By Elaine Osgood – President and CEO at Atlas Travel & Technology Group
I’ve just returned from a week in London to see our new office there and meet with the staff. I also had the opportunity to meet with several clients, which was wonderful. Things are looking great there for Atlas Travel & Technology LTD, and the entire trip reinforced our decision to open this wholly owned UK division.
Wrapped around the business part of the trip was an opportunity to see some of the sites in and around London, many of which I highly recommend. I thought I’d share some highlights…
- Delta’s lie-flat beds from Boston to London were a very comfortable way to travel. We departed at 6:30PM and arrived in Heathrow at 6:30AM.
- We stayed at the Savoy on Strand and I highly recommend it. Situated right on the Thames, it is central to much of what London has to offer.
- Loved the British Museum and spent most of our time in the Egyptian, Greek and Roman Collections. It would take several days to take it all in, so we’ll have to go back.
- We thoroughly enjoyed our morning walking tour that took us to: Trafalgar Square; Pall Mall in Westminster, London (named for a ball game that was played on this location during the 17th century); Banqueting House, part of King Henry VIII’s Palace of Whitehall, where King Charles I was beheaded; Buckingham Palace (signing up for a tour of the changing of the guard is helpful as you’ll be directed to a great vantage point for viewing); The Royal Mews, one of the finest working stables in existence; and Apsley House at Number One London, which is the home of the first Duke of Wellington.
- Spent a day at Windsor Castle and also time at The Tower of London, where you’ll love a tour with the very entertaining Yeoman Warders (known more popularly as Beefeaters), who entertain you with tales of intrigue, murder and more. This is an interesting counterpoint to the building on the site that is the home of the Crown Jewels.
- Also loved Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, a highlight for literature and theatre lovers for sure.
Of course you have to visit a pub or two while in London and I especially liked Ye Old Cheshire Cheese on Fleet Street. The staff was warm and welcoming and the place had a very unassuming charm. They poured the most creamy, luscious Guinness I have ever had! For food? Great fish and chips with smashed peas, of course.
In addition, one evening we enjoyed dinner with the London Atlas staff at St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, where some of the scenes from the Harry Potter movies were shot. And, if you are ever in London with Harry Potter fans, you’ll want to see platform 9-3/4 at the St. Pancras Railway Station.
I highly recommend London for both business and pleasure. It’s a wonderful city in which to start a new division and we look forward to serving our UK and European-based clients there for years to come.
About Atlas Travel
Atlas Travel is an award-winning travel management company offering corporate travel management and vacation planning, as well as meeting, incentive, convention and event services. Headquartered in Milford, MA, Atlas Travel offers Atlas Travel Concourse, an innovative suite of solutions and services to deliver easier travel and better management to companies around the globe. Atlas Travel provides worldwide assistance to clients through an Atlas Travel & Technology Ltd. UK division, as well as an affiliation with BCD Travel, one of the largest global travel organizations in the world. Atlas Travel and sister company, Prime Analytics, a leading analytics and benchmarking company, are divisions of Atlas Travel & Technology Group, Inc.
For more information on Atlas Travel, visit www.atlastravel.com.