Waterloo Office Guide
The West End (Serviced Offices)
The West End of London is situated in the City of Westminster and is one of the most iconic areas the city has to offer. The prime location and the selection of commercial office space in a mix of modern and period buildings makes the West End a great choice for businesses in any sector. The West End is home to a number of the most recognisable areas in London, including Oxford Street, Regent Street, Edgware Road and Covent Garden.
There are many types of business based in offices in the West End, particularly those in the retail sector. The area is also home to IT specialists, finance companies, publishing houses and investment bankers. Government buildings, media organisations and educational institutions are based in this part of the city too.
From pubs and restaurants to stores and theatres, this area of London has something for everyone. Around 15 million people visit the West End each year, contributing a huge percentage of the city’s economy. The West End has a number of picturesque squares, grand buildings and a rich history.
Office Space in the West End
London’s West End has a great mix of commercial properties, from converted spaces in listed buildings to spacious purpose-build offices that are contemporary and well-connected. Companies can choose from private offices and coworking spaces depending on their needs, as well as serviced or managed premises. The commercial properties in the West End can be rented with flexible leases and there are premises to suit small, medium and large businesses. The West End is incredibly well connected, and transport connections are easy to find, with reliable links to the rest of the city for networking and commuting.
The West End sits north of Charing Cross and East Hyde Park Corner, and is bordered by Marylebone, Holborn, the Borough of Camden and Clerkenwell. The area itself includes Mayfair, Oxford Street, Leicester Square, Piccadilly, Soho, Noho and Covent Garden.
There is a broad selection of Tube stations in the West End that provide convenient access to the entire city, making it an excellent location for businesses looking for office space. The key stations include Covent Garden, Leicester Square, Oxford Circus, Tottenham Court Road and Piccadilly Circus. For mainline stations, there is Charing Cross, Euston, Victoria and City Thameslink – from this area, Kings Cross is ten minutes away and the City of London is 15 minutes from Victoria. Heathrow Airport is around 55 minutes from the West End. There are also plenty of taxis and buses throughout each district.
Food and Entertainment
Professionals working in West End offices will be spoiled for choice in terms of dining options. There is a vast list of potential eateries, from Italian, American, British, Chinese, Thai and much more. In addition to fast food outlets and popular chain restaurants, there are also plenty of independent restaurants like the Pig and Goose, Dishoom and Rules. For coffee, there is a great selection of coffee shops, such as Starbucks and Costa Coffee as well as local favourites such as Kaffeine and Notes Coffee Roasters.
The West End is best known for its theatre district, with great venues for catching shows after work such as the Criterion Theatre and the Prince of Wales Theatre. Workers in the West End can also explore much of the city’s history in the form of museums, galleries and monuments that are dotted around the area.