We’re continuing our 10 Reasons to Rent… series this week, with a look at why Holborn could be the right place for your new office.
1. Up and coming destination
Like Victoria, which we covered last week, Holborn is another alternative to Mayfair which is becoming increasingly popular with a wide variety of businesses. These include former Mayfair-based businesses looking for more affordable space, to TMT firms looking for an alternative to Farringdon.
2. Affordable offices
Interest in Holborn as a business destination might be growing, but right now, rents remain reasonable compared with other areas of Central London. Expect to find mid-range office space to rent from £450 per workstation per month, and Grade A space from £750. Compare this to Mayfair, where mid-range space starts from £600 and Grade A space from £900. (Find more rental rates for offices in London with our guide here.)
3. Central location
As you’d expect from a Midtown location, you’re within easy reach of both the West End and the City, with Covent Garden, Soho and Mayfair to the west, and St Paul’s, Farringdon and Clerkenwell to the east.
4. Chancery Lane
Synonymous with the legal profession for centuries, Chancery Lane is today still home to the Law Society and the Inns of Court. It is also home to some very impressive architecture.
The Guardian describes Chancery Lane as having a “leathery atmosphere”, neatly summing up the sense of gravitas and history that characterises the area.
5. Holborn Dining Room
Holborn Dining Room is one of the area’s newest additions but has already been garnering positive reviews. Situated on High Holborn in the Rosewood Hotel (along with Scarfes Bar – see below), it offers brasserie-style dining with a traditional British flavour. The blend of heritage and fashionable influences are another sign that Holborn is becoming hip (but in a sophisticated rather than deconstructed Shoreditch way).
6. Impressive offices
Holborn is home to some impressive offices, thanks in part to its period architecture. For example, behind the impressive façade of this building lies a contemporary business centre, with some futuristic-looking glass elevators.
Meanwhile, serviced office space can even be found in some of Holborn’s most famous buildings, such as Southampton Buildings, which still retains the original galleried reading room.
7. Traditional dining
Some of the best bars and restaurants in Holborn have a decidedly traditional style (see Holborn Dining Room above). Think brasseries, high-back armchairs and an approach to interior design which is reminiscent of Edwardian smoking lounges.
Scarfes Bar is one such popular dining and drinking spot and even offers a whiskey pairing menu. For a French take on this warm, inviting style, head to Raymond Blanc’s Brasserie Blanc on Chancery Lane.
8. Follow in the footsteps of Amazon
Amazon chose the glass-fronted building at Sixty London as the home of its new London HQ; a sure sign that Holborn is hot property. They are however not alone, with Deloitte, Unilever and Sainsbury’s HQ also to be found in the vicinity.
9. Close to Farringdon
Farringdon, with its cluster of publishers, media and creative companies, is an increasingly fashionable area within Central London. So whether you work in the creative industries or need to work closely with them, Holborn is a location to consider.
10. Urban Golf
Wind up the workday with a round of Urban Golf. Why not?
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