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London: Top Tips for Trips to London - for Project Managers
Many project managers are good organisers, leaders, delegators
and team members. Arrangements for visiting London or hosting
visitors can be aligned with such roles and so can benefit from
some project management. A visit to London could be treated as
a project, or even a programme, or even a portfolio of activity
fitting in with business-as-usual - so some governance, planning
and organisation could pay off - to ensure success.
Guidance and Top Tips
The following guidance and top tips are offered when making trips
to London with projects and project management in mind. In summary,
apply project management and common sense.
- Visitors and trippers are advised to plan well and well ahead
for their visits.
- If the trip is budget sensitive - check the costs of every
- For accommodation ideas and advice - contact London Tourist
- For public transport - try Travel Cards.
- What will be the targets for the trip to London? What will
be success? What are the deliverables or desired benefits? Be
specific, clear and realistic. Is this one of a series of trips
or in isolation - just London?
- Please check the opening days and opening hours for all your
target locations to which access might be sought. London can
be unusual, or odd, even surprising.
- Please note that openings in London may vary across the seasons
of the year and the days of the week including bank holidays.
- The weather can be variable in London, across the seasons
and even in a single day. But the weather forecasts are generally
reliable and accurate. So take clothing to suit the seasons;
with layers for inside and outside, and waterproof in case of
rain. Historical concerns about fog and smog from coal fires
disappeared in the 1950s; pollution from vehicles is the latest
concern. The total rainfall in London is not high compared with
other European cities although the number of days on which some
rain may fall may be higher. It certainly doesn't rain all day,
- Bottles of water for hydration are recommended when travelling
(not in single-use plastic please).
- Please take medicines, sun cream, antihistamine, cash and/or
credit card; with proof of identity and age - if that may be
- Also tell people of your proposed itineraries and likely
times of return - overall and daily.
- Like all large cities some parts of London may feel safe;
but actually are no safer than others. If uncertain or unfamiliar
then you should ask advice and directions or travel in groups.
- When in groups be clear on destinations and timings; and
have contingency contact, meeting or rendezvous arrangements
for when or if becoming separated in this big city.
- Please respect security arrangements such as body searches,
bag searches, signing in, etc. and allow appropriate time. There
are sensitivities, precautions and awareness in London.
- Please be aware and cooperative with health and safety requirements
and for evacuations when travelling, in hotels, in restaurants,
within locations or on sites, in manufacturing or scientific
facilities and the like - for your own health, safety and welfare
and those of your colleagues, occupiers and the public.
- There may also be opportunities during trips to arrive earlier
or depart later so as to meet family and friends, do business,
make further visits in London and to other parts of UK.
- And if all else fails - try to apply sound project management
in organising and undertaking your trips - to hit the targets,
secure success and reap the benefits.