EXPLORE THE CAPITAL’S MOST VIBRANT HOTSPOTS
Immerse yourself in London with our introductory areas guides to some of the city’s most favourable places to eat, sleep, exercise and work.
The quirky part of the West End, teaming with media companies and film production. You and your staff will never be bored in this area which is always bustling and raring to go. You must expect the unexpected.
Swanky and elegant, Mayfair is a prestigious part of town that lends itself well to private equity companies and legal firms, though not exclusively – Mayfair can be suited to a vast array of businesses and has plenty to offer – particularly if you are client facing and need impressive places to schmooze.
The financial powerhouse of our great Capital. Full of history and culture, this dynamic area is home to some modernisation thanks to impressive architecture, and extensive retail and eateries. A landmark area that everyone visualises when London is mentioned, finance and insurance sectors sit comfortably here.
Here you can expect a fantastic skyline right on the edge of the docks. Beneath the looming structures is a busy street vibe by day; Canary Wharf is certainly a work-hard-play-hard part of town but by the weekend a cloak of calm covers the place once the workers have left. Financial companies and various head offices base themselves here for a high profile feel.
Named, quite literally, after a clerks well, this particular location sits nicely between the city and the West End meaning a wide range of businesses park themselves here. Clerkenwell plays host to the Barbican, a piece of building legend and many architect firms are attracted to the area because of it. The area also lends itself to design firms and tech folk.
Theatre land and full of attractions, this part of town is rich in activities and things to do. However, working here is also a pleasure with a multitude of businesses settling into life here. Creative types and media businesses slot in easily as well as more corporate teams and PR firms.
Kings Cross has some of the best travel links in London and is being rebuilt as an area of culture and education; recently launched was the Francis Crick scientific institute, and not forgetting the older but ever relevant British Library. In terms of clientele, Kings Cross has a number of music and media companies and proudly shares its space with tech giant, Google.
High end, ornate and glorious buildings interspersed with some of the world’s most expensive residential property give this part of town a very luxurious feel. There are of course some world famous points of interest here such as, Harrods department store and Hyde Park, but it also shares its postcode with the legendary Natural History Museum. With so much going on, its no wonder that entrepreneurs, embassy teams and financial gurus base themselves here amidst the affluence.
Recently redeveloped and gentrified, this Southern area is now home to The Shard and has a great market scene. This is where a lot of start ups have taken to setting up shop and has a great community buzz as well as a solid professional vibe.
Now firmly on the map as a commuter haven for those who need to travel longer distances, Paddington is ideal for international companies with staff flying in from Heathrow. This area is well connected and newly developed with a plethora of restaurants, bars and shops alongside its shiny new corporate buildings.
The Ditch is land of the cool, often referred to as Hipsterville. This shouldn’t fool anyone into thinking this is an overly relaxed area, as it is teaming with successful tech companies, start ups and media brands who have all made their mark in the East. Contemporary and quirky space resides here with warehouse conversions, factories and old schools being utilised as places of modern work, but there is a modern twang with new builds and plenty of extra curricular fun to be had nearby as well.
Shoreditch’s older brother is perhaps a good way to visualise this area. Slightly more grown up and with a very strong coffee house culture, Old Street has great links to the city and maintains a famous technology hub, with its stand-out road system referred to famously as, Sillicon Roundabout for its high dense tech population.
Dublin city centre is full of vibrancy and has a close, community feel whilst having all the perks of being a city; shops, attractions, bars and eateries aplenty, and not forgetting the famous Temple bar area for a pint of real Guinness. As far as offices go, the centre has attracted the hearts of creative and media types and has plenty of collaborative and co-working options as well as conventional private office space. Handy hint for navigating; postcodes with odd numbers (1,3,5 etc) are North of the river Liffey and even numbers are South (2,4,6 etc)!
The Docklands in the Central Business District is fondly referred to as Silicon Docks due to its high population of tech companies, with Google, Microsoft and Facebook having set up home here. There has been a huge redevelopment project in the Docklands which has seen a rise of businesses, office space and restaurants open up making it an ideal spot for most industries, though tech and finance are very prevalent.
DUBLIN FINANCIAL DISTRICT
Nestled on the banks of the river Liffey is the impressive International Financial Services Centre, home to over 500 firms. Naturally, the building and area is top location choice for banking and trading, et al. The area caters for its clientele and there is no shortage of places to entertain clients or go for afterwork downtime, most come with glorious river views, of course.
A small district full of quaint and picture-perfect architecture, cobbled streets, cafes and museums. This part of town may feel like a relaxed haven, but it does have its own bustling business hub. The restored and modernised townhouses lend themselves well for smaller companies who like a boutique and homely feel to their workspace. You can find legal firms and estate agents of Dublin residing very happily here.