North London Area Guide – Officio

Big Corporations

Even though North London has the smallest proportion of small and medium sized businesses in the capital, 92.8% of enterprises in the area are micro-businesses, so early-stage entrepreneurs are in good company. Even with all the smaller, startup businesses here, larger companies have decided to set up their headquarters here.

Carlow House

Perfectly placed just a two minute walk from Mornington Crescent tube station, Carlow House offers convenient modern living in London’s coveted NW1 postcode. Comprising of 85 luxurious loft-style apartments centered around a striking four-storey atrium with a domed glass roof for added architectural pizzazz, this company’s headquarters has been purposely designed to maximise space and comfort for an unforgettable residential experience.

Fortnum & Mason

This luxury food supplier and tea salon, Fortnum & Mason has officially opened its first new store in the UK in more than 300 years at London’s St Pancras International station, compromising of 2,150 sq. ft. This company describes itself as the ‘World’s Most Famous Cornershop’. They remain a top choice for anyone wanting to find extraordinary food, service and joy-bringing things ever since sliced bread. Everyone remembers their first experience here, with the centuries of history and being committed to delivering a sense of pleasure to anyone who walks through these doors.

Our Offices to Let in North London

Gloucester Avenue

If you’re looking for a serviced office space with a bit of character, this modern conversion building in the picturesque area of Primrose Hill could be just what you’ve been searching for. It houses a choice of high quality office suites to rent, all of which are air-conditioned and benefit from very good natural sunlight and neutral décor. The trendy conversion also offers teams use of well-equipped meeting rooms as well as a stylish lounge and break-out space. With modern design comes modern technology; expect to be impressed by the centre’s high-speed broadband internet and comprehensive IT and communications infrastructure, all run by the friendly on-site staff and management team.

Penton Ville Road

If you thought you were familiar with this 1980’s building on Pentonville Road, think again. Creating a complete new look to not only the front façade but the rear and rooftops too, this workspace provider have extended the building to create an attractive new structure. Creating four roof terraces, all at different levels, as well as offering an onsite gym, bike racks and shower facilities, there is plenty for the health conscious here. Meanwhile the vibrant mixture of co-working space, private offices, lounges and focus booths create the ideal environment for whatever the day brings. And, there’s even an onsite café for a bit of down time or a relaxed meeting with the team.

Kings Cross East Side

Possibly one of the most iconic stations in London, it makes nothing but sense to use the convenience, listed status and beautiful architecture of Kings Cross to create a flawless workspace. Sat in the east wing of the station, your workspace is away from the hustle and bustle of the central station. But, within only a few steps you’re on the train back home. In fact, as you enter the workspace, you completely leave behind the madness of the commute. Immediately greeted by a relaxed and welcoming lounge, guests and visitors’ minds become engaged for business, forgetting the morning stress.

Business Parks

These are large areas of land in which many office buildings, shops or outlets are situated. They are often developed in suburban locations where land and building costs are cheaper. In recent times, business parks have been a more common place for innovators, creators or everyday shoppers to flock to everyday, whether it is for business or personal use.

North London Business Park

Located in North London and is situated within 16.1 hectares of beautifully landscaped grounds with an ornamental, inhabited by wild geese and swans. Each detail of this structure has been tailored to compromise then benefits of an inspirational working environment for businesses of all types and sizes. This business park is exceptionally located and offers a range of on-site facilities including meeting rooms, cafes, a private gym, hairdressers, ample onsite car parking and open air communal seating areas. It is within close proximity of the North Circular Road (A406) and within walking distance of Arnos Grove tube station (Piccadilly Line) and New Southgate (Overground).

The Oaks

A newly refurbished shopping park with ample car parking, The Oaks serves the local community in the heart of Acton. For everyday essentials, you will find a choice of popular high streets stores here, including Lidl, Wilko, Iceland and Superdrug. It is fully accessible to everyone, with travellators and lifts in the centre, as well as being conveniently situated with three entrances. Their friendly and helpful staff are always around to offer a assistance when needed, plus the onsite security team who patrol the centre, as well as CCTV in operation.

