What is a serviced office?

Serviced offices provide ready-to-use office space on short-term rental agreements. A typical serviced office is provided fully furnished with desks and also provides a range of onsite services and facilities – most or all of which are included within the serviced office rental rate. It's sometimes known as "plug-and-play" space because of the ease with which businesses can move in and get set up. While they are popular among startups and small businesses, serviced offices can offer everything from one workstation to well over a hundred workstations, making them an attractive option for a wide range of businesses. In fact, they're more widely used than many people realise. This type of office space is becoming increasingly popular, as businesses want more flexibility both in terms of their location and in terms of business overheads.

What's included in my serviced office rate?

Different business centres offer different serviced office packages. However, most serviced office rates will include office furniture, IT infrastructure, telecoms systems, utilities, maintenance and cleaning services, as well as access to a kitchen. Most also include a manned reception area. Some business centres may include an extended range of facilities within their basic serviced office rate, such as access to meeting rooms and video conferencing facilities, while at other centres you will need to pay extra to use these facilities. Speak to your London Offices consultant about your requirements and they'll try to find you the most cost-effective option.

What is the minimum term I can sign for?

This can vary, depending on the offices you'd like to let. While the average initial licence length is around eight months, some business centres will allow you to sign for as short a term as just one month.

How soon can I move into my office?

Soon! We've had clients move in just two or three days after signing their agreement, although the average is more like a month. We always do our best to get you moved in as soon as possible. Being able to move quickly is one of the key benefits of choosing serviced offices.

Will I need to pay a deposit on my chosen office?

This varies between business centres. It is possible to sign for space at some business centres without paying any deposit at all, while some others will ask for only a small deposit to be paid. If keeping the deposit payment low is a high priority for you, let your London Offices consultant know and we'll only find you offices which meet that requirement.

I've seen an office I like on your website – how can I arrange a viewing?

To arrange a viewing or make an enquiry about availability, please call our team on 020 7166 7981.

What happens when I enquire with you?

However you choose to enquire with us – whether it's by phone, email or online chat, the first thing we'll do is talk to you to build up a full picture of what you need, from location to workstations, facilities to budget. Once this is done, your London Offices consultant will check availability on offices which fit your requirements and arrange viewings on all the options you're interested in. Following the viewings, your consultant will be in touch to gather feedback. They'll also begin negotiations for you on the offices you'd like to rent. The final stage is to get your agreement signed – and then you're ready to move in. Many of our clients are pleasantly surprised by how quickly this process can be completed.

Is the LondonOffices.com office search service really free?

Yes. We don't charge you a single penny for our office search service, whether you choose to take space or not. There are no hidden fees or charges, no matter how many times you use us or how many viewings we arrange for you. So why not give us a try?

I manage serviced offices in London – how can I get them listed on your website?

Email us on info@londonoffices.com and a member of our team will be in touch.