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The Perfect Day… Business

April 18, 2016
Business As Usual

Business got you Beijing bound? This former imperial playground has well and truly joined the modern-day circuit with a bounty of dashing, deal-making dens and off-duty spoils to keep you poised and prepped around the clock. Hold on to your briefcase, Bernard!

You’ll be hard-pressed to make time for a cultural kick, so secure a pad at the perf-perched Peninsula, but a stiletto’s toss from Beijing’s Forbidden City and Tiananmen square. This plush pad is conveniently wired to the nines, so you can take your first meeting over coffee before sashaying onto your morning appointments.

For the all-important client lunch, your reserved table at Opera Bombana awaits in the city’s svelte Parkview Green complex, where northern Italian delights are sure to impress. Flex your Amex for maestro Bombana’s 3 Mich-starred splendour, including top-notch signature pastas, divine cuts and a cellar full of house gargles.

Got a moment to spare? Steal away for a trip to the tailors, heading straight for Cao Senlin, Mao’s go-to for ladies’ qipao since 1938. Gents get suited at Dave’s where you’ll find MTM shirt and suiting combos. Don’t you look the part!

Now, slip back to The Peninsula Spa for a relaxing rub and a few minutes in the thermal room, before frocking up for dinner with guests at Lost Heaven. An authority on the decadent flavours of China’s Yunnan province (as well as its border influences from Laos to Burma), this svelte, tribal temple in the former US embassy is embellished with Yunnan, Tibetan and Mao trinkets, spilling out into a charming, candlelit courtyard.

Ready to round off the night? The last leg awaits at post-sup sipper Glen, a business favourite for its dapper, old-world atmos and tuxedoed waiters. Immaculate sips include an enviable collection of single malts, begging to be poured over the mixologist's hand-hewn ice blocks. Done deal!

Opera Bombana / Parkview Green / 9 Dongdaqiao Lu / Chaoyang / +86 10 5690 7177 / 10am-10pm daily /
Cao Senlin / 25 Shijia Hutong / Dongcheng / +86 10 8529 9433
Dave’s / Kerry Centre Mall / 1 Guanghua Lu / Chaoyang / +86 10 8529 9433 / 10am-7pm daily /
The Peninsula Spa / 8 Goldfish Ln / Wangfujing / +86 10 6510 6090 / 10am-11pm daily /
Lost Heaven / 23 Qianmen Dong Dajie / Dongcheng / +86 10 8516 2698 /
Glen / 16 Sanlitun Nan Lu / Chaoyang / +86 10 6591 1191 / 6.30pm-2am daily