Great food, networking opportunities and loads of flexible office options—it’s no wonder this hub of London’s tech city is right up businesses’
Old Street in three words
Bustling, tech-y and sociable.
What it’s like to work there—in a nutshell
Old Street has this infectious energy that’s like a constant charge of inspiration for you and your team. Plus, there are cool talks and events almost every night of the week.
The benefits of working in Old Street
It’s not called ‘Silicon Roundabout’ for nothing. When you base your business at Old Street, you’re in good company. Some of the most exciting tech businesses have set up their HQs around what is now known as ‘East London Tech City’ and brought the spotlight with them. You never know who you could meet in the queue for your morning macchiato.
Just as Old Street is well-connected in the networking sense, it’s also well-connected for transport. You have Old Street station and Shoreditch High Street station just a short walk away and plenty of buses on route, which makes it really easy for your team to commute. More travel options, less travel time.
That is, if they actually want to leave Old Street, of course. If you’re big on company culture, Old Street has it all—amazing lunch spots, places to go, experiences to have. There’s so much variety in this one postcode.
The best places in Old Street for team lunch
Ozone Coffee Roasters Café
If you’re looking for one of those healthy-and-delicious-but-still-feels-like-a-treat lunches for your team, Ozone Coffee Roasters Café’s got you covered. They’re all about sustainability, maximising health and keeping your gut happy—which sounds like everything we need from a mid-week team catch-up. Plus, there are loads of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options on their menu.
Whitecross Street Market
Open every weekday from 10am-5pm, Whitecross Street Market is perfect for those sunny, walk-and-talk lunches. From Brazilian to Vietnamese (make sure you try Yum Bowl) their street food offering is sure to become a team favourite.
Some celebrations just call for pizza. Homeslice serve up fresh, seasonal toppings on stonebaked 20” pizza, whole or by the slice. Whether you want to sit in or take-away, they have flavourful options for everyone (yes, even your resident vegans.)
The best places near Old Street for after-work drinks
There are speakeasies and then, there’s Nightjar. Behind an unmarked door on an unsuspecting street, you’ll head downstairs to a prohibition-era bar, with live jazz, art deco interiors and cocktails inspired by the era. It’s open all night until 3:30am, so your team can charleston the night away.
Old Street Records
A multi-storey warehouse that’s covered in vintage posters and practically vibrating with soul, funk, hip-hop and indie music—Old St Records always feels like a party. Happy hour is technically three hours from 5pm-8pm and they have plenty of food and drinks to go around. If your team want a one-stop-bar-hop, this is the place.
A Czech-inspired, retro speakeasy underneath a kebab shop—that’s enough to pique our interest. To make it even more exciting, Lounge Bohemia’s cocktail menu is centered around molecular mixology, so expect the unexpected, like Bellini-flavoured gummy bears, bubbles, smoke and vapour. Plus, end-of-the-night feasts are straight upstairs.
The best places near Old Street for team activities
London Shuffle Club
Anyone for a game of shuffleboard? This warehouse venue has taken one of the oldest games in the UK and renewed it for the 21st century (complete with bars, music and the UK’s first outdoor shuffle terrace.) You can rent the full floor for your team, or get shuffling in the buzzy atmosphere.
Rooftop Film Club
When the nights get warmer, head upstairs at the Queen of Hoxton to find the Rooftop Film Club—a sky-high cinema above the busy streets of east London. Your team can grab a seat and rewatch cult classics, with popcorn in one hand, a cocktail in the other and the backdrop of London’s sunset-tinted skyline.
Plonk Crazy Golf
A neon-lit crazy golf course, that you can hire for your whole team to compete for the title of ‘Plonk Champion’. BYOB, nine holes and a sound system to play your own music (if you like), it’s a fun team activity to get the night going.
Businesses based near Old Street
When we said you were in good company at Old Street, we weren’t joking. Here, you’ll find Google’s Start-up campus, investment-tech company Seedrs and online designer fashion retailer, Farfetch amongst plenty of others.
Offices in Old Street
Whether you’re looking for a fully-serviced space, or something to make your own, here are some of the offices you’ll find in Old Street…
HQ by WeWork – East Road
HQ by WeWork has all the bells and whistles of a WeWork space, just without the WeWork branding. With private offices available for teams of over 100, plant your business here and watch it grow.
Fora – Shoreditch – Great Eastern Street
Sitting on the intersection between the City and London’s creative quarters, you’ve got Fora’s Shoreditch location, with private offices available for teams of 80-100 people, a rooftop terrace and weekly events to network and collaborate. Plus, it’s only moments away from Shoreditch High Street station.
WeWork – Linen Court
WeWork – Linen Court offers the full-works—all-inclusive rates with fast WiFi and free coffee. Everything you need, really. However, WeWork goes above and beyond the bare minimum and this space is no exception. Great location, great design, you and your team will love it.
Despite its name, Old Street always has something new to discover. Find a space that suits your business in the area, or discover why you should consider Clerkenwell, Moorgate or Liverpool Street for your next move.