They might not be able to afford a Mayfair or City address (and they may well not want one), but London startups looking to differentiate themselves can choose from a range of quirky office space to act as a talking point for their business.
Best of all, London has plentiful supply of unusual office space – LondonOffices.com looks at some of the less obvious office options…
A quirky spot in Shoreditch
This striking building on Old Tabernacle Street was once a Victorian fire station. Today it has been refurbished to provide modern office space but still retains much of its original character. There is plenty of pillar-box red paintwork throughout as a reminder of its former status.
Perhaps best of all, this business centre gives startups the chance to combine a talking-point office with one of the most talked about locations of the moment – Shoreditch’s TechCity.
Grab a seat at a heritage site
Some lucky startups have already managed to grab office space at the BBC Television Centre site in Hammersmith. For those who haven’t, there’s still plenty of opportunity – development plans are now in place to transform part of the recently vacated space into offices for the creative and media industry.
Businesses setting up here will get an iconic London location, the BBC as neighbours (some departments are to remain in White City) and, if all goes to plan, a regular farmers’ market nearby.
All aboard the office
HMS President – formerly used as a decoy ship during the Second World War – now provides serviced office space on the banks of the Thames. It’s an attractive space for startups which also offers meeting rooms and the kind of address that’s bound to get a business talked about.
The only downside is seasickness – not normally a consideration when choosing office space.
Offices powered by Google
A startup campus powered by Google is surely as cool as it gets. With regular serviced office space and hot desking available, startups can experience the Google working environment and get some inspiration for their own business.
They also get to be part of the growing Shoreditch TechCity scene which is garnering plenty of media attention right now. New offices here could be a great PR opportunity too.
An office with eco-credentials
It’s got rainwater harvesting, a rooftop terrace to grow vegetables, and a barbershop. For eco-conscious startups, these offices in King’s Cross (pictured top) are a quirky way to show their commitment to the environment.
The King’s Cross location, within a stone’s throw of Google’s proposed new offices and the Guardian News & Media HQ, is also highly popular right now.
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(Image: King’s Cross offices to let.)