Central London Area Guide – Officio

Big Corporations

With help from the UK government, skilled workforces, secure investment and a wide customer base, Central London is a prime spot for companies to reside, especially within one of the many office spaces available there. As much as it is a good place for startups to get up and running successfully, it is also a place where the larger, big fishes of the market can do business.

HSBC

A company that was founded by Thomas Sutherland in 1865, now represents one of the largest and most important banks on the planet. The headquarters is situated in Canary Wharf in London, with over 260,000 employees across the globe. The company had an equity worth of 531 billion dollars in 2015, with their subsidiaries located in several different companies in the world, with them having a profit of over 15 billion dollars in 2021.

BT Group

BT, operating in 17 countries around the world. It is one of the most respected companies in the world in the telecommunication business. In the year of 2015, they had a revenue of 17.8 billion pounds, with an overall profit of 3.7 billion. Most of these profits were generates by their subsidiary called Openreach. BT employs about 88,500 people across the planet.

Our Offices to Let

Wardour Street

Created with the culture of Soho in mind, this workspace is perfect for the plentiful media and creatively minded businesses that thrive in this vibrant area of London. Not looking for an average workspace? How does a private studio sound? And what’s more, the interiors focus around Soho’s iconic spaces so expect plentiful pop art, abstract designs and above all, inspiration. With all this brain power, a great workspace must also have a great lounge space. Well, this Wardour Street site certainly has that. Filled with engaging primary colours and eye catching furniture, it offers a great space to re-focus the mind.

Eccleston Square

Designed to ‘let a little of the country-side into the town’, this beautiful Victorian Square offers a scenic and prestigious address for your business. Housed within an imposing seven-storey building with a striking regency style exterior, first impressions don’t get much better than this. What’s more, the unspoilt square, although moments away from Victoria Station, is wonderfully quaint – the perfect setting for your next workspace. Bringing a more traditional workspace feel, ceilings are strikingly high. And, with such a generous amount of space, a good event is never too far away. Community within the workspace is also varied with some companies maximising on the relaxing, minimalist co-working space and others utilising whole floors.

Business Buildings

These are any structure, whether it is public or private, that is adapted for the transaction of business, for rendering of professional service, for amusement, display, sale or storage of goods, wares or merchandise or for the performance of work or labor, including hotels and motels, apartments, rented homes, office buildings, movie theatres and warehouses. These are scattered all across London, but the most part reside in the City of London, the capitals main business district.

22 Bishopsgate

This specific building in London is a commercial skyscraper which finished its construction in 2020, occupying a prominent site in Bishopsgate, in the financial district of the City of London. The tower stands at 278m tall with a total of 62 storeys. The building houses a fresh food market, innovation hub, gym, wellbeing retreat and spa, curated ‘art walk’, business club, cycle hub, destination restaurant and London’s highest free public viewing gallery. It is said to be the first UK tower to contain in excess of 100,000 sq ft worth of integrated amenity and social spaces.

The Shard

The Shard, the tallest building in Britain and the 96th tallest in the world. The offices that inhabit this skyscraper were developed to create a vibrant business community and are now home to 32 companies across a variety of business sectors, including energy, retail, technology, finance, professional services, education and healthcare. We know there are many businesses located inside, but it is a very sustainable building too, one that requires 30% less energy than your typical tall buildings. 95% of the buildings construction materials coming from recycled sources, along with 20% of the steelwork.

Independent Businesses

With an established reputation as the core for the financial and business services sector and with head offices for trade, professional bodies, communications, publishing, advertising and media, Central London’s long-running history as the hub for large corporate and firms is shifting as it becomes the place-to-be for small businesses.

onefinestay

A vetted and curated Airbnb service. This cool, small business in London gives visitors and vacationers the ability to stay in some of London’s coolest homes and flats while their usual residents are away. It’s like Airbnb, but not everyone can offer their place up as sleepover central. The guys who make this business run go through and pick out the most elegant, poshest and quirkiest homes and flats to provide onefinestay members with a curated collection of wonderful places to stay, and a generous compensation to the homes’ owners.

