From the Gherkin to Heron Tower, London’s iconic buildings are famous the world over. What’s less well known is that these buildings are also home to some of the most prestigious serviced office space in the world.
The Gherkin: The Super Icon
With panoramic views, a private bar and one of the most recognisable addresses in London, serviced office space in the Gherkin has to be among the best in the world.
Since it opened in 2004, the 180-metre high-rise has helped to redefine London’s skyline with its striking shape – achieved with 35km steel and 24,000 sq. m. of external glass. It can accommodate up to 4,000 occupants, with current high-profile tenants including Coutts, Allianz and Mayer Brown.
Aside from the status of an award-winning, iconic building, highlights for business tenants include generous office space with plenty of natural light and lighting sensors to minimise use of artificial lighting.
Heron Tower: The Upstart
With its restaurant and sky bar providing spectacular views across the city, Heron Tower has been a popular location for high-powered businesses since it opened in 2011.
The 230-metre structure has 439,552 sq. ft. of commercial office space across 36 of its 46 floors. This includes a selection of serviced office space, whose tenants can enjoy Grade A office space plus meeting rooms and video conferencing – along, of course, with the stunning views.
Other Heron Tower residents include Harvey Nash, which now has its headquarters in the building, as well as Euro Forex and Avoca Capital. It also houses Europe’s first SUSHISAMBA restaurant, offering a fusion of Japanese and Peruvian cuisine.
In 2012 it was named as the “Best Commercial Workplace” by the British Council for Offices.
Tower 42: The 80s Icon
Compared to Heron Tower and the Gherkin, Tower 42 is a veteran on London’s high-rise landscape.
Despite being a product of the 1980s financial boom, the former home of NatWest is still one of the ten tallest structures in London. From a potential tenant’s point of view, it still offers all the prestige of a landmark building and spectacular views of the Shard, the Gherkin and St Paul’s Cathedral.
Residents can also enjoy the sky-high champagne bar and restaurant, which offers the perfect environment for impressing clients.
Office space in the building is highly sought after, particularly among legal and financial companies (current tenants include Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and Tullet Prebon). Anyone lucky enough to secure serviced office space in Tower 42 is entitled to feel a little smug.
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