Sign Your New Office Now—Move In (and Start Paying) After Lockdown

Hannah Watkins
Hannah Watkins|

Many businesses that know they’ll need a new office post-lockdown are reluctant to sign a contract now. Which is understandable—nobody wants to be paying rent on an office that’s sitting empty.

However, many don’t realise that it’s actually possible to sign now, but only move in and start paying later, once lockdown is lifted.


Office providers are aware that businesses can’t or don’t want to commit to workspace that they can’t currently use, and are therefore adapting their services to be more in line with what companies need right now—and that’s flexibility.

Why sign now?

There are a number of benefits in signing for an office at this time. Firstly, there are a lot of highly-competitive deals currently on offer from some of London’s most popular workspaces. Committing now will mean you’ll have an attractive rental price locked in for when we reach the other side of the crisis.

The office market is also likely to be very busy once lockdown lifts. With increased demand from people resuming (or starting) their search pushing up prices, office searches will become more urgent and there will be less room for negotiation. Right now you have time, choice, and good value at your fingertips.

But how can I sign if I can’t actually view the office?

If you know what you want and need from your office space, and are only blocked by the fact that you can’t view office spaces in person, the following features on HubbleHQ may make it easier for you to make your decision:

Latest availability and listing information

As our platform is digital, you can browse London’s whole flexible office market in one place from the safety of your home. Our host team work hard to ensure that office listings are always up-to-date with the latest availability, high-quality photos, and information about the offices, so you can get a good idea of what each space is like from the outset.

Ask a Question

Inevitably, you will have specific questions you need to ask about the offices that may not be answered in the description. You can use the Ask a Question feature on our listing pages to contact office providers directly and resolve any queries.

Ask a Question

Request a Floorplan

It’s also possible to request a floorplan for 12+ person office spaces through our platform, to better understand the layout of a space without actually visiting it. Just click the left-hand button underneath the photos.


Virtual Viewings

You can also book virtual viewings with office providers. This involves a video call with the office provider, in which they can share videos and 360° tours of the workspace, plus answer any questions you may have. 

Virtual viewing

There are 360° tours available for a significant number of London’s top office providers, which you can find and explore at your leisure here.

Talk to our advisors

Our expert advisors have visited most of the offices on our platform, and can give you honest and neutral advice about their suitability in relation to your needs.

Flexible deals on the market right now

You can find a selection of London’s best offers on office space here, but our expert advisors can put you in touch with many more. Book a call with our team at the link below: 


Unsure about how to approach your office space strategy at this time? Here’s how HubbleHQ can help.

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