage and book a table at Sukiyabashi Jiro Honten in the fashionable Ginza district for sublime sushi.
London was the world’s most visited city in 2014 and it’s now a mecca for commerce and party alike. A thriving banking sector and a resurgent economy mean it’s also one of the world’s most significant cities for doing business.
But away from the boardroom, there’s plenty of ways to keep yourself busy.
Tick off the tourist checklist with a visit to Buckingham Palace, The Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral. Then take the credit card shopping in Mayfair – making sure you visit the legendary bespoke tailoring street, Savile row.
If you’re a fan of fine wines, be sure to visit Britain's oldest wine merchant, Berry Bros. & Rudd on St James's Street, open since 1698.
In the evening, grab drinks in trendy Soho before heading to the restaurant on the 52nd floor of the Shard – a glittering glass skyscraper offering stunning views across the capital.
The powerhouse of the German economy, Berlin attracts a diverse range of industries and is currently in the midst of a thriving web start-up sector. It’s also a city that offers the business traveller an attractive blend of culture, nightlife, fine dining and fashion.
Check out the luxury designer fashion outlets along Mulackstraße or fine jewellery stores such as Cartier, Chopard or Tiffany & Co luxury at KaDeWe, Europe’s largest department store.
Explore Berlin’s incredible range of art galleries and museums including Museumsinsel (Museum Island), a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s home to five separate museums. Reserve time to visit iconic historical sites including the Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag.
For an evening of fine dining, reserve a table at Brasserie Desbrosses at the Ritz Carlton and tuck into dishes like Viennese escalope and Müritz lamb rack while enjoying a menu full of fine wines and champagne.
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