Smaller Businesses

Carrots & Daikon

Opened in the December of 2014, this family-run deli shop serves up an abundance of Vietnamese comfort food using fresher than fresh ingredients and healthy alternatives to suit your dietary requirements. They do pride themselves on offering fast and healthy homemade authentic food for lunch and dinner to eat in, takeaway or have delivered straight to your door. With an emphasis on bringing homemade Vietnamese food out of the home and into the brick and mortar, Carrots + Daikon makes Vietnamese food easy, accessible, and convenient for all – from banh mi (Vietnamese baguettes), pho noodle soups, rice or bun noodle boxes, salad boxes, and many more!

Ladies & Gentlemen

Regarded as one of the best secret bars in the whole of London, providing an amazing night out for people lucky enough to find this spot. It has created a range of funky 70’s-style cocktails to recreate a little ‘night fever’ at home. Their ‘Disco Cocktails’ are inspired by the so called “disco” shift for bartenders and come in stylish pouches containing unique takes on classic cocktails handmade by the bars ace mixologists. Each features a top quality spirit – such as classic Polish vodka, Vestal – blended with a soft drink syrup mixer and a drop of disco magic. To enjoy, simply add plenty of ice to a glass, pour the pouch, stir well and sip! 

History

The first northern district was developed in the Soke of Cripplegate in the early 12th century. However, London’s growth was slower beyond its northern gates compared to other any other direction because the roads through these gates were less connected to other parts of the country. However, it has now come a long way from these times, with North London and the rest of the city being one of the most well connected in the UK and the world.

Lord’s Cricket Ground

Lord’s is one of the most famous cricket grounds in the world, it can be also referred to as the ‘Home of Cricket’. The ground, which has a capacity of 31,000, is owned by Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). It hosted its first ever test match in the July of 1884, with England ending up beating Australia by an innings and 5 runs. This structure is also the home ground of Middlesex County Cricket Club, with the ground hosting at least one test match and two one-day international matches a year, along with the finals of most domestic amateur and professional competitions.

The British Library

This world-famous library is the UK’s national library and the largest one in the world, holding over 150 million items on 625 kilometres of shelving. As a legal deposit library, the British Library receives copies of all books produced in the UK and Ireland. The library is located in the confines of a 14-floor, 112,000 sq. metre building situated within walking distance of St Pancreas railway station. Around 200 rare books and manuscripts are on permanent display in the Sir John Ritblat Gallery, highlights including: the 1215 Magna Carter, the Golden Haggadah, Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks and original scores written by Mozart, Beethoven and the Beatles.

Education

London as a whole has always been a city where new innovators, creators, entrepreneurs and further education seekers alike have flocked for university studies. With many renowned business, technology and science sectors, it is no wonder why.

University of North London

Here they provide a number of services to cater the needs of students, staff members, local communities and businesses. All of these groups will be able to grant themselves access to sports facilities, libraries and so much more. For interested businesses, they offer a range of services related to this, allowing them to connect with students, support their work and hire out different venues for events. Choosing to study here will allow students to have help with accommodation, funding ad career advice. They have some of the best support services to ensure that students receive all the guidance they need during their time here.

Boroughs

North London is made up of many different places, all of them full of diversity, culture, unique eateries and funky bars. They have it all catered, with something always being available for anyone. Here’s a few that you may want to know about.

Camden Town

Camden occupies the NW1 and NW5 postcode. It really is famed for its markets, the abundance of fashion stores and curiosities by the Regent’s Canal. It is a retreat for counter culture, as it is an area that is popular with tourists, teenagers and punks alike. The bouncing nightlife is proven with the live music in alternative clubs and old school pubs, with major stars playing at the Jazz Café and the Roundhouse. Cafes are buzzing throughout the day, but everywhere does the same on the night. One particular attraction nearby is the great and famous London Zoo, which is one of the biggest and best in London, and the world!

Enfield

This large town in North London was a former parish, located in the ceremonial county of Greater London and the ancient county of Middlesex. It is known as a busy market town, with a mixture of countryside areas, parks, markets and shopping centre’s. It completed a massive redevelopment in 2007, adding in plenty of new shops and a new road layout. One of many things that has come out of Enfield, quite famously, was the Enfield Poltergeist, a claim of supernatural activity at 284 Green Street, a council house in the borough. The story of the two sisters who were supposedly haunted between the years of 1977 and 1979 attracted press coverage in British newspapers and has been mentioned in books, television documentaries and was dramatised in the 2016 horror film, The Conjuring 2.

