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Location is everything, and where better to base your offices than the capital city that is London, or one of its many fantastic suburbs. The Greater London area consists of 32 separate boroughs and “the city” and it is known the world over as a business, finance, tourism and leisure destination.
Over half of the UK’s top 100 listed companies – and more than 100 of Europe’s 500 largest companies – have their headquarters in London, and it is easy to see why. Transport links in London are unparalleled; home to the oldest and largest underground rail system in the world, getting around the area is simple, fast and convenient. As well as the tube, over-land rail is also a great way to navigate the city and suburbs, with St Pancras International Station offering the Eurostar service to Paris and further afield.
London’s bus network is one of the largest in the world, with the classic red double decker bus a well-recognised London icon. The buses run 24 hours a day and it is estimated that there are around 19,500 stops in the area.
London is an international aviation hub with a total of eight airports in the area, the biggest and most well-known being London Heathrow Airport and London Gatwick Airport, with smaller London City Airport actually based within the heart of the city. These international travel links are one of the main draws to the area, with multinational businesses finding it convenient to deal with overseas clients and colleagues.
Finding the right area of London for your business is important. Office space in Soho is predominantly occupied by media and creative companies, whilst Canary Wharf and The City are home to some of the largest banking and insurance corporations in the world. Business centres in Greater London vary massively depending on the area you are in, Fitzrovia for example, with it’s high percentage of listed properties, tends to offer space within converted character properties offering beautiful exposed wooden floors and feature windows, whilst the high-tech businesses drawn to Shoreditch tend to find themselves in contemporary, purpose built office properties with glazed frontages and modern architecture.
Whether you are a start-up or established multi-national corporation, creative or techie, require hot desking or large open plan space, there is sure to be something to meet your office space requirements in London.
Affluent Mayfair is situated in London’s West End, home to a number of corporate headquarters, embassies and financial firms.
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Covent Garden has been associated with the retail and entertainment industries for decades. The area is a popular choice for both small boutique shops and large corporates.
Paddington is one of London’s most sought-after areas for office space, with £5 billion recently invested to rejuvenate and build up the district.
Canary Wharf is a renowned business district and caters for many well-known multinationals.