Alice Through the Looking Glass

Call all Alice in Wonderland lovers, this dinky little store is an “Alice in Wonderland” themed shop, where you will find all sorts of Wonderland-inspired knick-knacks and curios, from framed illustrations to Victorian top hats to chess pieces. The store is also home to the resident white rabbit, Harley, who lives in a little burrow in the shops front window.

History

The City of London was founded by the Romans and their rule extended from 43 AD to the fifth century AD, when the Empire fell. The city’s fortunes began to change in 1065, when Westminster Abbey was established, soon was the Tower of London and London Bridge. In the more recent decades, London is known for its riches as the capital of the England, with the British Monarchy being a main focal point in the country, with the transport, government and rich literature rising into the light too.

Buckingham Palace

This world-famous landmark serves as both the office and London residence of Her Majesty The Queen. It is one of the few working royal palaces remaining in the world. During the summer and on selected dates from November to December and at Easter, visitors can tour the 19 state rooms, which form the heart of the Palace. These magnificent rooms are decorated with some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Canaletto. 

Houses of Parliament

This is the beating heart of British politics. Also referred to as the Palace of Westminster, the Houses of Parliament are made up of the House of Commons, House of Lords and Westminster Hall. It is also where you will come across the famous clock tower, Big Ben. You can booked guided tours to explore the insides of this stunning structure. Led by an expert guide, you will be able to get a peak behind the doors of this famous landmark and learn all about how the world of the UK parliament works.

Education

After being named one of the best university cities in the world, it is clear to tell that London is a top student destination for both domestic and international students. The English capital has one of the highest concentrations of elite universities, with around 40 institutions packed into the city.

College of Central London

This specific college is a small, specialist and private one, having over 50 years experience in education. They offer day and evening courses in small groups to allow for more focused learning. Their mission is to provide the necessary skills and knowledge to help learners achieve academic success to help them seek employment opportunities with good earnings potential. Located in Central London, it provides students with easy access to accommodation, eateries and impeccable transport links.

University of London

This university was established by Royal Charter in 1836 for the public benefit and is recognised across the globe. Throughout its history, the university has offered access to a wide range of academic opportunities. They were the first university to admit students regardless of their gender, race or religion, the first to admit women to degree programmes and, in 1865, the first to give students the opportunity to study wherever they are, providing access to higher education across the globe. Located close to the centre of the capital, this university is accessible to all, by public transport and the tube, whilst it also provides an abundance of excellent amenities nearby too.

Boroughs

The centre of London spans across several boroughs, each one having their own unique style, character and culture. If you’re planning a visit to London, it is best to try and see as much of the centre as possible.

City of London

Commonly known as ‘The Square Mile’, the City of London sits on the site of where Medieval London began, lived and ended. Now it exists as the nations financial centre, it is victim of an ever-evolving mix of change and tradition. The historic St Paul’s Cathedral sits at the heart of the borough whilst many iconic nightclubs, bars, entertainment venues and theatre’s surround it. If you’ve time on your hands to walk through the borough from Monument to Tower Hill, this self-guided tour of the capital offers insight into some of the oldest and most modern parts of London.

Westminster

Even though it is one of the smallest boroughs, it is densely populated and hosts almost one million commuters and tourists daily. From Hyde Park to Leicester Square the borough encompasses some of London’s most iconic attractions and actually extends as far north as Paddington and Maida Vale. Tourist favourite’s such as Buckingham Palace, St James’ and Trafalgar Square, as well as the National Portrait Gallery, the Tate Britain, and the London Transport Museum all reside in Westminster. However, the borough is probably most recognised as the seat of Government, with Parliament Square and Whitehall two notable tourist sights.

Islington

Offering plenty of inspiration to beloved author Charles Dickens, this borough started out as a Middlesex village on the side of what was called the Great North Road. Today vast imposing school buildings are one of the few reminders of times past, offering insight into Victorian Britain many serve as residential housing in this genteel district of inner London. Stretching from Farringdon to Highgate, Islington offers an eclectic mix of antique markets, retro cinemas, farmers markets, and riverside walks.

Southwark

The borough that borders a section of the River Thames’ Southbank, this is London’s historical home of thriving arts and the entertainment industry. Southwark offers a wealth of top attractions, although the Southbank’s Globe Theatre (where Shakespeare first debuted Julius Caesar) and neighbouring Tate Modern have stolen the limelight with their unique blend of heritage, reclamation, and modern art. After taking in the sights and sounds of the Southbank (a traffic-free riverside path that wends its way from Blackfriars Bridge to Tower Bridge), visit the gothic Southwark Cathedral and London’s modern City Hall for a complete snapshot of almost five centuries of London’s architectural achievements.

