Posted on 11 Apr, 2017
London is the epicentre of technology and innovation in Europe – a truth acknowledged in the city's victory at the end of last year. It is also a place steeped in history and the architecture of its old buildings reflects this. Did you know you can work in some of the capital's most prestigious listed buildings? Here are a few locations that have proven popular with our clients in Central London.
1. Grosvenor Gardens, Victoria
Two triangular parks make up this historic part of Belgravia, London. The area is home to Grosvenor Gardens House, a grade II listed mansion rumoured to be the birthplace of The Queen Mother. Originally named Belgrave Mansions, its completion in 1868 marked the city's first apartment block. In the year 1920 it was converted into a luxury hotel and has since been transformed into high-end office space. Buckingham Palace is just a few minutes away; it's also surrounded by a range of classy bars and restaurants, such as Kouzu, which serves up raw and grilled Japanese fare with an inventive twist.
Looking for boutique office space near Victoria? You can work (and lunch) in style at this serviced office a few doors down at number 7!
2. Lothbury, City of London
This tiny street in the heart of the financial square mile is home to some beautiful properties, including an executive serviced office boasting a fancy lounge and meeting rooms. Think opulence, think impressed clients. The building's façade is a palatial Regency masterpiece, leading to a cavernous reception hall with iconic white columns and original checkerboard marble flooring. The interior has been lovingly redesigned to exude sophistication – that said, functionality and technology are at the forefront of the workspace's design.
3. Hans Road, Knightsbridge
Knightsbridge has to be the most iconic place in the whole of London when it comes to sophistication. This modern workspace for SMEs is housed in an elegant red brick 19th century townhouse, just off Brompton Road. The building – and location for that matter– radiate prestige; not surprising when you consider Harrods is next door. Hyde Park Corner and Knightsbridge Station are within walking distance. Expect executive conference suites, superior lounge areas and hotel-style courier and hospitality service for your business.
4. Melcombe Place, Marylebone
Built in 1899, this Grade II period property is actually a part of Marylebone Station: in fact, it was used by British Rail as an ancillary meeting and conference space until the late '70s, when it was abandoned and finally converted into office space. The exterior boasts a red brick façade, much like number 3, as well as ornate stone embellishments and archways. Although the space has retained many of its original features, the interior has been refurbished with a contemporary finish and includes superfast broadband, attractive breakout areas and a full range of services.
5. Adam House, Charing Cross
This fine example of cosmopolitan Georgian architecture is located between the Savoy Hotel and Trafalgar Square. The blue plaque you can see between the two windows of the exterior commemorates former resident Sir Richard Arkwright, a prominent inventor and entrepreneur in the Industrial Revolution. Large sash windows in the original style let in an abundance of natural light, and the offices themselves are situated above a private members club. The Thames Embankment and Covent Garden are both close by and offer the perfect place for a spot of post-work dining or drinking.
6. Brook Street, Mayfair
Until fairly recently, this period building in the heart of London's West End district was home to a significant global bank. It has since been refurbished to include a modern extension and garden area, yet original features including chandeliers, sash windows and high ceilings have been well maintained. The building is within easy reach of a number of top-end bars, shops and restaurants, providing great venues for client meetings and lunches. Oxford Circus, Bond Street and Green Park Underground Stations are all within walking distance.
7. Bloomsbury Square, Holborn
This charming square is steeped in literary history and political intrigue. In 1694, it set the scene for an infamous duel between John Law and Edward Wilson, the latter of whom was killed with a single thrust of the sword from his opposer. By the Victorian era, Bloomsbury had fallen out of favour with the elite, and became the realm of the burgeoning bourgeoisie. It was during the last century that much of the property on the square became office space, like the one below, which overlooks the manicured gardens in the square.
Would you like to rent workspace in one of London's top period locations? Call us on 0800 524 4315 to arrange a viewing.