Local Insight & Information
Running from Monument to Aldgate, Fenchurch Street is a long road lined with many office buildings, shops, restaurants, bars and cafes as well as being home to many beautiful displays of architecture. Hotels in this area are particularly frequent also and are well adapted for business use in this highly commercialised area. The locality perfectly combines the beauty of the old as well as the innovation and creativity of the new creating a varied and unique selection of buildings and companies within the area. Offices along Fenchurch Street are highly sought after due to the brilliant transport links, amenities and history within the area and a range of businesses are located here.
Possibly the most iconic building along Fenchurch Street is that of no. 20 nicknamed the walkie-talkie due to the fact that its shape conjures up such images. This stunning sky garden which was erected in 2004 is devoted to enchanting landscaped public gardens and exclusive social spaces such as the Fenchurch Rooftop Restaurant and Sky Pod Bar. The building which is made of glass and bulges into a dome like shape towards the top is London’s highest public garden and provides incomparable 306 degree views over the city via its roof terraces and observation decks.
The restaurant within this spectacular building is the most highly regarded restaurant along Fenchurch Street and possibly within the closely surrounding area. The dishes provide contemporary takes on classic British meals and are each delicately presented. Complete with lavish interiors and a sophisticated private dining room, the Viñoly Room, this is an extremely impressive location with breath-taking views to accompany it. The garden bars also keep up with the spectacular standard set throughout the rest of the building and are open from breakfast till post dinner time. Whilst some offer ever changing and freshly squeezed fruit juices others have an extensive selection of fine wines and cocktails.
Shopping in this area is a unique experience and the Leadenhall Market is worth a visit just to look around if nothing more. Dating back to the 14th century the building sits in what would have been the heart of Roman London. Built originally as a market place in which meat, poultry and game would be sold, the modern day building houses retail stores, restaurants, cafes and pubs. Not much about the current usage of this building is reminiscent of the smells and sights which would have been customary back in its early years however eagle eyed visitors will still be able to witness wrought iron hooks on the shop fronts which would have once held produce sold here.
The market is also a popular destination for many films in the modern day, one of the most famous perhaps is that of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, filmed in part in the Leadenhall Market in 2001. It was featured as the area of London where the popular Leaky Cauldron pub as well as the shops of Diagon Alley could be found.
Key Transport Links
This area’s transport systems are also set up to manage the intense traffic which passes through this region and getting around here is easy and convenient. Tower Hill, Monument and Aldgate tube stations are all within a five minute walk from the centre of Fenchurch Street and collectively offer links to the Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines. Tower Gateway DLR station is also only a seven minute walk away and the mainline station Liverpool Street can be reached within 10 minutes on foot. Fenchurch Street Rail Station is also only two minutes from the main road.
More on Location
If your work often requires a temporary home for clients then there are plenty of luxury and business orientated hotels along and around Fenchurch Street, a particularly impressive one being Club Quarters Hotel Gracechurch. The rooms are cosy and compact and are fitted out with the business traveller in mind, inclusive of all the necessities needed for a comfortable and productive stay. Rooms are equipped with a multipurpose work stations, ergonomic chairs and task lighting allowing guests to continue working comfortably, making use of the free ultra-fast 500 Mbps Wi-Fi. The hotel is also the ideal location for hosting consultations or events with a meeting space onsite which is designed to accommodate up to 1,000 guests.