Museums

As we touched on previously, London is famed for its history, with the capital dating back past Roman times. Want to see the history of cartoons? There’s a museum for that. Interested in fans? (the cooling type, not the screaming ones) There’s a museum for that too. History? Check. Science? Check? Everything, check, check, check! There over 170 museums in the capital and a load of them are free.

The British Museum

It is only the first ever national museum open to the public. Given the stunning heritage, it comes as no surprise that the British Museums displays have been unparalleled since it opened in 1759. So, start exploring and find artefacts ranging from the Rosetta Stone to the Parthenon sculptures. Why should you go we hear you asking, well, value for money. The main galleries are free, so if you like a bargain, start early and take in as many of the 50,000 objects that they have displayed to the public – which is just a small fraction of their entire 8 million strong collection.

Natural History Museum

Probably one of the most famous museums in the country. Filled with more nature based information than David Attenborough, this is the magnificent South Kensington home of around 80 million plant, animal, fossil, rock and mineral specimens. Here you will get a chance to come face-to-face with animatronic dinosaurs, a man-sized model of a foetus, a dodo, a giant sequoia tree, an earthquake simulator, glow-in-the-dark crystals and much more. Plus, its also a world-class research institution.

Restaurants

There is no way that you can get bored of eating out in London. The city’s restaurant scene is one of the best out there, with rich tapestry of different cuisines and flavours. From independently and family run establishments to Michelin-star grandee where you can sit at a counter and have the sight of watching genius chefs at work, London has it all.

GONG

Experience the highest hotel bar in Europe, bringing unparalleled elegance to the city’s social scene. It is the perfect place for sunset cocktails and a late-night bite to eat. The creative interlocking menu is inspired by simplicity and sustainability, with the ingredients at the heart of each concoction. Each cocktail offered on this menu is one half of pair, connected or ‘interlocked’ to another by one shared ingredient. Found on the 52nd level, the dramatic backdrop of London’s skyline, with views to the west, north and east surrounded the bar.

Bibimbap ToGo

This specific restaurant is part of the Bibimbap group of restaurants originally opening in Soho in 2010. They have always stuck to their roots and believe in good quality, tasty food. They have an idea of introducing traditional Korean food on the go without having to dine in anywhere. Located in Leadenhall Market, the eatery is takeaway only, but provides a nice seating area so you can have a relax whilst eating your food.

Nightlife

Feel like going OUT-out but not sure where to go? Maybe you’re feeling a little bit of cheese, or would rather indulge in night of shattering bass. The nocturnal playground that is London’s night scene has it all. Everything ranging from underground techno and house stations to funky bars and unique clubs, you will definitely not be spoilt for choice.

The Roxy

Making its name as club back in 2003, there is something for everyone at The Roxy. You can come for a chilled early evening cocktail or a raging part late at night. On the drinks list, it will be hard to pick, with it covering both your classic beverages and signature concoctions along with customer favourite’s; the cocktail pitchers. Feeling peckish whilst you are here? The Roxy have teamed up with East Street Thai Kitchen to provide the best bar food this side of Oxford Street.

Sway

Recently refurbished this stunning venue combines a restaurant, bar, club and conference space all in one. Located within a stone’s throw of Covent Garden and Holborn, the newly refurbished Sway is the perfect place to begin and end your London night out. Offering up delicious pizzas, tapas style sharing plates and hand crafted cocktails by expert mixologists, Sway has the full package when it comes to late night dining, drinking and dancing. Spread over 2 floors, the five rooms vary in size and seating capabilities, which also make it the ideal space for your next conference or corporate event. 

Now, its clear that Central London is a pinnacle of culture, history, business and everything else there is to cover. But even from a first glance, there is a lot more beneath the surface than we actually think, so, its time to get exploring and see everything that the capitals centre has to offer. For any help in finding office space to rent in the centre of London, then get in touch with us here or call one of our expert team on 020 3053 3882 for more help and information.