Choose this surprisingly unassuming London district as your London base, and you’ll be in very good company.
You couldn’t exactly call it London’s best-kept secret. It is, after all, bordered by St Paul’s Cathedral, the Barbican and the Museum of London. Smithfield Market is smack in the middle of it. And countless businesses, charities and arts organisations base their UK HQs here. Yet, there’s something oddly under the radar about Farringdon.
Farringdon defies pigeon-holing. It’s not famed for one thing and that makes it rather good at everything. Which is a rather good reason to base your business here.
Why base your business in Farringdon?
Close to everywhere
‘Location, location, location’ may be the overused buzzword for residential property, but it can be pretty handy for commercial office space too. Farringdon feels close to everywhere in London, which is handy if you’ve got clients to meet across the city. The City is a short hop in one direction; Canary Wharf is close by in the other. It’s a haven for arts and tech businesses, with London’s ‘silicon roundabout’ just beyond Farringdon’s eastern fringe.
Already well-connected – and with recent improvements increasing capacity at Farringdon station – the district is set to get an even bigger boost once Crossrail is finally complete with a new Elizabeth line station predicted to bring a £42 billion boost to the district.
There are great museums, inviting bars and small pockets of quiet, green solitude scattered across the district. There’s great shopping in Hatton Garden and next door’s less well known Leather Lane.
You’ll never be short of fabulous places for lunch in Farringdon. Sushi Tetsu offers tightly packed Japanese brilliance (in terms of its sushi rolls and its bijou restaurant space). Go rustic French at Le Café du Marche or relax in the feelgood Italian brilliance of Luca. And at The Quality Chop House, the name tells you all you need to know about what’s on offer.
Who else is choosing large office space in Farringdon?
Farringdon is the home to publisher Pan MacMillan, business consultant Publicis Sapient and fashion icon Kurt Geiger. Save the Children UK is one of a number of charities to base themselves in the area. Plus, the jewellery district of Hatton Garden sits within Farringdon’s boundary. The Barbican arts centre is at its eastern edge and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is a stone’s throw from its northern perimeter. Add in St Bart’s hospital, some of the city’s top architects and law firms, and Farringdon is effectively an economy of its own.
Top Farringdon office spaces
So what’s on offer if yours is a large organisation looking for similarly large office space in Farringdon? Happily, you’re spoilt for choice of exciting, modern premises that actively aid team wellbeing and productivity:
Areaworks – Farringdon
Areaworks is towards the western edge of Farringdon, in the heart of Hatton Garden (if you tend to buy jewellery for Christmas and birthdays, gift giving is about to get really easy).
As you’ll see from the facilities list in the above link, it’s quicker and easier to list the facilities it doesn’t have than the ones it does, but breakout and event spaces, a roof terrace, gym, showers and some beautifully designed eating spaces are all included in this workspace.
And as this Farringdon office space is all-inclusive, you won’t need to worry about additional business rates or bills.
WeWork – 1 Waterhouse Square
WeWork’s Holborn office is at the southwest tip of Farringdon, which puts the West End just a short stroll away. With room for a team of 241 spread across six floors, there’s plenty of space for a large business to grow even bigger.
Don’t be fooled by the imposing (and rather magnificent) Victorian red brick exterior; inside is light, spacious and airy.
Like most of the properties in this list, this Farringdon office space is serviced, so business rates and bills are all-in, as is a features list as long as your arm.
Workspace – Record Hall: Hatton Garden
The second Hatton Garden-based office space in this collection has space for 81 all on a single floor. The Record Hall, so-called because it’s a former, er, record hall, is an ultra-modern space that you can shape in your own image, and customisation options include branding, so you really can make the space your own.
To find out more about the potential of customisable office space in Farringdon, talk to one of the HubbleHQ team now on +44 20 3868 6470.
Spaces – Farringdon
Every one of the spaces on this list is a short hop from the nearest tube station, but we think this is the closest of all. Farringdon station is just 2 minutes away from this haven of collaborative working, a beautiful office full of meeting, breakout and coworking spaces.
If you’ve been looking for an office to help you create a community feel, this is it.
Fora – Clerkenwell – Central Street
Ok, technically a little further north-east into Clerkenwell than Farringdon, but take a look at the event space, bar/eatery and breakout areas and you’ll see why we had to find room to squeeze it in. Fora doesn’t offer space for hundreds (you’ll fit 32 to a floor), but it does add a welcome lounge, wellness studio, reading room and wet rooms to the mix, together with very flexible rental terms.
Not the largest large office space in Farringdon, but definitely one of the best.
Explore all our Farringdon office space here, and if you have something particular in mind, talk to our workspace wizards. They’re always ready to work their magic and help you find the office that is tailor-made for you.