Office Space in the West End
History of the West End
The West End began to attract many of the wealthiest people in London during the Victorian period as it largely remained a smog free zone in comparison to the eastern side of the city. This also placed them closer to the centre of power in Britain with Parliament found only a short distance away. The area became renowned with opulence and entertainment, although a huge rebuild programme was required after the damage sustained during World War II, much like the rest of London. Ever since the West End has returned to the glory years of the Victorian era and become the main attraction for tourists and residents in the capital, hosting many of the UK’s most popular attractions.
Overview of the West End
The West End consists of a number of central London districts, including areas such as Regent Street, Oxford Circus, Mayfair, Covent Garden, Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus, Bloomsbury, Soho, Fitzrovia and Marylebone. Every day of the year it welcomes thousands of visitors from across the world eager to experience the converging cultures that makes London so unique. From the stunning architecture and hotels, to prominent entertainment and commercial spheres that dominate the West End, this remains one of the best places to work in the world.
Offices to Rent in the West End
Locating a business in London’s West End places it at the heart of commercial activity in the capital. Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian architecture typifies much of the office space in the West End, giving businesses the perfect combination of refurbished modern interiors complemented by beautiful facades. Modern office blocks can also be found amongst the period buildings, housing a number of companies from a wide range of industries.
The media and arts sector has traditionally positioned itself in the West End, with the BBC Broadcasting House located just off Oxford Street. A number of film, TV and music companies, agencies and PR marketing firms are located in the centre of the West End, keeping their fingers firmly on the pulse of London’s diverse culture.
Office rent in the West End is relatively stable, although a serviced office may prove more cost effective for businesses thinking of moving into the area, and certainly more flexible! Prices are typically based ‘per person’ which enables owners to manage their budgets more closely before and after arrival. These will also usually include things like kitchen and staffed reception areas in a more compact space.
In terms of office space there is a very diverse mix of options available, ranging from coworking space catering to start-ups and growing businesses looking for collaboration and networking opportunities, to private serviced office space catering for start-ups, growing SME’s and large corporate organisations. Much will depend on availability at the time, although there is rarely a shortage of interest in renting offices in the West End.
Facilities in the West End
There is no shortage of things to do for professionals working in the West End. As the centre of entertainment in London and the UK as a whole, local workers are spoilt for choice for things to do. Leicester Square is the place to visit to watch any of the latest film releases, handily positioned next door to Chinatown where there are dozens of restaurants providing authentic Chinese cuisine.
The West End is full of exciting restaurants, eateries and pop-ups which serve a wide variety of food and drink from across the world. Soho also features some of the trendier bars and restaurants, which are only a stone’s throw away theatreland which hosts any number of world class plays and musicals.. Covent Garden is well known for its al fresco dining and bustling market square that comes alive during the warmer months of the year.
West End Transport
Travel options for the West End are plentiful, with a huge number of buses and black cabs on the roads and a host of underground tube stations linking travellers across London and the wider UK. Choose from any of the local tube stations – Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Oxford Street, Bond Street and many more – to find a quick route in and out of the area. For professionals travelling in from outside of Zone 1 or 2, it’s easy to find a connection from Victoria, Kings Cross, St Pancras or Euston by using the underground.
Driving in the West End can prove to be frustrating due to the congested roads and busy streets. Q-Park in Leicester Square or Chinatown, APCOA Oxford Street and the NCP Shaftsbury Avenue are just some of the many car parks and garages available for anyone needing a space throughout the duration of the day.
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