I agree with you both tbh. The decompression time in the car, especially with my commute as its through the South Downs, villages etc. is great. I have always treated going to London for work as a day out tbh, because it was so infrequent for client meetings, so the office is that now. Tbh, I have no idea if/when I am going to be going to client's offices for meetings. Considering we have our policy, it's that however many times over with variations. I kind of feel like the job I was looking at were kidding themselves thinking you'd need to be going to London to meet clients. Considering my last meeting was about a fortnight before lockdown with a Korean company, who insisted we sign a document confirming we hadn't travelled from the hotspots at the time, e.g. Korea, Italy, I cannot see businesses like that allowing non-company staff in for a long time. If the team and I can participate in contract tenders from invitation to sign off remotely, what is the point in meeting face to face for the client, unless they like to see who they are working with, which some definitely do.
There are some things, however, we have done remotely which were just rubbish, mainly office Christmas party. Escape rooms and drinking on your own via Teams just sounds tragic as I write it, but that is what it was. Then finishing at 6pm.
Seeing my newborn son as much as I am is really nice, plus with the heatwave we had last year, I was able to swim in the sea at 8 in the morning before work. Not many that can say that.