Haringey

This North London borough was created in 1965 buy the combination of three former boroughs, whilst also sharing its border with six other boroughs. It is said to be one of the most diverse in London, for many different reasons. It covers an area of more than 11 square miles and is home to local landmarks such as Alexandra Palace, Bruce Castle, Jacksons Lane, Highpoint I and II and Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. From the wooded highground around Highgate and Muswell Hill, to the flat, open, low-flying land beside the River Lea in the east, Haringey contains large areas of green spaces.

Museums

North London is full of history, like we touched on beforehand, but it has also come a long way, developing many things along the way. So, why not showcase its past in these notable museums that you can visit today.

The Other Museum of Transport

London has a lot of transport, that’s a given, and it also has a lot of transport museums, another given. Whether or not you have been to the one in Covent Garden, Whitewebb’s in Enfield is also a trip to remember. It is the most northerly museum in London, with every nook and cranny conveying trinkets of relevance. There’s a vintage fender, here’s a stainless steel footplate and much more you can get excited over. The real show is on the upstairs of the building, with the area being crowded by with model aeroplanes, children’s toys and a small display about Enfield during the world wars. They have many other rooms devoted to motorbikes, large and small vehicles and so much more.

Canal Museum

If you have ever enjoyed a ride along the water of Regent’s Canal in Camden, or any other of the city’s waterways for that matter, this place will explain to you why they have got such pride of place in contemporary London. It is also a great place, surprisingly, for anyone who has a passion ice-cream. This may sound strange but the museum actually sits in the warehouse of a late 19th century ice cream baron called Carlo Gatti, who imported Norwegian ice for his food business, and still actually has an ice well in the basement that particle physicists use for experiments.

Restaurants

Dining comes fairly easy in North London, as it does everywhere else in the city, with many unique bars, eateries, cafes and so much more, everything is literally just around the corner, where you can enjoy meals from many of the charming cultures the north of the city has to offer.

Jolene

Not one of the best restaurants in North London, but within the capital as a whole. It originally opened as an all-day bakery but is now a restaurant spot too. Housed within a converted bottom floor of a three storey block of flats, the tables aren’t cramped and the space feels earthy and unfussy, with the uneven walls being decorated nicely with vintage meat troughs. Past highlights have included spelt risotto with sage-roasted pumpkin and satisfyingly crunchy walnuts, mackerel with wild garlic and spring greens and confit duck leg with purple sprouting broccoli. Though, true to its bakery roots, a lighter provender can be grabbed in the form of a coffee and crumbly pastry on-the-go.

Trullo

Located in Highbury, this restaurant provides delicious pasta dishes that has become a humbled hero in the capitals carb loving food scene, Trullo leads the way north of the river. Pappardelle with beef shin ragu is the signature dish here, though the Pici cacio e pepe refuses to be left behind, and the menu changes not once, but twice daily. Classic and homely, in both space and menu, Trullo is both an ideal date-night spot and somewhere to hole up with a friend and set the world to rights over a tiramisu.

Nightlife

London has a reputation with its nightlife, but North London’s clubbing scene is second to none, but they do fly a little bit under the radar. Even if you ask someone to name a club in North London, they’d end up saying Tottenham or Arsenal. The north has plenty to offer to clubbers though, and while some have a slightly more alternative feel compared to the scenes in the East or South, there are plenty of huge nights out to check out in N1 and beyond.

Shaka Zulu

Spanning over two floors in Camden’s Stables Market, this huge venue is a restaurant, bar and club all in one. As well of being one of the best hangouts in North London, the South African statues and exotic decor also make it an interesting space for going out. The DJ’s here are know for playing a decent selection of house and RnB.

Jazz Café

We previously mentioned this spot when talking about Camden, but as the name suggests, Jazz Café gets down the sax during the week, but the venue also puts on noteworthy DJ nights on Fridays and Saturdays. Fridays Night Thing weekly events celebrate club music from all over the world, while Soul City plays the best of Motown, funk and soul every Saturday.

We think the North of London is a slight hidden gem, even that people may take for granted. Does this entice you to visit here? Maybe even enquire about letting office space? We hope so! Get in touch us here by using our enquiry form or give one of team a ring on the number 020 3053 3882.