Office Space in Clerkenwell
Creativity spills out of Clerkenwell; the location is very unique and the area’s style is reflected within the available office space in the region. Many up and coming companies grow out of Clerkenwell and work space with plenty of networking opportunities and inspirational décor is popular throughout. Shared space with contemporary furniture and plenty of engaging colours make up many serviced offices within the area and outdoor space is often a benefit of many Clerkenwell spaces. Trendy conversions mimicking New York style loft space or incorporating industrial features are also common styles of work environments in the area. Being a central location Clerkenwell benefits from being close to both the City as well as all the beauty of London’s Mid-Town; these features mean that Clerkenwell continually proves to be a popular location with many businesses looking to rent office space.
London’s Little Italy! Clerkenwell has a charming village feel to it, beautiful architecture and traditional London Pubs. One of my favourite areas to recommend to my clients based in the education sector, they all seem to like it and find it suits their business image.
Local Insight & Information
Clerkenwell has rapidly developed from a section of town rich in history, including that of poverty and sometime unlawfulness, to one of the trendiest and most individual places to have an office space within the city. Once part of London’s industrial heartland, the factories and warehouses have since been converted into exclusive bars and restaurants as well as chic, loft-style offices and apartments. This has led to the area being one of the largest media hubs in Europe as well as containing an impressively high concentration of architects’ and designers’ offices, as well as very unique services offices to rent or let.
As a very central location to have a serviced office, being bordered by the Gray’s Inn Road, the Pentonville Road, the Goswell Road and the Clerkenwell Road, the area is self-contained with many unique restaurants, coffee houses, shops, bars and hotels as well as plentiful transport links. Distinctively to this neighbourhood, mainly bought in by the Australian and New Zealand residents in the area, are some fantastic places to enjoy a great coffee.
The Workshop Coffee Co, for example holds the award for the Best Independent Cafe from the 2012 Cafe Society Awards as well as being the home to some of the most delightful food, particularly breakfast. Clerkenwell is also the birthplace and still the best place to go for some brilliant gastro pub grub, wandering around these streets on a slow afternoon at the office you will be overwhelmed with choice for the perfect spot to settle for lunch.
The Well on St John St. is one on the top end of our recommendations list, serving up the best in British and European recipes as well exquisite seasonal cocktails. Or alternatively, for a more fine dining option, Bistrot Bruno Loubet within The Zetter hotel is one of the best value and best quality dining choices in the area.
Key Transport Links
Bounded by many tube stations, providing links throughout the city, this is an ideal spot to rent an office if you have staff that live in a range of locations or for businesses that need to be easily accessed by clients. Farringdon, Barbican, Old Street, Angel and Kings Cross are all within a reasonable walking distance in to Clerkenwell and there is easy access to the Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, Thameslink, Northern, Great Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines as well as St. Pancras International being only one stop away from Farringdon station.
However, if cycling to your serviced office and keeping fit are high on your agenda then Farringdon couldn’t be better equipped for this also. With a popular bike-hire system in place throughout the city, Clerkenwell is very well served by docking stations and provides an alternative as well as a quick and easy way to get around. It is also common with the modern office for let of Clerkenwell to find bicycle storage and shower facilities on site too.
More on Location
Roaming around this interesting little place is one of the best things you can do to fully explore the area, there are plenty of market places as well as remarkable boutique shops and some designer names. One of the most varied and interesting markets to visit whilst in Clerkenwell is Exmouth Market. Resembling a small village within itself the area is filled with independent design shops, fashion and lifestyle boutiques, health and beauty services, book stores and gift shops as well as a wide range of bars, cafes and restaurants.
One of the most notable stalls to visit on the market is EC One jewellery, established in Clerkenwell in 1997 it has developed a dazzling reputation for its unique and stylish jewellery designs. They have over 50 designers in store and the likes of Kate Moss, Emma Watson and Kristen Dunst have been known to have worn their designs. With pieces ranging from £30 to £3,000 you could spend your whole lunch hour picking out your favourites.
Clerkenwell Background and History
Once you have had a dose of stepping out of your Clerkenwell office and wandering around the markets and have filled up on some heart-warming traditional grub there are also plenty of attractive and historical gardens for you to relax in and admire after a hard day’s work. Myddelton Square is a very handsome garden which is under conservation to preserve its culture, beauty and history within the area. These grounds hold 75 houses all constructed in a Georgian style and date from 1822 to 1843. St Mark’s Church creates the centre piece of the square and, as are the houses, is a Grade II listed building.
Sadler’s Wells Theatre is located just two minutes away from Myddelton Square providing a further does of culture. Renowned for its spectacular dance productions in anything from ballet to hip-hop, Sadler’s Wells Theatre has hosted premiers for some of the biggest shows in the world of dance. Matthew Bourne’s magnificent Swan Lake was first performed here in 1995 and its continued success saw it as the West End’s longest running ballet. The theatre also showcases an innovate visual arts exhibition open for the public to admire.
Clerkenwell originally derived its name from The Clerk’s Well which once formed the centre piece for the parish clerks of London’s medieval miracle plays. This iconic location also set the scene in Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist where Fagan and the Artful Dodger introduce Oliver to the world of pick-pocketing. This is a true representation of Clerkenwell during Dickens’ time which had developed a reputation as a den for thieves and the mischievous. However, the area was always popular with market stalls and trade which eventually developed the space in to a thriving area for industry turning it around and leading it in to a popular serviced office destination for the media and design hub of today.