Ilford in East London was originally a rural settlement in the county of Essex and slowly developed as a coaching town in the late 17th and early 18th centuries, mostly due to its close proximity to the River Roding and the Colchester to London road. After the arrival of the railway in 1839, Ilford significantly expanded and its commercial and retail heritage began. New buildings and factories were built to accommodate the growing industries in the area, including brickworks, coal yards and cement works. Paper making, collar making and steam laundries followed and a number of major businesses were started in Ilford. Today, Ilford is populated by a wide range of businesses, from local companies to international corporations, occupying a mix of office premises.
Offices to Rent in Ilford
A busy retail and commercial centre, Ilford has a wide range of modern and converted office space in dedicated business centres. There is a wide choice of serviced, furnished and unfurnished open plan, shared and self-contained workspace with lifts and disabled access, onsite parking, 24 hour access, security, manned reception, air conditioning, WiFi and great telecommunications capabilities, all at reasonable rental rates.
Offices in Ilford benefit from excellent links to central London. Ilford railway station operates regular services between Liverpool Street and Shenfield, while the M25, which connects London with the UK’s motorway network, is only a short drive. There are three underground stations within easy reach of Ilford - Redbridge, Newbury Park and Gants Hill. London Buses run a good choice of services throughout the area.
Shopping, Restaurants and Leisure
Alongside a wide selection of office buildings, there are a number of shopping centres nearby. The Exchange Ilford in High Road is the most central with around ninety stores and ample parking. Also nearby is Westfield Stratford City, a very well-known and impressive shopping centre with a wealth of high street chains, department stores and luxury fashion boutiques. Nearby Borough Market and Broadway Market offer a good variety of market stalls selling a range of goods, fresh produce and gourmet coffee and food. There is a good variety of restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs and coffee shops in Ilford, offering a diverse style of cuisines, including Al Khayma, O’Neill’s, Jono’s Freehouse, Sefers Restaurant, Punjabi Lounge and Noah’s Ark Café.