From the lively tech community to offbeat entertainment, we take a look at just some of the many reasons to rent an office in Shoreditch.
1. Tech City
Being based in Shoreditch gives you access to one of the most talked about tech clusters in the world and the many benefits this can offer. These include financial support from government, a high level of media buzz and a business community which is home to a diverse range of high-growth tech companies.
2. Design-led creative space
Shoreditch rose to popularity thanks in no small part to the affordability of its office space. Typically, that meant back-to-basics space in barely renovated industrial buildings. Times have changed.
Today, the area is home to some of the most fashionable, design-led space in London. Thanks to the popularity of Shoreditch among creative companies, you will also find some of the best and newest creative space here too. Take this business centre on Rivington Street as an example of the kind of brand new space cropping up in the area; it’s styled in a contemporary, design-led manner, complete with roof terrace and shared workspace.
3. Cool conversions
In keeping with the “makeshift” vibe which made Shoreditch so popular with the early tech firms, you’ll still find plenty of period buildings which have been converted into office space. Many of these are former warehouses or factories but there are some more unusual options too – like this former Victorian fire station which is now office space for small businesses. It has a character and charm which is unique in the area.
4. Rivington Street
One of the most stylish streets in Shoreditch, Rivington Street boasts a variety of premium office space and upmarket restaurants within its many former industrial buildings. We’ve already highlighted some of the office space; in terms of dining a particular highlight is Tramshed. It was voted Best Meat Restaurant by Timeout in 2012, but is even better known for the specially commissioned Damien Hirst artwork which dominates the dining space. A great space for business dinners or drinks.
5. Tech networking
Given the high number of tech entrepreneurs in the area, it’s no surprise that Shoreditch offers businesses a wealth of opportunities to network with likeminded people. Whether that means attending events at Google’s Campus London or the more informal connections which can be forged in local cafés and bars, you’re bound to make some useful new connections.
6. Offbeat entertainment
Shoreditch is renowned for the diversity of its venues. Like Village Underground – an arts and music venue which showcases a wide variety of events, housed within a combination of disused tube carriages, shipping containers and a converted warehouse.
7. Inspiring street art
You don’t need to venture far along the streets of Shoreditch to discover its vibrant street art scene. These rapidly changing works of art convey the informal, youthful, creative vibe of the area – but they also serve as a source of inspiration and ensure that the environs of Shoreditch remain fresh and interesting.
8. The White Collar Factory
One of several large scale office developments bringing high quality business space to the area, the White Collar Factory is a sign that Shoreditch’s business scene is already maturing. The site, which is being developed by Derwent London, offers tech-friendly space designed for high-profile occupiers. This could mean high-growth Shoreditch tenants or established businesses moving into the area. Either way, the area looks set to benefit from the business opportunities these high-profile occupiers will bring.
9. Quirky café culture
If you’re looking for an offbeat café experience then Shoreditch has it covered, from the café and exhibition space at The Old Shoreditch Station, to Time for Tea on Shoreditch High Street – a period building and film set which can also be hired for private tea parties.
If its crowd-funding comes through, the next addition to the Shoreditch café scene could be The Cereal Killer Café– dedicated to serving breakfast treats all day long.
10. Talent community
From creatives to coders, talented professionals across the digital and creative industries are flocking (or keen to flock) to Shoreditch, thanks to its reputation. For business owners, that makes it a lot easier to find and hire the right team.
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